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SC 99

Agassiz, Elizabeth Cabot Cary, 1822-1907. Records of Radcliffe College President Elizabeth Cabot Cary Agassiz, 1879-1978: 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

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: SC 99
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Title: Records of Radcliffe College President Elizabeth Cabot Cary Agassiz, 1879-1978
Date(s): 1879-1978
Quantity: 1 linear feet (1 carton)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, speeches, reports, etc., of Elizabeth Cabot Cary Agassiz, first president of Radcliffe College.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: R87-32
This collection was received from Bay Bank Harvard Trust Company and deposited in the Radcliffe College Archives on loan in August, 1978.

Processing Information:

Processed: November 1987
By: Jane S. Knowles

Preferred Citation:

Elizabeth Cabot Cary Agassiz Papers, 1879-1978; item description, dates. SC 99, folder #. Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Elizabeth Cabot Cary Agassiz Papers, 1838-1920 (A-3) and Elizabeth Cabot Cary Agassiz Papers, 1884-1959 (SC 4).


Elizabeth Cary Agassiz, educator and college president, was born in Boston, December 5, 1822 and married the Swiss naturalist Louis Agassiz in 1850. She was an educational reformer, member of the Woman's Education Association, but never an advocate of women's suffrage or of co-education. Agassiz administered the Agassiz School for Girls from 1855 to 1863. She was one of the managers of the program for the Private Collegiate Instruction for Women (also known as the Harvard Annex); was president of the Society for the Collegiate Instruction of Women (1882-1894), first president of Radcliffe 1894-1900, and then honorary president, 1900-1903.
Agassiz guided the college through its early years. She negotiated the permanent institutional tie with Harvard and the incorporation of Radcliffe College in 1894 as a degree-granting agency. Her addresses at "parlor meetings" elicited substantial support for the college and made possible the purchase of properties bordering on Brattle, Mason, Garden, Streets and Appian Way which eventually formed the Radcliffe Yard, and the Phillips and Bemis estate on Concord Avenue which was laid out by her nephew Guy Lowell as the dormitory quadrangle. The funds for Agassiz House were raised largely by the Agassiz family as an eightieth birthday tribute in 1902, and became the student center and third permanent building in the Yard.

SCOPE autograph noteD CONTENT

This collection consists of incoming correspondence, some draft outgoing letters, speeches, reports, commencement addresses, and other papers by and about Agassiz. The papers document the Harvard-Radcliffe relationship, Radcliffe's incorporation (1894), the alumnae revolt protesting the denial of the Harvard degree to Radcliffe students, and negotiations over the award of the Ph.D at Radcliffe. There is information about bequests to the college, and fundraising campaigns. The papers were collected by Lucy Allen Paton, Agassiz's biographer, and some were published in LAP's biography The Life of Elizabeth Cary Agassiz (Boston, 1919).

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Additional Index Terms

Radcliffe Yard (Cambridge, Mass.)
Women--Education--Great Britain--History--19th century
Women--Education--United States.
Agassiz House (Cambridge, Mass.)
Briggs, Elizabeth, 1863-1937
Byerly, William Elwood, 1849-1935
Coes, Mary, 1861-1913
Davis, Andrew McFarland, 1833-1920
Eliot, Charles William, 1834-1926
Farley, Caroline, 1847-1912
Farlow, Lilian Horsford
Flebbe, Beulah Dix, 1876-1970
Gilman, Arthur, 1841-1914
Gray, John Chipman, 1839-1915
Hale, George
Harvard University. Graduate School of Education
Hemenway, Harriet Lawrence
Hooper, Edward William, 1839-1901
Hovey, Marion. LinkIrwin, Agnes, 1841-1914
Kimball, Clara Bertram
Longfellow, A. W. (Alexander Wadsworth), 1854-1934
MacDuffie, Abbie Parsons, 1860-1937
Palmer, Alice Freeman, 1855-1902
Paton, Lucy Allen, 1865-1951
Petersen, Katherine Oelzner
Radcliffe, Ann, 1576-1661
Radcliffe College
Radcliffe College--Alumni and alumnae
Radcliffe College--Buildings
Radcliffe College--Degrees
Radcliffe College. Greenleaf House
Radcliffe College. Hemenway Gymnasium
Radcliffe College--History
Radcliffe College--Libraries
Radcliffe College. Office of the President
Radcliffe College--Presidents
Radcliffe College. Quadrangle
Radcliffe College--Relations with Harvard University
Royce, Josiah, 1855-1916
Thomas, M. Carey (Martha Carey), 1857-1935
Warner, Joseph B. (Joseph Bangs), 1848-1923
Whitman, Sarah Wyman, 1842-1904
Woman's Education Association (Boston, Mass.)