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COLLECTION Identifier: 82-M89

Papers of Alice Draper Carter, 1883-1970


Correspondence, photographs, etc., of Alice Draper Carter, civic worker.


  • Creation: 1883-1970


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Alice Draper Carter 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 linear feet ((1 carton) plus 2 photograph folders)

This collection includes correspondence between Alice Draper Carter's father, William Henry Draper, and the children of his first marriage (William Kinnicutt Draper and Martha Lincoln Draper) concerning medical education and practice in the United States and abroad; correspondence of William Henry Draper and his second wife, Ruth Dana and their children; Carter family correspondence; papers relating to Alice Draper Carter's volunteer activities and photographs.


Alice Olin (Draper) Carter, civic worker, was born in 1883 in New York City, the daughter of William Henry and Ruth (Dana) Draper, and the sister of Ruth Draper, the monologuist. Her father was a physician and her maternal grandfather, Charles A. Dana, was the editor of the New York Sun. Carter was graduated from Barnard College with an A.B. in 1905. Following graduation she was active in student youth work and in 1908 married Edward Carter, general secretary of the Young Men's Christian Association and later secretary general of the Institute of Pacific Relations. They had six children. Carter served on the executive board of the World Committee of the Young Women's Christian Association 1917-1922 and on the board of the YWCA of the United States of America from 1924 until 1933. She was also active in the League of Women Voters of New York State and during World War II was a director of the United China Relief and Russian War Relief. From 1946 to 1955, Carter was president of the Play Schools Association of New York City which developed educational programs for handicapped children in hospitals and housing developments. From 1945 until 1965 he was chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Harlem Hospital School of Nursing.


William Henry Draper, physician, 1830-1901, married first, ca. 1862, Elizabeth Waldo Kinnicutt (d. 1870), daughter of Francis H. and Elizabeth (Moody) Kinnicutt. Their children were:

  1. 1. William Kinnicutt Draper, 1863-1926, m. Helen Fidelia Hoffman
  2. 2. Martha Lincoln Draper, d. 1943

William Henry Draper married second in 1877, Ruth Dana, daughter of Charles Anderson Dana. Their children were:

  1. 1. Charles Dana
  2. 2. George, 1880-
  3. 3. Dorothea, married Henry James (nephew of the novelist)
  4. 4. Alice Olin, married Edward Carter, 1878-1954
  5. 5. Ruth Draper, 1884-1956
  6. 6. Paul

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 82-M89

This collection was given to the Schlesinger Library by Ruth Carter, Alice Draper Carter's daughter, in May 1982.

Processing Information

Preliminary inventory: June 1982

By: Jane S. Knowles

Carter, Alice Draper, 1883-1970. Papers of Alice Draper Carter, 1838-1970: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

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