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MC 520

Warren, Dorothy, 1905-2008. Papers of Dorothy Warren, 1905-1983 (inclusive), 1937-1974 (bulk): 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 520
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Dorothy Warren, 1905-2008
Title: Papers of Dorothy Warren, 1905-1983 (inclusive), 1937-1974 (bulk)
Date(s): 1905-1983
Date(s): 1937-1974
Quantity: .83 linear feet (2 file boxes) plus 1 oversize folder, 1 supersize folder, 2 photograph folders)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Papers of Dorothy Warren, administrative officer in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, and photographer.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 92-M164
These papers were given to the Schlesinger Library by Dorothy Warren in September 1992.

Processing Information:

Processed: March 2005
By: Johanna Carll


Access. Unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the Dorothy Warren papers 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 Warren Papers, 1905-1983; item description, dates. MC 520, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Dorothy Warren, daughter of Charles C. and Blanche (Allien) Warren, was born September 29, 1905, in White Plains, New York. She graduated from the Spence School in 1925, and attended Columbia University and the California School of Fine Arts. She worked as a travel agent (1927-1931) and in real estate (1931-1940) before joining the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC), which later became the Women's Army Corps (WAC). She became a commissioned officer in 1942 and held the following positions before leaving the service in 1946: Commanding Officer of WAAC Operations Company, New York Air Defense Wing, First Fighter Command; Assistant Director of Training, WAC Training Centers; War Department Personnel Center, Camp Atterbury, Indiana; and Purchasing and Contracting Officer, Camp Atterbury. Following her years of service, she held a variety of administrative positions, including Director of the New York House and School of Industry, and Executive Director of Church Building Aid for the Board of National Missions, United Presbyterian Church of the U.S.A. She is the author of The World of Ruth Draper: A Portrait of an Actress and, under the name Neilla Warren, wrote The Letters of Ruth Draper: 1920-1956, A Self-Portrait of a Great Actress. She is also an accomplished photographer.


The collection includes a copy of Dorothy Warren's birth certificate, resumes, letters of recognition, correspondence, and manuscripts of an article Warren wrote about the use of dance therapy in the treatment of catatonic patients. Most of the collection relates to Warren's military service, and includes clippings, orders, memos, training manuals, photographs, printed material, etc. Folders are arranged in rough chronological order. The folder headings were created by Dorothy Warren.

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Additional Index Terms

Women and the military--United States
Women photographers--United States
Women soldiers--United States
Women and war--United States
World War, 1939-1945--Participation, Female
United States. Army. Women's Army Auxiliary Corps
United States. Army. Women's Army Corps