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SUB-SERIES Identifier: MC 553

Subseries A. Biographical and personal

Scope and Contents

Subseries A, Biographical and personal, 1890-1980 (#7.1-9.3, 27.1), contains biographical material about the family, including mentions in New Boston Road and A Family Chronicle, and Walter's obituary; a diary kept during Cornelia's childhood; Radcliffe College class notes; and a newspaper article on raising children, featuring an interview with Cornelia and a photograph of the family. Cornelia's unpublished memoir, "Snatched from Oblivion" (1904-1922) includes stories from her life in Cambridge, ranging in topic from birthing and raising her children to dealing with the effects of World War I on her family and community. Her work with the Public School Association in Cambridge is documented in clippings and related letters (1921-1934) in this subseries. Scrapbooks (1928-1950s) containing photographs, brochures, maps, letters, and postcards, document her extensive travels through the Philippines and Asia, Russia, and her "'Round the World" trips. In her 1928 scrapbook, she includes not only written accounts, but also sketches and photographs of the family automobile trip out West. A 1965 tribute to Cornelia from the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts includes the text from her speech on birth control.


  • Creation: 1887-1980
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1917-1945

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.


11.05 linear feet ((26+12 file boxes) plus 1 folio folder, 7 photograph folders)

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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