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COLLECTION Identifier: RG IX, Series 2

Records of the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association (Series 2), ca.1894-2004


Radcliffe College Alumnae Association alumnae files, containing correspondence, biographical data, questionnaires, clippings, etc.


  • 1894-2004


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Subseries A is closed for 50 years from the date of creation or until screened for financial documents except with the permission of the Dean of Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Subseries B is closed to all research for 50 years from the date of creation or until the individual's death. Appointment may be required for access to all files. Contact Public Services. Files must be screened by archivist for recent financial records before research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the records created by Radcliffe College Alumnae Association 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. Records may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


429.53 linear feet (349 file boxes, 284 cartons)
The Alumnae Office kept a folder on each person who attended Radcliffe for one semester or more. Folders in Subseries A were transferred by the Radcliffe Quarterly to the Radcliffe College Archives following an alumna's death. Folders in Subseries B, which include files relating to living alumnae, were transferred to the Schlesinger Library by the Radcliffe Institute's Dean's Office.

Files contain newspaper and magazine clippings, news releases, and obituaries; photographs; alumnae information sheets, containing biographical information, graduate study, career information, and volunteer activities; correspondence with Radcliffe Quarterly, Radcliffe Alumnae Office, and other Radcliffe offices; information for the Publicity (News) Office, including cards that were filled out by freshmen and turned over to the Alumnae Office upon graduation; 1928 questionnaires, and other senior questionnaires; and Development Office correspondence and cards containing donation records. Contents of folders vary depending on how prominent the alumna was and how faithful she was in returning questionnaires. Files are arranged alphabetically.


The Harvard Annex Alumnae Association was established in 1887 and renamed the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association in 1897. It was administered by a president, a board of managers and an executive secretary (who was first appointed in 1920) and included representatives who served on the Board of Trustees of Radcliffe College. Since 1908 the Association has published an alumnae directory and since 1916 The Radcliffe Quarterly. The Association has also been involved in other activities such as fundraising and special programs; overseeing the Radcliffe clubs; and coordinating annual class reunions. Three annual awards are given by the Association: the Founders Award, the Alumnae Recognition Award and the Graduate Medal. Alumnae representatives meet every two years at the Alumnae Council (formerly the Conference of Radcliffe Representatives) held at Radcliffe.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Files in Subseries A were transferred to the Radcliffe College Archives by the Radcliffe Quarterly in 2004 and earlier.

Files in Subseries B were transferred to the Schlesinger Library by the Dean's Office of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study in 2018 and 2019.

Processing Information

Processing Information: Subseries A processed: April 1956; Reprocessed: February 1980

By: Jane S. Knowles

Container list for files in Subseries B created by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study's Dean's Office in 2019.
Link to catalog
Radcliffe College. Alumnae Association. Records of the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association (Series 2), ca.1894-2004: A Finding Aid
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