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Gargoyle Club RecordsGargoyle Club Records

Summary Information
Title: Gargoyle Club Records
Dates: 1916-1991
Creator: Gargoyle Club
Extent: 8 boxes Extent: (ca. 6 cubic feet)
Location: Mezzanine
Language: English
Collection Number: N 225
Minutes, annual reports, correspondence, financial material, publicity and other organizational records of a club for architects and draftsmen based in St. Paul, MN, founded in 1913.

Repository: University of Minnesota Libraries. Northwest Architectural Archives, Manuscripts Division

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The materials were acquired as a gift, through Ellerbe Becket Inc, of architect Donald Denzer.

Access Restrictions:

Available for use in the Manuscripts Division reading room. Advance notice is requested.


There are no restrictions on the use of materials in this collection. Copies can be requested if the condition of the originals warrants it.

Processing Information:

The collection was processed and the finding aid written by Barbara Bezat, July, 2005.

Preferred Citation:

Gargoyle Club Records, N 225, Northwest Architectural Archives, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.


The collection is organized into the following series:

  • Correspondence
  • Financial
  • Legal
  • Photographs
  • Miscellaneous

Historical Note for the Gargoyle Club

The Gargoyle Club was officially incorporated in St. Paul, MN in 1913 by a group of architects and draftsmen who looked for a setting in which to meet to further the social and cultural aspects of their professions. There was not, at the time, a local chapter of the professional society, the American Institute of Architects. Over the years the membership of the club has waxed and waned, with two world wars and an economic depression cutting into the ability of the members to sustain activities, but the organization has recovered and is still in existence in 2005.

During the early years the Gargoyle Club provided classes, presentations and ateliers in which the younger members had opportunities to learn about art and culture relating to the architectural profession. The members also participated in many civic events such as the St. Paul Winter Carnival, dances and other festivities.

In 1929 the Club first began discussion of offering a prize, to be known as the Gargoyle Club Prize, awarded to a student in the architecture course at the University of Minnesota. The Club stipulated that the prize money was to be used to "provide something of permanent value as a remembrance of the honor accorded", with the requests that the funds be used ot purchase architectural books that would form the foundation of a professional architectural library for the honoree.

Officers and members of this club have included such prominent local architects as Clarence H. Johnston, Edwin H. Lundie, Beaver Wade Day, Thomas G. Holyoke, Leon Arnal, Magnus Jemne and others.

Collection Scope and Content Note

Minutes, annual reports, correspondence, financial material, publicity and other organizational records of a club for architects and draftsmen based in St. Paul, MN, founded in 1913.

Subject Terms
Index Terms
  • This collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
  • Gargoyle Club
Detailed Contents
 Location  Title
Note The correspondence files may contain letters, annual reports, meeting announcements, membership rosters and financial information, including receipts, invoices and banking information. When an annual report is present, it is filed in the folder for the year in which the report was presented to the membership, not the year it covers, e.g. the report for the year 1949 will appear in the 1950 correspondence folder, as the reports were generally presented to the membership at the January or February meetings.
Box 1
Correspondence 1916  Box 1
Correspondence 1917  Box 1
Correspondence 1918  Box 1
Correspondence 1919  Box 1
Correspondence 1920  Box 1
Correspondence 1921  Box 1
Correspondence 1922  Box 1
Correspondence 1923  Box 1
Correspondence 1924  Box 1
Correspondence 1925  Box 1
Box 2
Correspondence 1926  Box 2
Correspondence 1927  Box 2
Correspondence 1928  Box 2
Correspondence 1929  Box 2
Correspondence 1930  Box 2
Correspondence 1931  Box 2
Correspondence 1932  Box 2
Correspondence 1933  Box 2
Correspondence 1934  Box 2
Correspondence 1935  Box 2
Correspondence 1936  Box 2
Box 3
Correspondence 1937  Box 3
Correspondence 1938  Box 3
Correspondence 1939  Box 3
Correspondence 1940  Box 3
Correspondence 1941  Box 3
Correspondence 1942  Box 3
Correspondence 1943  Box 3
Correspondence 1944 Box 3
Correspondence 1945  Box 3
Correspondence 1946  Box 3
Correspondence 1947  Box 3
Correspondence 1948  Box 3
Box 4
Correspondence 1949  Box 4
Correspondence 1950  Box 4
Correspondence 1951  Box 4
Correspondence 1952  Box 4
Correspondence 1953  Box 4
Correspondence 1954  Box 4
Correspondence - folder 1 1955  Box 4
Correspondence - folder 2: Gargoyle Club Competition 1955  Box 4
Correspondence 1956  Box 4
Correspondence 1957  Box 4
Box 5
Correspondence 1958  Box 5
Correspondence 1959  Box 5
Correspondence - 1960-61, folder 1: Compiled for Gargoyle Club history booklet 1960-1961  Box 5
Correspondence - 1960-61, folder 2: Compiled for Gargoyle Club history booklet 1960-1961  Box 5
Correspondence 1960  Box 5
Correspondence 1961  Box 5
Correspondence 1962  Box 5
Correspondence 1963  Box 5
Correspondence 1964  Box 5
Correspondence 1965  Box 5
Box 6
Correspondence 1966  Box 6
Correspondence 1967  Box 6
Correspondence 1968  Box 6
Correspondence 1969  Box 6
Correspondence 1970  Box 6
Correspondence 1971  Box 6
Correspondence 1972  Box 6
Correspondence 1973  Box 6
Correspondence 1974  Box 6
Correspondence 1979  Box 6
Correspondence 1989  Box 6
Correspondence 1990  Box 6
Correspondence 1991  Box 6
Note The financial files contain the ledgers and banking information that cover multiple years; also see the "Correspondence" files for additional financial data.
Box 7
Gargoyle Club Prize - book receipts, lists, no date  Box 7
Financial ledger 1963-1973  Box 7
Miscellaneous (not all years represented) 1935-1980  Box 7
Ledgers and registers; multiple years (not all years represented) 1917-1971  Box 7
Note The legal files contain documents pertaining to the incorporation of the organization, including articles of incorporation and bylaws, along with material relating to real estate owned by the Club.
Box 7
Real estate, various years Box 7
Articles of Incorporation, including amendments, various years  Box 7
Note Additional copies of these appear in the Correspondence files; duplicates were not checked.
Note The photograph file contains a very few color prints and negatives,and represent only a few years of the club's activities. The only labelled photos are those from 1989 to 1993.
Box 7
Photographs, various years  Box 7
Note The miscellaneous files contain materials that are, for the most part, undated including clippings relating to various club or member activities. As well, there are a series of meeting minutes that were housed in a ledger and contain original signatures of many of the early architects.
In addition to this there is a folder labelled "Personal reports." These reports are surveys completed by the members and contain a great deal of information about their professional activities. They are valuable for their biographical data.
Box 7
Clippings, miscellaneous and undated, various years Box 7
Minutes, 1917-1926 - from ledger 1917-1926  Box 7
Note These may duplicate minutes found in the Correspondence section. They were removed from a ledger and contain signatures from some of the early architectural practitioners in St. Paul, including C. H. Johnston, H. A. Sullwold, A. Gauger, Frank Abrahamson, Edwin Lundie, F. Slifer, Emanuel Masqueray, Roy Childs Jones, Magnus Jemne and Thomas Holyoke. Duplicate meeting minutes were not checked.
Announcements, flyers, etc. (most undated), various years  Box 7
Personal reports, no date  Box 7
Rosters - no date or cumulative, no date  Box 7
Box 8
Membership cards (not sorted), various years  Box 8