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COLLECTION Identifier: SC 89

Papers of Frieda Silbert Ullian, 1950-1971


Research papers for a seminar on women's history held at the Women's Archives at Radcliffe College, president's reports of the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association, etc., of Frieda Silbert Ullian, Radcliffe College Class of 1921.


  • Creation: 1950-1971

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Frieda Silbert Ullian 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.


.42 linear feet (1 file box)

These papers consist of research papers completed for the seminar on women's history held at the Women's Archives, Radcliffe College. 1952-1954; reports as president of the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association, Class of 1921 50th reunion speech, and other studies for Radcliffe.


Frieda (Silbert) Ullian, economist and devoted Radcliffe alumna, was born in Roxbury on October 16, 1900, the daughter of Dr. Jacob and Clara Minnie Silbert. She attended Boston Girls' Latin School, graduated from Radcliffe cum laude in 1921 and then received her Ed. M (1922) from the Harvard School of Education. She then worked for a year in the Massachusetts Department of Education. She married Hyman B. Ullian, a civil engineer in 1924.

After six years in Michigan, the Ullians moved back to Boston, and Ullian resumed her studies in the field of economics and earned her A.M. (1935) and Ph.D. (1938) from Radcliffe. She was successively research fellow at Radcliffe, economist in the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, tutor in Economics at Radcliffe and member of the Economics Department at Simmons College in Boston.

Ullian was an active and industrious alumna who served the college in many capacities. She was president of the Graduate Chapter and chairman of the Committee on Educational and Professional Opportunities for Women, president of Phi beta Kappa, chairman of the Alumnae Fund, vice-president, and then president of the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association and trustee of Radcliffe College. She was the 50th Reunion chairman of her class in 1971. She was one of the small group of scholars who pioneered the study of women's history in the Women's Archives at Radcliffe, working on the economic progress of women, c. 1875-1950, Nellie Nugent Somerville and The Lowell Offering. She was, in her own life, an excellent example of the married woman who went back to college for professional training, then combined home and family, first, with a career as a professional economist, and then, with full-time volunteer and civic work.

Other volunteer activities centered around her interest in promoting educational opportunities for people of all ages. She was appointed to the first Massachusetts Board of Higher Education in 1965 and served as chairman from 1971 to 1972. She was also chairman of the Budget and Capital Outlay Committee and president of the Massachusetts State Division of the American Association of Women. In addition, she was a member of the Massachusetts Council for Public Schools as well as vice-chairman of the Massachusetts Citizen Committee for Educational Television.

She was first national president of Junior Hadassah, a Zionist organization for young women, and vice-president of the College Club of Boston. A member of the American Economic Association and the American Association of University Professors, she was involved in the Friends of Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Boston Museum of Science.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: R84-13

This collection was given to the Radcliffe College Archives by Frieda Silbert Ullian's son, Joseph Ullian, in May 1984.

Processing Information

Processed: September, 1985

By: Isabelle Bland Dry '35

Ullian, Frieda Silbert, 1900-1982. Papers of Frieda Silbert Ullian, 1950-1971: A Finding Aid
Radcliffe College Archives, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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