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COLLECTION Identifier: SC 14

Papers of Elsie Winchester Coolidge, 1855-1898 (inclusive), 1893-1898 (bulk)


Diaries and notebooks of Elsie Winchester Coolidge, Radcliffe College Class of 1895


  • Creation: 1855-1898
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1893-1898

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Elsie Winchester Coolidge 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.


.21 linear feet ((1/2 file box) plus 1 object)

These papers consist of Elsie Winchester's diaries and a notebook kept at college and immediately after college, and 2 notebooks belonging to other members of her family. They describe her social life, club activities--she was a member of the Idler, French, English, Musical, and Classical clubs, her course work, Class Days and Commencements. There are descriptions of college officials, college events, and professors, and some references to her personal life and emotional disappointments.


After graduating magna cum laude, Elsie Winchester Coolidge taught school in Watertown, held a position at Grays Herbarium and was a cataloguer at the Boston Public Library until her retirement. She was a member of the 1st Parish (Unitarian) Church, Watertown, and of the Watertown Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Massachusetts Republican Club and the College Club.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: R79-18

The papers of Elsie Winchester Coolidge were purchased from Ahab Rare Books in June 1979.

Processing Information

Processed: September 1979

By: Jane S. Knowles

Coolidge, Elsie Winchester, 1872-1954. Papers of Elsie Winchester Coolidge, 1855-1898 (inclusive), 1893-1898 (bulk): A Finding Aid
Radcliffe College Archives, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

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