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89-M98

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, 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.: 89-M98
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Tuesday Class (Cambridge, Mass.)
Title: Records of the Tuesday Class, 1894-1989
Date(s): 1894-1989
Quantity: 1 linear feet (1 carton)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Minutes, financial records, correspondence, etc., of the Tuesday Class (Cambridge, Mass.), founded to study and discuss literary, social, and economic topics.

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

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.

Preferred Citation:

Tuesday Class Records, 1894-1989; item description, dates. 89-M98, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

HISTORY

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.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

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.

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Additional Index Terms

Cambridge (Mass.)--Social life and customs
Clubs--Massachusetts--Cambridge
Women--Societies and clubs
Shaw, Gertrude

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