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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 323

Records of the Phoenix Club, 1913-1964


Minutes, lists of members and officers, correspondence, etc., of Phoenix Club, a women's discussion club in Cambridge, Mass.


  • Creation: 1913-1964

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the records created by the Phoenix Club as well as 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.


.21 linear feet (1/2 file box)

The collection consists of four volumes, which contain minutes and also lists of members and officers, and correspondence among members and with charitable organizations.


The Thursday Club was founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts, probably in October 1908, as a women's discussion club. It met monthly from October to April at the homes of members. At first, meetings included formal debates on various literary, educational, political and social topics, members being assigned to speak on different sides. The Club also heard outside speakers. In 1918-1919 the club changed its name to Phoenix Club and soon began to meet bi-weekly, informal talk and readings with occasional papers replacing formal discussion. Its purpose was now "sociability first and foremost." The club also made donations of money and handiwork to charitable organizations.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 1634

The records of the Phoenix Club were given to the Schlesinger Library by Helen I. Tetlow and Mrs. Raymond Calkins in July 1969.

Processing Information

Processed: July 1981

By: Eric Nils Lindquist

Phoenix Club. Records of the Phoenix Club, 1913-1964: 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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