College Club (Boston, Mass.). Records of the College Club, 1890-1969: 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
Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: MC 209
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: College Club (Boston, Mass.)
Title: Records of the College Club, 1890-1969
Quantity: 3 linear feet (3 cartons) plus electronic records)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Minutes, committee records, annual meeting reports, etc., of the College Club, established
in 1890 to provide a place for social meetings of college women in Boston.
Accession numbers: 74-250 75-382
The records of the College Club were deposited with the Schlesinger Library in September
1974 by the College Club and in November 1975 by Mrs. Hollis Gerrish.
Processed: January 1975, February 1976
By: Karen Van Deloo, Laurie A. Cadigan
Access. Collection is open for research.
Copyright. Copyright in the records created by the College Club 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.
College Club Records, 1890-1969; item description, dates. MC 209, folder #. Schlesinger
Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.
The College Club held its first meeting on December 15, 1890. An outgrowth of the
Boston Branch of the Association of Collegiate Alumnae, the Club was incorporated
on May 4, 1895, with the purpose of "establishing and maintaining a place for social
meetings of college women." Meetings had been held in one room of 76 Marlborough Street
for three years (1890-1893). After several moves to larger quarters the College Club
bought its own house, at 40 Commonwealth Avenue, in 1905, and later purchased the
neighboring houses (numbers 38, 42, and 44). This Clubhouse provided rooms for transient
college women as well as a center for social functions. The many distinguished guest
lecturers at Club meetings included Oliver Wendell Holmes, Alice Longfellow, Vida
Scudder, Lucy Stone, Mark Twain, and Frances Willard. In 1955, the charter's statement
of purpose was amended to read: "continuing and advancing the education of college
women in public affairs, literature and the arts and of providing an opportunity for
their participation in civic activities generally, and for the further purpose of
providing a meeting place where its members may pursue the objectives of the Club
through lectures, forums, discussions and meetings."
For detailed histories of the College Club, see Volume 29, the Anniversaries Book.
Since 1969, three of the houses have been sold; the Clubhouse is now located at 44
Collection contains minutes; records of the board of directors, board of managers,
house committee, and executive committee; annual meeting reports; newsletters; bulletins;
directories; speeches; and histories comprise this collection. The College Club's
web site is being captured periodically as part of Harvard University Library's Web
Archive Collection service (WAX); searchable archived versions of the web site will
be available through this finding aid in 2010.
- Carton 1: 1v-9v, 1 folder
- Carton 2: 10v-17v
- Carton 3: 18v-30v
- 1v. Annual meetings-minutes and reports, December 1890-April 1895
- 2v. Annual meetings-minutes and reports, April 1895-May 1910
- 3v. Annual meetings-minutes and reports, June 1910-May 1930
- 4v. Annual meetings-minutes and reports, May 1930-May 1939
- 5v. Annual meetings-minutes and reports, April 1940-May 1952
- 6v. Annual meetings-minutes and reports, May 1953-April 1959
- 7v. Annual meetings-minutes and reports, April 1960-April 1969
- 8v. 1893-1904: Executive Committee/Board of Managers Minutes
- 9v. Board of Managers, 1904-1906
- 10v. Board of Managers, 1906-1909
- 11v. Board of Managers, 1909-1916
- 12v. Board of Managers, 1920-1926
- 13v. Board of Directors, 1958-1963
- 14v. Calendars, notices, bulletins, newsletters, October 1895-May 1913
- 15v. Calendars, notices, bulletins, newsletters, October 1913-September 1932
- 16v. Calendars, notices, bulletins, newsletters, October 1932-May 1941
- 17v. Calendars, notices, bulletins, newsletters, October 1941-May 1947
- 18v. Calendars, notices, bulletins, newsletters, October 1947-May 1956
- 19v. Calendars, notices, bulletins, newsletters, October 1956-May 1965
- 20v. Directories (not published yearly), 1898-1910
- 21v. Directories (not published yearly), 1911-1924
- 22v. Directories (not published yearly), 1927-1944
- 23v. Directories (not published yearly), 1948-1963
- 24v. House Committee Minutes, May 1905-March 8, 1909
- 25v. House Committee Minutes, March 22, 1909-June 1914
- 26v. House Committee Minutes, October 1914-November 1918
- 27v. House Committee Minutes, December 1918-December 1923
- 28v. House Committee Minutes, January 1924-May 1930
- 29v. Anniversary Book-includes detailed histories and programs prepared for the 25th, 50th,
and 75th anniversaries of the Club. Also newsletters for October 1965-May 1966 and
address by President Margaret A. Clapp, Wellesley College "Changing Emphasis in Women's
Education and Interests," December 19, 1965, 2pp.
- 30v. Directory of The College Club, 1944, including articles of incorporation and house
rules. The list of Members has been extensively revised by the owner of the volume.
- Folder 1. Publications:
- Early Days of the College Club, December 11, 1915, typescript, 14 pages. A brief history of the early development
of the College Club read by Miss S. Alice Browne (first Secretary of the Club and
President, 1904-1906) at the 25th Anniversary meeting.
- The Material Growth of the College Club, n.d. [1915?], typescript 6 pages. Speech by Alice Upton (Mrs. Sumner B.) Pearmain
(President, 1896-1898; 1906-1907), on history of the Club's property.
- The College Club, Boston, Massachusetts, February 1937, typescript 15 pages. Unsigned history providing
details on social activities, guests, gifts and acquisitions.
- The College Club, Boston, Massachusetts, March 1940, typescript, 4 pages. Unsigned description of
recent social and community activities.
- The College Club , typescript, 10 pages. Description of a panel discussion on women and democracy;
a speech by Dr. Henry Noble MacCracken, President of Vassar College, on "Education
in the Midst of International Crisis"; and the celebration of the Golden Anniversary.
Universities and colleges--Alumni and alumnae--Societies, etc.
Women college graduates--Societies and clubs
Women college students--Societies and clubs
American Association of University Women