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COLLECTION Identifier: SC 132

Diaries of Mary Hawthorne Bunker, 1886-1946


Diaries and class notes of Mary Hawthorne Bunker, Class of 1894.


  • 1886-1946


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Mary Hawthorne Bunker 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.


1.88 linear feet (4+1/2 file boxes)

This collection consists of the diaries of Mary Hawthorne (White) Bunker, 1886-1892, 1894-1897, 1915-1917, 1937-1946. Brief daily entries during the 1880s and 1890s record her tennis matches and scores, reading, college studies and social life. There are references to her marriage (June 1, 1897) after a three year engagement, and the activities of her children and husband in later years. Additionally there are notes from a Harvard Annex Botany course and from the Wellesley School of Religious Education.


Mary Hawthorne White was born on October 26, 1869, in Needham, Massachusetts, the only daughter of Judge George White and Frances Mary Edwena Noyes. She attended Newton High School for one year and then was tutored for several years by the author, Gamaliel Bradford. Mary Hawthorne White graduated from Radcliffe, magna cum laude in English and Greek with the first class to receive Radcliffe degrees in 1894. In June 1897, she married Clarence Alfred Bunker, a lawyer, and they had three children, all of whom attended Harvard or Radcliffe.

Mary Hawthorne White Bunker was a member of the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association, serving as her class secretary from 1929. She prepared and published a history of the class of 1894 in 1952. She was involved in the College Club (Boston, Massachusetts), and was active in the Wellesley Women's Club, Wellesley Council, and was one of the organizers of the Wellesley Historical Society (Wellesley, Massachusetts). In addition, she was involved in the Wellesley Society of Artists, the Wellesley Red Cross, the Consumer's League of Massachusetts, the Nantucket Historical Association, and the American Unitarian Association. She was also the organizer of the first Girl Scout troop in Wellesley, and in 1948 the Wellesley Girl Scout Day Camp was named after her in honor of her work. At the time of her death in 1960, Mary Hawthorne White Bunker was assistant registrar of the Council and a Golden Eagle of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: R96-3

This collection was given to the Radcliffe College Archives in February 1996 by Harvard Law School Special Collections.


  1. Box 1: 1v-5v
  2. Box 2: 6v-10v
  3. Box 3: 11v-15v
  4. Box 4: 16v-18v
  5. Box 5: 19-22

Processing Information

Processed: December 1996

By: Adelaide Kennedy and Jane S. Knowles

Bunker, Mary Hawthorne, 1869-1960. Diaries of Mary Hawthorne Bunker, 1886-1946: A Finding Aid
Radcliffe College Archives, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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