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8.6 linear feet ((17 + 1/2 file boxes, 1 folio+ box) plus 3 folio folders, 1 folio+ folder, 1 oversize folder)
Series I, Papers of Edith (Culver) Hagar (#1-245), contains personal and biographical information about Hagar; photographs; elementary school papers and notebooks, 1905-1914; yearbooks, literary magazines, playbills, dance cards, notes, and other papers from Hagar's student days in Taunton (Mass.) High School, 1915-1919; scrapbook, class notes, syllabi and exams, theater programs, dance cards and other ephemera from Radcliffe College, 1918-1922; diaries (#62-85), engagement calendars (#86v-145v), and items found within (#146-203), 1911-2000; correspondence (#204-239) with family, friends, boyfriends and future husband, 1910-1946 (scattered); and papers related to her trip to Europe in 1922.
Hagar made entries of varying lengths in diaries and engagement calendars for almost 90 years, beginning at age ten in 1911. Although the earlier diaries are more reflective, later ones consist largely of brief notations re: social plans, sailing excursions, menus and meals, wardrobe, weather, and health. Loose items originally folded up in these volumes have been removed and are foldered separately. Included are letters and postcards to Hagar; notes by Hagar; programs, invitations and ticket stubs; announcements and newsletters of garden clubs and women's clubs; loose pages, etc. There are also several letters from Hagar to her daughter Cynthia.
The correspondence includes letters from Hagar to her mother, 1913-1924; correspondence between Donald and Edith Hagar, 1922-1926; and letters to Hagar from boyfriends, friends, and others, 1914-1946 (scattered). Hagar's letters to her parents and grandmother (most are to her mother) describe summer camp in Vermont, her college days at Radcliffe College, travels through Europe after graduation, and her marriage to Donald Hagar. There is an extensive courtship correspondence between Edith and Donald Hagar, as well as numerous letters from earlier (and contemporaneous) suitors.
Series II, Papers of Donald Chisholm Hagar (#246-332), contains Donald Hagar's 5-year line-a-day diary, 1921, 1923, 1929; expense records while at Harvard College, ca.1918-1922; letters to Donald Hagar from family members, girlfriends, Harvard classmates, and others, 1917-1942 (scattered); his compositions for Harvard English courses, including professors' grades and comments, as well as class notes in other subjects; dinner and dance invitations and dance cards; The Tomahawk, 1921-1922; and miscellaneous items.
Donald Hagar's correspondence includes many letters from Edith and other girlfriends, as well as from Harvard classmates and other friends, some of whom traveled in the United States (especially the South) and sent him their impressions. Some of these letters discuss World War I, as well as his fraternity, Alpha Sigma Pi. Many of the letters and diary entries concern the health of Edith Hagar, Estella Carey Culver, Donald Hagar, and others.
- Series I. Papers of Edith (Culver) Hagar (#1-245)
- Series II. Papers of Donald Chisholm Hagar (#246-332)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers of Edith Culver Hagar were given to the Radcliffe Archives by her daughter, Cynthia Hagar Krusell, in October 2001 and in June 2015. Accession number 2015-M97 was added to the collection in June 2015 and is represented by #3a and 223a.
- Box 1: 1- 7; see Box 18 for 3a
- Box 2: 18-27, 29-33, 37
- Folio+ Box 3: 28vf+, 34f
- Box 4: 38-54
- Box 5: 55-69
- Box 6: 70-80
- Box 7: 81-97v
- Box 8: 98v-119v
- Box 9: 120v-137v
- Box 10: 138v-164
- Box 11: 165-198
- Box 12: 199-225
- Box 13: 226-243
- Box 14: 244-255
- Box 15: 256-271
- Box 16: 272-283, 285-290
- Box 17: 291-326
- Box 18: 3a, 327-332
By: Katherine Kraft, Jennifer de Forest, Adina Gerver,Michael Guinan, Gregory Morisse,Melissa Hackman, Amy Lee, Katie Rohde
Updated and additional materials added: June 2015
By: Anne Engelhart
- College students' writings, American
- College students--United States
- Girls--Social life and customs--20th century
- High school students' writings, American
- High school students--United States
- Massachusetts--Social life and customs--20th century
- Mothers and daughters
- Photograph albums
- School yearbooks
- Students--Social life and customs
- Voyages and travels
- Women--Societies and clubs
- Hagar, Edith Culver, 1901-2001. Papers of Edith Culver Hagar, 1905-2000: A Finding Aid
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