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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 1258

Papers of Elayne Archer, 1962-2023


Correspondence and autobiographical writings of Elayne Archer documenting her life, particularly her time as a student at Radcliffe College from 1962 to 1966.


  • Creation: 1962-2023


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Elayne Archer 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.


.42 linear feet (1 file box)

The papers of Elayne Archer consists mainly of letters Archer wrote to her mother and brother while a student at Radcliffe College detailing her social life, studies, money worries, friendships, and other topics. Also included are photocopies of her Radcliffe College transcript and 25th anniversary class report; photographs of Archer taken while she attended Radcliffe and later in life; synopses of the letters she wrote home from Radcliffe; and three autobiographical essays about her Radcliffe years, her post-Radcliffe years, and work and retirement.


Teacher, writer, and editor, Elayne Grant Archer was born in England in 1943. After the death of her father, Elayne moved with her mother and brother to Toronto. She was admitted to Radcliffe College and graduated magna cum laude in 1966, with a major in English. Archer later taught at the City University of New York and St. Peter's College in Jersey City, New Jersey, and worked as an editor at a number of nonprofit organizations, including the Academy of Educational Development.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 2017-M43, 2023-M69

The papers of Elyane Archer were given to the Schlesinger Library by Elayne Archer in March 2017 and April 2023.

Processing Information

Processed: October 2023

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.

Archer, Elayne. Papers of Elayne Archer, 1962-2023: 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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