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COLLECTION Identifier: 81-M91

Papers of Frances Rousmaniere Dewing, 1906-1963


Essays, journal excerpts, biographical information, etc., of Frances Rousmaniere Dewing, educator.


  • Creation: 1906-1963

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Frances Rousmaniere Dewing 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.


.21 linear feet (1/2 file box)

This collection consists mainly of Frances Rousmaniere Dewing's essays and journal excerpts written between l906 and 1963. The writings cover a variety of topics, including education and educational methods, marriage, and social relationships. In most cases there are both original manuscripts or typescripts and typed transcriptions. There are also some biographical papers and two letters (drafts?) by her.


Frances Hall (Rousmaniere) Dewing was born in 1877 into a middle class family in Roxbury, Massachusetts, and entered Wellesley College in 1894. Her father's death in 1897 and her brother's illness necessitated a leave of absence, but she returned, graduating in 1900. She received a Master's degree in philosophy from Wellesley in 1904, and earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from Radcliffe College in 1906,one of the first women to do so. She taught philosophy and psychology at Mount Holyoke College (1906-1908) and Smith College (1908-1910). In 1910 she married Arthur Stone Dewing and by 1915 was the mother of three daughters. Her activities focused on her family until 1943-45, when she taught experimental mathematics at Bennington College. She was a popular instructor, and although she did not teach again after 1945 she continued to think and write about education and educational methods for the remainder of her life. She died in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on February 20, 1964.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 81-M91

The papers of Frances Hall (Rousmaniere) Dewing were given to the Schlesinger Library by Mary Dewing Morain in April 1981.


The following item has been removed from the collection and deposited in the Schlesinger Library subject file, September 1985:

  1. Clippings re: cookery, cure for pneumonia, 1884, n.d.

Processing Information

Preliminary inventory: June 1986

By: Jolene A. Robinson

Dewing, Frances Rousmaniere. Papers of Frances Rousmaniere Dewing, 1906-1963: 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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