ca. 1884-ca. 1954
Guide to the Photograph Collection
This collection consists of photographs of members of the Tavern Club, Boston, Mass.
The Tavern Club is a private Boston, Mass. social club founded in 1884 by Royal Whitman, Timothee Adamowski, B. C. Porter, George Munzig, and Frederick Prince. Since 1887, the club has been housed at 4 Boylston Place in Boston. Membership is by invitation only and, until 1988, when the club voted to admit women, was exclusively male. In the foreword to the club's centennial history, President Paul Reardon noted that "Taverners" believe in "good fellowship and friendship, sympathy in love of beauty, in art and literature, and character." Musicians, actors, artists, educators, physicians, lawyers, and businessmen from Boston and beyond comprise its membership.
Everitt, Charles B., editor. The Tavern Club at One Hundred 1959-1984. Boston: Tavern Club, 1984.
The Tavern Club photographs consist of eight volumes containing photographs of members of the club from its creation in 1884 until about 1954, arranged according to date of membership. The collection also contains a number of loose photographs depicting members at parties and theatrical performances.
Deposited by the Tavern Club, Boston, Mass., Jan. 1990, 1992, 2003.
Detailed Description of the Collection
I. Member photograph albums
Arranged by year of admission to the club.
Photograph of Bowditch as a child.
Photo. #357.440 is a photograph of Forbes as a child.
II. Loose photographs
Inscribed: "A Taverner in Action."
Removed from Tavern Club Scrapbook, 1884-1885.
Photographs taken at a party at the Eastern Yacht Club in Marblehead, Mass.
Photograph of a drawing by Charles Dana Gibson.
Photograph of a valentine presented 14 Feb. 1900 at the Tavern Club.
III. Oversize photographs
Tavern Club photographs, Massachusetts Historical Society.
This collection is indexed under the following headings in ABIGAIL, the online catalog of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Researchers desiring materials about related persons, organizations, or subjects should search the catalog using these headings.