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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 1214

Papers of Anne Dever Engelhart, 1933-2018


Archivist Anne Engelhart's personal correspondence with family and friends, baby book, scrapbook, photographs, school reports, and materials related to her in vitro fertilization treatments.


  • Creation: 1933-2018


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Anne Dever Engelhart 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 with the exception that they may not be publicly made available on the internet until January 1, 2080.


2.5 linear feet ((6 file boxes) plus 2 photograph folders)

The papers of Anne Engelhart include personal correspondence with family and friends; a baby book, an autograph book, and a scrapbook (1958-1959); photographs; school reports and programs; and correspondence, charts, financial accounts from her in vitro fertilization treatments (1988-1991). Materials document Engelhart's childhood travels to Europe and China; her close relationships with her parents, family, and friends; her experiences living abroad in the early 1970s while studying early music; her marriage and efforts to get pregnant via in vitro fertilization and other treatments; parenthood; and her work at the Schlesinger Library. Also included are biographical and financial records concerning Trude Rittmann, photographs of Rittmann and others; and correspondence of Rittmann with her sister and Agnes de Mille.


Archivist and librarian Anne Engelhart was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1951, the eldest child of Carl and Margaret Engelhart. In that year the couple moved to Plattsburgh, New York, where her father began a long career in the English department at the State University of New York. Her mother later served as an editor for Tundra Books, a Canadian publishing company. She had three younger brothers: Steven, Scott, and Matthew. Her parents later became the guardians of the five children (Barbara, Elizabeth, Geoff, Daniel, Deborah) of their dear friends, George and Dorothy Yokum, when the Yokums died in 1963.

The family traveled widely, living in Germersheim, Germany (1958-1959) and in Graz, Austria (1967-1968) where her father taught as part of the Fulbright program. Her parents also lived in Hull, England (1975-1976) and Tianjin, China (1985-1986); in 1986 she and other family members spent a month with them in China.

An avid flute player, Engelhart studied at Vassar College (1969-1971) before leaving for Europe where she became involved in the study of Renaissance and baroque music and historically informed performance practice, attending the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Basel, Switzerland), the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, and studying with baroque flutist Barthold Kuijken while living in Brugge, Belgium. In 1975 she returned to the United States and studied at Brandeis University (1975-1976) before finishing at New England Conservatory (BM 1978). In 1984 she completed an MLIS from Simmons and in 1992 she received an MLA in history from the Harvard Extension School. In 1978 she married Douglas Durant, a doctoral candidate in music whom she'd met at Brandeis. The couple have two children.

Inspired by her experience in working with original manuscript material in Europe, she began part-time work at the Schlesinger Library in 1977, initially as a staff assistant for the Black Women Oral History Project, and later as Assistant Curator of Manuscripts, and Head of Collection Services before retiring in 2018.

She and her husband were friends with Trude Rittmann, a German Jewish composer who fled the Nazis in 1933 and eventually settled in New York City where she was an essential member of the community of artists creating ballets and musical theater, working with Lincoln Kirstein, George Balanchine, Agnes de Mille, Frederick Loewe, and Richard Rodgers, among others. At the end of Rittmann's life they served as her health care proxies and caretakers.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2022-M103

The papers of Anne Dever Engelhart were given to the Schlesinger Library by Anne Dever Engelhart in May 2022.

Processing Information

Processed: May 2022

By: Anne Engelhart

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.

Engelhart, Anne Dever. Papers of Anne Dever Engelhart, 1933-2018: 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 Alice Jeannette Ward Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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