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Women's clubs collection

Identifier: SSC-MS-00485

Scope and Contents

This is a collection of small files on various women's clubs in the United States, primarily in New England. The collection dates from 1812 to the present and includes charitable, literary, political, social and religious clubs. Some of those represented are the Concord Female Charitable Society (1812-1912), Mother's Study Club (Cambridge), the Home Study Club (Ashland, Mass.), Woman's National Democratic Club (Washington, DC), Worcester Woman's Club, and the Woman's Baptist Social Union (Boston). There is also a small amount of material on African American club women Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin (Women's ERA Club of Boston) and Julia Davis (Saint Louis City Association of Colored Women's Clubs). Types of materials include programs, yearbooks, calendars, by-laws, fliers, newsletters, histories, articles, books, pamphlets, and other published materials. There are also books, articles and pamphlets on the history of women's club movement, individual clubs and clubwomen. These include The Mother of Clubs: Caroline M. Seymour Severance, ed. Ella Giles Ruddy; and Reminiscences of the Springfield Women's Club, 1884-1924, by Carrie Niles Whitcomb.

Dates of Materials

  • 1812-1995

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Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials in this collection may be governed by copyright. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. Researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.


1.146 linear feet (5 containers)


Collection of files on women's clubs in the United States, primarily in New England.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Items in this collection were either purchased or given to the Sophia Smith Collection by various donors. New materials are acquired and added to the collection from time to time.

Additions to the Collection

Periodic additions to collection are expected and may not be reflected in this record.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised by Jennifer Smar, intern, 2005.

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  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:13-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.

Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063