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COLLECTION Identifier: 75-367--79-M227

Papers of Sarah Gibson Blanding, 1936-1978


Correspondence, oral history transcript, speeches, etc., of Sarah Gibson Blanding, educator.


  • 1936-1978

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Sarah Gibson Blanding 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.


2.05 linear feet (1 carton, 2 + 1/2 file boxes)

Correspondence, oral history interview transcript, speeches, family photos, scrapbook, book reviews for The New Yorker, articles, and clippings concern Blanding's career as an educator and her retirement. Correspondents include E. B. and Katharine White, Florence Clothier Wislocki, and Rebecca Lawrence Lowrie. Folder labels are largely those of Blanding.


Born in Lexington, Kentucky, Sarah Gibson Blanding earned an A.B. from the University of Kentucky, 1923, and an M.A. from Columbia, 1926, and studied at the London School of Economics, 1928-1929. She was instructor of physical education, professor of political science, and dean of women at the University of Kentucky (1919-1941); director of the New York State College of Home Economics, Cornell University (1941-1942); and dean (1942-1946) and president (1946-1964) of Vassar College.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 75-367, 76-341, 78-M204, 79-M227


  1. Carton 1: 1-31v
  2. Box 2
  3. Box 3
  4. Box 4: 32-35

Processing Information

Preliminary Inventory: October 1979

By: Jane S. Knowles

Blanding, Sarah Gibson, 1898-1985. Papers of Sarah Gibson Blanding, 1936-1978: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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