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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

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Conditions Governing Access

Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections ( at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.


0.75 linear feet (1 box, 2 volumes)


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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Revision Statements

  • 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

Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton MA 01063