Records of the Ladies' Physiological Institute, 1848-1996
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Conditions Governing Use
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
2 linear feet (2 + 1/2 file boxes, 1 folio box)
In April 2014, correspondence, handbooks, newsletters, citations, and a scrapbook were added to the collection. These records are found in Box 3 and Folio box 4.
On May 6, 1850, the Institute was incorporated in Massachusetts stating its purpose as "promoting among women a knowledge of the human system, the laws of life and health, [and] the means of relieving sickness and suffering." Eunice Cobb, called "Mother Cobb," was elected president. The Institute held weekly lectures, covering such topics as "Physiology and Hygiene of Women in Middle Life," "Dress Reform and Physical Development," and "Development of Character in Schools." In 1895, the Ladies' Physiological Institute joined the Massachusetts State Federation of Women's Clubs, and in 1906 the General Federation of Women's Clubs. Over the years the scope of topics broadened, reflecting the more general interests of women's clubs in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The records of the Ladies' Physiological Institute were given to the Schlesinger Library by the Ladies' Physiological Institute between January 1976 and October 1997.
- Box 1: 1v-20v
- Box 2: 21-30, M1-M7
- Box 3: 31-40
- Folio Box 4: 41v
By: Katherine Gray Kraft
Updated: April 2014
By: Anne Engelhart
- Ladies' Physiological Institute (Boston, Mass.). Records of the Ladies' Physiological Institute, 1848-1996: A Finding Aid
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
- This collection was processed under a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
- EAD ID
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