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COLLECTION Identifier: SC 66

Papers of Isabelle Bland Dry, 1931-2004


Correspondence, programs, minutes, reports, photographs, etc., relating to the Radcliffe College Class of 1935.


  • Creation: 1931-2004

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Isabelle Bland Dry 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.


7.96 linear feet ((5 cartons, 1/2 file box, 2 folio+ boxes) plus 1 supersize folder)

The collection consists of correspondence, programs, reports, minutes, printed material, photographs, etc., documenting Isabelle Dry's time as a student at Radcliffe College and her alumnae activites, mostly on behalf of the Class of 1935.

Series I. Isabelle Bland Dry Personal, contains correspondence, exams, course notes, scrapbooks, etc., relating to Dry's time as a student. There is also correspondence between Dry and other members of the Class of 1935. Files are arranged alphabetically.

Series II. Radcliffe General, contains correspondence, minutes, reports, printed material, etc., documenting Dry's involvement in various Radcliffe activities including Convocation and commemorative services. Also documented are Dry's work on behalf of the Radcliffe Club of Boston and her service as College Marshall. Files are arranged alphabetically.

Series III. Reunions, contains correspondence, minutes, reports, printed material, etc., documenting the planning and celebration of reunions of the Class of 1935. Files are arranged with general materials first, followed by files arranged chronologically by reunion.

Series IV. Photographs, contains professional portraits and snapshots of members of the Class of 1935. They are arranged with photographs of miscellaneous people and events first, followed by images from reunions arranged chronologically.


Isabelle Heard Bland Dry was born July 7, 1912. She received a scholarship from her high school in St. Louis in 1931 and received her A.B. from Radcliffe College in 1935. She was a teacher for fourteen years before marrying John Dry in 1948. She had a stepdaughter, Sarah Dry Hoyt, and a daughter, Marion Dry. An active participant in Class of '35 alumnae activities, Dry was College Marshall for nine years, president of the Radcliffe Club of Boston, chairman of the Centennial Exhibitions Committee, chairman of the Class of 1935 from 1960, and was chair, or co-chair of every class reunion from the 25th on. In 1983, Radcliffe recognized her contributions by awarding her the Distinguished Service Award. From 1978 until her death, she volunteered in the Radcliffe College Archives. Dry died August 30, 2004.


The collection is arranged in four series:

  1. Series I. Isabelle Bland Dry Personal
  2. Series II. Radcliffe General
  3. Series III. Reunions
  4. Series IV. Photographs

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: R81-7, R88-2, R99-19, R2000-42, R2001-3, R2005-8

The papers were given to the Radcliffe College Archives by Isabelle Bland Dry between December 1980 and February 2001. Additional papers were given by Marion Dry in May 2005.

Processing Information

Processed: August 1981

By: Isabelle Bland Dry '35 and Eric Nils Lindquist

Processing Information

Reprocessed: March 2008

By: Johanna Carll

Dry, Isabelle Bland. Papers of Isabelle Bland Dry, 1931-2004: A Finding Aid
Radcliffe College Archives, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

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