These files contain the records of the Keewaydin Club, the Mercer Island Club, and the South Mercer
Island Club. From the early 1900s until the islandís incorporation, these clubs had important roles as
centers of island social life, political activity, and community improvements.
The records of these clubs provide detailed information about Mercer Island history. Membership
rosters, meeting attendance lists, or picnic tickets sales lists might aid a genealogist in
tracing a personís residence on the island. Someone interested in Mercer Island community history
could learn from the club minutes that parents volunteered to install an electric light in the
first schoolhouse, or could investigate the issues ferry commuters faced in the 1920s. The club
records document the effect national events had on Mercer Island. For example, the clubsí
financial hardship in the 1930s reflects the impact of the depression and the formation of new
club committees during World War II illustrates Islandersíresponse to the changes the War
The Keewaydin Clubhouse (1922), now the Veteranís of Foreign Wars Clubhouse, and the South Mercer
Island Clubhouse, once a school, now Sunnybeam Nursery School, stand today as two of Mercer
Islandís most significant historic public buildings. If any organization undertakes a substantial
renovation of either structure, it will find this collection an invaluable source of information
about the physical history of the buildings.
(NOW VFW HALL)
The following list describes the files that pertain to the property, the original building, and
changes made over time.
- FURNISHINGS (INCLUDING PIANOS)
- LOT, DEED AND DESCRIPTION
- MECHANICAL SYSTEMS
- MORTGAGE (WASHINGTON MUTUAL SAVINGS BANK)
- PROPERTY TAX STATEMENTS
- RENTAL POLICIES/PROBLEMS
- SALE TO VFW
- YARD AND LANDSCAPING
SOUTH MERCER ISLAND CLUB
The club records have been organized into the same categories as the Mercer Island and
Keewaydin Club files. The subject files vary to reflect the particular concerns of the
south end organization. The files are:
- PARKS & RECREATION
- PETITION FOR EXCLUSION FROM WATER DISTRICT
- PRESCHOOL ASSOCIATION
- PROPERTY EXCHANGE WITH SCHOOL DISTRICT
- ROADS AND TRANSPORTATION
- SADDLE CLUB
- SOUTH MERCER ISLAND FIRE STATION
SOUTH MERCER ISLAND CLUBHOUSE (NOW SUNNYBEAM)
The following list describes the files that pertain to the property, the building, and to
changes which occurred over time.
- CARETAKERíS COTTAGE
- PROPERTY TAXES
These records contain a wide variety of documents that reflect the variety of club activities on
Documents range from membership lists and announcements of club activities to the detailed
banking and financial records.
The records are presently grouped more or less chronologically.
Thoughtful organization of the records requires careful consideration of their utility to future
users of the collection. The records will be of great interest to historians interested in early
Mercer Island life and politics, and to people tracing genealogical records.
The Mercer Island Club and the South Mercer Island Improvement Club acted as the de facto
political groups on the Island prior to incorporation. The Keewaydin Club functioned as a
social organization. Consequently, the records of the club are important as documents of these
early groups. However, since these groups were involved with many issues, such as land use
planning, transportation lobbing, and education, they are also valuable as records of general
Documents included with the MI Club boxes, which pertain primarily to other issues, are filed
with the main collection.
ORGANIZATION OF THE COLLECTION
The records of the Mercer Island Club, Keewaydin Club, and the South Mercer, and the South
Mercer Island Clubs remain separate. The records fall into the following categories:
- KEEWAYDIN CLUB RECORDS (1921-33)
- MERCER ISLAND COMMUNITY CLUB/MERCER ISLAND CLUB RECORDS (1918-64)
- CLUBHOUSE (NOW VFS) RECORDS (1922-1964)
- MERCER ISLAND CLUB SUBJECT FILES
- SOUTH MERCER ISLAND CLUB RECORDS (194?-1960s)
- SOUTH MERCER ISLAND CLUBHOUSE (NOW SUNNYBEAM)
- SOUTH MERCER ISLAND SUBJECT FILES
DESCRIPTION OF THE FILES
To help a researcher locate information, the records of each club are organized, by decade, into
several categories: activities, membership, minutes, and financial. The following descriptions
identify the type of material which each contains.
information pertaining to the events the clubs sponsored, clubhouse rentals,
publicity announcements, expense records, correspondence related to events, and
janitorís work records. Major, well-documented events, such as the annual picnics,
or a 1930 highway dedication ceremony have separate files.
Rosters, dues billings, correspondence about membership, as well as letters
regarding individual members, such as funeral announcements.
minutes from both regular and trustee meetings that often contain committee reports
(such as Roads), as well as publicity announcements. Any meeting attendance records
will be found with the minutes of the meeting.
tax forms, annual financial summaries and audits, as well as banking records of
any particular note.