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RG3658.AM:  January 12, 1888, Blizzard Club (Lincoln, Neb.)



Records:  1940-1985

Lincoln, Lancaster County, Neb.:  Commemorative Association

Size:  2.0 cu.ft.; 5 boxes



BACKGROUND NOTE



The January 12, 1888, Blizzard Club originated on January 10, 1940, at an informal gathering in the State Capitol during a recess of a special session of the Unicameral. W. H. O’Gara, former Speaker of the Nebraska House of Representatives, suggested a dinner to commemorate the Blizzard of 1888. At that dinner, held at the Lindell Hotel in Lincoln, Nebraska, on January 12, 1940, a permanent organization was formed under the name of the Greater Nebraska Blizzard Club.



The society continued to hold annual reunions of survivors of the storm. In 1944 the name was changed to the “January 12, 1888, Blizzard Club,” in order to avoid confusion with the Blizzard of March 12-14, 1888, which struck New York City. The club also collected stories from survivors of the blizzard and published them in 1947 in a book entitled, In All Its Fury. Subsequently the club issued a series of brochures which contained additional accounts of the Blizzard of 1888. The club also gathered accounts of other Nebraska blizzards.



SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE



This collection of the records of the January 12, 1888, Blizzard Club is arranged in the following way:



Series 1: Records of the Blizzard Club, 1940-1985, n.d.

Subseries 1 – Correspondence, 1940-1976, undated

Subseries 2 – Minutes of meetings, 1941-1979

Subseries 3 – Announcements and programs, 1941-1982

Subseries 4 – Financial records, 1940-1985

Subseries 5 – Membership lists, 1958-1982

Subseries 6 – Miscellany, 1946-1969



Series 2: Reminiscences

Subseries 1 – Reminiscences of the Blizzard of 1888

Subseries 2 – Reminiscences of other blizzards



Series 3: Manuscripts, 1947-1977

Subseries 1 – Manuscript of In All Its Fury, 1947

Subseries 2 – Manuscript of In All Its Fury, fifth brochure, January 1975

Subseries 3 – In All Its Fury, sixth brochure, June 1977



Series 4: Newspaper clippings, 1888-1978



Series 5: Printed material, 1947



Series 6: Membership record cards



Correspondence may also be found in reminiscences and manuscripts series.



Note: Nebraska History magazine contains several articles about the Blizzard of 1888. See the NSHS Library for issues of Nebraska History as well as copies of the book, In All Its Fury. Photographs of the Blizzard Club and the 1888 blizzard are available in the Blizzard collection [RG3139.PH].



DESCRIPTION



Series 1: Records of the Blizzard Club, 1940-1985, n.d.

Subseries 1 – Correspondence, 1940-1976, undated



Box 1

Folder




  1. 1940-1958

  2. 1962-1967

  3. 1970-1976

  4. Undated



Subseries 2 – Minutes of Meetings, 1941-1979




  1. 1941-1979



Subseries 3 – Announcements and Programs, 1941-1982




  1. 1941-1982



Subseries 4 – Financial Records, 1940-1985




  1. Bills and receipts, 1940-1976

  2. Receipt books, 1972-1985

  3. Dues, 1958-1977

  4. Dues, 1983



Subseries 5 – Membership Lists, 1958-1982



Box 2

Folder




  1. Membership lists 1958-1982

  2. Membership record 1976-1980

  3. Undated

  4. Undated



Subseries 6 – Miscellany, 1946-1969, n.d.




  1. History of the Blizzard Club, 1946

  2. Membership card

  3. Speech by O’Gara, January 11, 1969

  4. List of Wyoming libraries and librarians, 1947

  5. Frank Pilger collection



Series 2: Reminiscences

Subseries 1 – Reminiscences of the Blizzard of 1888




  1. A-C

  2. D-F

  3. G-I

  4. J-L



Box 3

Folder




  1. M-O

  2. P-S

  3. T-Z

  4. Reminiscences by county



Subseries 2 – Reminiscences of Other Blizzards




  1. Reminiscences of the Blizzards of 1865, 1870, 1873, 1878, 1886, 1949, and 1971



Series 3: Manuscripts, 1947-1977

Subseries 1 Manuscript of In All Its Fury, 1947




  1. 1947



Subseries 2 – Manuscript of In All Its Fury, fifth brochure, January 1975




  1. Original letters submitted for inclusion in brochure

  2. Typed copy for brochure



Subseries 3 – In All Its Fury, sixth brochure, June 1977




  1. Original letters submitted for inclusion in brochure



Series 4: Newspaper clippings, 1888-1978




  1. Newspaper clippings, 1888-1972

  2. Accounts, 1888-1949

  3. Accounts, 1950-1973

  4. Accounts, 1975-1978



Series 5: Printed material, 1947




  1. Pamphlets and promotions, 1947



Series 6: Membership record cards



Box 4   Membership record cards

Box 5   Membership record cards



 



ADDED ENTRIES



Blizzards — Nebraska

Frontier and pioneer life — Nebraska

January 12, 1888, Blizzard Club (Lincoln, Neb.)

Weather — Nebraska



 



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