Saturday Club (Boston, Massachusetts)

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The Saturday Club, established in 1855, was an informal monthly gathering in Boston, Massachusetts, of writers, scientists, philosophers, historians and others.


The club began meeting informally at the Albion House in Boston. By 1856, the organization became more structured with a loose set of rules, with monthly meetings were held over dinner at the Parker House.[1] Notable members included Louis Agassiz, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Asa Gray, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, John Lothrop Motley, Charles Peirce, Charles Sumner, and others. Their place of meeting for many years, the Parker House, was a hotel built in 1854 by Harvey D. Parker.[2][3]

Further reading[edit]

  • Adams, Thomas Boylston. Saturday Club 1957–1986. Boston: Saturday Club, 1988.
  • Emerson, Edward Waldo. Early years of the Saturday Club, 1855–1870. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1918.
  • Emerson, Edward Waldo. Later years of the Saturday Club, 1870–1920. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1927.
  • Forbes, Edward Waldo. Saturday Club: A Century Completed, 1920–1956. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1958.
  • Holmes, Oliver Wendell. "At the Saturday Club". 1884.


  1. ^ Mellow, James R. Nathaniel Hawthorne in His Times. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1980: 539. ISBN 0-8018-5900-X
  2. ^ Whitehill, Walter Muir. "Review of The Saturday Club: A Century Completed 1920-1956" by Edward W. Forbes and John H. Finley, Jr. The New England Quarterly, Vol. 32, No. 1 (Mar., 1959), pp. 108-112.
  3. ^ Morison, Samuel Eliot. "Review of Later Years of the Saturday Club" by M. A. DeWolfe Howe. The New England Quarterly, Vol. 1, No. 2 (Apr., 1928), p. 267.