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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 1186

Radcliffe College Alumnae Oral History Project of the Radcliffe Club of San Francisco, 1981-2022 (inclusive), 2020-2021 (bulk), undated


Alumnae reminiscences and essays about student life recorded by members of the Radcliffe College Classes of 1941 through 1962.


  • Creation: 1981-2022
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 2020-2021
  • Creation: Undated


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Folders #E.462-E.467 are closed until January 2, 2031, as specified in the agreement between the Radcliffe Club of San Francisco and the Schlesinger Library. Background forms are available to users with a valid Harvard University ID. The rest of the collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the Radcliffe College Alumnae Oral History Project created by the Radcliffe Club of San Francisco 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)
60540 Megabytes (569 files)

The Radcliffe College Alumnae Oral History Project of the Radcliffe Club of San Francisco contains audio and video recordings and transcripts of interviews with over 100 Radcliffe College alumnae. Interviews were administered by a committee of the Radcliffe Club of San Francisco and conducted between 2020 and 2021 by volunteer alumnae. Interviewees included members of the classes of 1941 through 1962. These interviews document their undergraduate experiences at Radcliffe College, their thoughts on Radcliffe's merger with Harvard University, and the impact social and political movements had on their lives.

This collection is arranged chronologically by class, then alphabetically by interviewee. The last series (Series XXI) includes administrative records related to the oral history project.

These interviews were conducted in person, over Zoom, and through Free Conference Call. The interviews conducted via Zoom include audio files, titled "audio version," as well as the video file of the interview. Some interviews took place over multiple days or multiple sessions, and are labeled as interview #1, interview #2, part #1, part #2; one interview is labeled as "continuation." The transcripts have been edited by the interviewer and interviewee for clarity and factual accuracy. Some alumnae submitted previously written material or transcripts from earlier interviews, and were not recorded as part of this project.

This collection includes a background form for each individual alumna, which includes the name of the interviewer, biographical data, social class and ethnicity, interview dates, and interview location or platform. These background forms were filled out by the interviewer during each interview.

In 2020, three oral history files were transferred to the Schlesinger Library; these files were given accession number 2020-M131. In 2022, the entire oral history project was transferred to the Schlesinger Library, including the original three files. These three original files have material in accession number 2020-M131 that is not duplicated in 2022-M11.


The Radcliffe Club of San Francisco, located in San Francisco, California, is an official club within the Harvard Alumni Association. It was founded in 1898 and is open to alumnae of Radcliffe College and to anyone who has been connected with any Harvard University department as a student, instructor, or parent of a student. Club activities include lunch, film, and book groups, museum tours, writers' workshops, and a speakers series.


The collection is arranged in 21 series:

  1. Series I. Class of 1941, 2020 (#E.1-E.6)
  2. Series II. Class of 1944, 1981-2020 (#E.7-E.8)
  3. Series III. Class of 1945, 2020-2021 (#E.9-E.18)
  4. Series IV. Class of 1946, 2020-2021 (#E.19-E.28)
  5. Series V. Class of 1947, 2021 (#E.29-E.41)
  6. Series VI. Class of 1948, 2020-2021 (#E.42-E.53)
  7. Series VII. Class of 1949, 2020-2021 (#E.54-E.83)
  8. Series VIII. Class of 1950, 2020-2022 (#E.84-E.106, E.535)
  9. Series IX. Class of 1951, 2011-2021 (#E.108-E.139)
  10. Series X. Class of 1952, 2020-2021 (#E.140-E.149)
  11. Series XI. Class of 1953, 2003-2021 (#E.150-E.176, E536)
  12. Series XII. Class of 1954, 2021 (#E.177-E.180)
  13. Series XIII. Class of 1955, 2005, 2020-2021 (#E.181-E.234, E.537)
  14. Series XIV. Class of 1956, 2020-2021 (#E.235-E.283)
  15. Series XV. Class of 1957, 2020-2021 (#E.284-E.291)
  16. Series XVI. Class of 1958, 2019-2021 (#E.292-E.342, E.539)
  17. Series XVII. Class of 1959, 2020-2021 (#E.343-E.381)
  18. Series XVIII. Class of 1960, 2020-2021 (#E.382-E.443, E.538)
  19. Series XIX. Class of 1961, 2020-2021 (#E.444-E.477)
  20. Series XX. Class of 1962, 2020-2021 (#E.478-E.533)
  21. Series XXI. Administrative records, 2020-2021, undated (#1.1-1.2, E.534)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 2020-M131--2022-M11

The Radcliffe College Alumnae Oral History Project of the Radcliffe Club of San Francisco was given to the Schlesinger Library by the Radcliffe Club of San Francisco between December 2020 and January 2022.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Radcliffe College alumnae reminiscences, 1968-1973 (SC 94); Class collections of the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association, 1893-2001 (RG IX, Series 7).

Processing Information

Processed: August 2022

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.



Radcliffe Club of San Francisco. Radcliffe College Alumnae Oral History Project of the Radcliffe Club of San Francisco, 1981-2022 (inclusive), 2020-2021 (bulk), undated: A Finding Aid
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, the Jane Rainie Opel '50 Fund, the Gerard Schlesinger Library Fund, and Radcliffe Alumnae.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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