Saturday Morning Club (Boston, Mass.)

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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. (Volume I-10v contains a complete list of lecturers and their topics, and the minutes of the recording secretary include notes on the lectures.) 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, though few of the earlier papers were preserved. Many papers are autobiographical, biographical, or anecdotal, though scholarly topics are covered as well. More complete information on the history of the Club can be found in folder I-1.

From the guide to the Records, 1871-1983, (Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute)

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referencedIn Means, Helen Goodell, 1859-1921. Papers, ca. 1894-ca. 1919. Boston Athenaeum
referencedIn Catharine Kerlin Wilder Papers MS 709., 1813-2000 Sophia Smith Collection
creatorOf Records, 1871-1983 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn Rogers Memorial Collection: Henry Munroe Rogers papers, 1812-1937 (inclusive), 1862-1937 (bulk). Houghton Library.
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associatedWith Baldwin, Maria Louise, 1856-1922 person
associatedWith Brandeis, Louis Dembitz, 1856-1941 person
associatedWith Brooks, John Graham, 1846-1933 person
associatedWith Brooks, Phillips, 1835-1893 person
associatedWith Cabot, Richard Clarke, 1868-1939 person
associatedWith Cheney, Ednah Dow (Littlehale), 1824-1904 person
associatedWith Clemens, Samuel Langhorne, 1835-1910 person
associatedWith Crothers, Samuel McChord, 1857-1927 person
associatedWith Dana family family
associatedWith Deland, Margaret Wade (Campbell), 1857-1945 person
associatedWith Diaz, Abby Morton, 1821-1904 person
associatedWith Dudley, Helena Stuart, 1858-1932 person
associatedWith Elliott, Maud Howe, 1854-1948 person
associatedWith Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882 person
associatedWith Fields, Annie Adams, 1834-1915 person
associatedWith Fields, James Thomas, 1817-1881 person
associatedWith Fletcher, Alice Cunningham, 1838-1923 person
associatedWith Gilman, Arthur, 1837-1909 person
associatedWith Hale, Edward Everett, 1822-1909 person
associatedWith Hamilton, Alice, 1869-1970 person
associatedWith Hersey, Heloise person
associatedWith Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911 person
associatedWith Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1841-1935 person
associatedWith Howe, Julia Ward, 1819-1910 person
associatedWith Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920 person
associatedWith Huntington, Catharine Sargent, 1889- person
associatedWith Irwin, Agnes, 1841-1914 person
associatedWith Lloyd, Henry Demarest, 1847-1903 person
associatedWith Longfellow, Alice Mary, 1850-1928 person
associatedWith May, Abigail Williams, 1829-1888 person
associatedWith Means, Helen Goodell, 1859-1921. person
associatedWith Moulton, Louise Chandler, 1835-1908 person
associatedWith Olmsted, Frederick Law, 1870-1957 person
associatedWith Palmer, Alice Freeman, 1855-1902 person
associatedWith Rogers, Henry Munroe, 1839-1937 person
associatedWith Scudder, Vida Dutton, 1861-1954 person
associatedWith Shurcliff family family
associatedWith Shurtleff family family
associatedWith Stone, Lucy, 1818-1893 person
associatedWith Tharp, Louise Marshall Hall, 1898- person
associatedWith Wells, Kate Gannett, 1838-1911 person
associatedWith Whitman, Sarah Wyman, -1904 person
associatedWith Wilder, Catharine Kerlin person
associatedWith Woolson, Abba Goold, 1838-1921 person
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Boston, Mass.
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Anecdotes
Speeches, addresses, etc
Amateur theatricals
Harvard University professors
European War, 1914-1918
Societies and clubs
Essays
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