The Tuesday Nighters of Austin, Texas Records
An Inventory of the Collection
“Shortly after World War II, a small group of veterans and their wives bought homes in a two block area in North Austin. Since there was no such thing as a second car, the young mothers had very little social life. They decided to form a club, which they did. As new members came into the club the membership spread to all parts of Austin.” (From a booklet published for 40th Anniversary celebration in 1987)
The club was started in 1947 by Ruth Petty and Jean Viehe. In the beginning most of the members were in their 20's and lived in the same North Austin neighborhood and met in each other's homes for conversation and companionship. Many of the members say that when they started the club there was little money to go out to find entertainment so they had to make due with each other's company. Early names for the organization included Young Mothers Club, Northgate Homemaker's Club, and Mommies Ultra-Modern (MUM).
The club continues to meet today and are still holding functions and traveling and taking cruises.
The Tuesday Nighters’ records document the membership and activities of the organization from 1947 to the mid-2000s. There are Treasurers Books for the years 1950-1957, 1979-1998, 2002-2005 and meeting minutes from years 1955-1965, 1969-1981, 1984-1990, 1992-2004. In addition there are Constitution and Bylaw pamphlets from 1977, 1986, 1994, 2001 (some additional undated) and yearbooks from 1968-2003 (scattered years). Also included is a booklet of short biographies written by the members in 1987 and then again in 1998 to celebrate their 40th anniversary.
The 17 scrapbooks contain textual materials and photos that highlight trips taken and events and parties held by the members from 1947 to 2008.
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Donated by one of the club founders, Ruth Petty.
The Tuesday Nighters of Austin, Texas Records (AR.2009.053). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/2009/020
Donation Date: 2009, 2011.
Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults/2009. Updated by Kathryn Garvey/2011.
Detailed Description of the Collection