The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Thought and Work Club
Thought and Work Club Records
3.5 linear feet (6 boxes)
The Thought and Work Club
records document the activities of this Salem, Massachusetts, women's
Scope and Content Note
The Thought and Work Club records document the activities of this Salem,
Massachusetts, women's club. The collection contains club histories, annual reports,
meeting minutes, membership lists, committee papers, and club publications. The
collection also contains personal club records compiled by the club's founder, Kate
The Thought and Work Club of Salem, Massachusetts, was
founded in 1891 by a local author, editor, and journalist named Kate Tannatt Woods
(1836-1910). The group was founded to "encourage women in all departments of
literary work, to promote home study, and to secure literary and social advantages
for its members." The club held regular classes for its members on subjects such as
art history, languages, and literature. The organization also sponsored lectures,
concerts, dramatic presentations and other programs that were held at various
churches and halls in Salem. One of the club's most memorable events was a talk on
conditions in India and missionary work given by the noted Hindu monk Swami
Vivekananda in August of 1893, who stayed in Kate's home on North Street. Kate Woods
served as president of the Thought and Work Club for eight years.
This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons,
or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Woods, Kate Tannatt, 1838-1910
Women--Societies and clubs
Salem (Mass.)--Societies, etc.
Restrictions on Access
This collection is open for research use.
Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in
writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex
Thought and Work Club Records, MSS 211, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum,
This material is on permanent deposit from the Thought and Work Club.
Collection processed by Leslie Ward, September 2010. Updated by Tamara Gaydos,