1.   Historical note

2.   Scope and content

3.   Provenance

4.   Processing note

5.   Inventory

6.   Subjects

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 Saturday Club Records

 Providence women's club.

 Records, 1894-1944

 Size: .5 linear feet

 Catalog number: MSS 702

 Processed by: Rick Stattler, September 1995

©Rhode Island Historical Society

Manuscripts Division


Historical note:

            The Saturday Club was founded in Providence in 1894, modelled after a similar club in New Bedford. The membership was limited to women, not to exceed twenty-five in number (later expanded to thirty). Activities included dinners given on a rotating basis throughout the members' homes, and occasional lectures. Its goal were explicitly recreational; according to "The Evolution of the Saturday Club", "...here was to be a circle of women, exercising the old fashioned graces of hospitality, entertaining and being entertained in blissful indifference to the uplift of the human race." The club joined the Rhode Island State Federation of Women's Clubs in 1907, but "we came to feel that the...Federation was a rather nagging body, which refused to accept our modest dues and leave us in peace."

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Scope and content:

            The collection contains complete minute books from 1894 to 1943 (including membership records), what appear to be a complete set of paid bills from 1894 to 1928 (mostly a couple bills each year for flowers), a brief history, and scattered other records.

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            The collection was a gift of Miss Ruth E. Slade in 1953.

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Processing note:

            These papers remained unprocessed until 1995. Nothing seems to have been added or removed from the original gift, as described in 1953. The records were unfolded, and rehoused in an archival box and folders.

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1. Minutes and records, 1894-1912

2. Minutes and records, 1910-1919

3. Minutes, 1919-1927

4. Minutes, 1927-1938

5. Minutes, 1938-1943

6. "The Evolution of the Saturday Club"

   Also two new clippings.

7. Loose minutes, member lists, etc., 1894-1944

8. Letters, 1905-1927

9. Bank books (2), 1915-1927

   Account book, 1897-1920

10. Paid bills, 1897-1920

11. Paid bills, 1920-1929

12. Misc. poetry, etc., ca. 1941

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Providence, R.I. - Clubs

Women - Societies and clubs

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