Records of the Oral History of Radcliffe College during the Horner Years, 1998-2014
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Conditions Governing Use
Copyright. Copyright in the records in #4.1 and RA.T-129.37 - RA.T-129.38 may be held by Renee Landers or her heirs or assigns.
Copying. The bulk of the collection may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures. #2.1, 2.15, and 3.10 may not be photocopied, nor may copies of #2.1 be deposited at other colleges or universities.
2.71 linear feet ((6 + 1/2 file boxes) plus 63 audiotapes and electronic records)
Also included in the collection are administrative records which document the development of the oral history project itself. These materials consist of planning documents, lists of potential participants, memos and updates on project progress, drafts of transcripts, correspondence, and more. Administrative records were primarily generated by project coordinators Cecily O. Morse and Aida Kabatznick Press, as well as project consultants, Ruth Hill and Jane Knowles, in the course of their work.
Series I, Audiotapes, transcripts, and correspondence, etc., 1998-2014 (#1.1-6.6, RA.T-129.1 - RA.T-129.64, E.1-E.38), contains audiotapes of participant interviews, as well as draft transcripts of those interviews, and final drafts in electronic form. Most of the electronic transcripts include a description of the project, a brief biography of the interviewee, and an index. Also included are legal agreements for the interviews and related correspondence. Some folders also include photographs of the interviewees. The series is arranged alphabetically by interviewee.
Series II, Administrative records, 1998-2010 (#6.7-7.5), includes correspondence, memos, contact lists, and progress reports related to the administration of the oral history project. The series is arranged alphabetically.
Efforts to develop an oral history project documenting the history of Radcliffe College during the Horner years began in the 1990s. Several Radcliffe Institute employees were responsible for its creation, including Cecily O. Morse, Director of Development and Alumnae Affairs, and Aida Kabatznick Press, Director of Public Information. The Schlesinger Library played a role in this project and both Ruth Hill, the Oral History Coordinator of the Schlesinger Library, and Jane Knowles, Radcliffe College Archivist, served as consultants. The stated mission of the project was to accurately record a specific period in Radcliffe history during which many foundational changes took place, and to combat the perception that those changes had been inevitable or required little effort. Project coordinators sought to collect information in three key areas--participants' biographical information, stories about decision-making structures at Radcliffe, and specific examples of growth and development at the college. Interviews commenced in 1998, and forty-three participants were interviewed over the next several years. Participants were primarily Radcliffe or Harvard employees who had contributed to decision-making processes that affected the structure and development of the college during Horner's presidency. The project was never fully completed.
- Series I. Audiotapes, transcripts, and correspondence, etc., 1998-2014 (#1.1-6.6, RA.T-129.1 - RA.T-129.64, E.1-E.38)
- Series II. Administrative records, 1998-2010 (#6.7-7.5)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The records of the Oral History of Radcliffe College during the Horner Years were transferred to the Schlesinger Library from the Schlesinger Library Oral History Office in April 2014.
By: Susan Earle and Jaimie Fritz, with assistance from Dan Bullman.
- College administrators
- College presidents--Massachusetts--Cambridge
- College trustees--Massachusetts--Cambridge
- Electronic records
- Oral histories
- Universities and colleges--Administration
- Universities and colleges--Admission
- Women college presidents
- Women's colleges--Massachusetts--Cambridge
- Women--Education (Higher)--Massachusetts--Cambridge
- Records of the Oral History of Radcliffe College during the Horner Years, 1998-2014: A Finding Aid
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