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COLLECTION Identifier: 2016-M98--2019-M74

Papers of Margaret W. Rossiter, 1940-1993


Research files for Volumes 1 and 2 of Rossiter's Women Scientists in America.


  • Creation: 1940-1993

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Margaret Rossiter 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.


42.42 linear feet (42 cartons, 1 file box)

Collection includes Rossiter's Radcliffe College and graduate school notes, writings, professional correspondence, and committee work for professional organizations. The collection is primarily research files for the first two volumes of Women Scientists in America, which covered the history of American women in science until 1972.

Material was foldered and titled by Rossiter. Archivist notes are in brackets.


Historian of science and professor at Cornell University, Margaret W. Rossiter was born in 1944 and graduated from Radcliffe College (AB 1966), the University of Wisconsin-Madison (MS), and Yale University (M.Phil, Ph.D). Her early interest in the history of science led her to explore the systematic disadvantages facing women in the sciences. Her three-volume chronological work entitled Women Scientists in America was published in 1982, 1984, and 2012.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 2016-M98, 2019-M74

The papers of Margaret Rossiter were given to the Schlesinger Library by Margaret Rossiter in May 2016 and May 2019.

Processing Information

Container list: December 2018

Updated: June 2019

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.

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

Rossiter, Margaret W. Papers of Margaret W. Rossiter, 1940-1993: A Container List
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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