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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 307

Notable American women, the modern period, records, 1975-1980


Correspondence, drafts research notes, etc., documenting the preparation of volume four of Notable American Women, The Modern Period, a biographical dictionary of American women.


  • Creation: 1975-1980

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Series IIA-IVA are open for research. Series I is closed for 50 years from the date of creation except with the permission of the Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Appointment may be required. Contact public services. The draft articles, comments, and correspondence with authors and subjects families, found in Series IVB are closed for 50 years from date of creation.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the records created by Notable American women, the modern period editorial office 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.


24.94 linear feet (54 file boxes, 2 half file boxes, 4 card file boxes)

This collection documents the preparation of Volume IV, the supplementary volume to Notable American Women, Vols. I-III, edited by Barbara Sicherman, Carol Hurd Green, with Ilene Kantrov and Harriet Walker. The material includes the administrative files of correspondence with authors, board members and the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funded the project, 1976-1980. In addition, it contains authors' release forms, personnel data, the minutes of the Advisory Board and the Committee of Consultants. Evaluations of subjects considered for inclusion, research material, draft articles and biographical data on subjects form the major part of the collection.


A biographical dictionary that includes women who died between 1951 and 1975. A continuation of Notable American Women, 1607-1950, volume IV was edited by Barbara Sicherman and Carol Hurd Green, with Ilene Kantrov and Harriette Walker.


The collection is arranged in seven series:

  1. Series I: Administrative files.
  2. Series IIA-B: Correspondence with consultants and evaluations of possible subjects, arranged in a number of alphabetical lists, largely by field.
  3. Series IIC: Card files of possible subjects, collected by Notable American Women staff from secondary sources.
  4. Series III: Biography files of women not included in Notable American Women IV; arranged by field, and alphabetically by name within each field.
  5. Series IVA: Notable American Women subjects; files on women included in Notable American Women IV, with research materials.
  6. Series IVB: Draft articles, checkers' comments, correspondence with authors and subjects' families.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 86-M103, 86-M64

This collection was received from the Notable American Women, Editorial office in June 1980 and from Mary Tolford Wilson in June 1986, and from David Brody in April 1986.


  1. Box 1: I.1-18
  2. Box 2: I.19-25
  3. Box 3: I.26-49
  4. Box 4: I.50-72
  5. Box 5: I.73-100; Box 5A: I.101-113
  6. Box 6: Author/Subject index cards: includes information about payments and current addresses of authors
  7. Box 6A: I.114-171
  8. Box 7: II.1-71
  9. Box 8: II.72-115
  10. Box 9: II.116-134
  11. Box 10: II.135-150
  12. Box 11: II.151-162
  13. Box 12: II.163-174
  14. Box 13: II.175-187
  15. Box 14: II.188-192
  16. Box 15: Afro-Americans -- International Affairs
  17. Box 16: Journalism -- Reform-Civil Rights
  18. Box 17: Reform-Peace -- Discards
  19. Box 18: III.1-11
  20. Box 19: III.12-20
  21. Box 20: III.21-29
  22. Box 21: III.30-41
  23. Box 22: III.42-49
  24. Box 23: III.50-59
  25. Box 24: III.60-74
  26. Box 25: III.75-85
  27. Box 26: III.86-98
  28. Box 27: III.99-106
  29. Box 28: III.107-114
  30. Box 29: III.115-123
  31. Boxes 30-53: Notable American Women subjects: files on women included in Notable American Women IV, with research materials
  32. Box 54: Master list

Processing Information

Processed: June-December 1980

By: Jane S. Knowles, Sheryl A. Kujawa, Eric Lindquist

Series 1 was previously cataloged as RG XXXIV, Series I.


Notable American women, the modern period, records, 1975-1980: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
The collection was processed with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, 1976-1980.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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