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COLLECTION Identifier: 89-M98

Records of the Tuesday Class, 1894-1989


Minutes, financial records, correspondence, etc., of the Tuesday Class (Cambridge, Mass.), founded to study and discuss literary, social, and economic topics.


  • Creation: 1894-1989

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 Tuesday Class 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. Records may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


1 linear feet (1 carton)

This collection consists of secretary's reports containing minutes of meetings, 1894-1960, 1966-1981, lists of officers and members, financial records, programs, an article on the history of the club and an interview with club member Gertrude Shaw. These records document the history of the club and on the cultural aspirations and interests of a group of middle-class Cambridge women.


The Tuesday Class (also known as the Tuesday Club or the Tuesday Literary Class) was a study club founded in 1889 by Mrs. E.P.S. Moor. Its precursor was The Ellis Club, an informal gathering of friends arranged by Mrs. George Lawrence to study with the Rev. Sumner Ellis. The members were, and still are, principally women who live in the Avon Hill section of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

At the weekly meetings, members followed a course of study with a paid lecturer to conduct the class and direct discussion. Subjects studied included the works of a single author (William Thackeray, Ben Jonson, Robert Browning) or such topics as contemporary social or economic questions, German thought in the 18th century, or Italian literature. After 1918, the meetings were held once a month and the programs became more varied, offering either a lecture on current issues or an activity (concert or play) combined with tea. The current membership stands at about 30.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 89-M98

These records were given to the Schlesinger Library by the Tuesday Class in May 1989.

Processing Information

Preliminary inventory: March, 1990

By: Lucy Thoma

Tuesday Class (Cambridge, Mass.). Records of the Tuesday Class, 1894-1989: 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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