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COLLECTION Identifier: SC 50

Papers of Bessie Huntting Rudd, 1912-1961


Correspondence, scrapbook, photographs, clippings, etc., of Bessie Huntting Rudd, Radcliffe College Class of 1917.


  • 1912-1961

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Bessie Huntting Rudd 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)

The collection consists of clippings, memorabilia, correspondence re the Frances Augusta Lord fountain, letters and papers of the Radcliffe Club of Rhode Island, and PHOTOGRAPHS. The collection also contains a scrapbook compiled by Rudd documenting her years at Radcliffe.


Bessie Huntting Rudd was born in 1895 and attended Mrs. Von Mack's School in Boston. She attended Radcliffe 1913-1917, receiving her A.B. in English. While at Radcliffe BR was extremely active in athletics, playing on the varsity basketball team 1913-1917 (Captain, 1916-1917) and hockey team 1915-1917 and serving as Vice President of the Radcliffe Athletic Association 1915-1916. In addition she served as Class Treasurer and Silver Bay leader in 1916. After receiving a certificate in Health and Physical Education from Wellesley in 1924, Rudd returned to Radcliffe as Assistant Director of Physical Education (1924-1931). From there she went on to become Physical Education Director at Pembroke, where she remained until her retirement in 1961. Rudd was the author of a number of publications on field hockey. She was made a full professor in 1952 and was later the first woman elected to the Brown Athletic Hall of Fame. Among other activities Rudd was a long time Red Cross volunteer and worked for the Republican Party. She was an active member of the Radcliffe Club of Rhode Island and served as an Alumnae Trustee 1945-1951. Rudd died in 1978.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: R77-9, R78-41, R2001-15

The collection was received from Bessie Huntting Rudd (August 3, 1977), Rhode Island Trust National Bank (October 12, 1978), and Kathryn Lee (August 2001).

Processing Information

Processed: July, 1980

By: Eric N. Lindquist

Reprocessed: August 2008

By: Johanna Carll

Rudd, Bessie Huntting, 1895-1978. Papers of Bessie Huntting Rudd, 1912-1961: A Finding Aid
Radcliffe College Archives, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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