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Boston Authors Club Records

 Collection — Container: MS BAC
Call Number: MS BAC

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence which document the activities of the Boston Authors Club from 1907-1947. Official records consist of annual reports (1940-1944), election ballots (1921-1932), editorial and membership committees (1224-1938), meeting minutes (1919-1947) and statement of agreement of association (1907; 1958). The responses from Boston authors to Thomas Wentworth Higginson’s idea in 1887 of forming a club and tributes to Harriet Beecher Stowe are included as are brochures, newspaper clippings and photographs.


  • Majority of material found in 1887-1972
  • Other: Date acquired: 06/00/1966


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Biographical or Historical Information

The Boston Authors Club was founded in 1899 by journalist Helen Winslow and held its first meeting on January 6, 1900. Founding members included Julia Ward Howe, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, and Charles Follen Adams. It began as a social club, but as time went on, literary discussions began to be held. Once the club had its own rooms, meetings took place in which manuscripts could be read and criticized and where leading Boston publishers gave talks expressing the publishers’ point of view. Since 1997, the Club presents the annual Julia Ward Howe Award in honor of its first president to two books (one for young readers).  It is the oldest continuous authors group in the United States.


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Source of Acquisition

Boston Authors Club

Method of Acquisition


Accruals and Additions

Second accrual. R. Newton Mayall,  1968.

Thrid accrual. Frances M. Howard, 1971.

Fourth accrual. Ester E. Carlson, 1986.

Laura D. Richards.

Related Materials

Boston Authors Club Ephemera. BAC E.1-BAC E.95.88

Processing Information

Finding aid written by Rare Books and Manuscripts Department staff.


Boston Authors Club Records
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Revision Statements

  • 2014-11: Updated by Kimberly Reynolds, November 2014.

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