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COLLECTION Identifier: RG IX, Series 7. 1915

Records of Radcliffe College Class of 1915, 1915-1990


Records of reunions and other activities of the Radcliffe College Class of 1915


  • 1915-1990

Language of Materials

Materials in English.


Access. Unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright 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.


1.25 linear feet (3 file boxes)

Records compiled by Class Secretary and Treasurer Gertrude Shaw include reunion material, biographical notes, clippings, letters, songs, accounts, reports documenting the life course of a cohort of Radcliffe women through their careers or marriage and family life into old age. The material also illustrates class members' lasting interconnections and their relationship and reaction to change at the college.


The Class of 1915 consisted of 110 students, of whom 93 graduated. Forty five members of the class never married and went on to have careers. The largest group were teachers; others worked in medicine and social service, journalism, business, libraries, and theater and music, including Dorothy Sands. Alice Billings Browne, in a speech about the class in 1970, said: The class contains "no world famous alumnae, but a noteworthy record of honors achieved, successful careers, happy marriages, and a general disposition to care about our neighbors, our country ... and a dedication to work for peace and goodwill."

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: R2004-CR16

These records were given by the Class Secretary Gertrude Shaw to Radcliffe and transferred by Radcliffe Alumnae Services to the Radcliffe Archives in February 2004.

Related Material:

This collection forms part of the Class collections of the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association. For additional material related to Radcliffe College Class of 1915 and other Radcliffe College classes, see Class collections of the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association, 1890-1989 (RG IX, Series 7).

Processing Information

Processed: February 2004

By: Jane S. Knowles

Radcliffe College. Class of 1915. Records of Radcliffe College Class of 1915, 1915-1990: A Finding Aid
Radcliffe College Archives, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

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