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MC 516

Benedict, Dorothy. Papers of Dorothy Benedict, 1987-1997: 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 Mary and Michael Gellert.

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MC 516
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Dorothy Benedict
Title: Papers of Dorothy Benedict, 1987-1997
Date(s): 1987-1997
Quantity: .21 linear feet (1/2 file box) plus 1 folio+ folder, 1 oversize folder, 2 videotapes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Papers of Dorothy Benedict, a Massachusetts goat farmer and producer of goat cheese.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 99-M92
These papers were given to the Schlesinger Library by Dorothy Benedict in June 1999.

Processing Information:

Processed: February 2005
By: Johanna Carll


Access. Unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in papers created by Dorothy Benedict 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.

Preferred Citation:

Dorothy Benedict Papers, 1987-1997; item description, dates. MC 516, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Dorothy Benedict grew up on a farm in Elmira, New York, where her family bred horses. She attended Elmira College and worked for a time selling computers. In the late 1980s, she and her husband, president of a graphics design firm in Needham, Massachusetts, bought Windy Hamlet Farm in West Brookfield, Massachusetts. By 1996 she was one of four Massachusetts producers of goat's milk cheese, milking over one hundred goats and producing cheese that was distibuted throughout New England.


The collection includes clippings, correspondence, menus featuring Windy Hamlet Farm goat's milk cheese, milking product suppy catalogs, a transcript of a local news segment about Windy Hamlet Farm, and two videotapes. Folders are arranged chronologically.

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Additional Index Terms

Farms, Small--Massachusetts
Goat cheese--Massachusetts
Goat farmers--Massachusetts
Rural women--Massachusetts
Women farmers--Massachusetts
Women-owned business enterprises--Massachusetts
Windy Hamlet Farm (West Brookfield, Mass.)