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COLLECTION Identifier: SC 98

Papers of Elizabeth Wright Plimpton, 1925-1954


Scrapbooks, correspondence, clippings, etc., of Elizabeth Wright Plimpton, Radcliffe College Class of 1929.


  • 1925-1954

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research with the exception of #1v, which is closed, use digital images.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Elizabeth Wright Plimpton as well as 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.


2.75 linear feet ((2+1/2 file boxes, 1 oversize box) plus 1 oversize folder)

This collection consists of scrapbooks containing college memorabilia and student accounts, articles about athletics and athletes at Radcliffe, correspondence, etc.


Elizabeth Wright Plimpton, physical education teacher, was born on April 2, 1906 in Newton Centre to Henry Richardson and Edith (Hall) Plimpton. She attended Radcliffe, 1925-1929, and concentrated in Biology. After graduation she attended Wellesley College, Department of Hygiene and Physical Education and received her certificate in 1931. Plimpton taught Physical Education for 36 years at the Alice Deal Junior High School in Washington, D.C.

Plimpton received a fellowship in 1965 to attend a European Physical Education conference; and after retirement went to the Olympic Games and traveled in Europe and the United States.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: R87-3

This collection was given to the Radcliffe College Archives by Elizabeth Wright Plimpton in February, 1987.


  1. Box 1: 1v
  2. Box 1A: 2v
  3. Box 2: 3-8
  4. Oversize box 3: 10m-13m

Partial index of scrapbooks

  1. Archery 1v: 26
  2. Baseball 1v: 159
  3. Basketball 1v: 141, 142, 143, 145, 146
  4. Dancing 1v: 42
  5. Field House 2v: 16
  6. Hockey 2v: 10
  7. Idler 1v: 164; 2v: 15
  8. Sports (clippings from Boston newspapers) 1v: 17, 64, 68, 102, 106, 109, 111, 116, 118, 119; 2v: 15
  9. Swimming 1v: 152, 153
  10. Tennis 2v: 14, 190
  11. Warner, Lorraine Roosevelt '23-24

Processing Information

Processed: May 1987

By: Isabelle Dry '35

Plimpton, Elizabeth Wright, 1906-2004. Papers of Elizabeth Wright Plimpton, 1925-1954: A Finding Aid
Radcliffe College Archives, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description

Repository Details

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