The Saturday Press was a short-lived but influential literary weekly edited by Henry Clapp, Jr., that showcased fiction, poetry, literary criticism, and social commentary by many of the Pfaff's bohemians, as well as other writers of the period. As the reviews of the Press in the image to the right suggest, The Saturday Press established for itself a reputation as a unique contribution to the nineteenth-century literary scene.
Henry Clapp published the first issue of The Saturday Press in October of 1858. Two years later, as the U.S. Civil War loomed and the Press faced mounting financial problems, Clapp temporarily ceased publication in December of 1860. Following the war, Clapp brought back The Saturday Press in August of 1865, but lack of funding led Clapp to permanently retire the Press less than a year later in June of 1866.
Visitors to The Vault at Pfaff's are invited to browse through any of the 157 issues of The Saturday Press, which are available here in a CONTENTdm viewer, or to search for specific works of fiction, poetry, or criticism included in the general bibliography.
As work continues on The Vault at Pfaff's, every article, poem, and story in The Saturday Press will be annotated.