59 School Street, Box 1310, Edgartown MA 02539 - 508.627.4441
Martha's Vineyard Museum MV Museum

A Finding Aid to the Clubs Collection1845-1966, undated

Descriptive Summary

Repository Martha's Vineyard Museum, Gale Huntington Research Library
59 School Street
P.O. Box 1310
Edgartown, MA 02539
Call Number RU 543
Title Clubs Collection
Date [inclusive] 1845-1966, undated
Extent 1 box (0.504 cubic feet)
Location For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's staff.
Language The materials are in English.
Abstract The artificial collection contains administrative and outreach materials from clubs and organizations which were prominent on Martha's Vineyard in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Use and Reproduction Restrictions

Requests to reproduce material from this collection should be directed to the library's staff. Reproduction fees may apply.

Preferred Citation

Martha's Vineyard Museum, RU 543, Clubs Collection.

Acquisition Information

Examples include the following:

  • Gift of Lucretia Walker Sibley in 1970 (Accession no. 1970.045). [Donation]
  • Gift of Gerald R. Bagley in 1974 (Accession no. 1974.018). [Donation]
  • Gift of Kate Douglas in 1988 (Accession no. 1988.053). [Donation]
  • Gift of Jane Newhall in 1989 (Accession no. 1989.036). [Donation]
  • Gift of Robert H. Marchant in 2000 (Accession no. 2000.091). [Donation]
  • Gift of Salley Scott Cook in 2000 (Accession no. 2000.104). [Donation]

Individual folders are labeled with accession numbers when known. The immediate source of acquisition and date of accession for the rest of the material is unknown.

Publication Information

Martha's Vineyard Museum

Gale Huntington Research Library
59 School Street
P.O. Box 1310
Edgartown, MA 02539

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared and machine-encoded by Clint Johnson in July 2015. Collection inventory and survey prepared by Lara J. Ullman in 2015.

Related Materials

Related Materials

  • See also, RU 387, Vineyard Haven's Want To Know Club.
  • See also, RU 390, Edgartown Women's Club.
  • See also, RU 391, Rogue Club.
  • See also, RU 395, Home Club Records, 1899-1932.
  • See also, RU 398, Homemakers Club.
  • See also, RU 491, Triad Club Collection.

Index Terms

Corporate Name(s)

  • Barnacle Club
  • Edgartown Firemen's Association
  • Home Club (Edgartown, Mass.)
  • Hospital-Women's Auxiliary
  • International Order of Oddfellows
  • Island Knitting Basket
  • Ladies Finishing Society
  • The Martha's Vineyard Camera Club
  • North Tisbury Literary and Debating Club
  • Oak Bluffs Club
  • Social Harmoneans


  • Administrative records
  • Constitutions
  • Excerpts
  • Histories (literature genre)
  • Instructions (document genre)
  • Menus
  • Minutes (administrative records)
  • Notes
  • Notebooks
  • Pamphlets
  • Posters
  • Programs (documents)
  • Receipts (financial records)

Geographic Name(s)

  • Dukes County (Mass.)
  • Edgartown (Mass.)
  • Marthas Vineyard (Mass.)
  • Oak Bluffs (Mass.)
  • Tisbury (Mass. : Town)
  • Vineyard Haven (Mass.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Allen, J.C.
  • Lesnikowski, Anne
  • Tucker, Harrison A.


  • Clubs--Massachusetts--Martha's Vineyard
  • Martha's Vineyard (Mass.)--History
  • Martha's Vineyard (Mass.)--Social life and customs
  • Yachting--Massachusetts--Martha's Vineyard

Scope and Content of Collection

The artificial collection contains administrative records, constitutions, excerpts, histories, instructions, menus, meeting minutes, notes, notebooks, pamphlets, posters, event programs, and receipts related to clubs and organizations that were active on Martha's Vineyard in the 19th and 20th centuries. Some of the relative clubs are the Barnacle Club, Edgartown Firemen's Association, Edgartown Home Club, Island Knitting Basket, the Martha's Vineyard Camera Club, the North Tisbury Literary and Debating Club and the Social Harmoneans. The collection holds both internal management and outreach materials.


The collection is arranged alphabetically by club with miscellaneous materials following at the end of the collection.

Contents of Collection

Box Folder

Barnacle Club annual meeting minutes, 1957 February 1 

1 1

Barnacle Club constitution and by-laws, undated 

1 2

Barnacle Club histories, 1962, 1966 
Author/Creator:  Allen, J.C.

1 3

Edgartown Firemen's Association administrative records, 1953 January-February, undated 

1 4

The Home Club of Edgartown historical notes, undated 

1 5

The Home Club of Edgartown receipt, 1908 January 1 

1 6

Hospital-Women's Auxiliary secretary notebook, circa 1933 

1 7

International Order of Oddfellows bible title page, 1949 September 30 

1 8

Island Knitting Basket knitted hat instructions, undated 

1 9

Ladies Finishing Society constitution and administrative records, 1845 

1 10

The Martha's Vineyard Camera Club presentation notes, circa 1962 
Author/Creator:  Lesnikowski, Anne

1 11

North Tisbury Literary and Debating Club constitution and administrative records, 1901-1903 

1 12

North Tisbury Literary and Debating Club meeting minutes, 1901 February 

1 13

Oak Bluffs Club menu, 1891 August 29 


Menu for Harrison A. Tucker Birthday event.

1 14

Social Harmoneans program, 1862 May 5 

1 15

Social Harmoneans receipts and bills, 1884-1890 

1 16

May Chapman phrenology lecture poster, undated 

1 17

Things to See-Places to go on Martha's Vineyard pamphlet, undated 

1 18