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COLLECTION Identifier: SC 5

Papers of Elsie Miriam Paine, 1904-1972


Correspondence, account books, photographs, etc., of Elsie Miriam Paine, Radcliffe College Class of 1904.


  • 1904-1972

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Elsie Miriam Paine 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.


1.25 linear feet (3 file boxes)
The collection consists of correspondence which reveals Elsie Miriam Paine as a thoughtful, devoted friend. Letters include many from Professor F.C. de Sumichrast (Associate Professor of French at Harvard), from Caroline Shaw Sherer '01, and Fanny Rogers '97, all of which include many references to Radcliffe.


Elsie Miriam Paine attended Girls Latin School in Boston and graduated in 1900. She attended Radcliffe College as an undergraduate 1900-1904 and as a graduate student in 1911/12 and 1918/19. In 1925-1927, she took 2 courses in accounting at Northeastern University. She worked from 1904-1922 at Radcliffe College as Assistant to the Secretary, 1904-1912, and as Dean's Assistant, 1910-1922. In 1922 she became Secretary to the Director of Athletics, Harvard Athletic Association and from 1928-1948, when she retired, she was in charge of the Accounting Office at Harvard Athletic Association.

Her volunteer activities included being Secretary of the Boston branch of the AAUW and teaching Sunday School at the First Church, Congregational, Cambridge. During the Second World War she was cited by the American Red Cross for her service. Her interest in Radcliffe is shown by the fact that she was Class Agent for her class for many years. She was a Cambridge resident for most of her 93 years.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: R75-44

The papers of Elsie M. Paine were deposited with the College Archives on April 9, 1973 by Louisa R. Alger '22.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Additional papers of Elsie Miriam Paine,1900-1948 (SC 27).


  1. Box 1: 1-14
  2. Box 2: 15-25
  3. Box 3: 26-37

Processing Information

Processed: May, 1979

By: Isabelle Bland Dry '35
Link to catalog
Paine, Elsie Miriam. Papers of Elsie Miriam Paine, 1904-1972: A Finding Aid
Radcliffe College Archives, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America

Repository Details

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