Scope and Contents
The Records document the club's advocacy of temperance, prison reform, and peace, as well as their programs in art, drama, education, and music. Included are bound copies of Executive Committee minutes (1884-1907, 1937-1965); and committee reports (1886-1947). There are also biographical materials, writings, and photographs of first president Jane C. Croly (1829-1901); material relating to the Women's Congress in New York City (1873-1877); and the Association for the Advancement of Women (established by Sorosis in 1873).
- Sorosis (Organization)
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New York's Sorosis and Boston's New England Woman's Club (both founded in 1868) inspired the formation of women's clubs across the country. Croly called a national convention of women's clubs in 1869 that eventually led to the formation of the Association for the Advancement of Women (1873) and the General Federation of Women's Clubs (1890).
From the very beginning members of Sorosis have been prominent participants in varied professions and political reform movements such as abolitionism, suffrage, prison reform, temperance and peace. Although the discussion of suffrage was forbidden in an effort to create a safe feeling of unity among the members, many Sorosis members were staunchly in favor of, and involved in, the suffrage movement.
Sorosis expanded into local chapters beyond New York City in the early twentieth century and the various chapters went on to organize war relief efforts during both World Wars. Peace time activities included philanthropy (such as support for funding the MacDowell Colony), scholarship funds, and social reforms (such as literary training for immigrant women). In later years, Sorosis focused its activities on local projects, raising money for the aid of other women's clubs, funding scholarships for women, and aiding local rescue missions. Presidents of the club have included Alice Cary, Jennie C. Croly, Charlotte B. Wilbour, M. Louise Thomas, Ella Dietz Clymer and Jennie de la M. Lozier. Sorosis continues to thrive in New York City with an active charitable agenda.
1: Karen J. Blair, The Clubwoman as Feminist: True Womanhood Redefined, 1868-1914 (Homes and Meier Publishers, New York: 1980): 21.
31 boxes (12.5 linear feet)
- I. MEETINGS, 1868-1965
- II. ADMINISTRATION AND ORGANIZATION, 1870-1985
- III. HISTORY, 1871-1973, n.d.
- IV. OFFICERS, 1894-1950
- V. MEMBERS, 1868-1975, n.d.
- VI. PUBLICATIONS, 1869-1966
- VII. RELATED ORGANIZATIONS, 1885-1937
- VIII. MEMORABILIA, 1880-1968
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- Cary, Alice, 1820-1871
- Cary, Phoebe, 1824-1871
- Croly, J. C. (Jane Cunningham), 1829-1901
- Dunderdale, Mrs. Wilfred A.
- Fullman, Helen-Louise Crippen
- General Federation of Women's Clubs
- Hanaford, Phoebe A. (Phoebe Ann), 1829-1921
- Literature--Societies, etc.--New York (State)--New York
- MacDowell Colony
- Membership lists
- New York (N.Y.) -- Clubs
- New York (N.Y.) -- Intellectual life
- Smith, Dorothy Valentine
- Sorosis -- New York (N.Y.)
- Sorosis--New York (N.Y.)
- Temperance -- United States -- Societies, etc
- Wilbour, Charlotte B. (Charlotte Beebe), 1833-1914
- Women -- Societies and clubs
- Women -- United States -- Social conditions
- Women -- United States -- Societies and clubs
- Women in the professions
- Sorosis records
- Finding Aid
- Finding aid prepared by Corey Fabian Borenstein.
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