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79-M308

Forthian Club of Somerville (Mass.) Records of the Forthian Club of Somerville, 1889-1979: A Finding Aid

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

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: 79-M308
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Forthian Club of Somerville (Mass.)
Title: Records of the Forthian Club of Somerville, 1889-1979
Date(s): 1889-1979
Quantity: 3 linear feet (3 cartons) plus 2 photograph folders)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, minutes, reports, programs, etc., of the Forthian Club of Somerville (Mass.), a social, intellectual, and philanthropic organization.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 79-M308
The records of the Forthian Club of Somerville, 1899-1979, were given by Edith Kettele Raymond to the Schlesinger Library, July, 1979.

Processing Information:

Preliminary inventory: April, 1980
By: Jane S. Knowles
Updated photograph description: May 2016
By: Lillianne Keaney

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by the Forthian Club of Somerville 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.

Preferred Citation:

Forthian Club of Somerville (Mass.) Records, 1889-1979; item description, dates. 79-M308, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library. See Forthian Club of Somerville (Mass.) Additional records, 1889-1979 (81-M114).

SEPARATION RECORD

The following item has been removed from the collection and sent to the General Federation of Women's Clubs archives, July 1981:

BIOGRAPHY

The Forthian Club, a social, intellectual and philanthropic organization, was founded by Emma Whitcomb in 1899 and closed in 1979. Its object was "to combine intellectual progress and social life." One meeting a year was devoted to each of the following: household economy, art, music, current events, history and literature. Other events were purely social or raised money for charity. A student loan fund, later combined with the scholarship fund, offered scholarships of $200 to promising seniors from Somerville High School. The Forthian Club was affiliated with the Massachusetts State Federation of Women's Clubs (1899) and the General Federation of Women's Clubs (1900).

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The collection consists of correspondence, Executive board minutes, reports of meetings, photographs, programs, clippings and yearbooks.
There is related material at the Schlesinger Library. See Forthian Club of Somerville (Mass.) Additional records (81-M114).

CONTAINER LIST

Container List

Additional Index Terms

By-laws
Clubs--Massachusetts--Somerville
Minutes
Scholarships--Massachusetts--Somerville
Scrapbooks
Somerville (Mass.)--Social life and customs--20th century
Women--Societies and clubs
Yearbooks
General Federation of Women's Clubs
Massachusetts State Federation of Women's Clubs
Whitcomb, Emma

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