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COLLECTION Identifier: SC 3

Papers of Elizabeth Briggs, 1883-1937


Correspondence, notes, scrapbook, etc., of Elizabeth Briggs, Radcliffe College Class of 1887.


  • Creation: 1883-1937

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Elizabeth Briggs as well as 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.


.42 linear feet (1 file box)

The collection consist of 1 file box and 1 scrapbook of newspaper clippings 1886-1898. The papers are an important source for the early history of Radcliffe and document the alumnae protest at the incorporation of Radcliffe College in 1894, and the foundation and progress of the Alumnae Association. The collection contributes information on Mary Coes (her election as member of Council in 1906 and as second Dean of Radcliffe in 1909). Brigg's reminiscences include valuable information on early college history (1883-1887), student activities, courses and personalities.


Elizabeth Briggs, an educator, graduated from Radcliffe in 1887 (A.B.), graduate student 1887-1888, 1889-1890. She founded the Radcliffe Club of New York, served as president and historian of Radcliffe College Alumnae Association, and as Alumnae Associate.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: R 75-11, R 75-32

Elizabeth Briggs bequeathed her papers to the Radcliffe Archives in November 1937, and they were closed to research until 1962.

Processing Information

Processed: December 1978

Briggs, Elizabeth, 1863-1937. Papers of Elizabeth Briggs, 1883-1937: A Finding Aid
Radcliffe College Archives, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

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