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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 1161; T-585; Vt-337

Clarence James Gamble Collection of Miriam Reed, 2004-2010


Writing about Clarence James Gamble by Miriam Reed, oral histories conducted by Reed with family members and close associates of Gamble, and a decryption of a cipher used by Gamble in his correspondence.


  • Creation: 2004-2010


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Miriam Reed is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. 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.


.21 linear feet ((1/2 file box) plus 4 audiotapes, 1 videotape)

The Miriam Reed collection on Clarence James Gamble includes a writing about Gamble by Reed; audio and video recordings and transcripts of oral histories conducted by Reed with family members and close associates of Gamble; transcriptions by Reed of oral histories concerning Gamble conducted by others; and a decryption of a cipher used by Gamble in his correspondence. Folders are arranged alphabetically.


Actor and writer Miriam Reed received a PhD in comparative literature from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1980. Inspired by her research into women's lives, Reed wrote and acted in several solo theater shows including "Susan B. Anthony Says a Word," "Louisa May Alcott: Living Little Women," "Oscar Wilde's Women," "Talking Abortion," "Margaret Sanger: Radiant Rebel, 1916," and "Margaret Sanger: Radiant Rebel 1940." In 1993, she co-founded the Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival with Adilah Barnes. While researching Margaret Sanger, Reed became interested in Clarence James Gamble, the founder of Pathfinder International, and was inspired to write and create the documentary Clarence James Gamble: An Extraordinary Life. She is also the author of several books about Gamble and his brother Sidney: Japan 1908: The Adventure of Fourteen-Year-Old Clarence James Gamble, China 1908: Sidney D. Gamble & Brother Clarence Discover China, and Korea 1908: Sidney D. Gamble & Brother Clarence Reach Korea.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2021-M155

The Miriam Reed collection on Clarence James Gamble was given to the Schlesinger Library by Miriam Reed in September 2021.

Processing Information

Processed: January 2022

By: Johanna Carll

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 Alice Jeannette Ward Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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