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Tuesday Literary Club Records

Identifier: MSS-685-BC

Scope and Content

This collection spans the entire history of the Tuesday Literary Club from 1901-2002. Folder 1 contains correspondence dating from 1923-2001, most of which concerns donations by the club to public libraries in the Albuquerque area. Folder 2 contains newspaper clippings, circa 1930-1996. Folder 3 contains miscellaneous documents. Volumes 1-10 are a nearly complete compilation of original meeting minutes from the first meeting in 1901 up to 1995. Volume 11 is the Treasurer's ledger, recording the payment of membership fees from 1908-1955. Volumes 12 and 13 are an entire set of Annual calendar of the Tuesday Literary Club, from 1901-2002, listing the study topics, book reviews, and speakers for each season.


  • 1901-2002

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The Tuesday Literary Club was formed in 1901, for the "intellectual and social improvement" of Albuquerque women. Meeting every other Tuesday in a member's home, the club members would give short presentations on various subjects, such as works of fiction and non-fiction, drama, authors, art, artists, and current events, among others. According to the groups constitution, membership fees in 1901 were set at one-dollar per year, and club duties were compulsory. Since 1901, the club has kept it's bi-monthly schedule from May to November every year without fail. This schedule continues to this day.

The origins of the Tuesday Literary Club are very much in keeping with the spirit of "progressive reform" that colored many of activities of late 19th century/early 20th century women's organizations. Throughout the years, many of Albuquerque's women-of-letters have belonged to the club, as did the wives of prominent educators, businessmen and professionals.


3 boxes (1.05 cu. ft.)


This collection contains meeting minutes, annual calenders, correspondence and miscellaneous documents relating to the Tuesday Literary Club from it's inception in 1901 up to the 2002/2003 season.

Related Material

Woman's Club of Albuquerque Records Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico

Relevant Secondary Sources

  • Schackel, Sandra Social Housekeepers: Women Shaping Public Policy in NewMexico, 1920-1940. Albuquerque, 1992.
  • History of the Tuesday Literary Club.[Albuquerque, N.M., 1973]

Processing Information

Inquire with reference staff for access to unprocessed material, 1 box, B3-11A. Includes minutes, leger books, clippings, program books, membership rosters, by-laws and Red bokklet "Our First 100 years."
Finding Aid of the Tuesday Literary Club Records, 1901-2002
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  • June 28, 2004: PUBLIC "-//University of New Mexico::Center for Southwest Research//TEXT (US::NmU::MSS 685 BC::Tuesday Literary Club Records)//EN" "nmu1mss685bc.sgml" converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131