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Records of the Radcliffe College Office of the Registrar, 1874-1966


Records of the Radcliffe College Office of the Registrar, including academic records for all students with biographical and educational information on undergraduates, 1879-1944, and graduates, 1879-1963.


  • Creation: 1874-1966

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Series 1 and 2 are closed. Use microfilm.

Access. Series 3, 4, 5, 6, and 9 are closed for 80 years from the time of the student's separation. Appointment may be required. Contact public services.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the records created by the Radcliffe College Office of the Registrar 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. Records may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


99.98 linear feet (6 cartons, 182 file boxes, 12 card file boxes, 2 folio boxes, 7 folio+ boxes)

Included are academic records for all students with biographical and educational information on undergraduates, 1879-1944, and graduates, 1879-1963. Also correspondence and reports of the Academic Board; and office files, 1922-1926, of Harriet Dean Buckingham (College Secretary, 1911-1937), and Ruth Davenport (1937-1966).


The College Secretary served as registrar from 1879 until the Office of the Registrar was created in 1937. Ruth Davenport directed the Office until 1966 when it merged with the Registrar's Office at Harvard.


The collection is arranged in 11 series:

  1. Series 1. Academic Record Books, graduate and undergraduate, 1879-1898,2 folio boxes
  2. Series 2. Academic Record Books, Graduate, 1899-1924; Undergraduate,1899-1907, 6 folio+ boxes
  3. Series 3. Permanent Academic Record Cards, Graduates, 1925-63;Undergraduates, 1908-55, 63 file boxes
  4. Series 3.1. Name and address cards (4x5), time period unknown, 12 card boxes
  5. Series 4. Grade sheets (Mid-years and Final returns), 1880, 1883-1965,82 file boxes
  6. Series 5. Course Lists (Class Lists), 1891-1965/66, 26 file boxes
  7. Series 6. Correspondence and Papers: Special exams; Language exams;General exams, 1900-1966, 8 file boxes
  8. Series 7. Diplomas, never collected by graduates and undergraduates,1932-1966; early diplomas, 1874-1929, 2 cartons
  9. Series 8. Sample diplomas, 1894-1962, 1 folio+ box, 1 oversize box
  10. Series 9. Records of the Registrar, Ruth Davenport, 1922, 1937-1966, 7 file boxes
  11. Series 10. Foreign students forms and lists 1942-1966, 3 file boxes
  12. Series 11. Miscellaneous records of the registrar, 1894-1963, 2 fileboxes, 1 oversize roll

Physical Location

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


Date: May 29, 1979

List of material disposed of (2.5 cubic feet):

  1. Duplicate Radcliffe and Harvard publications
  2. Press releases
  3. Correspondence with Business Office re: tuition and fees
  4. Freshman lists, 1945-1959, used in preparation of the Freshman Directory
  5. Commencement programs, signed by Seniors with fields of Concentration indicated
  6. Admission Office annual report, 1964
  7. Archives Retention and Disposal Manual
  8. Statistics re: enrollment sent to other organizations
  9. Degree lists 1961/62 - 1964/65
  10. Examination procedures, schedules and lists of courses with no exams, 1964-1966
  11. Petitions for make-up exams, 1965/1966; cards of absences from mid-year exams, 1965/1966
  12. Rank list statistics, aggregate, by class (in Annual Reports)
  13. Routine requests for transcripts, 1965-1966

List of material removed to RGXXI, and filed with student folders:

  1. Correspondence with graduates containing substantive material relating to college or post-college careers, 1965/1966.

Processing Information

Reprocessed: June 1979

By: Jane S. Knowles

Updated: May 2017

By: Jenny Gotwals

Radcliffe College. Office of the Registrar. Records of the Radcliffe College Office of the Registrar, 1874-1966: A Finding Aid
Radcliffe College Archives, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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