Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Administrative Information

Historical Note

Scope & Content Note

Organization & Arrangement

Index Terms

Related Items

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Series Arrangement & Description

Series 1: Administrative Material

Series 2: Financial Records

Series 3: Scrapbooks

Series 4: Press Books

Container Listing

 

 

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Monday Afternoon Club, 1889-2003

MAC
Club annual report cover, 1935.

Finding aid revised and updated by Sarah Hull in July 2009; processed in 2009 by Sarah Hull.

Descriptive Summary

Title:

Records of the Monday Afternoon Club, 1889 - 2003.

Creator: Monday Afternoon Club
Call Number:

PPL-MSS-2009-7

Size:

10 linear feet of records
Comprised of 8 boxes:
Three (6) 10” x 15” x 12” archival storage boxes
One (1) 6.5” x 12” x 5.5” card box
Four (4) 16" x 20" x 3" oversize storage

Repository:

Plainfield Public Library, Local History Department, 800 Park Avenue, Plainfield, NJ 07060

Abstract:

The Records of the Monday Afternoon Club document the creation and history of the Club from 1889 to 2007, with bulk dates of 1940 to 1988.  The Monday Afternoon Club was founded in 1888 by a prominent Plainfield resident, Eliza Elvira Kenyon.  It was the oldest club in Plainfield when it disbanded in 2007.  Although its primary purpose was to serve as a literary outlet for women, the club was very active with city events, education, and outside organizations.  The collection includes administrative documents, financial records, legal agreements, and publications such as the Club’s magazine, histories and event programs. There are seven scrapbooks that contain photographs, ephemera, and newspaper clippings, and seven press books that contain only newspaper clippings. Additional related library materials are referenced.

Language:

The records are in English.


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Administrative Information

Access & Restrictions

The Records of the Monday Afternoon Club are available for research. Access is restricted to materials prepared by the Local History department staff. All materials must be viewed in the Plainfield Room and may not be removed to another area of the library without permission of the Library Director or designee. Materials must be handled carefully and kept in order. Materials must not be leaned upon, altered, folded, ripped, or traced upon. Marks may not be added or erased from materials. Materials must be returned directly to Local History department staff and inspected before the researcher leaves the Plainfield Room.

One photocopy may be made (by Plainfield Public Library staff) of each document for the purpose of research; official Local History departmental reproduction fees may apply. Permission to publish must be obtained by the Plainfield Public Library Board of Trustees as delegated to the Library Director. Permission to publish does not constitute a copyright clearance. The researcher is responsible for further copyright restrictions. The Plainfield Public Library is not responsible for the misuse of copyrighted material.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item; Date (if noted); "Records of the Monday Afternoon Club,” Box and Folder Number; Local History Department, Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield, New Jersey.

Acquisition Information

The initial donation was made prior to 2001; the remainder of the collection was donated in 2009 by the Monday Afternoon Club.

Accruals

Library staff vertical file and additional newspaper articles regarding Club events.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Sarah Hull in July 2009. The finding aid was written and encoded by Sarah Hull in July 2009. Finding aid content follows the guidelines suggested by Describing Archives: A Content Standard.

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Historical Note

Eliza Elvira Kenyon founded the Monday Afternoon Club in 1888 after seeing a need in Plainfield for a permanent organization for women with an interest in literary study.  The first meeting of 50 members was held in the library of the Plainfield Seminary for Young Ladies (founded by Kenyon in 1866).  The Club incorporated in 1889. For several years, the regular meeting place was the Seminary’s assembly room.  In the beginning, programs were limited to Literature, History, Music and Art.  Topics were broadened to include Current Events, Sanitary Plumbing, Evolution, Socialism and Women’s Suffrage.  Dues were five dollars per year and each member was required to write a paper when requested to do so.

The Monday Afternoon Club became the charter member of the State Federation of Women’s Clubs in 1894 under the leadership of Miss Kenyon.  She played an active role in the Club until her death in 1919.  She was named the Freedom of the Club - an honor higher than an honorary membership.  Miss Kenyon is the only member ever to have been bestowed with that honor.  After 1919, the meeting place was moved to the Parish House of the Congregational Church on Central Avenue.  In 1931, membership rose to 431, but the depression took its toll and by 1934 there were 337 members.

In 1949, the house of Mrs. Daniel Ginna on Watchung Avenue was purchased and served as the Clubs home for several decades.  Membership numbers gradually rose. The Club was strong in the 1950s after the move to what is now commonly called “the Monday Afternoon Club House” on Watchung Avenue.  In 1970, there were close to 250 members.  When the building was not being used for Club activities, it was available to other organizations for meetings and events.  Gradually, numbers dwindled and the large house was no longer practical.  The organization continued to meet at the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church until its final meeting in May 2007.

Throughout its entire history, the organization was very active in the city.  In addition to working in coordination with the Muhlenberg Women’s Auxiliary (also founded by Eliza Elvira Kenyon), the Monday Afternoon Club contributed to events, such as the Sixth Avenue Drama Festival, and Flower and Garden Shows.  The Club had a popular Junior Women’s Club (frequently with a long waiting list), an American Home Department, Ways and Means Committee, Program Chairs and Departments, Education Department, Public Affairs Department, and Social Service Department.

In addition to events and outside activities, the Club published a regular magazine.  Bound magazine volumes are available in this collection, as well as in the Plainfield Public Library Local History Department.  Catalog information can be found below.

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List of Presidents, 1888 to 1988

Miss Eliza Elvira Kenyon, 1888-1890
Mrs. David O. Hall, 1890-1892
Miss Eliza Elvira Kenyon, 1892-1894
Mrs. Isaac L. Miller, 1894-1896
Mrs. William H. Sterling, 1896-1897
Mrs. Edward C. Perkins, 1897-1899
Mrs. John M. Whiton, 1899-1901
Mrs. Edwin W. Conklin, 1901-1903
Mrs. Robert Lowry, 1906-1907
Mrs. Henry M. Maxson, 1907-1909
Mrs. Eugene H. Hatch, 1909-1911
Mrs. Hugh Francis Fox, 1911-1913
Mrs. Orton G. Dale, 1913-1915
Mrs. Alan Cowperthwait, 1915-1917
Mrs. Harold D. Corbusier, 1917-1919
Mrs. Henry D. Hibbard, 1919-1921
Miss Alice Corey, 1921-1924
Miss Emelyn B. Hartridge, 1924-1927
Mrs. Horace N. Stevens, 1927-1930
Mrs. Harlan. A. Pratt, 1930-1933
Mrs. Wilbur H. Rogers, 1933-1937
Mrs. Harry Brokaw Smith, 1937-1939
Mrs. William F. Finney, 1939-1941
Mrs. Seth W. Candee, 1941-1945
Mrs. Stanton H. Davis, 1945-1947
Mrs. Maurice B. Cooke, 1947-1951
Mrs. J. Sewell Elrich, 1951-1953
Mrs. Albert J. Glaeser
Mrs. John W. Shuster, 1957-1961
Mrs. Horace Hatfield, 1961-1965
Mrs. Harris W. C. Browne, 1965-1969
Mrs. Harold M. Miller, 1977-1979
Mrs. Frederick J. Handschuch, 1979 – Acting President 1980
Mrs. Charles L. Hill, 1980-1983
Mrs. Arthur W. Lederer, Jr., 1983-1987-1988
[Source: The Monday Afternoon Club History, 1988]

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Scope and Content Note

The Records of the Monday Afternoon Club include a variety of historical material spanning from 1888 to 2007, with the bulk of records dating from 1940 to 1988.  Record types include: annual club programs, specific event programs, constitution and by-laws, financial ledgers and records, membership lists, Club magazines, photographs, ephemera, scrapbooks, and decades of newspaper clippings.

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Organization and Arrangement

The Records of the Monday Afternoon Club are arranged into four series:

Series 1: Administrative material, 1888 to 2003
Series 2: Financial records, 1960-1987
Series 3: Scrapbooks, 1940-1960
Series 4: Press books, 1940-1965

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Index Terms

People:

Kenyon, Eliza Elvira (1836-1915)

Organizations:

Monday Afternoon Club, Plainfield, NJ

Places:

Plainfield (N.J.)

Subjects:

Plainfield (N.J.)--History
Plainfield (N.J.)--Clubs and organizations
Women - New Jersey - Plainfield - History

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Related Items

The Monday Afternoon Club Magazine [Monday Afternoon Club, 1938-1979] PR 051 M74

Memories grave and gay, by Florence Howe Hall [1918] PR B HALL F

Excerpts from Ms. Eliza Elvira Kenyon's Journal, by Mrs. Robert P. Coates [1973] PR 974.939 C63

Miss E. E. Kenyon [1908], PPL Photograph Collection ID# X-100012

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

This collection consists of paper documents, photographs and ephemera that do not require any additional technology for access.

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Series Description
Series 1: Administrative Material [1889 to 2003]
Series Arrangement

Series 1 is arranged chronologically and fills 2 boxes.

Description

Series 1 contains annual Club programs, magazines, membership lists, letters, event programs, constitution and by-laws (1889 to 1945), and other records related to the administration of the Club.  It is composed solely of paper documents which are typed or handwritten.

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Series 2: Financial Records [1960 to 1987]
Series Arrangement

Series 2 is arranged chronologically and fills one box..

Description

Series 2 contains of blank checks, receipts, paid bills, magazine ad ledgers, and miscellaneous banking material.  It is composed solely of paper documents and three bound ledgers. Documents are typed and handwritten.

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Series 3: Scrapbooks [1940 to 1960]
Series Arrangement

Series 3 is arranged chronologically and fills 4 boxes.

Description

Series 3 contains six scrapbooks. Taped to pages, or loose, are photographs, magazine issues, constitution and by-laws, event programs and related material, newspaper clippings, letters, cards, and assorted ephemera. Documents are typed and handwritten.

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Series 4: Press Books [1940 to 1965, with gaps, undated]
Series Arrangement

Series 4 is arranged chronologically and fills 1 box.

Description

Series 4 is composed solely of newspaper clippings about Club members and activities.

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Container Listing

Series I: Administrative Material [1889 to 2003]

Box

Folder

Title

Date

1

N/A

Constitution, By-Laws & Membership Lists (booklets)
Click HERE to view an index for these records.

1889-1945

 

 

 

 

2

1

Blank stationary

Undated

 

2

Signed guest book

Undated

 

3

Blank event forms

Undated

 

4

Member commission & postulates (booklet)

1896

 

5

Program – MAC in Cinamascope (sic): PR 051 M74

1956

 

6

PPL vertical file documents (events and magazine pieces)

1970-1971

 

7

Constitution & Bylaws

1974

 

8

Antiques exhibitor agreements (legal)

1983

 

9

Events

1985-1986

 

10

History booklet (13 copies)

1988

 

11

Plainfield Public Library exhibit letter

2003

  24 Annual Booklets 1988-1990
  25 Members (photocopies) 1892-1918
  26 Members (photocopies) 1924-1945

3

1

MAC Magazines (bound)

Nov 1942 to May 1946

 

2

MAC Magazines (bound)

Oct 1946 to May 1950

 

3

MAC Magazines (bound)

Oct 1950 to may 1954

 

4

MAC Magazines (bound)

Oct 1954 to May 1958

 

5

MAC Magazines (bound)

Oct 1962 to May 1966

Series 2: Financial Records [1960 to 1987]

Box

Folder

Title

Dates

 2

12

Blank checks

Undated

 

13

Ledger

1960-1964

 

14

Ledger

1964-1971

 

15

Ledger

1974-1984

 

16

Bills

1983

 

17

Banking

1984

 

18

Bills

1984

 

19

Antique Show financials

1985

 

20

Program and tea

1985

 

21

Banking

1985-1986

 

22

Banking

1986-1987

Series 3: Scrapbooks [1940 to 1960]

Box

Folder

Title

Dates

5

Scrapbook (tagged #1)

1944-1949

5

 

Scrapbook (tagged #6)

1954-1955

6

 

Scrapbook (tagged #7)

1955-1956

7

 

Scrapbook (tagged #8)

1956-1957

8

 

Scrapbook (untagged)

1959-1960

8

 

Scrapbook (untagged; plays, loose items in back)

1940-1949

Series 4: Press Books [1940 to 1965, with gaps, undated]

Box

Folder

Title

Dates

4

 

Press Book

1940-1942

 

Press Book

1943-1945

 

 

Press Book

1950-1951

 

 

Press Book

1954-1958

 

 

Press Book

1960-1961

 

 

Press Book

1961-1963

 

 

Press Book

1964-1965

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