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COLLECTION Identifier: SC 35

Papers of Annie Ware Winsor Allen, 1884-1950


Assignments and examinations, club material, biographies of the Radcliffe College classes of 1883-1889, reminiscences from members of the classes of 1883-1889 and 1890-1896, etc., of Annie Ware Winsor Allen, Radcliffe College Class of 1888.


  • Creation: 1884-1950


Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright in the papers created by Annie Ware Winsor Allen 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.


.63 linear feet (1+1/2 file boxes)

The collection includes Annie Ware Winsor Allen's college assignments (themes) and examinations, Radcliffe club material (Maine, New York and Westchester), biographies of the classes of '83-'89, reminiscences from members of the classes '83-'89 and '90-'96, anecdotes and miscellaneous correspondence. Replies to questionnaires sent to classes '83-'89, and '90-'96, include descriptions of the Annex, Professors, Staff, courses, clubs and student life; also included are brief biographies of each alumna who answered the questionnaire


Annie Ware Winsor Allen attended Radcliffe as a special student, 1883-1885, 1886-1889. After graduation she taught English and History at the Brearley School in New York City, from 1890 until her marriage in 1900 to Joseph Allen, Professor of Mathematics in the City College of New York. Although Allen was busy rearing four children, in 1907 she started the Roger Ascham School, a co-educational day school, which she directed until her retirement in 1932.

Allen wrote educational articles for the Atlantic Monthly and two books: Home School and Vacation and Without and Within about her personal philosophy. She was active in the Headmistresses Association, the Social Reform Club, the Radcliffe Club of New York and the League of Women Voters. In 1941, Allen became Secretary to the classes '83-'89 and sent out questionnaires in 1942, 1945, 1948-1950 to alumnae which provide invaluable historical information in the form of recollections and anecdotes about the Annex.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: R76-13, R77-11

Annie Winsor Allen '24 gave her mother's (Annie Ware Winsor Allen) papers to the Radcliffe College Archives in December 1976 and August 1977.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library. See Annie Ware Winsor Allen Papers, 1818-1979 (MC 322) and Annie Winsor Allen Papers, 1920-1958 (SC 36).


  1. Box 1: 1-9
  2. Box 2: 10-13

Processing Information

Processed: March 1980

By: Isabelle Bland Dry '35

Allen, Annie Ware Winsor, 1865-1955. Papers of Annie Ware Winsor Allen, 1884-1950: A Finding Aid
Radcliffe College Archives, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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