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COLLECTION Identifier: SC 1

Papers of Priscilla Gough Treat, 1841-1974 (inclusive), 1911-1974 (bulk)


Scrapbooks, speeches, correspondence, reports, etc., of Priscilla Gough Treat, Radcliffe College Class of 1919 and active member of the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association and reunion committees.


  • Creation: 1841-1974
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1911-1974

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Priscilla Gough Treat 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.


1.67 linear feet (4 boxes)

Papers contain correspondence, articles and other material relating to Alumnae Association, class reunions, and the Harvard/Radcliffe Unitarian Foundation. Also, biographical material, speeches, scrapbook, photographs, and publications. Material removed from the Radcliffe Alumnae Pamphlet collection was added to #39 in June 2018.


Priscilla Gough Treat was born in Hingham, Massachusetts. She graduated from Radcliffe College in 1919. After graduation she did promotional work for the Women's Municipal League in Boston and was executive secretary of the organization from 1921-1924. In 1925 she returned to Radcliffe and became the first director of the college Publicity Office; she held this position until 1937. From 1938 to 1961 she was Director of Public Relations for Bachrach, Inc., Newton, Massachusetts. Bachrach had studios in 21 cities and Treat had charge of all advertising, sales samples, show case displays, direct mail campaigns and written publicity.

Treat was also an active volunteer at Radcliffe and she served it in many capacities including: founder and editor of Re-News, 1945-1956, chairman of her 25th, 40th, 45th and 50th class reunions, Marshal /50th reunion, Marshal /alumnae procession, vice-president and president Radcliffe Club of Boston, 1959-1961, secretary of the Harvard/Radcliffe Unitarian Committee, planning committee, Communications for the Volunteer course, 1964-1965, associate editor and columnist, "To be Noted," Radcliffe Quarterly, 1964-1968, member Board of Management and historian of the Alumnae Association, and in 1973 the first chairman of the Centennial Committee. In 1969 Treat was the recipient of the Alumnae Recognition Award.

Treat was equally active in community organizations, among others: the League of Women Voters, the Cambridge Bi-Centennial Committee, the Cambridge Mental Health Association, Mt. Auburn Hospital, the First Parish Church, the YWCA, the Cambridge Community Center and the Salvation Army. She was a member of the Advertising Club of Boston, the Public Relations Society of America, and the Boston and New York Fashion Groups.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: R 75-45, R 76-7

The papers of Priscilla Gough Treat were deposited with the Radcliffe College Archives in July 1975 and May 1976 by her estate.


  1. Box 1: 1-13
  2. Box 2: 14-21
  3. Box 3: 22-30
  4. Box 4: 31-40

Processing Information

Processed: April 1979

By: Bert Hartry

Updated and additional material added: June 2018

By: Anne Engelhart

Treat, Priscilla Gough, 1898-1975. Papers of Priscilla Gough Treat, 1841-1974 (inclusive), 1911-1974 (bulk): A Finding Aid
Radcliffe College Archives, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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