Tuesday Club of Sacramento records includes administrative and financial records of the Tuesday Club of Sacramento from 1897
through 2003. The Tuesday Club kept thorough account ledgers, property inventories, scrapbooks 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 the collection. Also included are artifacts concerning the 100th anniversary of the
club and a former club president.
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:
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