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1.25 linear feet ((3 file boxes) plus 1 oversize volume, 1 folio+ folder)
Upon her return to the United States, she was active in the School of Citizenship and Politics at Radcliffe. She became director of the Training School for Public Service, which was organized by the Women's Municipal League in October 1921 to train women for civil service posts newly open to them. Miss Brown was appointed Dean of Radcliffe College in 1923, when Ada Comstock became President. In 1934 she became Dean of the Radcliffe Graduate School, a post she held until 1959. She was also Vice-President of Radcliffe from 1923 to 1960.
On July 21, 1933, Bernice Veazey Brown married Leonard Wolsey Cronkhite.
As Graduate Dean, Mrs. Cronkhite worked hard to improve the status of women graduate students at Radcliffe. A major project was to provide a place where graduate women and visiting scholars could live and share the hours not spent in lectures and laboratories. Ground was broken in 1955, and the Graduate Center was opened in the fall of 1956. The refectory, Bernice Brown Cronkhite Hall, was opened in 1960.
In 1953, Mrs. Cronkhite was elected a trustee of Barnard College. She edited the Handbook for College Teachers (1950) and was co-author of Graduate Education for Women (1956). As a member of the U.S. Board of Foreign Scholarships, she went on a world tour in 1957, visiting Radcliffe alumnae and reporting on educational exchange programs in thirteen countries. In 1962 and 1963, she served on the Advisory Committee for the Mundelein College self-study project. She has been trustee of several schools and foundations and an active member of various professional and other organizations, as well as an elector for the Hall of Fame. She holds honorary degrees from Wheaton College, Brown University, Keuka College, Mundelein College, and Acadia University. Mrs. Cronkhite died in 1983.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers of Bernice Brown Cronkhite were deposited with the Schlesinger Library in September 1970, and January and August 1971, by Mrs. Cronkhite, and also in February 1981. The drawings by Kenneth John Conant (#35f+) were given by Charles A. Hammond (who had inherited them from the estate of Cronkhite) and added to the collection in October 2014.
- Box 1: Folders 1-11.
- Box 2: Folders 12-21.
- Box 3: Folders 22-33.
Updated: October 2014
By: Anne Engelhart
- Cronkhite, Bernice Brown, 1893-1983. Papers of Bernice Brown Cronkhite, 1915-1970: A Finding Aid
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