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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 826

Papers of Rosamond Randall Beirne, 1893-1919


Debutante scrapbook and wedding gift volume of Rosamond Randall Beirne; photographs and travel scrapbook of her mother, Elizabeth Winsor Harding Randall.


  • 1893-1919

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Originals closed; use digital images.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Rosamond Randall Beirne 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.


1.33 linear feet (1 file box, 1 folio box)
Collection consists of a diary by Elizabeth Winsor Harding Randall detailing her trip to Europe, July-September 1893; scrapbook of Rosamond Randall Beirne documenting her social life, coming out as a debutante, etc., and containing invitations, programs, clippings, calling and dance cards, drawings, photographs, souvenirs, etc., 1905-1918; photographs of Elizabeth Randall and family, n.d.; "The Book of the Bride Elect" containing list of Beirne's wedding gifts, 1919.


Rosamond Randall Beirne was the daughter of Daniel R. and Elizabeth Winsor Harding Randall. Her father was the Postmaster in Baltimore, Maryland. Rosamond graduated from Bryn Mawr School in 1912 but her parents did not allow her to study at Bryn Mawr College. She married author and Baltimore Sun columnist Francis F. Beirne in 1919. Active with the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, she served as Madame Regent from 1958 to 1968. She was the author of The Hammond-Harwood House and Its Owners (1941), William Buckland, 1734-1774: Architect of Virginia and Maryland (1958), Let's Pick the Daisies: the History of the Bryn Mawr School, 1885-1967 (1970), and co-wrote Stormy Patriot: The Life of Samuel Chase (1980).

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2011-M222

The papers of Rosamond Randall Beirne were given to the Schlesinger Library by her grandson, Murray Dewart, in 2011.

Processing Information

Processed: July 2015

By: Jenny Gotwals.
Link to catalog
Beirne, Rosamond Randall, 1894-1969. Papers of Rosamond Randall Beirne, 1893-1919: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America

Repository Details

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