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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 326

Records of the Radcliffe College Seminar on Women, 1951-1959


Typescripts or reprints of papers presented at the Radcliffe College Seminar on Women, a joint project of the Radcliffe Seminars and the Women’s Archives (now the Schlesinger Library) in 1951.


  • Creation: 1951-1959

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the records created by the Radcliffe College Seminar on Women 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.


.42 linear feet (1 file box)

The collection contains typescripts or reprints of papers presented at the Workshop/Seminar meetings, arranged chronologically. A list of papers that have not survived is appended to the inventory. For descriptions of each workshop/seminar, minutes and correspondence, see the Radcliffe College Archives, Record Group XXXII, Series 1, Boxes 1-8.

  1. January 6, 1954: Cecelia Kenyon "The Woman Ph.D."
  2. February 3, 1954: Elizabeth B. Borden "The Influence of the Depression of 1873 on the Family"
  3. February 17, 1954: Frieda Ullian "Nellie Nugent Somerville"
  4. November 15, 1954: Elizabeth Borden "Some Aspects of Women in the Learned Professions, 1830-1875"
  5. December 1, 1954: Bess Bloodworth "Industrial Personnel Work"
  6. January 12, 1955: Lois B. Merk "Some Aspects of the Woman Suffrage Movement in Massachusetts."
  7. March 2, 1955: Elizabeth B. Schlesinger "Abba May Alcott"
  8. May 13, 1955: Elizabeth A. Dexter "Further Adventures of the Parson's Wife"
  9. November 14, 1955: Mary E. Howard "Cookbooks"
  10. November 14, 1955: Gladys E.H. Hosmer "Concord Archives"
  11. December 7, 1955: Margaret Grierson Sophia Smith Collection
  12. March 14, 1956: Hosmer and Borden Potpourri
  13. March 28, 1956: Beale "An Afternoon with Alice Fletcher"
  14. April 11, 1956: Frieda Ullian "Famous Women for the D.C. Frieze" (American Association of University Women)
  15. January 30, 1958: Book Reviews "A Chapter in the History of the Woman Suffrage Movement"
  16. February 27, 1958: Beale Bardwell diaries
  17. March 27, 1958: Ryerson "Advice to Parents on Child Training in America, 17th Century Background"
  18. April 10, 1958: Elizabeth Dexter "More on the Scott Mystery"
  19. May 24, 1958: Elizabeth Schlesinger "John Locke, Forgotten Champion of Children's Rights"
  20. January 7, 1959: Elizabeth Dexter "Lady Scott (continued)"
  21. January 21, 1959: Alma Lutz "Hannah Adams"
  22. February 3, 1959: Cam, Helen Maud (No title given)
  23. February 11, 1959: Helmes, Winifred (No title given)
  24. March 4, 1959: Lois B. Merk "Referendum of 1895 in Mass."
  25. March 25, 1959: Frieda Ullian "Sarah Ripley Stearns (as seen in her diaries)"
  26. April 8, 1959: Beale "Eunice Callendar (as seen in her letters and diaries)"
  27. April 22, 1959: Jaffe (No title given)


The Seminar on Women, also informally known as the Workshop on Women, began as a joint project of the Radcliffe Seminars and the Women's Archives (now the Schlesinger Library) in 1951. Director Elizabeth Borden hoped that the series would increase use of the Library and stimulate its further development.

Each fall from 1951 through 1958, a group of women scholars met at the Women's Archives to choose a broad topic for the year: e.g. women in a particular period of American history. They met bi-monthly, one member presenting a paper at each meeting, with refreshments and discussion. The papers were collected and kept in the Women's Archives. In 1951-1952 and 1952-1953 they were typed and bound in binders; later papers are loose. Plans to publish the entire collection never materialized, nor did plans to develop an undergraduate course or seminar on women. Membership dues were assessed when the Library could no longer manage the expense. The group disbanded in 1960.

Physical Location

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

Processing Information

Processed: August 1981

By: Gaye Williams

Radcliffe College Seminar on Women. Records of the Radcliffe College Seminar on Women, 1951-1959: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

The preeminent research library on the history of women in the United States, the Schlesinger Library documents women's lives from the past and present for the future. In addition to its traditional strengths in the history of feminisms, women’s health, and women’s activism, the Schlesinger collections document the intersectional workings of race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class in American history.

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