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Records of the Radcliffe College Office of the Dean, 1894-1965


Records of Radcliffe College's Office of the Dean of Instruction, which supervised academic affairs.


  • 1894-1965

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the records created by the Radcliffe College Office of the Dean is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. 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.


3.75 linear feet (9 file boxes)

Series 1. Correspondence and papers of Mary Coes, 1894-1913, arranged alphabetically by subject or name of correspondent

Series 2. Correspondence and papers, 1922-1931 of the Office of the Dean, arranged alphabetically by subject and name within two chronological segments, 1922-1927, 1929-1931

Series 3. Scholarship Data, arranged chronologically according to the year in which scholarships were awarded, 1925-1965


Radcliffe's Office of the Dean, established in 1894, was responsible for undergraduate and graduate academic and extra-curricular life. In 1934 the office was divided into the Office of the Graduate Dean and Dean of the College. A new position, that of Dean of Instruction, was created in 1946 to supervise academic affairs; the Dean of the College retained responsibility for student counseling, housing and extra-curricular affairs. As a result of reorganization in 1950, the Dean of Residence assumed responsibility for student housing and affairs, and the office of Dean of the College was in abeyance until 1963. With the creation of the House system in 1966, Deans of South, East and North Houses were appointed. They were replaced by Senior Tutors in 1970. With the Harvard/Radcliffe merger in 1971, undergraduate houses were administered by the Dean of Harvard College. The office of the Dean of Instruction ceased to exist in 1963 and the Office of the Dean of the College was reinstated at that time and continued until the merger. A Dean of Students was appointed in 1971 to administer fellowships and awards, and serve as liaison with the Harvard Dean of Freshman.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Processing Information

Processed: 1956. Reprocessed: December 1979

By: Jane S. Knowles

Radcliffe College. Office of the Dean. Records of the Radcliffe College Office of the Dean, 1894-1965: A Finding Aid
Radcliffe College Archives, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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