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The City Club of Cleveland promotes both free speech and the free exchange of ideas among a diverse membership. Incorporated in 1912, the City Club established itself as an impartial, non-partisan organization, providing the venue for discussion of political, social, and economic issues. The weekly Forum, presented during the Friday lunch hour, reflects organizational goals. The Forum consists of a formal speech, roundtable discussion, or debate, often on controversial topics. An audience question and answer period follows.

From the description of Speeches before the City Club of Cleveland, 1917-1973 [microform]. (Rhinelander District Library). WorldCat record id: 42318427

Cleveland men's club formed in 1912 to provide a platform for the discussion of issues of contemporary interest. Women were admitted in 1972. A number of noted individuals have addressed the Club's forum.

From the description of Records. Series II 1912-1977. (Rhinelander District Library). WorldCat record id: 18124422

From the description of Records 1912-1968. (Rhinelander District Library). WorldCat record id: 17644826

The idea for creating the City Club of Cleveland was conceived at an organizational luncheon on June 14, 1912 and was incorporated later on October 28, 1912. A city club was created so that Cleveland would have a meeting place for civic-minded individuals to openly discuss and debate the community's current problems. The City Club of Cleveland series is the longest, uninterrupted forum of its type.

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From the guide to the City Club of Cleveland Forum sound recordings, 1960-1989, 1948-2011, (Cleveland State University)

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The City Club of Cleveland was established in 1912 to provide a platform for the discussion of issues of contemporary interest. The first board of directors included Edward Baker, Dr. Robert Bishop, Arthur Baldwin, Starr Cadwallader, Walter Flory, Rabbi Moses Gries, Amasa Mather, Daniel Morgan and Reverend Worth Tippy. Morgan served as the club's first president, while Edward Baker and Amasa Mather were selected as vice-president and treasurer respectively. Mayo Fesler, instrumental in helping establish the club, served as secretary. Fesler would later serve as secretary for the Citizens League. Membership in the club was initially open to men only. Women were admitted in 1972.

The City Club has met in various locations. Between 1913 and 1916, it used several rooms above Weber's Restaurant on Superior Avenue. In 1916, it moved to the Hollenden Hotel, which served as its home until 1929, when it moved to 712 Vincent Avenue. In 1986, the City Club was located at 850 Euclid Avenue.

The principal activity of the City Club has been its forum which convenes once a week after lunch and features an address and discussion of a local, national or international topic. A question and answer session follows each forum address.

The Anvil Revue has been another important activity of the City Club. Beginning as an in club skit it evolved into an elaborate public production consisting of humorous conversations, songs and dances lampooning contemporary political leaders. The first Anvil Revue was presented in 1913 during the City Club's first annual meeting. The show ran continuously until 1976, when it was abandoned due to declining attendance. The Anvil Revue returned in June 1979 in the format of a radio show. As of 1986, the Anvil Revue was still broadcast on radio.

From the guide to the City Club of Cleveland Records, 1912-1968, (Western Reserve Historical Society)

click here to view the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History entry for the City Club of Cleveland

The City Club of Cleveland was established in 1912 to provide a platform for the discussion of issues of contemporary interest. The first board of directors included Edward Baker, Dr. Robert Bishop, Arthur Baldwin, Starr Cadwallader, Walter Flory, Rabbi Moses Gries, Amasa Mather, Daniel Morgan and Reverend Worth Tippy. Morgan served as the club's first president, while Edward Baker and Amasa Mather were selected as vice-president and treasurer respectively. Mayo Fesler, instrumental in helping establish the club, served as secretary. Fesler would later serve as secretary for the Citizens League. Membership in the club was initially open to men only. Women were admitted in 1972.

The City Club has met in various locations. Between 1913 and 1916, it used several rooms above Weber's Restaurant on Superior Avenue. In 1916, it moved to the Hollenden Hotel, which served as its home until 1929, when it moved to 712 Vincent Avenue. In 1986, the City Club was located at 850 Euclid Avenue.

The principal activity of the City Club has been its forum which convenes once a week after lunch and features an address and discussion of a local, national, or international topic. A question and answer session follows each forum address.

The Anvil Revue has been another important activity of the City Club. Beginning as an in club skit it evolved into an elaborate public production consisting of humorous conversations, songs, and dances lampooning contemporary political leaders. The first Anvil Revue was presented in 1913 during the City Club's first annual meeting. The show ran continuously until 1976, when it was abandoned due to declining attendance. The Anvil Revue returned in June 1979 in the format of a radio show. As of 1986, the Anvil Revue was still broadcast on radio.

From the guide to the City Club of Cleveland Records, Series II, 1912-1977, (Western Reserve Historical Society)

The City Club of Cleveland was established in 1912 to provide a platform for the discussion of issues of contemporary interest. The first board of directors included Edward Baker, Dr. Robert Bishop, Arthur Baldwin, Starr Cadwallader, Walter Flory, Rabbi Moses Gries, Amasa Mather, Daniel Morgan and Reverend Worth Tippy. Morgan served as the club's first president, while Edward Baker and Amasa Mather were selected as vice-president and treasurer respectively. Mayo Fesler, instrumental in helping establish the club, served as secretary. Fesler would later serve as secretary for the Citizens League. Membership in the club was initially open to men only. Women were admitted in 1972.

The City Club has met in various locations. Between 1913 and 1916, it used several rooms above Weber's Restaurant on Superior Avenue. In 1916, it moved to the Hollenden Hotel, which served as its home until 1929, when it moved to 712 Vincent Avenue. In 1986, the City Club was located at 850 Euclid Avenue.

The principal activity of the City Club has been its forum which convenes once a week after lunch and features an address and discussion of a local, national or international topic. A question and answer session follows each forum address.

The Anvil Revue has been another important activity of the City Club. Beginning as an in club skit it evolved into an elaborate public production consisting of humorous conversations, songs and dances lampooning contemporary political leaders. The first Anvil Revue was presented in 1913 during the City Club's first annual meeting. The show ran continuously until 1976, when it was abandoned due to declining attendance. The Anvil Revue returned in June 1979 in the format of a radio show. As of 1986, the Anvil Revue was still broadcast on radio.

click here to view the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History entry for the City Club of Cleveland

From the guide to the City Club of Cleveland Photographs, Series II, 1930-1960, (Western Reserve Historical Society)

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referencedIn Friebolin, Carl D. (Carl David), 1878-1967. Papers, 1890-1967. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
referencedIn Campbell, Thomas F. Thomas F. Campbell papers, 1897-2004. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
creatorOf City Club of Cleveland. City Club of Cleveland Forum sound recordings, 1960-1989 Cleveland State University Library, Michael Schwartz Library
creatorOf City Club of Cleveland. Records. Series II 1912-1977. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
creatorOf Robinson, Edwin Meade, 1878-1946. Papers, 1903-1946. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
creatorOf Campbell, Thomas F. Remarks by Thomas F. Campbell upon the occasion of Newton D. Baker's induction into the City Club's Hall of Fame, May 18, 1987. Cleveland State University Library, Michael Schwartz Library
creatorOf City Club of Cleveland. Records 1912-1968. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
creatorOf Morgan, Daniel Edgar, 1877-1949. Daniel Edgar Morgan papers, 1929-1949. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
creatorOf City Club of Cleveland Forum sound recordings, 1960-1989, 1948-2011 Cleveland State University
creatorOf City Club of Cleveland. Speeches before the City Club of Cleveland, 1917-1973 [microform]. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
creatorOf Newman, Joseph S. (Joseph Simon), 1891-1960. Papers, 1887-1960. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
creatorOf City Club of Cleveland Photographs, Series II, 1930-1960 Western Reserve Historical Society
creatorOf City Club of Cleveland Records, Series II, 1912-1977 Western Reserve Historical Society
creatorOf City Club of Cleveland. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1932. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf City Club of Cleveland Records, 1912-1968 Western Reserve Historical Society
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associatedWith Abel, I. W. (Iorwith Wilbur), 1908-1987 person
associatedWith Abernathy, Ralph, 1926-1990 person
associatedWith Adams, Lois G. person
associatedWith Albee, George W. person
associatedWith Alexander, Donald person
associatedWith Allen, William Randall person
associatedWith Anderson, Gerald A. person
associatedWith Anderson, John Bayard, 1922- person
associatedWith Andrews, John S. person
associatedWith Appleman, Mark J. person
associatedWith Appling, John person
associatedWith Arneson, Nancy person
associatedWith Aronoff, Stanley J. person
associatedWith Ashbrook, John E. person
associatedWith Ash, Roy L. person
associatedWith Asner, Edward person
associatedWith Austin, Sarah Short person
associatedWith Badillo, Herman, 1929- person
associatedWith Ballard, Brunson A. person
associatedWith Ballew, Albert A. person
associatedWith Barnard, William C. person
associatedWith Barnes, John E. person
associatedWith Barnet, Richard J. person
associatedWith Bartimole, Roldo person
associatedWith Bartunek, Joseph W. person
associatedWith Basheer, Tahseen person
associatedWith Baumgartner, John Stanley person
associatedWith Beebe, N. Loraine person
associatedWith Bennett, William J. (William John), 1943- person
associatedWith Berkman, Bernard person
associatedWith Bernstein, Blanche, 1912- person
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associatedWith Biddle, Livingston, 1918- person
associatedWith Biden, Joseph R. person
associatedWith Birenbaum, William M., 1923- person
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associatedWith Boardman, Thomas L. person
associatedWith Boggs, Robert J. person
associatedWith Bonanno, Benny person
associatedWith Bonda, Ted person
associatedWith Bowen, Raymond C. (Raymond Cobb), 1934- person
associatedWith Boyd, Malcolm, 1923- person
associatedWith Boyer, Willis person
associatedWith Boyle, Mary O. person
associatedWith Breytonbach, Breyton person
associatedWith Briggs, Paul W. person
associatedWith Brighton, Stayner F. (Stayner Frates), 1916- person
associatedWith Broder, David S. person
associatedWith Brooks, Arthur V. N. person
associatedWith Brown, DeForest person
associatedWith Buckley, William F. 1925-2008. person
associatedWith Burt, John H. (John Harris) person
associatedWith Bush, George, 1924- person
associatedWith Bussi de Allende, Hortensia person
associatedWith Campbell, Thomas F. person
associatedWith Carter, Jimmy, 1924 person
associatedWith Celeste, Richard F. person
associatedWith Chavez, Cesar, 1927-1993 person
associatedWith Du Bois, W. E. B. 1868-1963. person
associatedWith Falwell, Jerry person
associatedWith Friebolin, Carl D. 1878-1967. person
associatedWith Friebolin, Carl D. (Carl David), 1878-1967. person
associatedWith Fuldheim, Dorothy person
associatedWith Glenn, John, 1921- person
associatedWith Goldwater, Barry M. (Barry Morris), 1909-1998 person
associatedWith Hernández Agosto, Miguel A., 1927- person
associatedWith Humphrey, Hubert H. 1911-1978. person
associatedWith Jackson, Jesse, 1941- person
associatedWith Janeway, Eliot person
associatedWith Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968. person
associatedWith Kerpelman, Leonard, 1930- person
associatedWith Kucinich, Dennis J., 1946- person
associatedWith Lafferty, J. J. person
associatedWith McGovern, George S. 1922- person
associatedWith Modell, Art person
associatedWith Morgan, Daniel Edgar, 1877-1949. person
associatedWith Morgenthau, Henry, 1891-1967. person
associatedWith Nader, Ralph person
associatedWith Newman, Joseph Simon, 1891-1960. person
associatedWith Nguyẽ̂n, Cao Ky&#768 person
associatedWith Perk, Ralph J. person
associatedWith Porter, Philip W. person
associatedWith Proxmire, William. person
associatedWith Rhodes, James A. (James Allen), 1909-2001 person
associatedWith Robinson, Edwin Meade, 1878-1946. person
associatedWith Shapp, Milton J., 1912-1994. person
associatedWith Steinbrenner, George M. (George Michael), 1930-2010 person
associatedWith Stokes, Carl. person
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associatedWith Vanik, Charles. person
associatedWith Voinovich, George V., 1936- person
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Ohio--Cleveland
Ohio--Cleveland
Ohio
Cleveland (Ohio)
Cleveland (Ohio)
Ohio--Cleveland
Cleveland (Ohio)
Subject
Clubs
Speeches, addresses, etc
Forums (Discussion and debate)--Photographs
Men--Ohio--Cleveland--Societies and clubs--Photographs
Witt, Peter, 1869-1948
Ohio--Politics and government--Photographs
City Club of Cleveland
Men--Societies and clubs
Cleveland (Ohio)--Politics and government--Photographs
Clubs--Ohio--Cleveland
Cleveland (Ohio)--Politics and government
Clubs--Ohio--Cleveland--Photographs
Newman, Joseph Simon, 1891-1960
City Club of Cleveland--Photograph collections
Men--Ohio--Cleveland--Societies and clubs
Friebolin, Carl D., 1878-1967
Ohio--Politics and government
Forums (Discussion and debate)
Speeches, addresses, etc., American
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