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COLLECTION Identifier: 2006-M174

Papers of Gretchen Schuyler, 1932-2002


Papers of Gretchen Schuyler, member of the American Red Cross Clubmobile and professor of physical education at Boston University.


  • 1932-2002

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Gretchen Schuyler 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.


.63 linear feet ((1 + 1/2 file boxes) plus 1 supersize box)

These addenda to the papers of Gretchen Schuyler include correspondence, photographs, clippings, and memorabilia from her time as a Red Cross Clubmobiler during World War II; taxes and financial statements (1932-1971); and miscellaneous.

Framed items were unframed and placed in folders. The list below was provided by the donor, and does not reflect the exact order within the boxes.


Gretchen Schuyler was born June 12, 1911, in Boston, Massachusetts, to Col. Philip Lansing and Gertrude (Alger) Schuyler. She spent a large majority of her youth and young adulthood in Scituate, and later Marshfield, Massachusetts.

She graduated in 1931 from Sargent College, Boston University, where she excelled in nine different sports; an award in her honor is given annually to the top woman student and athlete at Boston University In 1935 she became a member of the first United States Women's Lacrosse team. Known for her versatility, Schuyler's positions included midfield (1935-1939 teams), first home (crease attack) for the 1946 team, and goalie for the 1948 team; she was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1994. She also was a reserve on the United States Women's Field Hockey team, and was the first woman inducted into the Boston University Athletic Hall of Fame (1978).

Schuyler worked as a teacher (and eventually became head of her department) at the Cathedral School of Saint Mary's (Garden City, New York), and later taught at the Chapin School (New York City), where one of her pupils was Jacqueline Lee Bouvier. She earned her Master of Arts in 1940 from Columbia University.

During World War II, Schuyler served for three years with the American Red Cross in England, Germany, France, and Belgium. As Captain of a Clubmobile Service unit with 32 women and 18 vehicles attached to the General Patton's 3rd Army (VIIIth Corps), she and her unit were trapped in Bastogne when it was under German attack. They are credited with caring for the soldiers, and evacuating five truckloads of G.I. Christmas mail that was scheduled to be incinerated when the Germans encircled the city. Schuyler received commendation letters from United States Army Generals Omar Bradley and Troy H. Middleton, and was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery by President Harry S. Truman.

After the war, Schuyler returned to Sargent College as professor of physical education, retiring in 1973 after 25 years of teaching. She moved to Bradford, New Hampshire, in 1980. In the winter of 2002, she passed away at New London Hospital (New Hampshire).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2006-M174

These addenda to the papers of Gretchen Schuyler were given to the Schlesinger Library by Colleen McCarthy-Thomas, Gretchen Schuyler's niece, in September 2006.

Processing Information

Container list: October 2006

By: Caitlin Radke (for the donor)

Schuyler, Gretchen. Papers of Gretchen Schuyler, 1932-2002: A Container List
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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