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MC 474

Delattre, Susan, 1938- . Papers of Susan Delattre, 1947-1985: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Processing of this collection was made possible by a gift from Susan Delattre.

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MC 474
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Susan Delattre, 1938-
Title: Papers of Susan Delattre, 1947-1985
Date(s): 1947-1985
Quantity: 2.71 linear feet (6+1/2 file boxes) plus 1 oversize folder, 2 photograph folders)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, diaries, etc., of Susan Delattre as a student and young mother.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 92-M120, 92-M152, 94-M13
These papers were given to the Schlesinger Library by Susan Delattre between July 1992 and January 1994.

Processing Information:

Processed: May 2002
By: Anne Engelhart


Access. Unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Susan Delattre is held by Susan Delattre. Upon her death, copyright is transferred to 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.

Preferred Citation:

Susan Delattre Papers, 1947-1985; item description, dates. MC 474, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Susan Sperry (Borman) Delattre was born on April 13, 1938, the daughter of Chauncey and Clara Borman. Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she attended Stanford University before transferring to Barnard College, where she graduated in 1960. In June of that year she married Roland Andre Delattre, a graduate student at Yale University working on his Ph.D. in Christian ethics. As Roland Delattre taught at various universities, they lived in Oxford, Ohio (1963-1970); Missoula, Montana (1970-1971); Knoxville, Tennessee (1971-1973); and Minneapolis, Minnesota (1974- ). Over the years Susan Delattre taught elementary school and, while at the University of Tennessee, completed a graduate degree in dance. The couple had two children, Andre Pierre and Eric Lynn. They were divorced in 1983. Susan Delattre is the author, with Susan O'Halloran, of The Woman Who Lost Her Heart: A Tale of Reawakening (1992) and The Woman Who Found Her Voice: A Tale of Transforming (1997).


This collection includes juvenile diaries, writings, and school papers, 1947-1956; letters from Finland during an AFS (American Field Service) trip, 1955; college papers and diary entries, some of which were kept for a freshman English course, 1956-1958; letters from Susan Delattre (and later Roland Delattre) to her parents, 1955-1975; correspondence between Susan Delattre and Roland Delattre, 1958-1960; and correspondence between Susan Delattre and others, 1956-1960. Folder headings in quotation marks are those of the donor. Susan Delattre often wrote weekly to her parents, and her letters detail the intellectual and social life of a college student and, in subsequent years, the daily life of a young mother and spouse. The correspondence between Susan Delattre and Roland Delattre documents their intellectual life as well as the growth of their relationship prior to their marriage.


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Additional Index Terms

Authors, American
College students--United States
College teachers--United States
Dating (Social customs)
Finland--Description and travel
Girls--Religious life
Girls--Social life and customs--20th century
Motherhood--United States
Teachers' spouses--United States
AFS International/Intercultural Program
Barnard College--Students
Delattre, Roland Andre
Stanford University--Students
Yale University--Students