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COLLECTION Identifier: RA.A/G487a

Papers of Arthur Gilman, 1819-1907


Correspondence, family genealogies, photographs, and books of banker, educator, historian, and Radcliffe College founder Arthur Gilman.


  • 1819-1907

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.


4 folders (3 folders, 1 folio+ folder)

Collection includes correspondence of Arthur Gilman with his brothers, his children, and others. Letters from his children's caretaker include updates on their health and activities. A letter from Gilman's brother-in-law, Luther Ball, describes a carriage accident involving Gilman's first wife Amy Cooke Ball Gilman. Other letters to Gilman includes family genealogies. This collection also includes two books, The Crystal Gem and Prayers for Children, as well as the extract from an abstract of title to an estate called The Bull in New Buckenham, Norfolk, England.


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 to1896. 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

Accession number: R82-3

The papers of Arthur Gilman were given to the Schlesinger Library by Alexander Doyle in 1981.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Papers of Arthur Gilman, 1889-1910 (RA.A/G487); Letters of Arthur Gilman, 1870-1890 (A/G4869); and Scrapbook of Arthur Gilman, 1876-1914 (SC 70).

Processing Information

Processed: January 1982

By: Eric Nils Lindquist.

Updated and additional description added: July 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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