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COLLECTION Identifier: SC 23

Papers of Mabel Harris Lyon,1883-1926


Diaries, notebooks, photographs, etc., of Mabel Harris Lyon, Radcliffe College Class of 1877.


  • 1883-1926

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Mabel Harris Lyon 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.


.63 linear feet (1+1/2 file boxes)
This collection consists of the college notebooks, one high school notebook, four diaries, and miscellaneous papers and photographs.


Mabel Harris Lyon was a devoted Radcliffe alumna. During her undergraduate days she assisted Miss Coes in her office and from then on, her service to Radcliffe was practically continuous: secretary of her class for many years; director, secretary, vice-president, and president of the Alumnae Association; college Trustee, 1921-1926; president of the Iota chapter of the PhiBeta Kappa.

Lyon's graduate work was done at Radcliffe and the Graduate School of Education at Harvard, from which she received her Ed.M in 1925. She taught at the Cambridge Latin School from 1897 until her marriage to Professor David Gordon Lyon in 1910 and continued to teach private pupils in her own home for many years thereafter.

Two years before her death, she was appointed by the Harvard Corporation as Advisor of Women, Graduate School of Education at Harvard.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: R75-18

This collection was given to the Schlesinger Library in 1967 by Mary Meehan of the Harvard Archives, who found the material among the papers of Professor David Gordon Lyon, Mabel Lyon's husband. They were transferred from the Library to the Archives in 1975.


  1. Box 1: 1v-7v
  2. Box 2: 8-11

Processing Information

Processed: November, 1979

By: Isabelle Bland Dry '35
Link to catalog
Lyon, Mabel Harris, 1873-1937. Papers of Mabel Harris Lyon, 1883-1926: A Finding Aid
Radcliffe College Archives, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America

Repository Details

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