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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 966

Papers of Mabel E. Houghton, 1900-1975


Papers of social worker Mabel E. Houghton include a travel diary from a 1959 trip to northern Europe.


  • Creation: 1900-1975

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Mabel E. Houghton 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.


.42 linear feet ((1 file boxes) plus 1 photograph folder)

Collection includes a three-volume travel diary documenting Houghton's 1959 trip to Holland and Norway, with tickets, photographs, and other ephemera pasted in along with a narrative; photographs of Houghton and friends; 1912 letter appointing Houghton to teaching staff at Brookline Technical High School; scrapbook pages with photographs, tickets, letters; watercolors; program from Houghton's memorial service.


Mabel Elizabeth Houghton was born in 1889 to Charles B. and Minnie A. Houghton, in Roslindale, Massachusetts. She attended Girls High School of Boston, and then Radcliffe College (BA, 1912). After graduating from Radcliffe, Houghton taught English at Brookline Technical School and later worked as a social worker at South End House, Boston City Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. She died in 1975.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2018-M196

The papers of Mabel E. Houghton were given to the Schlesinger Library in November 2018 by Joan Collins.

Processing Information

Processed: November 2018

By: Jenny Gotwals.

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by the Alice Jeanette Ward Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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