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COLLECTION Identifier: SC 135

Papers of Kathleen Mary Burns, 1930-1996


Correspondence, college entrance exam, and reunion questionnaires of Kathleen Mary Burns, Radcliffe College Class of 1934.


  • 1930-1996

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 Mary Burns 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)
This collection consists primarily of class and reunion records of the class of 1934; in addition, it documents Kathleen Mary Burns's graduate education, her career in teaching and guidance, and her volunteer activities.


Kathleen Mary Burns was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, on October 23, 1912, the daughter of Frank R. and Mary Ellen (Ryan) Burns. She attended the Mary E. Wells High School in Southbridge, Massachusetts. At Radcliffe, she concentrated in American History and Political Science. She was treasurer of her class and president of the Debating Council in 1932. She earned her A.B. from Radcliffe (1934) her M.A. from Clark University (1935) and later took graduate courses at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the University of Edinburgh. She was working toward her Ph.D. at the University of Lowell when she died on March 16, 1996.

Burns worked a short time with Time, and the Heath Publishing Co., and was editor of Christian Register, a Unitarian magazine. She was interested in education and after teaching high school became professor of education at Worcester State College (1939-1956). From 1956-1961, she was the guidance director for the Worcester School Department. She was a member of the Worcester Radcliffe Club and a trustee of the Worcester County Hospital Society. For many years Burns was a volunteer for Youth Opportunities Upheld, serving as president (1986-1988). She received three keys to the city (Worcester) from three different mayors.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: R97-1

This collection was received from Kathleen Burns' estate in April 1996.

Processing Information

Processed: January 1997

By: Isabelle Bland Dry '35
Link to catalog
Burns, Kathleen Mary. Papers of Kathleen Mary Burns, 1930-1996: A Finding Aid
Radcliffe College Archives, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America

Repository Details

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