1906 - 1913 + 1915 - 1916 ORIGINAL PAIR OF MANUSCRIPT DIARIES DETAILING THE DEPTH AND BREADTH OF EARLY 20th CENTURY WOMEN'S INTERESTS AND THOUGHT

By: THE THURSDAY CLUB et al

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On offer are two outstanding journals of a Women's Club that has been in operation for well over 100 years. The first volume measures 8.25 inches by 6.75 inches and contains 148 pages. It is 100% complete. The cover is in good condition as are the pages. The handwriting is quite legible. The second journal measures 8.5 inches by 6.5 inches and contains 116 pages. It is 50% complete. Although the cover and pages are in good condition, the binding/spine has broken. The handwriting is quite legible. In 1900, Minnie Dana founded a club for women with a mission "To promote interest of the members in Literature, Science, Art and other timely topics of vital importance; to further social relations among its members; and to contribute to the welfare of the community", thus began the Thursday Club, a club that operates to this day, 118 years later. The meetings focused on an eclectic range of subjects and members were expected to speak on a wide variety of topics. These topics included biographies, the suffrage movement, the effects of industrialization, a trip to Hawaii, Shakespeare, History, taking care of the feeble minded, etc. It is clearly evident that these were well-educated women. The first journal covers a time period of 1906 to 1913. It contains a copy of their constitution and, most importantly, a listing of members. Each meeting followed a standard format: minutes of the previous meeting were read, new business discussed and then the program for the afternoon. The report of the Dec 6th, 1906 meeting included the topics addressed: "... Topics for the first part were "The Young Nation from 1787 -1815" and "Statesmen of the 18th Century" led by Mrs. Pomeroy who read a paper on the trials, discouragements and victories of this. Mrs. Herbert Dickinson gave a sketch of the period life of Alexander Hamilton, the youngest statesman of that period and Mrs. Pomeroy a short sketch of Benjamin Franklin, the oldest statesman. The 2nd part of the program American Inventors and Inventions was in the charge of Miss Armstrong. ..." [Dec 6, 1906]. This was standard fare for these ladies as the following excerpts will show: "... Mrs. Gleason and Mrs. Hammond had charge of the program for the afternoon, the subject being Later-day Crusades and Crusaders. Mrs. Gleason taking the life and works of Jacob Riis and Judge Ben B. Lindsey and Mrs. Hammond Booker T. Washington and Theodore Roosevelt. ..." [Jan 16, 1908]; "... The program in charge of Mrs. Wales consisted of the reading of the first three acts of Shakespeare's play "Julius Caesar". The readers of the play were as follows ... (a number of ladies' names are then listed)" [Nov 18, 1909]; "... The program for the afternoon Famous Canadians of the Twentieth Century in charge of Mrs Mary Pomeroy and Mrs. Albert Wales was then taken up. Mrs. Pomeroy ... read an interesting paper on Sir Wilfred Laurier, Gov Gen'l Connaught, Dr. William [ ] Miss Kathleen Parlow, musician of note. …" [Jan 4, 1912]. The second journal follows the same format. It covers 1915 and 1916.... The program for the afternoon "Needle and Tongue" in charge of Mrs. Davie was then taken up. Mrs. Howlett played two selections on the Victrola. Mrs. Davie then introduced Miss. Ruth Henry of Amherst as speaker for the afternoon. While the ladies were engaged in various kinds of needlework, they listened to a very interesting talk by Miss Henry on her life in Hawaii. …" [Dec 2, 1915]. This is an outstanding collection. Although they follow a standardized format, the warm personalities of these women still shines through. Along with their weighty discussions, there are references to needlework during presentations, penny collections, etc. They clearly illustrate the depth and breadth of thinking and interests of these women over a century ago. These would be a valuable addition to any Women's Studies program. The continual listing of members by full name makes these very valuable for genealogists as well.

Title: 1906 - 1913 + 1915 - 1916 ORIGINAL PAIR OF MANUSCRIPT DIARIES DETAILING THE DEPTH AND BREADTH OF EARLY 20th CENTURY WOMEN'S INTERESTS AND THOUGHT

Author Name: THE THURSDAY CLUB et al

Categories: 20th Century Rare Book, Books and Manuscripts General Overview, 20th Century Manuscript,

Publisher: AMHERST, MASSACHUSETTS, 1906

Book Condition: Good

Type: Manuscript

Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall

Seller ID: 0008210

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