Novakclub, Inc. Records

Identifier: 2017-04

Scope and Contents

The Novakclub, Inc. Records includes material that documents company operations. These include financial information, customer correspondence, orders, and miscellaneous operations information. Customer correspondence represents the largest portion of this collection. Much of the correspondence is in regards to orders placed with the company or interest in receiving more information about the golf clubs. Also included are an incomplete set of index cards representing clubs sold from 1926-1931 and oversize ledger sheets of orders from 1931-1933. Both include name and address of individual or company as well as the number of clubs purchased and, on occasion, billing information. Of interest is a small amount of information regarding advertising from 1929, including mailers and distribution flyers.

The financial information is comprised of tax returns; lists of assets, liabilities, receipts, and expenditures; and a document about corporation filing in Nevada. There also is correspondence regarding a German patent tax from 1934 that includes the patent number as well as information that Novakclub had been paying the patent tax for 9 years.


  • 1924-1945


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Administrative History

Joe Novak, born in Butte, Montana, began his golf career as a caddy at the Butte Country Club. He enlisted in the army during World War I, and, after his release from the military in 1919, began working at the Spokane (Washington) Golf Club. In 1922 at the age of 24, Novak began an appointment as a professional instructor and golfer at the Berkeley County Club in California. In 1927, Novak relocated to Los Angeles, California to serve as a professional at the Bel-Air Country Club, a club at which he worked until the 1960s. In July 1928, Novak married Edythe Mallory Crouch of Los Angeles. During his time in Los Angeles, Novak became famous for not only his golfing ability, but also as the first person to teach golf through the movies and for his patented "All-in-One" adjustable golf club.

Founded by Joe Novak in the late 1920s, Novakclub, Inc. originally based operations in San Francisco, but around 1929 moved the company to Goldfield, Nevada and worked out of the former West Crook Street School, a building which was purchased in 1931 by Novakclub manager, Ed Lembcke. From that building, the company manufactured their patented adjustable golf clubs and conducted all business. Although the club was never accepted nationally, it received quite a bit of attention during the 1930s and was distributed for sale across the United States.

According to a Novakclub mailer from around the time the company moved to Goldfield, the golf clubs were manufactured for both right- and left-handed players, men and women, and came in two types: the Standard Adjustable Novakclub and the Take-Down Adjustable Novakclub, suitable for packing in luggage.


0.75 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials



Novakclub, Inc. was founded in the late 1920s by Joe Novak, a professional golfer and golf instructor, in San Francisco. Operations soon after relocated to Goldfield, Nevada. The Novakclub was a patented "All-In-One" adjustable golf club. The collection contains materials that documents company operations including financial information, customer correspondence, orders, and miscellaneous operational records from 1926-1944.


Arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Novakclub, Inc. Records were received in 1989 as part of a group of papers that had previously been stored in the Goldfield Hotel.


Guide to the Novakclub, Inc. Records
Jessica Maddox
March 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
1664 N. Virginia St.
Reno Nevada 89557-0322 USA
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