Papers of Jane M. Rabb, 1947-2019 (inclusive), 1947-1993 (bulk)
- Majority of material found within 1947-1993
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Use
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
1.38 linear feet ((1 file box, 1 folio box) plus 2 folio+ folders, 4 photograph folders, 1 phonograph record)
Additional material (accession number 2019-M207) was added to the collection in January 2020. This material is housed in F+D.2 and Phon-76.1. All other files remain in the same order. Folders are listed in intellectual, not numerical, order.
Series I. TRIPP LAKE CAMP, 1947-1955, 2019 (#1.1-1.2, 2FB.1, F+D.1-F+D.2, PD.1-PD.4, Phon-76.1), includes an autograph book, scrapbook, sheet music, and photographs documenting Rabb's summers at Tripp Lake Camp (1948-1955). Folders are arranged alphabetically.
Series II., PEARL S. BUCK AND AMERICAN MISSIONARIES IN CHINA, 1974-1993 (#1.3-1.7), includes research material about Pearl S. Buck, as well as information about Buck family homesteads in the United States and China. There are transcripts of oral history interviews with members of the Thomson family and John Hersey about the role of American missionaries in China, and their recollections of Buck. In addition, there is correspondence related to Rabb's research about Buck and her participation in a centennial symposium about Buck, and an application for a summer research grant to use the Thomson family papers at the Schlesinger Library. Folders are arranged alphabetically.
Rabb attended Radcliffe College (A.B.,mcl, 1961) and Harvard University (Ph.D., 1968). She was a Radcliffe Fellow at the original Radcliffe Institute (1972-73), and taught in several adult education programs: at the Radcliffe Seminars for over twenty years as well as for shorter periods at Harvard University Extension School, Lesley College, all in Cambridge, and The New School in Manhattan. Rabb is the author of Charles Dickens and His Original Illustrators (1980), editor of Literature & Photography: Interactions 1840-1990: A Critical Anthology (1995), editor of The Short Story and Photography, 1880's-1980's (1998), and author of many articles on writers and artists. She contributed the entry about Pearl S. Buck for Notable American Women: The Modern Period: A Biographical Dictionary (1980) and the entry on photography and literature for The Oxford Companion To The Photograph (2005).
- Series I. Tripp Lake Camp, 1947-1955, 2019 (#1.1-1.2, 2FB.1, F+D.1-F+D.2, PD.1-PD.4, Phon-76.1)
- Series II. Pearl S. Buck and American Missionaries in China, 1974-1993 (#1.3-1.7)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Oral history transcripts related to Chinese missionaries and Pearl S. Buck were given to the Schlesinger Library by Jane Rabb in 1985; these transcripts were originally cataloged as A/T482. Rabb gave additional transcripts and research material related to Buck in 2008 and 2019, and material related to her years attending Tripp Lake Camp in 2019.
By: Paula Aloisio, with assistance from Ashley Thomas.
Updated and additional materials added: January 2020
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- Processing of this collection was made possible by gifts from the Radcliffe College Class of 1957 Schlesinger Library Fund and the Gerard Schlesinger Library Fund.
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