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Golden Agers Scrapbook No. 2

Identifier: HQBCA-017


This collection includes one (1) scrapbook which previously belonged to a member of the Golden Agers Club at Hallie Q. Brown Community Center. This scrapbook contains mostly newspaper clippings and photographs, correspondence, and general biographical works.


  • 1950 - 1980

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Restrictions regarding access to the physcial materials are in place due to COVID precautions.

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This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and obtain all necessary permissions and determining the nature of any liabilities prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Organized in 1919 as “The Boys and Girls of Yesterday” club, the Golden Agers is regarded by many as the oldest senior citizens group in the state of Minnesota. When the club began, the rules for membership mandated that a person be a St. Paul resident of “at least 50 years”. Over the years, this rule was disavowed and anyone who wanted to join, were welcome.

From the 1940s through the early 70s, the Golden Agers hosted a pre-Thanksgiving Dinner at Hallie Q. Brown during the mid-day. This highly anticipated event regularly gathered anywhere between 150-300 seniors, not just in Rondo, but from the surrounding counties as well.

The club also provided opportunities for elders to meet, play games, make crafts, go on trips and engage with communities in the Twin Cities and beyond. At its height, the club hosted an average of 150 members at Hallie Q. every week. Though the club has gone through many changes, the Golden Agers continue to provide seniors a feeling of belonging and vitality.


1 Volumes (33 pages, front and back.) : his spineless scrapbook is bound together with a singular brown cord. The scrapbook has a white front and back cover with gold-color detailing. The front cover has the words "Scrap Book" printed in gold-color lettering in the lower right corner. There are three strips of adhesives located on the outside of the scrapbook, where a plastic covering was attached. The plastic cover has been removed, due to discoloration. The pages of the scrapbook are plain, thick construction-type paper. To this paper, photographs and other graphic materials have been attached through various methods, such as tape, glue, staples and clips. Photographs have some fading and discoloration, otherwise the condition is good. General condition of the scrapbook is good. There are 33 pages in total. ; Outer-most dimensions are approx. 12.25 inches x 12.25 inches x 1.25 inches.

Language of Materials



This collection is split into four series, according to graphic material type and content, as follows:

Series I: Photographs

Series II: Newspaper Clippings

Series III: Correspondence

Series IV: Biographical Works


Hallie Q. Brown Community Center. "Golden Agers Scrapbook No.2". Hallie Q. Brown Community Archives.


The first, fly-leaf page reads as follows:


Property of the "Golden Agers". Formerly "The Boys and Girls of Yesterday".

Founder--Alverta Coram (Mrs. Ulysses Coram).

[First] Director at H.Q.Brown--Mrs. Dolly Peery.

[Second] Director at H.Q.Brown--Mrs. John M. (R. Idelle) Patton, 1944 [to] 1978.

Golden Agers Scrapbook No. 2
Created and described by Kayla T. Jackson, 2022.
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This finding aid was made possible with a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Repository Details

Part of the Hallie Q. Brown Community Archives Repository

270 N. Kent Street
Saint Paul MN 55102 USA