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Agassiz, Elizabeth Cabot Cary, 1822-1907. Papers of Elizabeth Cabot Cary Agassiz, 1838-1920 (inclusive), 1838-1908 (bulk): A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
The Patty Trustman Gelfman Collection on the History of Radcliffe College


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Cambridge, Mass.

© 2003 President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: A-3
Repository: Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
Creator: Elizabeth Cabot Cary Agassiz, 1822-1907
Title: Papers of Elizabeth Cabot Cary Agassiz, 1838-1920 (inclusive), 1838-1908 (bulk)
Quantity: 1.25 linear feet (3 file boxes) plus 1 supersize folder
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Diaries, correspondence, etc., of Elizabeth Cary Agassiz, educator and researcher.

Acquisition Information:

Accession number: 51-79
Gift of the estate of Lucy Paton. Received: November, 1951.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Elizabeth Cabot Cary Agassiz 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.

Preferred citation for publication:

Elizabeth Cabot Cary Agassiz Papers, 1838-1920; item description, dates. Collection #, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Elizabeth Cabot Cary Agassiz Papers, 1884-1959 (SC 4) and and Elizabeth Cabot Cary Agassiz Papers, 1879-1978 (SC 99).


Elizabeth Cary Agassiz, educator, was born into an upper class Boston family. She married the Swiss naturalist Louis Agassiz in 1850. She reared his three children and traveled extensively with him. From 1855-1859, she ran the Agassiz school for girls, and in 1879, having been widowed in 1873, she became one of the seven Lady Managers of the Society for the Private Collegiate Instruction for Women (Harvard Annex).Elizabeth Cary Agassiz became the first President of the Society in 1882, and of Radcliffe College on its incorporation in 1894. Elizabeth Cary Agassiz resigned in 1900, and served as Honorary President until 1903. By her tact and her fund-raising abilities, she nurtured the college and insured its continuity.


Letters, diaries, 1877-1906, and other personal papers of Elizabeth Cary Agassiz, wife of Louis Agassiz, President of Radcliffe College, including family letters of other Cary relatives. These papers were used by Miss Lucy Paton, official biographer of Mrs. Agassiz, and include additional material acquired about Mrs. Agassiz and relatives, reviews of the biography, and letters of commendation.

Additional catalog entries

The following catalog entries represent persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection. An entry for each appears in the Harvard On Line Library Information System (HOLLIS) and other automated bibliographic databases. THIS IS NOT AN INDEX.
Agassiz, Alexander, 1835-1910
Agassiz, Louis, 1807-1873
Anderson School of Natural History
Cambridge (Mass.)--Social life and customs
Carey family
College presidents
Europe--Description and travel
Fields, Annie, 1834-1915
Jewett, Sarah Orne, 1849-1909
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882
Natural history--Exhibitions
Paton, Lucy
Perkins Institution and Massachusetts School for the Blind
Radcliffe College--Presidents
Ravenel, Harriott Horry, 1832-1912
Sand, George, 1804-1876
Stowe, Harriet Beecher, 1811-1896
Voyages and travels--Anecdotes
World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)