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COLLECTION Identifier: SC 32

Papers of Elizabeth W. Wilson, 1886-1975


Scrapbooks, correspondence, articles, photographs, etc., of Elizabeth Webb Wilson, Radcliffe College Class of 1920.


  • 1886-1975

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Elizabeth W. Wilson 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.


1.25 linear feet ((3 file boxes) plus 1 folio folder, 1 folio+ folder, 1 oversize folder)

This collection contains scrapbooks, photographs, correspondence, invitations, articles by and about Elizabeth W. Wilson and her family and friends, and memorabilia. Material removed from the Radcliffe Alumnae Pamphlet collection was added to #12 and 14 in June 2018.


Elizabeth W. Wilson received her AM '20, Ph.D. '34 in economics from Radcliffe College. She became an actuary, a calculator of insurance risks and premiums, and was the first woman ever selected to be a delegate to the International Congress of Actuaries (1927). An expert on health insurance, she vigorously opposed nationally financed health care on grounds of economic feasibility and quality of service. She published several articles and a book--Compulsory Health Insurance-- about this subject and conducted studies of the Rhode Island Cash Sickness Insurance System and socialized medicine in Europe. During World War I, Wilson was chief computer of the Ballistics Unit of the Army's Ordinance Department and in World War II, she served as an actuary for the Social Security Board in Washington, D.C.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: R75-10, R75-12, R75-49

The papers of Elizabeth Webb Wilson were given to the Radcliffe College Archives by Elizabeth Webb Wilson in 1975.


  1. Box 1: 1v-4v
  2. Box 2: 5v-7
  3. Box 3: 8-15

Processing Information

Processed: February 1980

By: Patricia Yee '83

Updated and additional material added: June 2018

By: Anne Engelhart

Wilson, Elizabeth W., 1896-1980. Papers of Elizabeth W. Wilson, 1886-1975: 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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