[Columbus, Oh.? 1925-1938].  leaves, with numerous clippings, typed sheets, ephemera, and pamphlets tipped in. Large folio scrapbook; gilt lettered, leatherette covers, string-tied. Edges worn; front cover separating from ends at gutter. Stationer's ticket on inside front cover. Minor wear and chipped to edges of scrapbook leaves. Ephemera and pamphlets tipped in generally quite sound. Overall, good plus. Item #1717
A fascinating assemblage of material produced by local chapters of the National Story League during the early to mid-1930s. The League was founded by Richard Wyche, a literature professor, at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville during the summer of 1903. The goal of the league was to foster the art of storytelling across the nation, and it enjoyed a good deal of growth and popularity during the first half of the 20th century. The present scrapbook contains material relating to and small works produced by chapters of the "Central District," which was apparently inclusive of both Kentucky and New Mexico. Other states with chapter materials present here include Illinois, Michigan, Kansas, Ohio, and Texas, with the preponderance of material coming from chapters representing the latter three states. Sections for individual chapters from towns such as Topeka, Detroit, Columbus, Dallas, and Wichita Falls tend to include clippings covering events organized by members and one- to two-page typed histories of the chapter and its membership. Most well-represented are small pamphlets comprising printed or mimeographed annuals that provide lists of chapter officers and members and give synopses of events held that year, including specific themes, participants, and story titles. Overall, there are just under fifty such pamphlets tipped or laid in to the present volume. The book was likely put together in Columbus, where the producer of this large blank book was located and whose chapters contributed the most material of any town to this work. A wonderful document of this national literature and performance club, which continued to exist until 2019.