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COLLECTION Identifier: RG IX, Series 8-14

Records of the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association (Series 8-14), 1887-2007


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.


  • Creation: 1887-2007


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Portions of the collection are closed.

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.


65.15 linear feet ((40 cartons, 56 file boxes, 2 half boxes, 1 folio+ box) plus 1 folio+ folder)

Records of Series 8-14 of the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association include files of committees, projects and sponsored events; conference material, including programs, reports and correspondence, of Radcliffe Representatives, 1926-1952, and its successor, the Alumnae Councils, 1956-1985. Also 1928 alumnae questionnaires; correspondence and programs of area Radcliffe clubs and joint Harvard/Radcliffe clubs and printed reunion books for Class of 1894 to 1985.


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.


The collection is arranged in 14 series:

  1. Series 1. Minute and record books of the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association
  2. Series 2. Alumnae files
  3. Series 3. Centennial survey, classes 1900-1975: Part II of the alumnae questionnaires
  4. Series 4. Record books, including financial ledgers
  5. Series 5. Scrapbooks, 1889-1967
  6. Series 6. Papers of officers
  7. Series 7. Class collections
  8. Series 8. Committees, projects and sponsored events
  9. Series 9. Conference of Radcliffe Representatives and Alumnae Council
  10. Series 10. Club folders relating to the Radcliffe Clubs in the United States, Canada, France and England
  11. Series 11. Radcliffe Graduate Society records
  12. Series 12. Alumnae Recognition Award
  13. Series 13. Reunion material
  14. Series 14. 1928 alumnae questionnaires (work; family; civic & political activities; opinions on education, combining marriage career, "forward" movements, Radcliffe)

Physical Location

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

Related Materials:

See also Radcliffe College. Alumnae Association. Class collections, 1890-1985 (RG IX, Series 7) and Radcliffe College. Alumnae Association. Records of the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association, 1887-1990 (RG IX, Series 1-6).

Processing Information

Processed: April 1956; reprocessed March 1980

Updated: September 2015

By: Anne Engelhart

Updated: April 2023

By: Johanna Carll

Radcliffe College. Alumnae Association. Records of the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association (Series 8-14), 1887-2007: A Finding Aid
Radcliffe College Archives, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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