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MC 323

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

Call No.: MC 323
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Phoenix Club
Title: Records of the Phoenix Club, 1913-1964
Date(s): 1913-1964
Quantity: .21 linear feet (1/2 file box)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Minutes, lists of members and officers, correspondence, etc., of Phoenix Club, a women's discussion club in Cambridge, Mass.

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

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.

Preferred Citation:

Phoenix Club Records, 1913-1964; item description, dates. MC 323, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

BIOGRAPHY

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.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

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

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Additional Index Terms

Cambridge (Mass.)--Social life and customs
Charities--Massachusetts
Clubs--Massachusetts--Cambridge
Minutes
Women--Societies and clubs
Thursday Club (Cambridge, Mass.)

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