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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 230

Records of Notable American Women, 1607-1950, 1958-1973

Correspondence, drafts, research notes, etc., documenting the preparation of the first three volumes of Notable American Women, a biographical dictionary of American women.

Dates

  • 1958-1973

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the records of Notable American women, 1607-1950, as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Records may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Extent

31.48 linear feet ((75+1/2 file boxes) plus 1 folio+ folder)

This collection documents the preparation of the first 3 volumes of Notable American Women. It contains samples of the forms used by the editorial staff, consultants, and authors of biographical articles; lists of staff members; correspondence with authors, groups, and various institutions about research for Notable American Women; lists of possible subjects (and, in many cases, short bio-bibliographies about them); research notes; and drafts, with corrections, of the articles included in Notable American Women. The lists of subjects include women of the 17th, 18th, 19th, and first half of the 20th centuries who were considered noteworthy, but most of whom were ultimately not included in the published work. There is also a card file of information on women not included.

HISTORY

This collection documents the preparation of the first three volumes of Notable American Women, edited by Edward T. James, Janet W. James, and Paul S. Boyer. It contains samples of the forms used by the editorial staff, consultants, and authors of biographical articles; lists of staff members; correspondence with authors, groups, and various institutions about research for Notable American Women; lists of possible subjects (and, in many cases, short bio-bibliographies about them); research notes; and drafts, with corrections, of the articles included in Notable American Women. The lists of subjects include women of the seventeenth, eighteenth, nineteenth and first half of the twentieth centuries who were considered noteworthy, but most of whom were not ultimately included in the published work.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 1655, 76-239, 86-M103

The records of Notable American Women were given to the Schlesinger Library in August 1969 and July 1976 by Janet Wilson James, and in June 1986 by Mary Tolford Wilson.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Notable American Women, the modern period Records, 1975-1980 (MC 307; RG XXXIV, Series 1); Records of Notable American women: a biographical dictionary completing the twentieth century, 1994-2005 (MC 699); and Janet Wilson James Papers, 1900-1999 (MC 723).

CONTAINER LIST

  1. Box 1: 1: 1 - 12v
  2. Box 2: 13-20
  3. Box 3: 21-26
  4. Box 4: 27-31
  5. Box 5: 32-35
  6. Box 6: 36-42
  7. Box 7: 43-48
  8. Box 8: 49-53
  9. Box 9: 54-59
  10. Box 10: 60-63
  11. Box 11: 64-68
  12. Box 12: 69-74
  13. Box 13: 75-82
  14. Box 14: 83-86
  15. Box 15: 87-90
  16. Box 16: 91-95
  17. Box 17: 96-98
  18. Box 18: 99-100
  19. Box 19: 101-136
  20. Box 20: 137-145
  21. Box 21: 146-156
  22. Box 22: 157-169
  23. Box 23: 170-186
  24. Box 24: 187-201
  25. Boxes 25-80: see Inventory

Processing Information

Processed: July 1976 and February 1979

By: Candace E. Kalish, Joseph A. Interrante
Link to catalog
Title
Records of Notable American Women, 1607-1950, 1958-1973: A Finding Aid
Author
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
EAD ID
sch00831

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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