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COLLECTION Identifier: 2010-M108: Phon-056

Papers of Tamsen Strong, 1910-1991


Photographs, scrapbooks, and family documents of Tamsen Strong and other members of the Strong, Barr, and Finkler families.


  • 1910-1991

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Tamsen Strong and other papers of the Strong, Barr, and Finkler families, 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.


2.9 linear feet ((2 cartons, 1 folio box) plus 25 phonograph records)

Collection documents three generations of the Barr-Finkler-Strong family and includes photograph albums; scrapbooks; personal and family correspondence detailing divorces, love affairs, death of a son, etc.; legal documents; diaries of Liz Finkler Strong, 1956-1981; a baby book, diary, and other juvenalia of Tamsen String; and phonograph records of family performances.


Tamsen Strong was born in Glendale, California, the daughter of Warren and Elizabeth (Liz) James Finkler Strong. Liz Finkler Strong was the daughter of James and Erma Elizabeth (Betty) Barr Finkler, a teacher from West Virginia who moved to California in 1920. Betty Bar married George Adams and later James Finkler, a theater manager in Pasadena. Liz Finkler Strong studied theater design and ran a dress shop. She had a number of affairs and was married to Warren Strong and Michael McCloskey.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2010-M108

The papers of Tamsen Strong were given to the Schlesinger Library by Tamsen Strong in July 2010.

Processing Information

Container List: 2010

By: Diane De Blois.

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.

This container list provides a basic inventory and description of the Strong papers. More extensive processing work may be undertaken in the future.

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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