Lizette Woodworth ReeseThe Woman's Literary Club of Baltimore was founded in 1890 by a group of educated women who wanted to get their words into print. Over the next thirty years, they met every Tuesday afternoon between October and June, hearing lectures on various topics, appreciating each other's written contributions, enjoying refreshments and each other's company.

This site is a digital repository of the papers of the Club, which were meticulously kept over the years by its members. An Aperio grant from Loyola University Maryland's Center for the Humanities is supporting a team of undergraduate students led by Professor Jean Lee Cole, Department of English, in transcribing and interpreting these papers and the writings produced by members of the Club. In addition to this website, they are publishing an anthology of writings by Club members, Parole Femine: Words and Lives of the Woman's Literary Club of Baltimore (2019). 

Team members:

Summer 2017 

Hunter Flynn • Sydney Johnson • Katie Kazmierski • Clara Love • Ellen Roussel

Spring 2018

Tara Brooky • Marina Fazio • Jonathan Flink • Hunter Flynn • Jill Fury • Megan Hultberg • Sydney Johnson • Katie Kazmierski • Kaitlyn Kutch • Clara Love • Monica Malouf • Ju'waun Morgan • Ellen Roussel • Katie Shiber 

Summer 2018

Marina Fazio • Katie Shiber • Clara Love

Fall 2018-Spring 2019

Cole Barrett • Tara Brooky • Mary Cronin • Francesca D'Aloia • Matt Dabrowski • Nicole Day • Jill Fury • Alessia Hughes • Clara Love • Katherine Marrinen • Claire McElduff • Natalie Muñoz • Miranda Nolan • Maddie Pikus • Alyssa Schilke • Katie Shiber 

Summer 2019

Miranda Nolan 

News about the project

"Activating the Archives: Creative Collaborations with Local Universities," Maryland Historical Society News, Spring 2019

"Loyola students discover treasure trove of women's writings," Loyola Magazine, Aug. 13, 2018

The Woman's Literary Club of Baltimore digital archive is hosted by the Loyola Notre Dame Library. Special thanks to Matt Treskon, Technology Librarian; Sarah Espinosa, Cataloging and Metadata Librarian; and Clara Love, Technology Resources Assistant, for their support of this project.

The Aperio Series is a unique initiative that enables faculty and students to collaborate on original research and publish their work with Apprentice House, Loyola’s student-run publishing company.

Permission to reproduce images of items held at MDHS must be requested in writing.