Records of Radcliffe College President Elizabeth Cabot Cary Agassiz, 1879-1978
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Agassiz guided the college through its early years. She negotiated the permanent institutional tie with Harvard and the incorporation of Radcliffe College in 1894 as a degree-granting agency. Her addresses at "parlor meetings" elicited substantial support for the college and made possible the purchase of properties bordering on Brattle, Mason, Garden, Streets and Appian Way which eventually formed the Radcliffe Yard, and the Phillips and Bemis estate on Concord Avenue which was laid out by her nephew Guy Lowell as the dormitory quadrangle. The funds for Agassiz House were raised largely by the Agassiz family as an eightieth birthday tribute in 1902, and became the student center and third permanent building in the Yard.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was received from Bay Bank Harvard Trust Company and deposited in the Radcliffe College Archives on loan in August, 1978.
By: Jane S. Knowles
- Agassiz, Elizabeth Cabot Cary, 1822-1907. Records of Radcliffe College President Elizabeth Cabot Cary Agassiz, 1879-1978: A Finding Aid
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