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Tuesday Club Papers and Yearly Program Books

Identifier: 1991-04

Scope and Contents

The Tuesday Club papers date from 1951 to (current) and measure 3.75 linear feet. The papers are arranged in 3 series: Papers presented by members, Programs/Yearbooks, and Miscellaneous Items.

The Papers Presented by Members series (1951- current) includes about 100 research papers that Tuesday Club members have prepared for presentation at their meetings. Most are typed and have bibliographies. These papers are arranged alphabetically by name of author through mid-2006. As papers are brought to the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center they are being added to this record series chronologically.

The Programs/Yearbooks series (1892-2007 with some missing) includes the Club’s planned theme and programs for the year, a list of officers, executive committee members, and active, honorary and associate members along with their addresses.

The Miscellaneous Items series consists of receipts for club dues, one newspaper clipping, and ephemera from the celebrations of their 25th, 60th and 100th anniversaries. There is a list of club papers presented from 1892-1992, a list of Club presidents from 1892-1992, and copies of the Tuesday Club Constitutions dated 1908, 1938, 1946 and 2000.

*The bibliography for a 1996 paper titled “Tuesday Club and Feminism” [Box 1 Folder 12] states the minutes of the Tuesday Club 1892-1952 are located at the Putnam Museum Archives, Davenport, IA.

**October 2010 – Items transferred from the Putnam Museum to Davenport Public Library include Minute Books from 1892-1987, program booklets, ephemeral items, photographs, scrapbook. See Acc. #2010-19; Rg. 38 Sec. 4.


  • Creation: 1892-2022


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This collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

The Tuesday Club was organized in 1892 by Miss Elizabeth “Bessie” Griggs at her home in Davenport for the purpose of providing a study club for younger women, similar to the local Clionian Club, which originated in 1874 for older women. (The average age of the original Tuesday Club members is 27.8 years.) The Club Constitution indicates their objective was “intellectual improvement”. Membership was limited to thirty women residents of Davenport and vicinity. They met every other Tuesday afternoon with limited exceptions. Meetings included social time, refreshments and discussion of literature and presentation of programs on various topics researched by members. Each member is required to write a research paper and read it to the club once every three to four years. Occasionally guest speakers were invited to present on a topic. Notable past members include Alice French (Octave Thanet) and Susan Glaspell. The Club continues to exist.


3.75 Linear Feet (in seven 5" manuscript boxes and four 2.5" manuscript boxes as of Sep 2022 (with space in Box 11))

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Repository Details

Part of the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center Repository

321 Main Street
Davenport IA 52801-1490 United States

About the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center:

The Special Collections Department of the Davenport Public Library was established in 1982. In November of 1999, the newly renovated department opened to better serve its community and was renamed the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center. The Center acquires, arranges, describes, preserves, and makes available local history and genealogical materials concentrating on those pertaining to Davenport, Scott County, and Eastern Iowa.

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