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COLLECTION Identifier: 77-M162--80-M255

Papers of Elinor C. Guggenheimer, 1959-1980


Articles, speeches, correspondence, etc., of Elinor Coleman Guggenheimer, public official and civic worker.


  • 1959-1980

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Elinor C. Guggenheimer 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)

This collection consists of Elinor C. Guggenheimer's articles, speeches and correspondence, and relates to her activities in Day Care, New York City government (Parks, Planning and Consumer Affairs), teaching, television and the women's movement.


Elinor Coleman Guggenheimer, public official and civic worker, was born in 1912 and educated at Vassar and Barnard (AB 1934). A woman of great organizing ability and many interests, Guggenheimer took her first paid position during World War II as manager of the Film Training Bureau of the Division of Training, Civil Service Commission, New York City, 1942-1944. She founded and directed the Day Care Council of New York, 1948-1964, and the Day Care and Child Development Council of America, 1958-1965. She was a member of the Agency for Child Development Commissions, 1971-1974 and affiliated with many other child care organizations. From 1961-1968, as member of the New York City Planning Commission, Guggenheimer was involved with many aspects of the planning and organization of the parks system, and also lectured and wrote on urban recreation and park planning. From 1971-1973, Guggenheimer was the moderator of a daily television public affairs program and the producer of "Spotlight on New Yorkers." During 1974-1976, Guggenheimer served as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs. Guggenheimer was also active in the women's movement as member of the Advisory Committee of the National and New York City branch of the National Organization for Women, and as Council member of the National Women's Political Caucus. A devoted supporter of many New York and national voluntary agencies, especially the National Council of Jewish Women, Guggenheimer was also deeply involved in a wide range of New York City cultural activities.

For complete résumé, see folder #1.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 77-M162 80-M156, 80-M255

This collection, the gift of Elinor Coleman Guggenheimer, was received by the Schlesinger Library between October 1977 December 1980.

Processing Information

Preliminary Inventory: October, 1980

By: Jane S. Knowles

Guggenheimer, Elinor C., 1912-2008. Papers of Elinor C. Guggenheimer, 1959-1980: 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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