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COLLECTION Identifier: 75-262--80-M1

Papers of the Greene family, 1825-1974


Correspondence of the Greene family of Cambridge, Massachusetts


  • Creation: 1825-1974


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by the Greene family 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.


6 linear feet ((6 cartons) plus 1 folio+ folder, 1 oversized folder, 1 supersize folder, 1 folio photograph folder)

The collection contains personal correspondence between Henry Copley Greene (1871-1951) and Rosalind Huidekoper Greene (1885-1975), their daughters Francesca Greene (1908-1957), Joy Greene (1909-2000), Katrine Greene (1912-1966) and Ernesta Greene (1915-1939), and friends and other relatives. Henry Copley Greene and Katrine were actively involved in war relief work and hence traveled widely. Henry Copley Greene volunteered with the Red Cross and Unitarian Service Committee in Europe during and after the First and Second World Wars respectively; Katrine worked with relief organizations in Italy, North Africa and Asia during and after World War II. Rosalind Huidekoper Greene, besides writing poetry, was active in war relief efforts in the Boston area and coordinated a newsletter for servicemen in World War II. The papers, which cover the years from 1835-1974, provide an insight into the lives of a Cambridge family interested in various social causes and acquainted with many members of the Harvard faculty.

Collection also includes the papers of Katrine R. C. Greene (Joy Greene's sister) regarding her work for United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation in North Africa (UNRRA) and refugees in China.

Some folder titles are those of the Greene family but the majority have been added by the archivist for ease of access.


The Cambridge (Massachusetts) family of Henry Copley Greene (1871-1951) and Rosalind Huidekoper Greene (1885-1975) was interested in amateur theater, musicology, French culture, and a variety of social causes. Henry Greene and his daughter Katrine were actively involved in war relief work, he in Europe during and after both world wars and she in Italy, North Africa, and Asia during and after World War II.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 75-262, 75-307, 79-M235, 80-M1

The Greene family papers were given to the Schlesinger Library as an unrestricted gift in August and September 1975 (Accession numbers 75-262, 75-307) by Joy Greene Sweet and John S.C. Morgan. Additional materials were given to the Schlesinger Library in October 1979 by Joy Greene Sweet (Accession number 79-M235) via Yale University Library and in January 1980 by John Singleton Copley Morgan (Accession number 80-M1). This preliminary inventory was prepared with funds provided by NEH (Grant no. RC-24669-76-987).


  1. FCGM = Francesca Copley Gorene Morgan
  2. GS = Gaetano Salvemini
  3. HCG = Henry Copley Greene
  4. JG = Joy Greene Sweet
  5. KRCG = Katrine Rosalind Copley Greene
  6. n.d. = no date
  7. RCC = Richard Clarke Cabot
  8. UNNRA = United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation in North Africa


  1. Carton 1: Folders 1-24
  2. Carton 2: Folders 25-69
  3. Carton 3: Folders 70-96
  4. Carton 4: Folders 97-140
  5. Carton 5: Folders 141-180
  6. Carton 6: Folders 181-205

Processing Information

Processed: January 1979

By: Nora Murphy

Greene (Family: Greene, Henry Copley, 1871-1951). Papers of the Greene family, 1835-1974: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women
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Repository Details

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