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COLLECTION Identifier: SC 133

Papers of Kathleen Overmyer Elliott, 1943-1995


Correspondence, photographs, clippings, etc., of Kathleen Overmyer Elliott, Radcliffe College dean and administrator.


  • 1943-1995

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Kathleen Overmyer Elliott 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.


.63 linear feet (1 + 1/2 file boxes)

This collection consists of clippings, photographs, awards, appointment letters, speeches, correspondence and letters of recommendation.


Kathleen Overmyer Elliott, dean and college administrator, was born in Lindsay Ohio, May 2, 1910 and received her B.A. and B.S. from Ohio State University in 1931. She did graduate work at the University of Chicago and received her Ph.D. in Classics from Radcliffe in 1942.

Elliott held the following positions at Radcliffe: secretary (1943) then director of admissions (1944-1953); associate dean (1953-1958); dean of Instruction (1958-1963); dean of the college (1963-1971); vice-president of the college (1968-1976); dean of students (1971-73); associate dean of the college (1971-1976); and Allston Burr Senior Tutor of Cabot House (1973-1976). Although her title changed frequently, her concern for students remained of overriding and constant importance.

Elliott was lecturer in classics at Harvard from 1953 until her retirement in 1976, was active in community organizations, and member of many professional societies. She was married to Van Courtlandt Elliott, teacher of Greek at Roxbury Latin School (Boston).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: R96-4, R96-6

The papers of Kathleen Overmyer Elliott were given to the Radcliffe College Archives by Louise Donovan from Elliott's estate in February 1996.


  1. Box 1: 1-7
  2. Box 2: 8-17v

Processing Information

Processed: December 1996

By: Jane Knowles

Elliott, Kathleen Overmyer, 1910-1995. Papers of Kathleen Overmyer Elliott, 1943-1995: 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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