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COLLECTION Identifier: SC 69

Papers of Madeline W. Cobb, 1913-1967


Scrapbook, letters, etc., of Madeline Ware Cobb, Radcliffe College Class of 1917.


  • Creation: 1913-1967

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Madeline W. Cobb 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.


.83 linear feet (2 file boxes)

The collection consists of Madeline W. Cobb's scrapbook containing college memorabilia, examinations, correspondence with college officers, stories, and poems, and photographs. Cobb kept a daily record of her life at college in the form of letters written to her family. These reflect her optimistic attitude towards life. The begin with the state of the weather and describe her courses, college friendships, social life, and cultural events events at the college.


Madeline Ware Cobb was born in Milton, Massachusetts, April 16, 1895, the daughter of Bertha Browning Barnes and Ernest Cobb, and descendent of Henry Ware, Professor of Divinity at Harvard College in 1805. She graduated form Fall River High School in 1913 and obtained her A.B. from Radcliffe in 1917. After teaching English for a year in Milton High School (1917-1918) she attended the Prince School of Store service at Simmons College, where she received a B.S. in 1920. Afterwards she taught retailing at the Prince School and at the Rochester (New York High Scool before joining the family business, the Arlo Publishing Company in 1924 where she served as business manager and later publisher. Cobb was an active alumna: she served as class secretary, 1936-1957, director, 1942-1945, treasurer, 1952-1956, and chair of the Finance Committee of the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association. She also served for a number of years on the editorial board of the Radcliffe Quarterly. MWC was co-author of a French reader and The Mind's Eye on educational psychology, both published by the Arlo Publishingh Company.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: R81-2, R86-42

Part of this collection waws given to the Archives by the Secretary of the class of 1917, the rest was given by Priscilla Cobb Payne, Madeline Ware Cobb's sister in October 1986.


Photographs have been removed to:

  1. Subject files: Choral Society, theatre ("Orpheus," 1916)
  2. Portrait files: Class of 1917, Margaret Fitzgerals
  3. Oversize files: Choral Society, 1914, theatre ("Orpheus," 1916, and Guild play n.d.), Theatre (unidentified), Class of 1917, 10th reunion.


  1. Box 1: 1v-7
  2. Box 2: 8v-11

Partial index to letters:

  1. Barnard Hall 12/14/1916, 12/15/1916
  2. Biology Courses 3/17/191915, 6/6/1915
  3. Boody, Bertha 2/11/1914, 10/1/1914
  4. Briggs, LeBaron Russell Choral Society 9/26/1913, 1/6/1914
  5. Davison, Archibald 3/18/1915, 3/22/1915
  6. Flebbe, Beulah Dix 5/26/1915, 12/7/1915
  7. Forty Seven workshop 2/28/1914
  8. Gallison, Marie 10/20/1914, 10/28/1914
  9. Idler Club 3/26/1915
  10. Kittredge, George Lyman 10/6/1914, 10/15/1914
  11. Library 10/20/1914
  12. Student life 2/12/1914, 12/18/1914, 10/28/1915
  13. Women--Suffrage 5/2-3/1914, 10/15/1915
  14. World War I, 1914-1918, 5/14/1915

Processing Information

Processed: January 1982; April 1987

By: Isabelle Bland Dry '35

Cobb, Madeline W.. Papers of Madeline W. Cobb, 1913-1967: A Finding Aid
Radcliffe College Archives, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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