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COLLECTION Identifier: RA.A/G487

Papers of Arthur Gilman, 1889-1910


Letters from banker, educator, historian, and Radcliffe College founder Arthur Gilman.


  • Creation: 1889-1910

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Originals closed; use digital images.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Arthur Gilman as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


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Collection includes letters from Arthur Gilman concerning the foundation of Radcliffe College and the Cambridge School. One letter to Joseph B. Warner discusses the founding of Radcliffe College in detail. This collection also contains memorials of Arthur Gilman written after his death.


Arthur Gilman was born on June 22, 1837, in Alton, Illinois, to Winthrop Sargent Gilman and Abia Swift Lippincott Gilman. Gilman attended schools in St. Louis, Missouri; Lee, Massachusetts; Rye, New York; and New York City. Gilman worked for his father's banking firm from 1857 to 1862. In 1879, Gilman and his second wife, Stella Scott Gilman, co-founded the "Private Collegiate Instruction for Women by Harvard Professors," which become known as the "Harvard Annex." In 1882, it was incorporated as the Society for the Collegiate Instruction of Women with Elizabeth Cary Agassiz serving as President. In 1894, the "Harvard Annex" was named Radcliffe College. Arthur Gilman served as Secretary from 1879 to 1894, and as Regent from 1894 to 1896. In 1886, Gilman founded the Gilman School for Girls, now called the Cambridge School of Weston. Arthur Gilman died in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on December 27, 1909.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers of Arthur Gilman were transferred from the Radcliffe College Archives Vertical File.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Letters of Arthur Gilman, 1870-1890 (A/G4869); Papers of Arthur Gilman, 1819-1907 (RA.A/G487a); and Scrapbook of Arthur Gilman, 1876-1914 (SC 70).

Processing Information

Processed: March 1983

By: Jane Knowles.

Updated and additional description added: June 2020

By: Cat Lea Holbrook.

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by the Zetlin Sisters Fund and the Jane Rainie Opel '50 Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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