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Catalog Number 2002/019/001
Collection Tuesday Club
Object Name Archival Collection
Scope & Content Abstract
This collection includes administrative and financial records of the Tuesday Club of Sacramento from 1903 to the spring of 1999. The Tuesday Club kept thorough account ledgers, property inventories, and correspondence. Club members documented their activities through a club historian, personal scrapbooks, and a monthly newsletter. In the 1970s, club members became involved in the Old Schoolhouse Museum and Old Sacramento. Guidebooks, tour pamphlets, docent materials, and artifacts concerning these two areas are found in this collection. Also included are artifacts concerning the 100th anniversary of the club and a former club president. The Sacramento Archives and Museum Collection Center has a significant collection from this organization that may be found under: Tuesday Club 1998/076; 2007/032

Scope and Content

The first series contains various administrative records from the organization. Members kept detailed minutes at both board of directors meetings (1936-1937, 1970-1971, 1995-1999) and regular club meetings (1970-1971, 1996-1997). The minutes, both in book and loose-leaf form, include treasurer reports, job assignments, correspondence, budgets, and section updates. Financial record books portray individuals who purchased stock in the organization, dues collected, and the expenses for events and daily activities. Unfortunately, these records suffered water damage. The records encompass transactions from 1901-1987, but the data is not inclusive. The Property Distribution Committee reports and a partial inventory of the club's assets (1998) contain information of particular interest to the researcher. The series also includes histories of the organization. Handwritten historical reports and scripts from club productions provide information about club activities as well as the values of the club.

The second series encompasses the administrative records for the Tuesday Club House Association. Meeting minutes from the board of directors (1910-1920 and 1951-1953) and financial documents (1930-1938) detail the mission and activities of this separate organization underneath the Tuesday Club of Sacramento umbrella.

The third series contains records related to the T.C. News, the club newsletter mailed out to the membership each month. The newsletters communicated details of upcoming events, club missions, and the activities of other club members. The club printed proofs of upcoming issues and maintained a T.C. News committee binder. The committee binder details the printing and editing process as well as local vendors available in Sacramento. This series ranges from 1958-1999, with a large gap between 1960 and 1974.

The fourth series focuses on various ephemera related to the activities of the organization. Records regarding tourism in Old Sacramento and the Old Schoolhouse Museum make up the bulk of this series. A majority of the materials are not dated. Tour guidebooks, docent materials, and articles on one room schoolhouses are included. Programs and news clippings, predominately focused in the 1950's and 1960's, center on club sponsored events. Correspondence involving long-time club member Mrs. Oren (Frances) Burt is also found in this series.

The fifth series consists of scrapbooks compiled by members of the organization. The books display articles, photographs, cards, programs, corsages, and correspondence. The series includes three scrapbooks created by past presidents of the Tuesday Club: Mrs. Verne Gleason (1980-1981), Mrs. John Stroh (1962-1963), and Mrs. Meredith Jones. Scrapbooks dedicated to various sections or hobby groups may also be found in this series. This series also includes a collection of photographs, both in B/W and color, from the Arts and Crafts section (1976-1977) and various other club activities.

The sixth series contains oversized tabloids concerning tourism in Sacramento. The tabloids are not dated but focus on historical landmarks and dining. Also included are three framed pastel sketches of Tuesday Club history drawn by Frances Burt.
Finding Aids BOX 1 10 ff
I.Administrative Records, 1903-1999, 26ff
a.Meeting Minutes, 1936-1999
Folder 1: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes with Treasurer's Report,
Folder 2: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, May 1970- October 1970
Folder 3: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, November 1970-April
Folder 4: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, December 1995-July
Folder 5: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, August 1996- December
Folder 6: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, January 1997- May
Folder 7: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, June 1998- December
Folder 8: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, January 1999-April
Folder 9: Regular Meeting Minutes, February 1970- April 1971
Folder 10: Regular Meeting Minutes with Job Assignments, November
1996- April 1997

BOX 2 16ff
I. Administrative Records, 1903-1999 26ff
b.Financial Records and Correspondence, 1903-1998
Folder 1: Stock Purchases Ledger, 1903-1929
Folder 2: Accounts Ledger Book, 1925-1936
Folder 3: Drama Section ledger, 1955-1959
Folder 4: Proposed Club Budget, 1986-1987
Folder 5: Correspondence relating to asset liquidation, 1996-1997
Folder 6: Property Distribution Committee Reports, 1998
Folder 7: Partial Club Inventory, 1998
c.Historian Records, 1954-1996 (not inclusive)
Folder 8: Historical Report of the Arts and Crafts Section, 1954
Folder 9: "Highlights from Sixty-Five Years of Tuesday Club Programs"
play, 1961
Folder 10: "The Best Years of Our Lives" play and music list, 1985
Folder 11 "Tuesday Club- 95 Years" Report, 1991
Folder 12: "100 years of Tuesday Club Programs", 1996
Folder 13: "Tuesday Club Auxiliary," n.d.
Folder 14: Handwritten Historian Reports, n.d.
Folder 15: Handwritten Record of Club Gifts, n.d

II.Tuesday Club House Association, 1910-1953 4ff
Folder 16: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 1910-1920

BOX 3 3ff
II. Tuesday Club House Association, 1910-1953 4ff
Folder 1: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 1951-1953
Folder 2: Tuesday Club Expenditures Book, 1930-1938
Folder 3: Annual Statement, 1933

BOX 4 19ff
III.T.C. News, 1958-1999 19ff
a.Proofs, 1994-1997
Folder 1: Newsletter proofs, October 1994-December 1995
Folder 2: Newsletter proof, January 1996-November 1997
b.Newsletters, 1958-1999
Folder 3: T.C. News October 1958-December 1959
Folder 4: T.C. News, January 1960- April 1960
Folder 5: T.C. News April 1974-February 1978
Folder 6: T.C. News March 1978-February 1979
Folder 7: T.C. News March 1979- December 1980
Folder 8: T.C. News January 1981-February 1982
Folder 9: T.C. News March 1982- December 1983
Folder 10: T.C. News January 1984- April 1985
Folder 11: T.C. News October 1985- December 1986
Folder 12: T.C. News January 1987-December 1988
Folder 13: T.C. News January 1989- December 1990
Folder 14: T.C. News January 1991-December 1992
Folder 15: T.C. News January 1993-March 1994
Folder 16: T.C. News April 1994- April 1995
Folder 17: T.C. News Mary 1995- March1997
Folder 18: T.C. News April 1997-May 1999
c.Committee Binder, 1962-1997
Folder 19: T.C. News Committee Binder, 1962-1997

BOX 5 20ff
IV.Ephemera, 1948-1999 18ff
a.Old Schoolhouse Museum/Old Sacramento, 1976-1988 (not inclusive)
Folder 1: Old Schoolhouse Museum Docent Handbook, n.d.
Folder 2: Old Schoolhouse Museum visitor pamphlets, n.d
Folder 3: Collected poems on single room schoolhouses and frontier life, n.d.
Folder 4: Collected articles and notes about single room schoolhouses, 1992
(not inclusive)
Folder 5: Pastel sketches of the Old Schoolhouse Museum by Frances Burt, 2
8x10's and one notecard, n.d.
Folder 6: "Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Coloring Book," 1988
Folder 7: Old Schoolhouse Museum Ten Year Commorative Booklet
designed by Frances Burt, 1986 and "Honorary Schoolhouse
Museum PTA Membership Card for Frances Burt, 1977
Folder 8: Guide to Old Sacramento by Robert Miller, 1976
Folder 9: Article "A Walking Tour of Sacramento History" with map
published in the Sacramento Bee, 1980
Folder 10: California State Railroad Museum, "Old Sacramento Interpretive
Walking Tour" and "Guided Tour" pamphlet of Old Sacramento
with hand drawn map, n.d.
Folder 11: "Public Art in Sacramento" tour pamphlet, n.d.
b.Printed Materials, 1946-1999
Folder 12: Programs and Announcements for Club Events, 1946-1999
Folder 13: Poems Collected and Compiled by Club Members, 1977-1978
Folder 14: Arts and Crafts Section Annual Programs, 1979-1982
Folder 15: Note cards from a President's Address at "Escort's Night", n.d.
Folder 16: Handwritten copy of The Sacramento Cookery Book: The
Culinary Heritage California's Capital by Sally A. Clifford
Excerpt from page 115 "The Club Woman's Delight" Recipe
originally published in 1908, 1982.
c.Correspondence, 1994-1998 (not inclusive)
Folder 17: Frances Burt Correspondence, 1994-1998 (not inclusive)
d.Newsclippings, 1948-1982 (not inclusive)
Folder 18: Local newsclippings of Tuesday Club events and activites, 1948-
1982 (not inclusive)
V.Scrapbooks, 1950-1998 2ff, 9 books
a.Photographs, 1950-1996
Folder 19: Arts and Crafts section photographs from a photo album belonging
to club member Myrtle Gillenwaters, 1976-1977
Folder 20: Photographs of Tuesday Club events, 11 total, 1950-1996 (not

V. Scrapbooks, 1950-1998 2ff, 9 books
a.Presidential Scrapbooks, 1962-1981
President Mrs. John Stroh, 1962-1963
President Mrs. Meredith Jones, 1972-1973
President Mrs. Verne Gleason, 1980-1981
b.Section Scrapbooks, 1956-1998
Drama Section, 1956-1957
Drama Section, 1957-1961
Historical and Antique Section, 1967-1998
Arts and Crafts Section, 1971-1980
Arts and Crafts Section, 1980-1984
Bridge Section, 1976-1995

VI. Oversize Tabloids, n.d.
Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau, "Dining Guide," n.d.
"Old Sacramento Illustrated Tour Guide," n.d.
Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau, "A Brief History," n.d.
Location: 15:03

VI.Artifacts, 1996-2003 (not inclusive)
A glass bulb/ornament celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Tuesday Club of Sacramento. Blue stars reside inside the bulb and a gold ribbon tied in a bow on top of the bulb.

A gold pin with link chain. Pin has a gavel hanging down from the letters "T" and "C". The pin belonged to former club president Ruth Gleason, which was received on September 25, 2003.

A black box which originally contained a gold pin and link chain. The box is a glossy black with flowers and a rainbow on the lid. The bottom of the box displays a label that indicate the pin belonged to President Ruth Gleason.

A woven basket with a swivel carrying handle and latch.

A toy student desk with a red apple and a book on top. Desk is two inches high and has pencil markings on the bottom.

Clothespin Doll- Farmer 4 inches tall with a clay or silly puddy bottom and face. The bottom is painted black and the doll has pipe-cleaner arms. Yellow hat, flowes in one hand, whit plastic jug in another, red bandana around neck, and blue striped shirt and pants.

Clothespin Doll- Female 4 inches tall with a clay or silly puddy bottom and face. The bottom is painted black and the doll has pipe-cleaner arms. The doll wears a pink dress with lace collar, earring, blonde hair and a pink ribbon at the waist. The doll is depicted reading a book.

Clothespin Doll- Female 4 inches tall with a clay or silly puddy bottom and face. The bottom is painted black and the doll has pipe-cleaner arms. The doll has brown hair and a pink face. She is depicted wearing a red and white checkered top, a white diagonal skirt, and holding a set of playing cards.

Clothespin Doll- Female 4 inches tall with a clay or silly puddy bottom and face. The bottom is painted black and the doll has pipe-cleaner arms. The doll has blonde hair and is carrying a plastic red purse and flowers. The doll wears a clue buttoned coat, blue scarf and pants, and a flowered multi-colored bonnet.

Clothespin Doll- Female 4 inches tall with a clay or silly puddy bottom and face. The bottom is painted black and the doll has pipe-cleaner arms. The doll is blonde and depicted holding a yellow plastic coffee pot with a blue bottom and flower design. The doll wears a white cotton dress patterned with blue flowers and a purple ribbon around the waist.

Clothespin Doll- 4 inches tall with a clay or silly puddy bottom and face. The bottom is painted black and the doll has pipe-cleaner arms. The doll has brown hair and depicted carrying a red patchwork purse and a light blue paper umbrella with a pipe cleaner handle. The doll wears a blue bonnet, a purple ribbon tied in a bow around the neck, and a red, green, black, and yellow pattern dress.

Clothespin Doll- Male 4 inches tall with a clay or silly puddy bottom and face. The bottom is painted black and the doll has pipe-cleaner arms. The doll has black hair and is holding a yellow plastic golf club with a paper head. The doll wears a blue headband, a red tunic patterned with white flowers, and a blue headband.

Clothespin Doll- Female 4 inches tall with a clay or silly puddy bottom and face. The bottom is painted black and the doll has pipe-cleaner arms. The doll has blonde hair with three pink flowers tied in the hair. The doll wears a white bead necklace, a white mesh dress patterned with pink flowers and a purple ribbon tied around the waist. The doll is depicted holding a wooden toothpick.

Clothespin Doll- Female 4 inches 4 inches tall with a clay or silly puddy bottom and face. The bottom is painted black and the doll has pipe-cleaner arms. The doll has black hair and is holding a gold paper fan. The doll wears a red robe, a white shawl, and a jeweled band at the waist. The band is red, gold, blue, and green.

Clothespin Doll- Female 4 inches tall with a clay or silly puddy bottom and face. The bottom is painted black and the doll has pipe-cleaner arms. The doll has black and is depicted holding a pool of red thread and a needle. The doll wears a white dress patterned with light blue and green flowers.

Clothespin Doll- Male 4 inches tall with a clay or silly puddy bottom and face. The bottom is painted black and the doll has pipe-cleaner arms. The doll has black hair and is depicted holding a red plastic ball. The doll wears a matching shirt and trousers. The set is orange and brown with specks of white, red, green, and blue.

A handheld chalkboard with a wooden frame. The board suffers from a large diagonal crack through the center of the slate.

Admin/Biographical History Administrative History

As women began to emerge more and more into nineteenth century public life, Mrs. Finley R. Dray developed the idea for a women's literary group in Sacramento. After speaking to her friends in the city, 17 women gathered together in 1896 to form The Tuesday Literary Club. The founding members included Mrs. William Beckman, Mrs. B.F. Crocker, Mrs. A.A. Goddard, Mrs. C.H. Hubbard, Mrs. T.A. Snider, Mrs. E.I. Galvin, Mrs. S. Pope, Mrs. L. Tozer, Mrs. J. Frank Clark, Mrs. Mary Cushman, Mrs. Helen Hopkins, Mrs. P.L. Lykins, Mrs. A.C. Tufts, Mrs. Edward Twitchell, Mrs. H.M. La Rue, and Mrs. E. B. Purnell. Mrs. William Beckman served as the club's first president. During the first four years of the organization members discussed literature and listened to lectures and papers presented by other members. The women followed rules of order and established by-laws. In addition, members started a Current Topics section and a Home and Education section. Members could attend these meetings in addition to the regular club meetings.
In 1900, club president Luella Johnston changed the mission and direction of the organization. Progressive attitudes grew and the prominent women of Sacramento wanted a greater involvement in the civic affairs of their community. Members changed their name to the Tuesday Club of Sacramento and vowed:

. . . to form a recognized center for social and mental culture; to further educate women for the responsibilities of life; to encourage all movement for the betterment of society; and to foster a generous public spirit in the community.

Right away the newly named club took steps to improve their community. The club petitioned the city trustees for a matron at the city jail, started a cooking school for young girls, convinced the city to establish McKinley Park in East Sacramento, and petitioned the city trustees to no longer grant saloon licenses in residential areas. Furthermore, in 1904 the Tuesday Club formed a group of Sacramento women's clubs known as the Woman's Council. Together with the council, these groups actively campaigned for woman's suffrage in 1911.
The growing size of the Tuesday Club altered the organization's structure. In 1896, the club met in member's homes; however, local interest grew and members needed a regular meeting place. The club created a separate organization, which had its own board of directors and officers, to hunt for a permanent clubhouse as well as to handle the business affairs of the Tuesday Club. In 1905 the Tuesday Club House Association purchased a plot of land at 2722 L Street for $4,500. In 1912, construction ended on the new clubhouse. Moreover, in 1920 the Tuesday Club Auxiliary formed with 53 charter members. The auxiliary club allowed the unmarried daughters of club members to participate in Tuesday Club activities. Later, two auxiliary branches started in Fair Oaks and Roseville.
The interests of club members changed as the club moved through the twentieth century. In 1903, the club invited Booker T. Washington to speak at the Crocker Art Museum. Members sold war bonds during World War I and World War II and used the clubhouse as an air raid shelter. In 1949, the club organized a picture rental gallery out of the Crocker Art Museum. The operation continued out of the museum until the 1980s. The club regularly added different sections for the interest of their members. Members joined sections for golf, art, Spanish, sewing, bridge, travel, historical and antiques, photography, and home and garden. The club founded a monthly newsletter to increase communication with their large membership. The Tuesday Club moved away from civic affairs and developed into a purely social organization for women. Members hosted doll exhibits, place setting competitions, musical productions, and fashion shows. Furthermore, the club assisted with city celebrations such as the golden spike.
The Tuesday Club remains active in Sacramento; however, the clubhouse did not survive. In September 1950, a fire destroyed the 1912 clubhouse. During reconstruction members held meetings at the Alhambra Theatre and the Scottish Rite Center. Shortly after the fire, President Mildred Christian moved to dissolve the T.C.H.A and once again combine the business and social affairs of the club. The new clubhouse reflected modern 1950's architecture. Unfortunately, due to the women's movement membership declined and the club lost revenue. As a result, in 2002 the Tuesday Club building was torn down to make room for Sutter Medical Center. As of 2009, the club moved to the Arden area.

People Burt, Frances R.
Subjects Tuesday Club
Old Sacramento
Old School House Museum
Date 1903-2003
Classification Clubs
Women's Clubs