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COLLECTION Identifier: 79-M308

Records of the Forthian Club of Somerville, 1889-1979


Correspondence, minutes, reports, programs, etc., of the Forthian Club of Somerville (Mass.), a social, intellectual, and philanthropic organization.


  • Creation: 1889-1979

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by the Forthian Club of Somerville is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


3 linear feet ((3 cartons) plus 2 photograph folders)

The collection consists of correspondence, Executive board minutes, reports of meetings, photographs, programs, clippings and yearbooks.

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library. See Forthian Club of Somerville (Mass.) Additional records (81-M114).


The Forthian Club, a social, intellectual and philanthropic organization, was founded by Emma Whitcomb in 1899 and closed in 1979. Its object was "to combine intellectual progress and social life." One meeting a year was devoted to each of the following: household economy, art, music, current events, history and literature. Other events were purely social or raised money for charity. A student loan fund, later combined with the scholarship fund, offered scholarships of $200 to promising seniors from Somerville High School. The Forthian Club was affiliated with the Massachusetts State Federation of Women's Clubs (1899) and the General Federation of Women's Clubs (1900).

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 79-M308

The records of the Forthian Club of Somerville, 1899-1979, were given by Edith Kettele Raymond to the Schlesinger Library, July, 1979.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library. See Forthian Club of Somerville (Mass.) Additional records, 1889-1979 (81-M114).


The following item has been removed from the collection and sent to the General Federation of Women's Clubs archives, July 1981:

  1. Scrapbook, (no cover), re General Federation of Women's Clubs 60th convention, 1957, programs and clippings.


  1. Carton 1: 1-23v.
  2. Carton 2: 24v.-38
  3. Carton 3: 39-44v.

Processing Information

Preliminary inventory: April, 1980

By: Jane S. Knowles

Updated photograph description: May 2016

By: Lillianne Keaney

Forthian Club of Somerville (Mass.) Records of the Forthian Club of Somerville, 1889-1979: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

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