Papers of Elizabeth Cabot Cary Agassiz, 1884-1959
Correspondence, speeches, memorials, etc., of Elizabeth Cabot Cary Agassiz, first president of Radcliffe College.
Language of Materials
Materials in English.
Access. Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Elizabeth Cabot Cary Agassiz as well as 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.
Extent.42 linear feet ((1 file box) plus 1 folio+ folder)
The papers contain correspondence, speeches by Elizabeth Cary Agassiz during her presidency, and memorials and biographical notices.
Elizabeth Cary Agassiz, educator, was born into an upper class Boston family. She married the Swiss naturalist Louis Agassiz in 1850. She reared his three children and traveled extensively with him. From 1855-1859, she ran the Agassiz school for girls, and in 1879, having been widowed in 1873, she became one of the seven Lady Managers of the Society for the Private Collegiate Instruction for Women (Harvard Annex).Elizabeth Cary Agassiz became the first President of the Society in 1882, and of Radcliffe College on its incorporation in 1894. Elizabeth Cary Agassiz resigned in 1900, and served as Honorary President until 1903. By her tact and her fund-raising abilities, she nurtured the college and insured its continuity.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Accession number: R78-41
This collection was removed from the Radcliffe College Archives vertical file in October 1978.
Processed: May 1995
By: Jane S. Knowles and Barbara N. Kravitz '52
- Agassiz, Elizabeth Cabot Cary, 1822-1907. Papers of Elizabeth Cabot Cary Agassiz, 1884-1959: A Finding Aid
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