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COLLECTION Identifier: SC 139

Papers of Joan Fiss Bishop, 1938-1980


Conference papers, correspondence, photographs, etc., of Joan Fiss Bishop, member of the Harvard-Radcliffe Program in Business Administration alumnae chapter.


  • Creation: 1938-1980

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Joan Fiss Bishop 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 contains Joan Fiss Bishop's HRPBA alumnae materials including conference papers, correspondence, photographs, drafts of speeches, newsletters, and studies. There is correspondence about celebrations for Edith Stedman and Raghnild Roberts, their memorial notices and obituaries, and reminiscences collected by Bishop about the Appointment Bureau and circulated as "Twelve Years on a Shoe String." Minutes and papers of the Committee to Investigate the Professional Opportunities for Women, 1942-1951 include reports on the position of women before, during, and after World War II.


Joan Fiss Bishop (B. Ed. University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh 1931 and A.M. Radcliffe 1935) was one of five pioneer graduates of the Harvard-Radcliffe Program in Business Administration in 1938. She was an active alumna serving on the Harvard-Radcliffe Program in Business Administration alumnae chapter's board, helping to organize annual alumnae conferences, and staying in close touch with former administrators of the program: Raghnild Roberts and Edith Stedman. She was director of Career Counseling at Wellesley College, 1944-1975, and after retirement, ran career programs at Harvard Graduate School of Design. She died in 1981.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: R79-11, R97-23

Gift of Joan Fiss Bishop, 1979 and of her estate, via Geraldine Stevens in October 1997.

Processing Information

Processed: March 1998

By: Jane S. Knowles

Bishop, Joan Fiss, 1909-1981. Papers of Joan Fiss Bishop, 1938-1980: 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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