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Friday Morning Club Records
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Description
Records and papers belonging to the Friday Morning Club, a women's club in Los Angeles, California, from their beginning in 1891 to their dissolution in 2012.
Background
The Friday Morning Club was founded in 1891 by Caroline Severance, Los Angeles suffragist, reformer, and social activist. Caroline Severance and a group of women met at the Hollenbeck Hotel on April 16, 1891 to form a women's club and decided upon the name Friday Morning Club. Caroline Severance would become the club's first president, a position she held until 1894. After moving their meetings to various hotels for several years, the club broke ground on their own clubhouse in September 1899, on Figueroa Street in Los Angeles; it opened in 1900. The club had committees on art, science, literature, home economics, and many others. They also focused much of their work and efforts in philanthropy, volunteering, and the betterment and beautification of Los Angeles. By 1906, the club had over 1,000 members. In 1923 the club re-built a new, bigger clubhouse on the same site. In the 1970s, they sold the building but continued to meet. Due to a steadily declining membership, the club dissolved in 2012.
Extent
45 Linear Feet (54 boxes and 108 volumes)
Restrictions
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