Apollo Social Club, Inc. records
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Apollo Social Club, Inc. records

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040. reference@atlantahistorycenter.com
Creator: Apollo Social Club, Inc. (Atlanta, Ga.).
Title: Apollo Social Club, Inc. records
Dates: 1972-1978, undated
Quantity: 2.0 Folders
Identification: ahc.MSS713f

Biographical/Historical Note

The Apollo Social Club was a non-profit organization chartered in 1972 by six men who wanted to create a social club for gay men in Atlanta. The original charter members and first Board of Directors were Jim Ambrose, Charles Brame, Gene Cook, Ed Darden, David Lacks, and Don Uhlenhopp. Tony Alderson was soon added as a seventh board member. By the end of the first year, Mace H. Phillips, Jr. joined the Board of Directors and the club grew to 181 members. The club created by-laws and required an annual due of twenty-five dollars from each member. The membership list was private and limited to 200 people. Social functions of the club included first class shows, cocktail parties, group vacations, member banquets, holiday parties, and other social events throughout the year. The purpose of the club was to promote the social, literary, artistic, and cultural welfare of its members. The club published a monthly newsletter The Scarlett Letter.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains business documents, newsletters, correspondence, travel itineraries, and invitations relating to the Apollo Social Club. Included are the club's by-laws, letters to members, solicitation letters, financial statements, membership applications, canceled checks, and business cards. The collection contains several lists of members considered for board and committee memberships. The seventeen issues of The Scarlett Letter include the first issue of May 1973 to November 1975. Travel itineraries and information include domestic trips to Savannah, Georgia and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. International trip information, boarding passes, and passenger lists are included for Acapulco, Mexico; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Europe. Party invitations and flyers include holiday parties, cocktail parties, special events, and member banquets.

Index Terms

Ambrose, Jim
Apollo Social Club, Inc. (Atlanta, Ga.).
Atlanta (Ga.)--Clubs
Atlanta (Ga.)--Social life and customs
Brame, Charles
Cook, Gene
Darden, Ed
Gay men--Georgia--Atlanta
Gay men--Georgia--Atlanta--History
Gay men--Georgia--Atlanta--Social Conditions
Lacks, David
Phillips, Mace H., Jr.
Uhlenhopp, Don
Voyages and travels

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Apollo Social Club, Inc. records, MSS 713f, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2005

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2013.


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Container List



1Business documents, newsletters, invitations, and travel itineraries, 1972-1978, undated


MSS OS 5.24 Le Club Menage flyer, undated