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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 1138

Baby books collection of the Alger family, 1919-1974 (inclusive), 1919-1928 (bulk)


Baby books for siblings Augusta Alger Prince, Philip Langdon Alger Jr., and Catharine Alger.


  • 1919-1974
  • Majority of material found within 1919-1928


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Augusta Alger Prince is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library.

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


.42 linear feet (1 file box)

Collection consists of baby books for Augusta Alger Prince, her brother Philip Langdon, and her sister Catharine. The books include congratulatory telegrams, notes on the babies' development, locks of hair, lists of gifts received, poems, and photographs. Augusta's baby book continues for a number of years and includes letters to and from her, a height chart, sketches of Augusta at various ages; and an invitation to her wedding to David Chandler Prince, Jr. Catharine's includes notes from a playgroup she attended in 1928 on her social adjustment, emotional reactions, etc. Collection also includes Philip L. Alger's self published book Tales of my Life and Family.


Augusta Alger Prince was born in 1919 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the daughter of Catharine Jackson Alger and Philip L. Alger. Catherine Jackson Alger was a member of the Radcliffe College Class of 1915. After Prince's birth, the family settled in Schenectady, New York. She had four siblings: Philip Langdon (1922-1929), Catharine (1925-1935), John (1927-2005), and Andrew (1932-2014). Her parents also adopted Philip Alger's niece Anne Vogdes (1927-2020). Prince attended Radcliffe College (BA 1940), as did her daughters Catharine and Charlotte.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2021-M132

These Alger family baby books were given to the Schlesinger Library by Augusta Alger Prince in August, 2021.

Processing Information

Processed: September 2021

By: Susan Earle

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by the Carl & Lily Pforzheimer Fund, Pforzheimer Fund for the Schlesinger Library, Sybil Shainwald Fund at the Schlesinger Library, and Class of 1955 Manuscript Processing Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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