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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 516

Papers of Dorothy Benedict, 1987-1997


Papers of Dorothy Benedict, a Massachusetts goat farmer and producer of goat cheese.


  • 1987-1997

Language of Materials

Materials in English.


Access. Unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in papers created by Dorothy Benedict 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) plus 1 folio+ folder, 1 oversize folder, 2 videotapes)

The collection includes clippings, correspondence, menus featuring Windy Hamlet Farm goat's milk cheese, milking product suppy catalogs, a transcript of a local news segment about Windy Hamlet Farm, and two videotapes. Folders are arranged chronologically.


Dorothy Benedict grew up on a farm in Elmira, New York, where her family bred horses. She attended Elmira College and worked for a time selling computers. In the late 1980s, she and her husband, president of a graphics design firm in Needham, Massachusetts, bought Windy Hamlet Farm in West Brookfield, Massachusetts. By 1996 she was one of four Massachusetts producers of goat's milk cheese, milking over one hundred goats and producing cheese that was distibuted throughout New England.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 99-M92

These papers were given to the Schlesinger Library by Dorothy Benedict in June 1999.

Processing Information

Processed: February 2005

By: Johanna Carll

Benedict, Dorothy. Papers of Dorothy Benedict, 1987-1997: 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 a gift from Mary and Michael Gellert.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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