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1Title:  Oakwood Club Records and Photographs     
 Creator:  Oakwood Club 
 Dates:  1872-2007 
 Abstract:  Excelsior was a Jewish social club established in 1872 partly in reaction to Jewish exclusion from such clubs as the Union Club. The club sponsored a variety of social events and provided dining and recreational facilities. In 1905, a second Jewish association, Oakwood, was established as a golf club in the suburban area of Cleveland Heights. In 1931, the board of the Excelsior leadership agreed to a merger and Excelsior ceased to exist as a separate entity. The Oakwood Club opened in 1906 with a 9-hole golf course. After expansion, the course was selected as the site of the 1921 Western Open Golf Tournament. After the merger with Excelsior, the clubhouse was expanded, with the addition of squash courts, bowling alleys, and an outdoor swimming pool. During World War II, the U.S. Army's 729th Military Police Battalion utilized the Oakwood clubhouse as a barracks. After the war, further improvements were made. In 1961, the membership approved the purchase of land in Kirtland. This property was never developed and was sold off in 1987. Because of falling revenue, the Oakwood Club decided in 2010 to move its members to the Mayfield Sand Ridge Club and put its 144-acre property up for sale. The Oakwood Club ceased to exist April 1, 2010. 
 Call #:  MS 5440 
 Extent:  14.4 linear feet (17 containers) 
 Subjects:  Oakwood Club (Cleveland Heights, Ohio) | Excelsior Club (Cleveland, Ohio) | Oakwood Club (Cleveland Heights, Ohio) -- Photograph collections | Jews -- Ohio -- Cleveland -- Societies, etc. | Clubs -- Ohio -- Cleveland | Country clubs -- Ohio -- Cleveland
 
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