HISTORICAL NOTEThe Sunday Breakfast Club (SBC) was founded in 1933 to give prominent members of Philadelphia's business, political, and academic communities a forum to discuss issues pertinent to the city. Formed during the Great Depression and between World Wars I and II, the SBC's stated goal was "to provide perspectives on social, political, and economic forces affecting the world." The SBC consisted of two entities; the membership, initially white male executives and administrators and the steering committee, which managed the organization. An important component of the SBC was the weekly luncheons. Speakers from around the world were asked to address the membership and articulate their views in line with the SBC's stated objectives. In its later years the club attempted to broaden the range of both its membership and speakers by recruiting minorities, women, and younger executives. As of 1998 the SBC exists and is one of Delaware Valley's influential organizations.
ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT
The Sunday Breakfast Club is made up of seven series:
The first series, Administration, contains organizational by-laws, internal correspondence and reports, questionnaires concerning membership, and organizational history. Series two, membership, consists of membership lists, correspondence, dues notices, and mailings. Series three, steering committee contains meeting notes and information on that committee. The fourth series, speakers, alphabetically lists individual speakers and contains brief biographical sketches and abstracts. This series also contains some materials on panels and other programs. The fifth series, financial, contains materials regarding SBC's financial history. Series six contains miscellaneous materials and series seven contains bound transcripts of meetings from the organization's early years.