Contemporary Club [Philadelphia, Pa.] records (Collection 1981), 1886-1951, 3 linear feet
The Contemporary Club was organized in 1886 to hold discussions on outstanding questions of the day and to present scholarly papers by public figures. Membership was open to men and women, most of who were distinguished in the academic, artistic, and literary worlds of Philadelphia. From the minutes of the late 19th and early 20th century, a researcher can glean a list of who's who in America (i.e. Prof. Woodrow Wilson, Oscar Hammerstein, literary contributor Agnes Repplier, and artists William Merritt Chase and Violet Oakley), whose opinions affected public policy, as well as social and cultural affairs.
Correspondence makes up the bulk of the papers and includes outgoing letters of club presidents; incoming correspondence of individuals invited to speak; and miscellaneous correspondence to Thornton Oakley and other club officers. There are also executive committee minutes, photographs, and year books.
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