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COLLECTION Identifier: A/J167

Radcliffe College papers of Diane M. Jacobs, 1955-1961


Papers related to Diane M. Jacobs's years as a Radcliffe College student, including letters from President Mary Ingraham Bunting and Harvard Medical School president Harry Amos regarding Jacobs's science tutorial.


  • 1955-1961


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Diane M. Jacobs 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.


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Collection includes papers related to Diane M. Jacobs's years as a Radcliffe College student. It contains correspondence regarding Jacob's application and admission to Radcliffe, as well as new student information about classes and living on campus. There is also a program and clippings related to the inauguration of Mary Ingraham Bunting as Radcliffe College president (1961), as well as letters from Bunting and Harvard Medical School president Harry Amos regarding Jacobs's science tutorial. In addition, there is material regarding her graduation, including a 1961 Radcliffe College commencement program, congratulatory telegrams, and a card from her parents.


Diane M. Jacobs was born in the City of Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Jacobs attended Radcliffe College (AB Biochemical Sciences, 1961) and Harvard University (PhD Microbiology and Immunology, 1967). From 1967 to 1971, she served as an instructor and lecturer at Hebrew University's Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem. Jacobs worked as a research associate at the Salk Institute of Biological Studies from 1974-1976, and in 1976, she became an associate professor at the State University of New York, Buffalo, where she later served as a professor of microbiology from 1980 to 1989. From 1989 to 1994, she worked as associate vice chancellor of research, dean of the graduate school, and a professor of biology at East Carolina University. She became a professor of microbiology and molecular biology at the University of Central Florida in 1994, where she also served as vice president for research and graduate studies from 1994 to 1998. Jacobs was recognized as professor emerita at the University of Central Florida in 2016.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2022-M66

The Radcliffe College papers of Diane M. Jacobs were given to the Schlesinger Library by Diane M. Jacobs in April 2022.

Processing Information

Processed: October 2022

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 Class of 1957 Schlesinger Library Fund and the Kim A. Bendheim Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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