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COLLECTION Identifier: SC 77

Papers of Irene W.D. Hecht, 1951-1956


Reading lists, lecture schedule, exams, and class notes of Irene W.D. Hecht, Radcliffe College Class of 1955.


  • Creation: 1951-1956

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Irene W.D. Hecht 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 Irene W.D. Hecht's reading lists, lecture schedules, exams and notes for Radcliffe courses, 1951-1956.


Irene (Duckworth) Hecht, historian and college administrator, was born October 17, 1932, in the Philippines, the daughter of Nevin and Rosalind (Winchester) Duckworth. She attended Radcliffe 1951-1953, took a leave to marry Frederick Hecht, returned to Radcliffe in 1955 and earned an A.B. in March 1957. She received her A.M. in 1961 from University of Rochester, and Ph.D. in 1969 from University of Washington. During this period her four children were also born. Hecht taught first at the High School in Rochester, New York, and then at Lewis and Clark College, where she was a non-tenured lecturer in Western Civilization. After a year at the Radcliffe Institute and the Warren Center at Harvard (1971-1972), Hecht returned to Lewis and Clark College to become Associate Dean of Faculty, where she worked until 1982. She was divorced in 1977. Currently she is Dean of the College at Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, Virginia.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: R82-38

This collection was given to the Radcliffe College Archives by Irene W.D. Hecht in August 1982.


  1. Box 1: 1-16v
  2. Box 2: 17-23

Processing Information

Processed: March 1983

By: Elena Taratuta

Hecht, Irene W. D., 1932- . Papers of Irene W.D. Hecht, 1951-1956: A Finding Aid
Radcliffe College Archives, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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