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Records of the Radcliffe Seminars, 1950-1985 (inclusive) 1950-1959 (bulk)


Records of the Radcliffe Seminars document the history and content of the program through correspondence, minutes, reports and course information.


  • 1950-1985
  • Majority of material found within 1950-1959

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Except for Series 1, 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 Seminars 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.


27.34 linear feet ((19 cartons, 20 file boxes) plus 1 folio+ folder)

Office records from the Radcliffe Seminars document the history and content of the program, including records from the Radcliffe Seminar on Women. Records of the Radcliffe Seminars comprise two series: Administrative files containing correspondence, minutes, reports and course information, 1950-1959; and academic transcripts, 1974-1985.


The Radcliffe Seminars were inaugurated in 1950 with initial funding from the Carnegie Corporation to provide non-credit liberal arts courses taught mainly by Harvard professors to women in mid-life. Currently, courses are offered in five areas: liberal arts, landscape design, management studies, non-credit enrichment courses, and study tours.

Physical Location

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

Radcliffe Seminars. Records of the Radcliffe Seminars, 1950-1985 (inclusive), 1950-1959 (bulk): 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

The preeminent research library on the history of women in the United States, the Schlesinger Library documents women's lives from the past and present for the future. In addition to its traditional strengths in the history of feminisms, women’s health, and women’s activism, the Schlesinger collections document the intersectional workings of race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class in American history.

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