B-28; MP-1; Vt.-131

Saturday Morning Club (Boston, Mass.). Records of the Saturday Morning Club, 1871-1983: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

This collection was processed under a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: B-28; MP-1; Vt.-131
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Saturday Morning Club (Boston, Mass.)
Title: Records of the Saturday Morning Club, 1871-1983
Date(s): 1871-1983
Quantity: 4.38 linear feet (8 file boxes, 5 half file boxes) plus 3 oversize volumes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Bylaws, minutes, financial records, etc., of the Saturday Morning Club, established to promote "culture and social intercourse" for young women in Boston, Mass.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 1127, 1524, 1554, 1555, 1573, 1603, 1624, 1687,70-22, 70-38, 70-46, 71-35, 71-74, 72-43, 72-77, 73-69, 73-84, 74-140, 75-108, 75-231, 76-382
The papers of the Saturday Morning Club were deposited in the Schlesinger Library by the Club beginning in 1967.

Processing Information:

Reprocessed: December 1976
By: Katherine Gray Kraft

Preferred Citation:

Saturday Morning Club Records, 1871-1983; item description, dates. B-28, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Saturday Morning Club Additional records, 1865-1983 (77-M8--84-M126) and Saturday Morning Club Additional records, 1971-1996 (85-M212--96-M166).


The following items have been removed from the collection and catalogued separately:
The following film has been removed from the collection and catalogued separately:


The Saturday Morning Club was founded by Julia Ward Howe in 1871 for her youngest daughter, Maud, and Maud's friends. The Club, whose purpose was "to promote culture and social intercourse", met on Saturday mornings from November through April, alternating between guest lectures and Club discussions of the previous week's topic. Lecturers included Lucy Stone, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Abba Woolson, Annie and James Fields, professors from Harvard University, and many others. Beginning in 1874 the Club produced plays and sponsored parties with various themes (e.g., Mother Goose, Ancestors, Shakespearean Revels). Presentation of original papers by Club members eventually became the predominant function of the Club. Many papers are autobiographical, biographical, or anecdotal, though scholarly topics are covered as well.


The collection is arranged in eight series:


This collection includes histories; minutes of the recording secretary (those for 1892-1896 are missing), executive committee, and other committees; records of the treasurer and corresponding secretary; constitutions and by-laws; lists of members, officers, lecturers, and topics for discussion; announcements of meetings and parties; autograph books; correspondence; announcements and financial records of theatrical productions; papers by members; and graphs. The index which follows the inventory is a guide to correspondents, authors of papers, and those lecturers for whom there are entries in the card catalogue.




Photographs of the following members of the Saturday Morning Club appear in the folders listed below:

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Amateur plays
Boston (Mass.)--Social life and customs
Lecture Notes
Motion pictures
Women--Societies and clubs
World War, 1914-1918
Baldwin, Maria Louise, 1856-1922
Brandeis, Louis Dembitz, 1856-1941
Brooks, John Graham, 1846-1938
Brooks, Phillips, 1835-1893
Cabot, Richard C. (Richard Clarke), 1868-1939
Cheney, Ednah Dow Littlehale, 1824-1904
Crothers, Samuel McChord, 1857-1927
Dana family
Deland, Margaret Wade Campbell, 1857-1945
Diaz, Abby Morton, 1821-1904
Dudley, Helena Stuart, 1858-1932
Elliott, Maud Howe, 1854-1948
Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882
Fields, Annie, 1834-1915
Fields, James Thomas, 1817-1881
Fletcher, Alice C. (Alice Cunningham), 1838-1923
Gilman, Arthur, 1837-1909
Hale, Edward Everett, 1822-1909
Hamilton, Alice, 1869-1970
Harvard University--Faculty
Hersey, Heloise
Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911
Holmes, Oliver Wendell, Jr., 1841-1935
Howe, Julia Ward, 1819-1910
Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920
Huntington, Catharine Sargent, 1886-1987
Irwin, Agnes, 1841-1914
Lloyd, Henry Demarest, 1847-1903
Longfellow, Alice M. (Alice Mary), 1850-1928
May, Abby W. (Abby Williams), 1829-1888
Moulton, Louise Chandler, 1835-1908
Olmsted, Frederick Law, 1822-1903
Palmer, Alice Freeman, 1855-1902
Scudder, Vida Dutton, 1861-1954
Shurcliff family
Shurtleff family
Stone, Lucy, 1818-1893
Tharp, Louise Hall, 1898-1992
Twain, Mark, 1835-1910
Wells, Kate Gannett, 1838-1911
Whitman, Sarah Wyman, 1842-1904
Woolson, Abba Goold, 1838-1921