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COLLECTION Identifier: RG IX, Series 1-6

Records of the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association (Series 1-6), 1887-1990

Records of the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association include minutes of the Association and its committees, 1887-1985; deceased alumnae files with correspondence, biographical data, questionnaires and clippings; centennial survey questionnaires; financial record books, 1905-1949; scrapbooks, 1889-1967; correspondence of the executive secretary and treasurers, 1899-1988; committee correspondence and reports; conference material; correspondence and biographical information about award recipients; and reunion material.

Dates

  • 1887-1990

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Series 6, subseries iv and v are closed for 50 years from the date of creation except with the permission of the Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Appointment may be required. Contact public services. Series 2 (Deceased alumnae folders) must be screened by archivist for recent financial records before research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the records created by the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association 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.

Extent

200.68 linear feet ((26 cartons, 397 file boxes, 2 folio boxes, 4 folio+ box, 1 oversize box) plus 2 folio+ folders)

Records of Series 1-6 of the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association include minutes of the Association and its committees, 1887-1985; deceased alumnae files with correspondence, biographical data, questionnaires and clippings; centennial survey questionnaires; financial record books, 1905-1949; scrapbooks, 1889-1967; and correspondence of the executive secretary and treasurers, 1899-1988.

HISTORY

The Harvard Annex Alumnae Association was established in 1887 and renamed the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association in 1897. It was administered by a president, a board of managers and an executive secretary (who was first appointed in 1920) and included representatives who served on the Board of Trustees of Radcliffe College. Since 1908 the Association has published an alumnae directory and since 1916 The Radcliffe Quarterly. The Association has also been involved in other activities such as fundraising and special programs; overseeing the Radcliffe clubs; and coordinating annual class reunions. Three annual awards are given by the Association: the Founders Award, the Alumnae Recognition Award and the Graduate Medal. Alumnae representatives meet every two years at the Alumnae Council (formerly the Conference of Radcliffe Representatives) held at Radcliffe.

ARRANGEMENT

The collection is arranged in 14 series:
  1. Series 1. Minute and record books of the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association, 1887-1969. 2 cartons, 1 file box (See Series 6 for later minutes)
  2. Series 2. Deceased alumnae folders alphabetically arranged.
  3. Series 3. Centennial survey, classes 1900-1975: Part II of the alumnae questionnaires. 26 file boxes
  4. Series 4. Record books, including financial ledgers, 1905-49. 1 carton (21 volumes)
  5. Series 5. Scrapbooks, 1889-1967. 4 file boxes, 2 folio boxes, 1 folio+ box, 1 oversize box (20 volumes)
  6. Series 6. Papers of officers. 25 cartons, 18 file boxes. Arranged in 5 sub-series:
  7. ___6.1) 1899-1947
  8. ___6.2) 1928-64
  9. ___6.3) 1932 (1952-77)
  10. ___6.4) 1965-
  11. ___6.5) Mary Carty and Judith Stanton
  12. Series 7. Class collections, 1883-. 83 file boxes, 1 carton, 1 folio box, 4 folio+ boxes
  13. Series 8. Committees, projects and sponsored events ca. 1907-1944, 1989-90 1 carton, 16 file boxes. Includes Memorial Biogs. 68v-73v.
  14. Series 9. Conference of Radcliffe Representatives and Alumnae Council, 1926-1978. 1 carton, 12 file boxes
  15. Series 10. Club folders relating to the Radcliffe Clubs in USA, Canada, France and England, ca. 1920-. 17 cartons, 18 file boxes, 2 folio+ boxes
  16. Series 11. Radcliffe Graduate Society records, 1938-1978. 4 file boxes
  17. Series 12. Alumnae Recognition Award. 1954-1987. 2 file boxes
  18. Series 13. Reunion material, 1963- , arranged chronologically. 6 cartons, 11 file boxes
  19. Series 14. 1928 alumnae questionnaires (work; family; civic & political activities; opinions on education, combining marriage career, "forward" movements, Radcliffe). 2 cartons. Arranged in 2 alphabetical sequences (See RGVI, Series 1-2). 1937, 1940 alumnae questions. 1 carton arranged in alphabetical order

Physical Location

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

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Records of the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association, ca.1894-2004 (RG IX, Series 2); Radcliffe College. Alumnae Association. Class collections, 1890-1985 (RG IX, Series 7); and Radcliffe College. Alumnae Association. Records of the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association, 1887-2005 (RG IX, Series 8-13).

Processing Information

Processed: April 1956; reprocessed March 1980.
Link to catalog
Title
Radcliffe College. Alumnae Association. Records of the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association (Series 1-6), 1887-1990: A Finding Aid
Author
Radcliffe College Archives, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
EAD ID
sch01153

Repository Details

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