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Records of the Radcliffe College Office of the Dean, 1964-1981


Records of Radcliffe College's Radcliffe Forum, an advisory and advocacy body for women students, alumnae, and women in the community which administered awards and fellowships, internship and extra-curricular programs.


  • Creation: 1964-1981

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Records are closed for 50 years from the date of creation except with the permission of the Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Student records are closed for 80 years from the time of separation. Records must be screened by archivist before research use. Appointment may be required. Contact public services.

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. Records may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


5.42 linear feet (13 file boxes)

This collection consists of office correspondence, reports, budgetary and financial records, clippings, flyers and publications reflecting every aspect of the work of the Forum. Photographs have been removed to the Photograph Collection.

Series I. Office files including material on classes and the Office of Women's Education. 1971 (1977-1978)

Series II. Office files including financial records. 1978-1980


The Radcliffe Forum was established in August, 1977 with Aliot Simone Reagor, as its first Director. It incorporated the activities of the Office of Women's Education which was discontinued in July, 1977. Its responsibilities included programs linking the college with alumnae and other women in the Cambridge/Boston community, the organization of class events for undergraduates, informal gatherings of women graduates (later the Women Students' Coalition) and the administration of college prizes and grants. It ran a number of programs: Career Exploration meetings, the Noon Colloquia Series, Gilman Series (with the Schlesinger Library), Fae Golden Kass lectureship, 1979-, an Externship program for undergraduates, the Radcliffe Summer Internship Program, and the Open Forum (later Friday at the Forum). A Ford Motor Company Internship and Science internships were also sponsored. Publications of the office were: The Guide for Women at Harvard/Radcliffe and a newsletter From the Forum . The Forum helped to plan conferences: Perspectives in the Patterns of an Era, 1978, Women at Harvard, 1978, and Women and Science, 1979. The Forum was discontinued in 1980 on fiscal grounds and the duties of the office devolved upon the Associate Dean's Office which placed greater emphasis on the needs of undergraduates rather than on wide participation in the community of women in Boston and Cambridge.

Physical Location

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

Processing Information

Processed: September 1982

By: Jane S. Knowles and Elena Tratuta

Radcliffe College. Office of the Dean. Records of the Radcliffe College Office of the Dean, 1964-1981: A Finding Aid
Radcliffe College Archives, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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