Guide to the Pullman Fortnightly Club Records 1893-1996
Cage 630

Summary Information

Washington State University Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Pullman Fortnightly Club Records
Pullman Fortnightly Club Records
Cage 630
Date [inclusive]
7 containers., 3.5 linear feet of shelf space.
Collection materials are in English.
Includes business records of the organization and materials related to its programs, e.g. correspondence, minutes, receipts and bank statements, presentation papers written by club ladies, historical information about the club, etc.

Preferred Citation

[Item Description]. Cage 630, Pullman Fortnightly Club Records. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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The Pullman Fortnightly Club was organized in 1893 by Mrs. Harriet E. Bryan as a women's literary society and 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.

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Scope and Content

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.

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The collection is organized into seven series: Business Records, Club Papers, Correspondence, Memorabilia, Miscellaneous, Programs, and Oversize.

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. 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.

Miscellaneous materials include a Federaion 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.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Washington State University Libraries Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections  © 2012

Terrell Library

P.O. Box 645610

Pullman, WA, 99164-5610 USA


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.

Acquisition Information

The Fortnightly Club of Pullman, Washington, donated its records to Washington State University in 1989 (accession MS89-72).

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Related Materials

Related Material

The WSU Libraries also hold Cage 108: Fortnightly Club Yearbooks, 1893-1960. This collection comprises 2 boxes (1 linear foot.

There are also three unprocessed accessions as of 2008: MS 1996-56, MS 2004-04, and MS 2008-30

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Names and Subjects

Corporate Name(s)

Creator(s) :
  • Fortnightly Club (Pullman, Wash.)--Archives
Subject(s) :
  • Fortnightly Club (Pullman, Wash.)--Records and correspondence

Personal Name(s)

Subject(s) :
  • Mathews, Serena F.
  • Friel, Catherine Mathews
  • Egge, Albert E. (Albert Ericson), b. 1857


  • Women--Societies and clubs--19th century--Archives
  • Women--Societies and clubs--20th century--Archives
  • Women--Social life and customs--19th century
  • Women--Social life and customs--20th century
  • Literature--Societies, etc.--Washington (State)
  • Pullman (Wash.)--History--Archives
  • Thatuna Park (Pullman, Wash.)--History--Archives
  • Women
  • Literature
  • Parks and Playgrounds
  • Washington (State)

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Detailed Description of Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series 1: Business Records 

Constitution 1976-1988 


box folder


1 2


1 3


1 4


1 5


1 6


1 7


1 8


2 9


2 10


2 11

Receipt Books 1901-1910 

2 12

Receipts and Bank Statements 1960-1968 

3 13

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Series 2: Club Papers 

box folder

Bohler, Idah undated 

3 14

Cultural Diversity 1983-1984 

3 15

Friel, Catherine Mathews undated 

3 16

Mathews, Serena F. 1926 undated 

3 17

Mathews, Serena F., Comic Types in Dickens and Thackery undated 

4 18

Meinhardt, Margarete 1933-1953 

4 19

Miscellaneous undated 

4 20

Simmers, Anna M. undated 

4 21

Titles of Programs 1893-1916 

4 22

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Series 3: Correspondence 

box folder


4 23


4 24


4 25


5 26

French Orphan, Renee 1948 

5 27


box folder


5 28


5 29

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Series 4: Memorabilia 

box folder

(contents relocated to MS 2008-30) 1893-1995 

5 30

Club History 1893-1993 

5 31

Club Luncheon 1981 

5 32

Fortnitely Club Memory Book, Presented by Serena F. Wallis Mathews undated 

5 33

News Clippings 

box folder

 1954-1968 undated 

5 34


5 35
box folder

Photographs (contents relocated to MS 2008-30) 1983-1986 

5 36

Serena rising above us undated 

5 37

Charter Members Poster 


Historic News Items 


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Series 5: Miscellaneous 

box folder

Federation of Women's Clubs 1911-1918 

5 38

Manuscript, A Story of a Manor House, Albert E. Egge 1914 

5 39

Thatuna Park 1940-1947 

5 40

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Series 6: Programs 


Annual Literary Programs 1893-1996 


Breakfast Meeting and Anniversary Dinner Programs, Party Favors, and 2 cassette tapes 1911-1988 


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