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COLLECTION Identifier: SC 29

Papers of Selma, Margaret, and Ella Munsterberg, 1917-1971


Correspondence, diary, notebook, poems, drawings, etc., of Selma (Radcliffe College Class of 1896), Margaret (Radcliffe College Class of 1909), and Ella (Radcliffe College Class of 1911) Munsterberg.


  • 1917-1971

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Selma, Margaret, and Ella Munsterberg 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) plus 1 folio+ folder)
This collection contains poetry, artwork, articles, correspondence, and other writings by Selma Munsterberg and her daughters, Margaret and Ella.


Selma Munsterberg was the wife of Hugo Munsterberg, a professor of psychology at Harvard (1892-1916), and studied at the Annex during 1892-1893. Her oldest daughter, Margaret, graduated from Radcliffe in 1909 and received her AM in 1910. Margaret Munsterberg is best known for her poetry, although she also published novels and articles. She worked as an editorial assistant in the rare book department of the Boston Public Library. Ella, another daughter, was a Radcliffe special student in 1911, and later taught art classes at the Massachusetts College of Art for over 30 years. She often held exhibitions of her art and poetry.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: R75-15

The Munsterbergs' papers were found in the Radcliffe Archives in May 1975.

Processing Information

Processed: February, 1980

By: Patricia Yee '83
Link to catalog
Munsterberg, Selma. Papers of Selma, Margaret, and Ella Munsterberg, 1917-1971: A Finding Aid
Radcliffe College Archives, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America

Repository Details

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