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Records of the Radcliffe College Library, 1881-1983


Records of the Radcliffe College Library include correspondence, accession registers, financial accounts, etc.


  • 1881-1983

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Records are closed for 50 years from the date of creation except with the permission of the Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the records created by the Radcliffe College Library 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. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


24.65 linear feet ((33 file boxes, 3 card file boxes, 7 folio+ boxes) plus 7 volumes)

Series 1. Correspondence and papers, 1927-1950: arranged by subject in folders; chronological arrangement within subject. 27 file boxes

Series 2. Correspondence, 1900-1911, 1935-1948 re: Radcliffe alumnae publications for exhibition of alumnae books and articles during Harvard's Tercentenary, 1936. 1+1/2 file boxes

Series 3. Accessions registers, 1881-1950 (4 volumes) gift of books to the library, 1895-1925 (1 volume), gift files, 1933-1983 (3 card boxes)

Series 4. Morse Music Library, activities and needs, 1939-1949 1 file box, 1 volume.

Series 5. Reference: correspondence and papers, 1929-1965, 1 file box

Series 6. Accounts, 1890-1971, 1 volume, 1 file box, 7 folio+ boxes

Series 7. Circulation records. 1 file box

Physical Location

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


The following items have been removed from the collection:

  1. Medal removed to Trustees- Possessions Committee File
  2. Plans removed to RG XXXIII- Buildings and Plans
  3. Photographs removed to Photographs Files

Processing Information

Series 6 reboxed and updated: September 2016

By: Jenny Gotwals

Updated and additional materials added: June 2018

By: Anne Engelhart

Radcliffe College. Library. Records of the Radcliffe College Library, 1881-1983: A Finding Aid
Radcliffe College Archives, 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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