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Monday Club of Indianapolis collection

Identifier: L296

Scope and Contents

This collection includes treasurer's report, newspaper clippings, typed histories, greeting cards and other documents from the Monday Club members and local newspapers in Indianapolis, Indiana ranging from 1941 to 1976 regarding the club's organization, finances and history.


  • 1941-1976. undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Administrative History

The Monday Club began with an invitation by the Reverend Lucas, pastor, to the ladies of Central Christian Church, to form a cultural group, in February 1895, as the idea of Mrs. Thomas. Two of the original members, Mrs. P.H. Jameson and Mrs. Thomas, were daughters of Ovid Butler, president of Butler College. Eight ladies met as "The Zerelda Wallace Conversation Club" (in honor of a founding member of the church, pioneer temperance leader in Indiana, the first woman to plead for women's suffrage before the General Assembly and the wife of a former governor) but later renamed it "The Monday Club" in 1897. The motto was "In large things, unity; in small things, liberty: in all things, charity." They started as a study and literary club, then became active in local social causes and charitable organizations. Membership was limited, and members were elected.

They met twice a month initially, originally in members' homes, then in other buildings, returning to home meetings in 1968. The club was affiliated with the Indianapolis Council of Women ((originally the Local Council, a federation of thirty-four women's organizations in 1892, founded by May Wright Sewall, among others), beginning in 1897. It became affiliated with the General Federation of Women's Clubs in 1934. Programs included book reviews and study, papers read by members or guests, music, pitch ins, a June outing, and their annual anniversary celebration. The 75th anniversary was celebrated in 1970.


Items within the collection.

"Organization of the Local Council," 1892/01/04. Pamphlet. Pamphlet Collection, Indiana Divison, Indiana State Library. `


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box )

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. Joseph P. Burris on 1977/09/27.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 199/07/09 by Andrea Bean Hough. EAD finding aid created 2015/04/17 by Edythe Huffman.
Monday Club of Indianapolis collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.