The Torchbearers

The Torchbearers

Women and Their Amateur Arts Associations in America, 1890-1930
Karen J. Blair
Distribution: World
Publication date: 02/22/1994
ISBN: 978-0-253-11253-8
Bookmark and Share

Available through various retailers


Blair’s meticulous research has produced a complex work that is both encyclopedic and lively." —The Journal of American History

With its valuable bibliography, this book should be an essential purchase for most libraries." —Choice

With its detailed examination of both local and national organizations, this volume is a valuable addition both to the growing literature on women’s associations and to the development of nonprofit enterprise in the arts." —ARNOVA News

... Blair’s insistence on the significance of her subject and her skillfully researched treatment of it is welcome and useful." —American Historical Review

Readers interested in women’s history, American cultural hsitory, and popular culture should all enjoy this book." —Illinois Historical Journal

An indispensible overview of women’s cultural activities in promoting and popularizing a wide variety of cultural enterprises, from music to artists’ colonies." —Kathleen D. McCarthy

The women’s arts clubs that flourished during the Progressive Era were more than havens for artistic dilettantes. As advocacy groups they effectively promoted universal access to the fine arts, leaving a vital legacy of cultural programs and institutions.

Author Bio

KAREN J. BLAIR is Professor of History at Central Washington University. She is the author of The Clubwoman as Feminist: True Womanhood Redefined, 1868–1914 and The History of American Women’s Voluntary Organizations, 1810–1960: A Guide to Sources.

Customer Reviews

There are currently no reviews
Write a review on this title.

Table of Contents



ONE The Arts in Nineteenth-Century American Women’s Lives
TWO Arts and Activism: An Overview of Women’s Clubs, 1890-1930
THREE Hear America First: Women’s AMateur Musical Societies
FOUR Women’s Societies for the Visual Arts: The Struggle to Be Seen
FIVE Pageantry and the Women’s Rights Movement, 1905-1925
SIX The Little Theater Movement
SEVEN The Clubhouse as Arts Center

Selected Bibliography

Illustrations follow page 106