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Table of Contents
- Overview of the Collection
- Content Description
- Use of the Collection
- Administrative Information
- Detailed Description of the Collection
- Names and Subjects
Fortnightly Club (Pullman, Wash.) Records, 1893-1996
- Fortnightly Club (Pullman, Wash.)
- Fortnightly Club (Pullman, Wash.) Records
- 1893-1996 (inclusive)18931996
- 3.5 Linear feet of shelf space, (7 Boxes)
- Collection Number
- Cage 630 (collection)
- The collection consists of records of the Fortnightly Club, a women's literary society from Pullman, Washington, dating 1893-1996.
Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
- Access Restrictions
This collection is open and available for research use.
Historical NoteReturn to Top
The Pullman Fortnightly Club was organized in 1893 by Mrs. Harriet E. Bryan as a women's literary society and has functioned continuously afterward. Since its inception it has conducted bi-monthly meetings from September to April at which members present their analyses of classical and contemporary works of poetry, drama, and fiction. In addition, the Fortnightly Club holds breakfast meetings and annual anniversary dinners.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The collection consists of records of the Fortnightly Club, a women's literary society from Pullman, Washington, dating 1893-1996.
The records consist of business records of the organization and materials related to its programs. Many of the club's records have been preserved by Catherine Mathews Friel and her mother Serena F. Mathews. Papers presented by both these women, as well as others, are included in the collection, the group from Serena F. Mathews being particularly extensive.
Business Records contain club minutes, the constitution, and receipts and bank statements.
Club Papers include several groupings of presentation papers written by club members for presentation as well as miscellaneous papers and title lists.
Correspondence files include business correspondence, member correspondence, and letters from the French orphan that the Fortnightly Club sponsored after the Second World War.
The Memorabilia series is rich with historical information relevant to the club. It includes news clippings, photographs, and three notebook compilations of club history, one of which was prepared by Serena F. Mathews.
Miscellaneous materials include a Federation of Women's Clubs pamphlet, an Albert Egge manuscript, and information pertaining to the club's purchase of Thatuna Park and Playfield for the City of Pullman.
The Programs series contains annual program booklets that list each year's literary works or subjects of study, as well as breakfast meeting agendas and annual anniversary dinner menus and speakers. Some party favors from these occasions are preserved, as well as two audio cassette recordings from a 1979 talk by Mary Johnson.
One large poster portraying charter members of the club and several laminated newspaper pages with articles concerning the club are stored separately as oversized holdings.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
Copyright restrictions may apply.
Fortnightly Club (Pullman, Wash.) Records, 1893-1996 (Cage 630)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Organized in seven series: I. Business records; II. Club papers; III. Correspondence; IV. Memorabilia; V. Miscellaneous; VI. Programs; VII. Oversize. Arranged alphabetically, then chronologically within each series.
The Fortnightly Club of Pullman, Washington, donated its records to Washington State University in 1989 (MS89-72).
Fortnightly Club (Pullman, Wash.) Yearbooks, 1893-1960 (Cage 108)
Preliminary Guide to the Fortnightly Club (Pullman, Wash.) Records, 1893-2021 (MSSM 050)
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
Series 1: Business RecordsReturn to Top
Receipts and Bank Statements
Series 2: Club PapersReturn to Top
Friel, Catherine Mathews
Mathews, Serena F.
Mathews, Serena F., Comic Types in Dickens and Thackery
Simmers, Anna M.
Titles of Programs
Series 3: CorrespondenceReturn to Top
French Orphan, Renee
Series 4: MemorabiliaReturn to Top
(contents relocated to MSSM 050)
Fortnitely Club Memory Book, Presented by Serena F. Wallis Mathews
(contents relocated to MSSM 050)
Serena rising above us
Series 5: MiscellaneousReturn to Top
Federation of Women's Clubs
Manuscript, A Story of a Manor House, Albert E. Egge
Series 6: ProgramsReturn to Top
Annual Literary Programs
Breakfast Meeting and Anniversary Dinner Programs, Party Favors, and 2 cassette tapes
Series 7: OversizeReturn to Top
Charter Members Poster
Historic News Items
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Literature -- Societies, etc.
- Women -- Washington (State) -- Pullman -- Societies and clubs -- Records and correspondence.
- Fortnightly Club (Pullman, Wash.) -- Records and correspondence.
- Pullman (Wash.) -- History.
- Thatuna Park (Pullman, Wash.) -- History.
- Friel, Catherine Mathews. (creator)
- Mathews, Serena F. (creator)