Mason Library Receives Tuesday Academy Archives

At the 25th anniversary of the Tuesday Academy, with Doris “Granny D” Haddock (seated in the red chair) and Bonnie Riley, founder of the Tuesday Academy, at her side.

The Tuesday Academy Archive is now part of  the Special Collections in the Mason Library. The donation includes one linear foot of archival records, photographs, study material, and audiovisual material that document the 32-year history of this women’s study group.

The Tuesday Academy was established in 1981 by Bonnie Riley, a retired high school teacher, who wanted to form a women’s study group in the Monadnock region. The Academy, still active today, includes members from varied backgrounds—professionals to stay-at-home mothers—who all share an “eagerness” to learn. The group meets every Tuesday (hence their name) and covers a wide range of subjects from art to literature to science. Politics is an active concern of the group. It was through the Academy that Doris “Granny D” Haddock, a long-time member, was inspired to pursue her political activism.

The Tuesday Academy Archive joins a growing research collection of women’s history material from the Monadnock region that includes the Doris “Granny D” Haddock Collection, Christine Sweeney Papers, and the records of the Hinsdale Women’s Club.

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