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Finding Aid for the Woman's Investigating Club, Buffalo, N.Y., 1893-1910

MS 184

State University of New York at Buffalo. University Archives

420 Capen Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
United States
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Finding aid prepared by Karen Spencer.
Finding aid encoded in EAD by Karen Spencer.
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid prepared using local best practices.

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Collection Overview

Title: Woman's Investigating Club, Buffalo, N.Y., 1893-1910
Creator: Woman's Investigating Club (Buffalo, N.Y.)
Extent: .2 linear feet(1 half manuscript box)
Language of Material: Collection material in English.
Repository: State University of New York at Buffalo. University Archives
Abstract: Collection of the club's constitution and bylaws, annual calendars, reading lists, histories, and miscellaneous items.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Description and dates], Box/folder number, MS 184, Woman's Investigating Club, Buffalo, N.Y., 1893-1910, University Archives, State University of New York at Buffalo.

See the Special Collections' preferred citations instructions for additional information.

Acquisition Information

Collection was donated by Diane Schultz Silvestro in November 2010.

Custodial History

Ms. Silvestro purchased the collection at a garage sale circa 1990s.

Terms of Access

The Woman's Investigating Club, Buffalo, N.Y., 1893-1910 are open for research.


Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Processing Information

Processed by Karen Spencer.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Historical Note

The Woman's Investigating Club grew out of a group of women from West Side Presbyterian Church in Buffalo, New York, who met at the suggestion of Mrs. Julia B. Newman Danforth to talk about forming a club. "The idea then was a sort of mother's club, to teach household economy, the care of children and the like. Such a club was formed, and Mrs. Herbert Lord was chosen President." The first meeting was held in March 1888. The first year they "cooked, talked about household cares, read recipes, and sometimes made a higher literary effort in an essay on a question of the day, or on the life of a great man or woman."

The year 1889 saw a more literary effort and "thirst for knowledge." The club met October through May, setting the annual calendar of thematic reading and lectures in advance. A "Fifteen Minute Club" was organized for the Summer months for members to record their daily readings for the next year's topic. The annual banquet and election was held in March.

The meeting format was augmented in the 1892-93 season with the addition of a fifteen minute talk before the paper of the day on any suggested topic. That same year the club became a member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs. In 1893-94 the club moved from the home of President Mrs. Florence Hopkins Lyon to the Women's Educational and Industrial Union Building and meetings increased from semi-monthly to weekly.

The club joined the Western New York Federation in 1896, the New York State Federation of Women's Clubs in 1912, and in 1905 helped found the Buffalo Federation of Women's Clubs. In 1915 the Club sponsored a scholarship at the University of Buffalo.

Sources used: "Club History" by Lucy Elizabeth Denton contained in the 1893 Club calendar (see Box/Folder 1.2) and the 1936 history in the Club History Collection at the Women's History and Resource Center, Washington, D.C. (CH NY 034) (See Box/Folder 1.7).

Biographical Note

Mary E. Pursel Greene was the wife of prominent Buffalo, New York, physician, Walter D. Greene (1853-1917). Dr. Greene was an 1876 graduate of the University at Buffalo Medical School. The Greenes lived at 385 Jersey Street, Buffalo, New York. Mrs. Greene died on June 10, 1938.

Scope and Content Note

Collection of the club's constitution and bylaws, annual calendars, reading lists, histories, miscellaneous items, and background material collected by the processor. Also includes a wedding reception invitation received by Dr. and Mrs. Greene in 1898.


This collection is arranged chronologically.

Container List

Box-folder Contents
1.1 Constitution and bylaws, 1898, undated

See also 1893 Calendar in Box/Folder 1.2

1.2 Annual Calendars, 1893-1910

The 1893 calendar also includes the previous five years' officers, the constitution, and a Club history.

1.3 Reading lists, 1895, 1898, undated
1.4 Annual banquet programs, 1895-1910

1898 program includes a silver spoon marked "88-98."

1.5 Miscellaneous items, 1894-1901

Includes the club hymn, "15 Minute Club" record pamphlet with pencil, dues receipt, officers' list, a program for "A Greek Festival."

1.6 Wedding reception invitation, 1898

Unrelated to the club but received by Dr. & Mrs. Greene.

1.7 Background Material added by processor, 1898-2010

Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Library's online catalog.


Greene, Mary Pursel
State University of New York at Buffalo. University Archives


Woman's Investigating Club (Buffalo, N.Y.)--Archives
Women Societies and clubs--New York State--Buffalo

Associated Material

Related Resources in Other Repositories

Women's History and Resource Center, General Federation of Women's Clubs