Records of the New England Women's Club, 1843-1970
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Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
7.75 linear feet ((5 cartons, 2 file boxes, 2 folio boxes) plus 4 folio+ folders, 1 oversize folder, 1 folio photograph folder)
Series I, History (#1v-21f), consists of the following in the order listed: regulations, bylaws, and constitution; lists of officers, nominations, and ballots; yearbooks, 1880-1970; Historian's records, and other historical information; and photographs.
Series II, Secretaries' records (#22-57), includes the recording secretary's minutes (Board of Directors, annual, and Monday afternoon meetings) and annual reports, and reports of the corresponding secretary. The records of the recording secretary also contain membership, committee, and class information, and financial reports: e.g. treasurer's, auditor's, Reserve Fund.
Series III, Programs (#58-120), includes four sections: committee reports; class reports; projects, which include papers read to the club, programs for performances, meeting announcements, original charades, book and travel talks, and the Horticultural School for Women; and correspondence, reports, etc., re: New England Women's Club's relations with other women's organizations.
The meetings arranged by the Discussion Committee (#70-72) covered a variety of topics: e.g. cycling for women, literature, foreign travel, manners, crime, politics, suffrage, immigration, public education, education for girls, and paid work for women. Some of the committee's annual reports give a cursory description of topics discussed, others are more detailed.
Papers read to the club (#106-108) also cover a variety of topics and they include "Legal condition of women in Massachusetts" by Lucy Stone. Those by Julia Ward Howe include one about the Department of Woman's Work at the World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition (New Orleans, 1884-85); most of the rest are about the New England Women's Club and the women's club movement.
Series IV, Membership (#121-144), contains, in the following order: membership lists, membership proposals and applications, each section arranged chronologically; and a section of documents by and about individual members. This last section is arranged alphabetically.
Series V, Financial records (#145-177), includes three sections: treasurer's records which consist of the following five sub-sections (each arranged chronologically): reports (multi-year, annual, and monthly), receipt and expenditure ledgers, checks and checkbooks, budgets, donations made by New England Women's Club; auditor's reports; Reserve Fund which consist of the following three sub-sections (each arranged chronologically): reports, bank records, and correspondence.
There are also financial records in the yearbooks (series I), the secretary's records (series II), and in the finance committee papers (series III).
Researchers following up on names or subjects listed in the added entries should be aware that much of the relevant documentation can be found in the board, annual, and regular meeting minutes and in committee reports.
Many file units listed as volumes in the 1973 inventory of these records have now been placed in folders for preservation purposes, and are numbered accordingly.
Among the early projects of the club or its committees were a report on needlewomen in Boston; a Friendly Evenings Association, which provided a comfortable meeting-place for working women for about a year, when the project was taken over by the newly-established Women's Educational and Industrial Union; a Horticultural School for Women; the Dress Reform Rooms established and run by the Dress Reform Committee to make and sell "hygienic" garments for women; and work by the Education Committee that led to the election of four women to the Boston School Committee in 1874.
On the cultural side there were, in addition to the many lectures, "poetical picnics," with contributions by members; annual lunches to honor astronomer Maria Mitchell; celebrations of Margaret Fuller's birthday; dramatic performances; and regular classes in English literature, botany, physiology, and languages. The club's history of cultural and philanthropic activities has continued to the present.
- I. History
- II. Secretaries' records
- III. Programs
- IV. Membership
- V. Financial records
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The records of the New England Women's Club were given to the Schlesinger Library by the club in 1972.
MICROFILM OF COLLECTION
All dates and other information added by the processor are in square brackets.
Unnumbered volume and notebook pages containing text, and some multipaged letters, were numbered by the processor to aid the microfilmer, the proofreader, and researchers.
Blank volume pages numbered by the printer were filmed only when opposite a page with text.
Loose items found between pages of notebooks or other volumes were filmed where found.
Some reports were handwritten on the reverse side of previously used paper. With a few exceptions only the ms. side was filmed.
Many multipaged letters conclude at the top or sides of page one, or another page that is not the last. The page with the ending was not refilmed, so researchers must return to the pertinent page.
The film was proofread by the Schlesinger Library and corrections made where necessary.
Copies of this microfilm (M-145) may be borrowed on interlibrary loan from the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.
- Folders 1-5: M-145, Reel 1
- Folders 6-8: M-145, Reel 2
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INDEX OF SELECTED CORRESPONDENTS
Key: No symbol = Writer; * = Writer and recipient; ~ = Recipient; fb2 = Folio box 2
The numbers refer to the folders.
- Brown, Sara E. 74*, 117~
- Channing, William H. fb2
- Cheney, Ednah fb2*, 128*, 143~
- Child, David Lee fb2~
- Clarke, James Freeman fb2~
- Converse, Susan Taylor 74, 75*
- Crocker, Lucretia fb2
- Curtis, Alice T. 129
- Diaz, Abby M. fb2
- Doggett, Kate N. 117
- Emerson, Ellen T. fb2
- Gardner, Isabella S. fb2
- Garrison, William Lloyd fb2
- Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute 161
- Howe, Julia Ward fb2*, 119~
- Kendall, Phebe M. 74, 75*
- Ladd, Mary H. 119
- Lewis, Helen C. 75*
- Livermore, Mary A. fb2
- Macdaniel, F.L. 117~
- Marsh, Mabel 129~, 135*, 163*
- May, Abigail W. fb2
- Parsons, Anna Q.T. fb2
- Peabody, Elizabeth P. fb2*
- Peabody, Lucia M. fb2, 74~, 75*, 115, 128*, 160~
- Perry, Olive A. 139~, 143~, 160~
- Phillips, Wendell fb2
- Read, Anne L. 140~
- Richards, Laura 17
- Ripley, George fb2
- Severance, Caroline M. fb2, 75
- Shrewsberry, Henry L. 128
- Sprague, Julia A. fb2~, 139
- Stantial, Edna L. 132
- Stone, Lucy fb2
- Van Duzen, J.D. 75*
- Ward, Mary Alden fb2, 48, 140
- Wells, Kate G. fb2
- Whittier, John Greenleaf fb2*
- Wolcott, Henrietta S.T. 74~, 75*
- Woolson, Abba G. 74, 75*
- Zakrzewska, Marie E. fb2, 143
By: Bert Hartry
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- Annual reports
- Boston (Mass.)--Social life and customs
- Clothing and dress
- Cycling for women
- Garrison, William Lloyd, 1805-1879
- Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911
- Horticulture--Study and teaching--Massachusetts
- Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862
- Women volunteers in social service--Massachusetts
- Women--Intellectual life
- Women--Social conditions
- Women--Societies and clubs
- Working-women's clubs--Massachusetts
- World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition (1884-1885 : New Orleans, La.)
- New England Women's Club. Records of the New England Women's Club, 1843-1970: A Finding Aid
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