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COLLECTION Identifier: RA.A/E37

Papers of Catherine Kyes Elberfeld, 1931-1954


Papers of Catherine Kyes Elberfeld, Radcliffe College Class of 1935, documenting her years as a Radcliffe student and the college's 75th anniversary.


  • Creation: 1931-1954

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Originals closed; use digital images.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Catherine Kyes Elberfeld 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.


5 folders

Collection includes Catherine Kyes Elberfeld's diary of daily activities during her freshman year at Radcliffe College, 1931-1932. It also includes clippings related to student life at Radcliffe College, as well as tickets and programs from events including the Baccalaureate Service and a lecture by Gertrude Stein, 1934. In addition, there are letters from Radcliffe College and photographs from her Radcliffe College years. The collection also includes a program, ticket, and clippings from the college's 75th anniversary in 1954. Most of the photographs in this collection are or will be digitized and available online.


Catherine Kyes Elberfeld was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1913, the only daughter of Dr. Karl S. and Violet Burgess Kyes. She attended Peterborough High School in New Hampshire, and received her A.B. from Radcliffe College (1935) and B.S. from Simmons College (1936). She worked as a children's librarian in Rochester, New York, for three years after graduating from Simmons. In 1939 she married John Elberfeld, a college dean; they lived in Westboro, Massachusetts, and raised two children. Beginning in 1957, Catherine Elberfeld worked as a school librarian at several schools in Westboro, Massachusetts. She was a member of the Harvard-Radcliffe Club of Worcester.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: R92-3

The papers of Catherine Kyes Elberfeld were given to the library by her daughter, Anne Elberfeld Huberman, in January 1992.

Processing Information

Processed: February 1993

By: Jane S. Knowles.

Updated and additional description added: July 2020

By: Paula Aloisio.

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 gifts from the Radcliffe College Class of 1957 Schlesinger Library Fund and the Gerard Schlesinger Library Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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