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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 756: T-491: Vt-266: DVD-31

Papers of Catherine Atwater Galbraith, 1912-2008


Correspondence, photographs, writings, diaries, and other personal papers of Catherine Atwater Galbraith.


  • Creation: 1912-2008

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. The majority of the collection is open for research.

Access to folders #22.12-23.5 is restricted to researchers who have obtained written permission from James Galbraith until January 1, 2025.

Access to folders #10.1, 11.2-11.4, 25.5-26.3, 26.6, 26.13-27.4, and 29.21-29.22 is restricted to researchers who have obtained written permission from Peter Galbraith until January 1, 2025.

An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers of Catherine Atwater Galbraith is held by her estate until July 1, 2015, after which time it transfers to 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.

Permission to publish quotations of 250 words or more in any one publication must be obtained from the Galbraith children until July 1, 2013.

Copying. Permission to photocopy must be granted from the estate (separately from permission to access material) until July 1, 2015, after which time papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

No material may be made available on the internet until 2025.


33.65 linear feet ((78 + 1/2 file boxes, 1 folio box) plus 3 folio folders, 6 folio+ folders, 66 photograph folders, 5 folio photograph folders, 3 folio+ photograph folders, 1 supersize photograph folder, 1 audiotape, 1 videotape, 7 DVDs)

The papers of Catherine "Kitty" Atwater Galbraith include diaries, writings, correspondence with family and friends, photographs, and scrapbooks. The collection documents the two years she lived in India while her husband Ken was the US ambassador, as well as countless other worldwide travels. Extensive correspondence files include letters from a number of lifelong friends, as well as from heads of state, politicians, and other notable correspondents. In addition, the collection documents her home life as the mother of four sons and the wife of a celebrated economist.

Some material in the collection was removed directly from file cabinets in Galbraith's home; her original folder headings are noted in the inventory with quotation marks. Other material (primarily correspondence and family memorabilia) was originally stored in letterboxes, a cardboard box with a clasp and 26 alphabetical dividers. Galbraith often used her and her husband's initials when titling folders or boxes. "CAG" and "JKG" were family abbreviations for Kitty and Ken Galbraith, and appear in the inventory where originally used by Kitty Galbraith.

Series I, BIOGRAPHICAL AND PERSONAL, 1913-2008 (#1.1-8.12, FD.1, F+D.1), includes Galbraith's address and appointment books, files on parties held and events attended, financial correspondence, material relating to her education, etc. The series is arranged in four subseries.

Subseries A, Biographical and personal, 1913-2008 (#1.1-4.3, FD.1), includes Galbraith's address books, personal files, passports, resumes, and other documents. Files on memorial services of close friends are also included, some include Galbraith's notes or eulogies. Some files on events attended or organized are included here; see Series I, Subseries D for files on parties and other events held at the Galbraith home. Galbraith's original folder titles appear in quotations. The subseries is arranged alphabetically.

Subseries B, Education, 1919-2004 (#4.14-5.8), includes Kitty Galbraith's school grades and memorabilia, as well as material on several Smith College reunions. Galbraith's original folder titles appear in quotations. The subseries is arranged chronologically.

Subseries C, Financial, 1928-1950,1980-2007 (#5.9-7.2, F+D.1) includes correspondence and financial papers, most relating to stocks Galbraith inherited from her father's cousin Louise Sargent. This inheritance was the "source of CAG's independent wealth," according to a note on the front of one of the folders. Several folders (#6.6-7.2) appear to have once belonged to Charles Atwater, who is referred to by his initials as "CMA." All folders titled "financial records" were stored by Galbraith in a letterbox; correspondence that was grouped together within were foldered together here. Correspondence throughout the subseries is primarily between Kitty Galbraith, Ken Galbraith, Charles Atwater, and various stock agents. Galbraith's original folder titles appear in quotations. The subseries is arranged alphabetically.

Subseries D, Household, 1935-2008 (#7.3-8.12), primarily includes material relating to the Galbraith's home at 30 Francis Avenue in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Guestbooks show the wide range of visitors over forty years. Party files often include menus, budgets, lists of those invited, lists of attendees, remarks made by Galbraiths and others, etc. Several files relate to the Galbraith's housekeeper Sheela Karintikal and her son. Galbraith's original folder titles appear in quotations. The subseries is arranged alphabetically.

Series II, Diaries, 1928-2008 (#9.1-14.2, 67.1-67.7) includes Kitty Galbraith's diaries, recording her daily whereabouts, her thoughts, events she intended to remember, etc., over the majority of her life. Most of the volumes are 5 year diaries, but not all were kept for the entire five years. In addition to specific life events, Kitty Galbraith recorded her social appointments, books she was reading, films seen, theater and concert outings, and activities with her children. Appointment books can be found in Series I. Galbraith often wrote in small spiral bound notebooks while traveling; these diaries were kept with other travel files in Series VII, as that is how Galbraith herself kept them. There is possibly overlap between these diaries and those travel diaries, particularly during the late 1980s. The title embossed on the front of each volume is listed below, with years covered. Diaries are arranged chronologically.

Series III, FAMILY, 1912-2008 (#14.3-29.25, F+D.2 - F+D.5) includes correspondence, clippings, awards, documents, and other memorabilia relating to the Galbraith and Atwater families. The series is arranged in three subseries.

Subseries A, John Kenneth Galbraith, 1938-2006 (#14.3-18.8, F+D.2), includes letters to Ken Galbraith, files on events and honors, and various other personal documents. Some of this correspondence was found loose, some was mixed in with Kitty Galbraith's general correspondence files. See Series IV for letters addressed to both Ken and Kitty Galbraith. Some of the letters in this subseries were addressed to Ken Galbraith's Harvard office, and have a "show Kitty" (or similar wording) note in Ken's handwriting. Correspondents include friends, neighbors, heads of state, and politicians. Files Kitty Galbraith kept about Ken's awards and events are also included. Ken Galbraith's professional papers are held by the John F. Kennedy Library. The subseries is arranged alphabetically.

Subseries B, Family correspondence, 1913-2008 (#18.9-28.10), contains letters exchanged by the Galbraith family and their relatives. Most of the letters in this subseries were sent to Kitty, or to Kitty and Ken Galbraith. There is some correspondence between Ken and Kitty Galbraith. There is also correspondence between Kitty Galbraith and her parents; most of the letters are written by Kitty when in Europe during and after college. She also sent detailed letters to her aunt Helen from abroad (#25.1). Kitty Galbraith's extended family represented here includes her brothers Charles and Robert "Bob" Atwater, as well as Bob Atwater's daughter Candia, later Candia Shields. The Denholm, Sobiech, and Crosby families were Ken Galbraith's relatives. Kitty Galbraith's large sense of "family" can be seen by the inclusion of Emily G. Wilson, the Galbraith's housekeeper for many years, and Sheela Karintikal, her successor. David and Elizabeth Dunlap, Alan Galbraith's parents-in-law, are also included. Family correspondence was filed in letterboxes marked "family," with different sections for each person/family of correspondents. Especially toward the end of her life, Kitty also kept material related to family members in separate file folders. Letters from Kitty Galbraith's grandchildren were often kept with those from her sons and daughters in law; as the grandchildren grew older, their letters were kept separately. Original folder titles or letterbox designations are in quotation marks. The subseries is arranged alphabetically by sender.

Subseries C, Other family, 1912-2008 (#28.11-29.25, F+D.3 - F+D.5), includes clippings, invitations, memorabilia, and other family-related material. Kitty Galbraith kept several letterboxes arranged chronologically, with some sections described by physical locations. For example, "bombing survey" (#29.3) includes material from the year that Ken Galbraith worked on that project, and the Galbraiths lived in Washington, DC. Folders may contain correspondence, clippings, snapshots, etc. Several files document the short life of Douglas Galbraith. Kitty Galbraith kept numerous files about her family members that did not contain correspondence; for example, folders with invitations and other material from two of her grandchildren's weddings, as well as a folder of cards and clippings from her own wedding. Files on the Galbraith children's accomplishments and on plans for Ken Galbraith's birthday parties are also included. Documents relating to Charles W. Atwater, Jr., detail a trust his siblings administered which provided for his care. A "migration document" of Kitty Galbraith's grandmother Marcia Atwater (#F+D.3) functioned as a passport on her 1914 trip to Europe; she returned to the US when World War I broke out. The subseries is arranged alphabetically.

Series IV, CORRESPONDENCE, 1930-2008 (#29.26-55.3, FD.2, F+D.6), includes letters sent to Kitty and Ken Galbraith from a wide array of friends, acquaintances, and admirers. Kitty Galbraith kept most of her correspondence in letterboxes marked "Friends" that held a few years of correspondence; this series includes those letters as well as miscellaneous loose correspondence. Inside each letterbox, Galbraith included a "table of contents" as to what she filed under each letter tab. For example, the letterbox that held correspondence from 1963 to 1968 included "Indian friends" filed under "I." Galbraith's headings have been retained; generally each different grouping has its own folder. From the early 1970s on, most letterboxes were filed alphabetically by surname. Different letterboxes had different alphabetical groupings, thus the unevenness of the foldering. Since most letters received before 1970 were grouped in subject-related ways, researchers looking for specific correspondents should check both alphabetical and subject folders.

Letters sent to Kitty Galbraith discuss a wide range of topics and relate to many different parts of her life. Galbraith enjoyed lengthy friendships with women she met in her youth, including Janet Brewster from Middletown, Connecticut, who married broadcaster Edward Murrow; and friends Peg Fraser and Kitsie Winfield from Long Island. Her Smith College roommate Harriet "Hal" Palmer Micocci wrote to Kitty Galbraith well into their nineties. Kitty Galbraith met German diplomat Edgar von Schmidt-Pauli during her year studying at University of Munich; she later became a godmother to one of his and wife Monika's children. Kitty Galbraith audited one of Harvard professor and poet Ted Spencer's literature classes while at Radcliffe; Spencer became a close friend until his early death. Other Galbraith friends who were common correspondents include British economist Eric Roll and his wife Winifred "Freda"; Thomas "Tom" Hopkinson and Lois J. Eliot; Mary and Lloyd Reynolds; Cambridge neighbors historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Julia and Paul Child, Sissela Bok, and pediatrician Dorothea Moore Burkhard; and William F. Buckley and family. International heads of state, United States government officials and politicians, and Harvard University professors and administrators are also correspondents. The series is arranged with alphabetically filed correspondence first, followed by that grouped topically or chronologically.

Series V. WRITINGS, 1936-2005 (#55.4-62.13), includes Kitty Galbraith's published and unpublished writings, as well as speeches. The series contains correspondence with editors and readers, drafts, published copies of articles, and reviews. The series is arranged in three subseries.

Subseries A, India Now and Through Time and other publications, 1961-1994 (#55.4-58.5), includes drafts, correspondence, printed copies, etc. of Kitty Galbraith's published writings. The majority of the subseries involves her book India Now and Through Time, written with Rama Mehta, published in 1971 by Dodd, Mead and Company, and reissued in 1980 by Houghton Mifflin. Included are Galbraith's drafts, revisions (primarily to the chapter on "Independent India") from 1979-1980, and correspondence with Rama Mehta. More correspondence with Mehta can be found in Series IV (#43.9). Other publications include book reviews, writings on India, biographical essays about Atwater family members, and an account of traveling with Ken Galbraith while taping the BBC series on "The Age of Uncertainty." Several folders of correspondence about potential publishing projects are also included. Galbraith's original folder titles appear in quotations. The subseries is arranged alphabetically by title of work.

Subseries B. Speeches, 1973-2001, n.d. (#58.6-58.13), includes speeches and eulogies Kitty Galbraith wrote and gave. Speeches may be handwritten or typed; some folders include correspondence about the event. When Ken Galbraith became too frail to travel at the end of his life, Kitty Galbraith often filled in for him at award ceremonies. Galbraith's original folder titles appear in quotations. The subseries is arranged alphabetically.

Subseries C. Memoir and other unpublished writings, 1936-2005, n.d. (#58.14-62.13), includes handwritten and typescript drafts, primarily autobiographical. Much of the writing in this subseries is autobiographical; that which appeared to be part of a more holistic memoir project has been grouped together with the word "memoir" in its title. Most of this memoir was written in classes of Hope Hale Davis, some held at the Radcliffe Seminars. Some of the writing is in individual "chapter" or "episode" form; some of it is many years strung together. The section marked "I" tells Galbraith's life story up to 1935, "II" from 1935 to the 1940s. Smaller autobiographical stories describe details of Kitty Galbraith's relationship with prominent people such as Jackie Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and John Steinbeck. Galbraith's original folder titles appear in quotations, as do story titles, when apparent. The subseries is arranged alphabetically.

Series VI. INDIA, 1959-1971 (inclusive), 1961-1963 (bulk) (#63.1-66.19, 68.1-68.11, FD.3), includes correspondence, clippings, schedules, invitations, menus, and other documents from the two years the Galbraiths lived in India. Ken Galbraith was confirmed as Ambassador to India in 1961 and served until the summer of 1963. During these years Kitty Galbraith traveled around India both on her own and accompanying her husband. She entertained guests, assisted Indians with particular requests, and delivered gifts from the US government, such as a milk truck, to small communities. Some of the first Peace Corps volunteers were posted to India in 1962, and the Galbraiths took great interest in their work (#66.12). Most of these files were kept either by Kitty Galbraith directly or by her staff at the Embassy and involve her official duties as Ambassador's wife. Several folders (#63.5-63.6) were kept by Galbraith in a letterbox, possibly for use in research or for writing projects. Folders may contain official schedules, correspondence about trips, background material, seating charts, invitations, clippings, notes, etc. Correspondents include Dorothy "Steb" Bowles, whose husband Chester Bowles would succeed Ken Galbraith as the US Ambassador to India. Other material throughout the collection also references this time in Kitty Galbraith's life; see also diaries in Series II (#10.3-10.4), family correspondence (#22.4), and photographs. In addition, many of Kitty Galbraith's writings describe her time in India. Galbraith's original folder titles appear in quotations. The series is arranged alphabetically.

Series VII. TRAVEL, 1932-2004 (#69.1v-79.6, 80FB.1v), includes scrapbooks, travel diaries, itineraries, and other material kept by Kitty Galbraith from her extensive travels. Several scrapbooks document her studies in Europe from 1932 to 1935; these scrapbooks contain photographs, tickets, menus, descriptions of itineraries, postcards, etc. During the summer of 1932, Galbraith attended a Spanish language program in Santander, Spain, through the University of Liverpool Summer School. The following academic year she spent in Paris studying at the Sorbonne, and traveled through Europe during breaks in the academic schedule. In April 1933 Galbraith went to England for the first time with a friend she had met in Spain, English schoolteacher Ronald C. Johnston. Galbraith kept extensive files on her later overseas trips, when she often accompanied Ken Galbraith on his busy speaking and conference schedule. Files may contain itineraries, correspondence, menus, travel diaries (handwritten in notebooks, sometimes typed). Galbraith's original folder titles appear in quotations. Folder titles are followed by the dates of the trip; folders may contain material from several months surrounding those dates. The series is arranged chronologically.

Series VIII. AUDIOVISUAL, 1982-2008 (T-491.1, Vt-266.1, DVD-031.1 - DVD-031.7), includes several oral history type interviews with Kitty Galbraith, one recorded several months before her death. There is also a recording of Kitty and Ken Galbraith's 45th wedding anniversary party, at which family and friends give toasts and make speeches. The series is arranged chronologically.

Series IX. PHOTOGRAPHS, 1913-2008 (#PD.1-PD.57), includes portraits of Kitty Galbraith, her family, and friends. Kitty Galbraith's life and family were heavily documented in photographs. More than 20 cartons of photographs were included in her papers. In an attempt to select a smaller amount of representative photographs, loose photographs that duplicated events documented in the photograph albums in Series X were not kept. Photographs show Kitty Galbraith with her children, grandchildren, and friends. Most photographs from the Galbraiths's years in India were taken by United States or Indian government photographers. Photographs of the Galbraiths's yearly garden party and wedding anniversary parties show Kitty and Ken Galbraith celebrating with a wide array of guests, including family members. The series is arranged by topic, and then chronologically.

Series X. PHOTOGRAPH ALBUMS, 1923-1974 (#PD.58v-PD.78v), includes Kitty Galbraith's personal and family photograph albums. The majority of these document the growing Galbraith family. Albums from the years 1941 to 1954 show the growth of the Galbraith children in detail, family travels, and family friends. Albums from the 1960s and 1970s include photographs of political retreats the Galbraiths hosted at their Vermont home during George McGovern's presidential bid. Also included are a photograph album of Kitty Galbraith's days at Camp Marbury, where she was first given the nickname "Kitty"; an album which includes photographs from a trip to Mexico she and Ken Galbraith took in the winter of 1941; and a small album of photographs from the Galbraiths wedding and subsequent departure the following day to England in September 1937. Loose photographs, including many from years not documented in these photograph albums, are in Series IX. The series is arranged chronologically.

Most of the photographs in this collection are or will be digitized and available online.


Catherine "Kitty" Merriam Atwater Galbraith was born January 19, 1913, in New York City, to attorney Charles Woodard and Alice "Polly" Merriam Atwater. She had two younger brothers, Charles Jr. and Robert. Catherine, called "Cat" as a child, grew up mainly on Long Island, in the towns of Port Washington and Plandome, New York. Both her parents grew up in Middletown, Connecticut, where her grandfather, Wilbur Olin Atwater, was a scientist and inventor of the calorimeter.

As a youth, Catherine attended Camp Marbury on Lake Champlain in Vermont, run by a former Smith College music teacher (Alice Merriam graduated in the class of 1908) who gave Catherine the nickname "Kitty." Kitty attended public schools in Manhasset, New York, and spent some of her high school years in Middletown, Connecticut, when her father took a job. After graduating from high school she attended Friends Academy on Long Island for a year before beginning Smith College in the fall of 1930. She majored in romance languages at Smith (BA, 1934), and spent her junior year abroad, mainly studying at the Sorbonne in Paris. After graduation, she studied German for a year at the University of Munich. She then earned a graduate degree in comparative literature from Radcliffe College (MA, 1936), where she met John Kenneth Galbraith, an economics professor at Harvard College.

Catherine Atwater and John Kenneth Galbraith (known as "Ken") were married September 17, 1937. The next day they sailed for England, where Ken had a year long fellowship at the University of Cambridge to work with economist John Maynard Keynes. The Galbraiths returned to the US in 1938, and spent that academic year at Harvard. The following year Ken Galbraith taught at Princeton University, and in the fall of 1940 they moved to Washington, DC, where Ken Galbraith worked for the Department of Agriculture and then the Office of Price Administration. Ken Galbraith worked for Fortune magazine from 1943 to 1948, and was periodically involved in other government jobs, such as the US Strategic Bombing Survey in 1945. The Galbraiths moved from Washington, DC to New York City in 1946, and then to Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1948, where they stayed for the rest of their lives.

During this early, peripatetic time in the marriage, Kitty Galbraith held a number of jobs while also pursuing work on a dissertation in comparative literature. She worked periodically as a translator, including at the Department of Justice; at the Library of Congress; and taught German at Columbia University. During 1952 Kitty worked at Harvard University's Russian Research Center, and then did freelance editing and research work between 1952 and 1957. From 1957 to 1960, she was a lecturer in German at Harvard.

The Galbraith's first son, John Alan, was born in 1941. Robert Douglas was born in 1943. In April of 1950 Douglas was diagnosed with leukemia, and died that June. Peter Woodard was born in December 1950, and James Kenneth in January 1952. Once the family was settled in Cambridge, the sons mainly followed a similar educational path, attending the Shady Hill School, Exeter or Andover, and then Harvard College. In 1947 the Galbraiths purchased a summer home in Newfane, Vermont. In January 1951 they purchased a home on Francis Avenue in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The street and its immediate vicinity was filled with Harvard professors with whom the Galbraiths socialized.

Ken Galbraith's academic interest concerned the role of central government in regulating a nation's economy; he was thus often involved in US government itself and in partisan politics. He was active in the Democratic Party, and contributed to the campaign of John F. Kennedy, as did many other Harvard faculty. In 1961 Kennedy nominated Ken Galbraith to be the US ambassador to India. Kitty and Ken Galbraith arrived in Delhi in the spring of 1961; their two younger sons and housekeeper Emily Wilson arrived after the school year concluded. The family spent two years in India. Kitty Galbraith performed tasks expected of the Ambassador's wife, including the construction of a new home for the US Ambassador, Roosevelt House. She traveled the subcontinent with and without her husband, attending events, bringing US aid money and goods to local modernization projects, etc. The Galbraiths became close to Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and his family, and continued to be in touch with successive US ambassadors (including Chester Bowles and Daniel Moynihan and families) once they returned to the US. Kitty Galbraith also became close to several Indian women, including the Ambassador's social secretary Bimla Bissell, who later worked for the World Bank.

Kitty Galbraith had unsuccessfully tried to publish several pieces of reportage in the 1940s, but was spurred to write about her life by the suggestion of her son Jamie, in a school essay, that his father was the Ambassador and his mother did nothing at all. Her first published article, "Mother Doesn't Do Much," appeared in the May 1963 Atlantic Monthly. Subsequently, she periodically wrote articles for publication, or was asked to review books on India. In the late 1960s she decided to write a book about India for young adults with her friend Rama Mehta, sociologist and author. India Now and Through Time was published in 1971, with a revised edition published in 1980.

Once back in the US in 1963, the Galbraiths resumed their academic life in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with summers spent in Newfane, Vermont. Avid skiers, they purchased a home in Gstaad, Switzerland, and often spent time there during the winter months. The Galbraiths continued to socialize with and politically support the Kennedy family. George McGovern was the preferred family presidential candidate in 1972; the Galbraiths hosted summer weekends with like-minded campaign strategists and backers (Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Gloria Steinem, David Halberstam) at their home in Vermont. Ken, Peter, and Jamie Galbraith all worked for the McGovern campaign in some fashion.

The Galbraiths hosted a garden party every year at Harvard commencement that was full of students, faculty, and other local persons of interest, like neighbors Arthur Schlesinger Jr., Julia and Paul Child, Margaret Marshall and Anthony Lewis.

Ken Galbraith taught fewer classes throughout the 1970s, but continued to travel the world to lecture and attend conferences, etc., for the next several decades. In 1977 he was the host of "The Age of Uncertainty," a BBC television show about the world economy, which was filmed over a number of months in various countries around the globe. Kitty Galbraith often accompanied him on these trips, taking time to sightsee and visit with friends around the world. In addition to numerous Indian friends, the Galbraiths were close to Pakistan's Bhutto family.

Kitty Galbraith distinctly enjoyed her ten grandchildren, and much of her last thirty years was spent with them. Alan Galbraith graduated from Harvard in 1963, received a law degree from the University of Michigan in 1966 and married Sarah Dunlap in 1969. They moved to Washington, DC, and raised three children, David, Catherine or "Katie," and Jean. Peter Galbraith graduated from Harvard in 1973. His marriage to Anne O'Leary ended in divorce; they have a son Andrew. Peter Galbraith received a MA from Oxford University, and a law degree from Georgetown University; he served as the first US Ambassador to Croatia in the early 1990s, and has been a policy advisor and political analyst both for the US government and internationally. He married Tone Bringa, a Norwegian social anthropologist, in 1996; they have two children, Liv and Erik. Jamie Galbraith graduated from Harvard in 1974. He earned a PhD in economics from Yale, and has taught at the University of Texas for several decades. His first marriage to Lucy Ferguson resulted in divorce; they have two children, Douglas and Margaret Eliza. In 1993, Jamie Galbraith married Ying Tang; they have two daughters, Eve and Emma.

In the late 1980s, Kitty Galbraith began to take writing classes, many with Hope Hale Davis at the Radcliffe Seminars. She worked on a memoir, never published, for many years. In it she recounted the mundane activities of her life as well as the fabulous - dining with kings and politicians, and befriending John Steinbeck.

Ken Galbraith died April 29, 2006; Kitty Galbraith died on October 1, 2008.


The collection is arranged in ten series:

  1. Series I. Biographical and Personal, 1913-2008 (#1.1-8.12, FD.1, F+D.1)
  2. ___Subseries A. Biographical and personal, 1913-2008 (#1.1-4.3, FD.1)
  3. ___Subseries B. Education, 1919-2004 (#4.14-5.8)
  4. ___Subseries C. Financial, 1928-1950, 1980-2007 (#5.9-7.2, F+D.1)
  5. ___Subseries D. Household, 1935-2008 (#7.3-8.12)
  6. Series II. Diaries, 1928-2008 (#9.1-14.2, 67.1-67.7)
  7. Series III. Family, 1912-2008 (#14.3-29.25, F+D.2 - F+D.5)
  8. ___Subseries A. John Kenneth Galbraith, 1938-2006 (#14.3-18.8, F+D.2)
  9. ___Subseries B. Family correspondence, 1913-2008 (#18.9-28.10)
  10. ___Subseries C. Other family, 1912-2008 (#28.11-29.25, F+D.3 - F+D.5)
  11. Series IV. Correspondence, 1930-2008 (#29.26-55.3, FD.2, F+D.6)
  12. Series V. Writings, 1936-2005 (#55.4-62.13)
  13. ___Subseries A. India Now and Through Time and other publications, 1961-1994 (#55.4-58.5)
  14. ___Subseries B. Speeches, 1973-2001, n.d. (#58.6-58.13)
  15. ___Subseries C. Memoir and other unpublished writings, 1936-2005 (#58.14-62.13)
  16. Series VI. India, 19591971 (inclusive), 1961-1963 (bulk) (#63.1-66.19, 68.1-68.11, FD.3)
  17. Series VII. Travel, 1932-2004 (#69.1v-79.6, 80FB.1v)
  18. Series VIII. Audiovisual, 1982-2008 (T-491.1, Vt-266.1, DVD-31.1 - DVD-31.7)
  19. Series IX. Photographs, 1913-2008 (#PD.1-PD.57)
  20. Series X. Photograph albums, 1923-1974 (#PD.58v-PD.78v)

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2009-M6

The papers of Catherine Galbraith were given to the Schlesinger Library by Catherine Galbraith's estate in January 2009.

Related Material:

There are related materials; see Ken Galbraith's professional papersat the John F. Kennedy Library.


Donors: Estate of Catherine Atwater Galbraith

Accession number: 2009-M6

Processed by: Jenny Gotwals

The following item has been transferred to the Schlesinger Library books and printed materials collection (pending review by curator):

  1. India: Now and Through Time (Dodd, Mead, 1971)

Processing Information

Processed: February 2014

By: Jenny Gotwals, with assistance of Emily Underwood.

Updated January 2015

By: Jenny Gotwals.

Galbraith, Catherine Atwater. Papers of Catherine Atwater Galbraith, 1912-2008: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by gifts from the Galbraith family, the Esther Margaret Ridder Preservation Fund, the Class of 1950 Fund, the Jeannette Ward Fund, and the Mary Maples Dunn Fund.

Repository Details

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