Bunker Family. Papers of the Bunker family, 1889-1976: 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
Call No.: SC 122
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Bunker Family
Title: Papers of the Bunker family, 1889-1976
Quantity: 2.42 linear feet (3 + 1/2 file boxes, 1 folio box) plus 1 folio folders, 2 folio+ folders, 2 oversize
folders, 1 supersize folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Papers of the Bunker family, including Radcliffe alumnae Mary Hawthorne White Bunker
'94, Helen Cordelia Bunker '02, and Miriam Hawthorne Bunker '26.
Accession number: R93-9
This collection was given to the Radcliffe College Archives from the estate of Mary Hawthorne White Bunker, class of 1894, in May 1993.
Processed: February 1994 and November 2006
By: Isabelle Bland Dry '35 and Michael Thompson
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authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
Bunker Family Papers, 1889-1976; item description, dates. SC 122, folder #. Radcliffe
College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge,
Mary Hawthorne White was born on October 26, 1869 in Needham, Massachusetts, the only
daughter of Judge George White and Frances Mary Edwena Noyes. She attended Newton
High School for one year and then was tutored for several years by the author, Gamaliel
Bradford. Mary Hawthorne White graduated from Radcliffe, magna cum laude in English
and Greek with the first class to receive Radcliffe degrees in 1894. In June 1897,
she married Clarence Alfred Bunker, a lawyer, and they had three children, all of
whom attended Harvard or Radcliffe.
Mary Hawthorne White Bunker was a member of the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association,
serving as her class secretary from 1929. She prepared and published a history of
the class of 1894 in 1952. She was involved in the College Club (Boston, Mass.), and
was active in the Wellesley Women's Club, Wellesley Council, and was one of the organizers
of the Wellesley Historical Society (Wellesley, Mass.). In addition, she was involved
in the Wellesley Society of Artists, the Wellesley Red Cross, the Consumer's League
of Massachusetts, the Nantucket Historical Association, and the American Unitarian
Association. She was also the organizer of the first Girl Scout troop in Wellesley,
and in 1948 the Wellesley Girl Scout Day Camp was named after her in honor of her
work. At the time of her death in 1960, Mary Hawthorne White Bunker was assistant
registrar of the Council and a Golden Eagle of the Girl Scouts of the United States
Helen Cordelia Bunker, sister-in-law of Mary Hawthorne White, was born on August 6,
1880 in Roxbury, Massachusetts. She attended Girls' Latin School (Boston, Mass.) and
graduated from Radcliffe College in 1902. After graduation, she took courses in stenography
and typewriting at the Boston Commercial School, receiving her diploma in April 1903.
From there she went on to work as a secretary for LeBaron Russell Briggs. Just a year
later, however, Helen Cordelia Bunker was taken suddenly ill, and died in 1904. In
1926, the Helen Cordelia Bunker Fund was established from her estate by her brother,
Clarence Alfred Bunker, to be jointly administered by the Dean of Radcliffe, and by
the Radcliffe College Mothers and Daughters Club. The money was used to make small
contributions to Radcliffe women who were struggling financially.
Miriam Hawthorne Bunker was born in Wellesley Hills (Massachusetts). She was the only
daughter of Mary Hawthorne White Bunker '94 and Clarence Alfred Bunker '89. She attended
Walnut Hill School (Natick, Massachusetts), and Girls' Latin School (Boston, Massachusetts)
before attending Radcliffe in 1922.
After her graduation from Radcliffe in 1926, Miriam Hawthorne Bunker joined the staff
of Massachusetts General Hospital as a volunteer tutor in the children's cardiac clinic.
In 1929 she obtained a certificate from Bragart and Stratton Commercial School and
in 1930, joined the social service department of the hospital. She retired from Massachusetts
General Hospital in 1976, after 50 years there.
Miriam Hawthorne Bunker was a member of the Wellesley Historical Society (Wellesley,
Massachusetts) and was also active in Girl Scouting.
The collection consists of three series:
- Series I. Mary Hawthorne White Bunker
- Series II. Helen Cordelia Bunker
- Series III. Miriam Hawthorne Bunker
This collection contains the papers of three Radcliffe alumnae: Mary Hawthorne White
Bunker '94, her sister-in-law, Helen Cordelia Bunker '02, and Mary Hawthorne White
Bunker's daughter, Miriam Hawthorne Bunker '26, and miscellaneous papers of her son,
Laurence Bunker, Harvard 1926.
Series I, Mary Hawthorne White Bunker '94 (folders 1-33), includes scrapbooks, photographs,
programs, clippings, financial records and other class memorabilia, as well as correspondence
with and biographical information about members of the class of 1894.
Series II, Helen Cordelia Bunker '02 (folders 34v-41), consists of a scrapbook, diplomas,
journals, photographs, correspondence, and records of the Helen Cordelia Bunker '02
Series III, Miriam Hawthorne Bunker '26 and other family (folders 42-53+), contains
programs, journals, reunion reports, correspondence (including official army correspondence
drafted by her brother Laurence Bunker while an aide de camp to General Douglas MacArthur
in Japan), a map of Harvard and Radcliffe, and copies of various Harvard publications.
- Box 1: 2v-4, 6, 9, 12
- Box 2: 13v-29
- Box 3: 30-33, 36v-45
- Box 4: 46-52
- Folio box 5: 34v
- Series I. Mary Hawthorne White Bunker
- 2v. Scrapbook, 1890-94. Topics include: Athletics; Banjo Club; Boston Symphony Orchestra;
Mary Coes; diary, 1893; English Club; French Club; Arthur Gilman; Glee Club; Graduate
Club; Harvard Annex; Idler Club; Ann Radcliffe (ballad about); theater; Whist Club.
Photographs include: Roger Baldwin and Margaret Baldwin; Glen House employees; Harvard
student room; Dr. Fred Thayer; "The Ledge" Intervale; Helen Louise Towne; Mabel Stevens;
and Whist Club.
- 3. Photographs: Mary Hawthorne White Bunker, 1894-97
- 4. Photographs: Classmates, Class of 1894
- 5f. Photographs: Theater, Fay House etc.
- 6. Photographs: College rooms, 1894
- 7f+. Photographs: Bertram Hall 1902: includes living room, small room, entry hall and outside
- 8f. Photographs: First and second year Banjo Club
- 9. Correspondence, programs, invitations, 1891-1894
- 10. Clippings, 1894-95: incorporation of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges etc.
- 11v. Class log book, 1894-1952: contains class list, gifts, financial notes, dating records,
- 12. Gift acknowledgments, 1923-59
- 13v. Scrapbook of information about classmates including: classnotes, obituaries, and photographs.
Among those listed are: Adeline Maud Bisco; Margaret Herman Chandler; Francis Gardner
Davenport; Eleanor Baxter Eaton; Sarah Folsom Enebuske; Rachel Taylor Fitz; Caroline
Jacobs Gray; Mabel McLeod Hammond; Edith Walker Maddox; M. Newell; Ada Eliot Sheffield;
Rachel Fitz Taylor; Sarah Wittelsley Walden; Alice Heustis Wilbur; and Ethel Eager
- 14. Correspondence, 1929-58 re: Radcliffe seal, news for Radcliffe Quarterly, Mary Hawthorne White Bunker's appointment as class secretary, Helen Cordelia Bunker
- 15. Financial: bank book, petty cash, 1930-44
- 16. Records of class secretary (Mary Hawthorne White Bunker), 1934-59, includes: 40th
anniversary report, 45th reunion report, 50 year class luncheon report, and other
miscellaneous correspondence, programs and invitations
- 17. Alice Tufts Brown, 1935-41, n.d.
- 18. Mary Hawthorne White Bunker et al., n.d.
- 19. A-W: Elizabeth Adams, Bertha Fellows Bushee, Helen Towne Dodd, Sarah Folsom Enebuske,
Annette Fiske, Rose Sherman, Ethel Eager Woods, and Alice Heustis Wilbur
- 20. Re: Munroe House, Vaughan House
- 21. "Reunion Conversations from the Octogenarians of the Eighties" 1883-89: articles by
Elizabeth Griggs '87 and Annie Barber Clarke '83
- 22. Reminiscences of 1894, 1940 (three copies)
- 23. Correspondence re: Mary Hawthorne White Bunker's Reminiscences, 1952-1955
- 24. Obituaries, class members
- 25. Obituaries and clippings of non-class members
- 26. Miscellaneous clippings re: Radcliffe, 1926-29
- 27. American Association of University Women, 1942, 1958
- 28. College Club (Boston, Mass.), 1944-58
- 29. Clippings, 1950-59 re: Girl Scouts
- 30. Phillips Brooks appointment calendars: Jan 1948 - Dec 1950
- 31. Phillips Brooks appointment calendars: Jan 1951 - Dec 1953
- 32. Phillips Brooks appointment calendars: Jan 1954 - Dec 1956
- 33. Obituaries of Mary Hawthorne White Bunker, 1960, order of service for funeral, etc.
- Series II. Helen Cordelia Bunker '02
- 34vf. Scrapbook, 1897-1902. Topics include: Athletic Club; admission examination record;
Professor George P. Baker; Bertram Hall; Cambridge Latin School Club of Radcliffe
College; Cambridge Social Dramatic Club (Cambridge, Mass.); Cecilia Society of Boston;
Class Days; Commencement programs; Mabel Daniels; Der Deutsche Verein; Emmanuel Club;
examinations; Gilman School Club; Glee Club; Rebecca Hooper; Idler Club; Agnes Irwin;
Music Club; Josephine Sherwood; and theater. Photographs include: Allerton, Massachusetts
(April 1902); Bertram Hall; college buildings; class members and friends; Gilman School
Club; Henriette M. Heinzen; libraries; Radcliffe gymnasium; theater; West Yarmouth
(Massachusetts) (September 1901).
- 36v. The Annals of My College Life: Helen Cordelia Bunker's journal with entries about professors, faculty, athletics
- 37. Photographs: Helen Cordelia Bunker and theater
- 38. Letters of condolence re: Helen Cordelia Bunker's death 1904, includes biographical
materials, sympathy from Dean LeBaron Russell Briggs and Mary Coes, gift of Helen
Cordelia Bunker's books to Radcliffe, gift of clock to Bertram Hall
- 39v. Radcliffe College Class of 1902 Secretary's Report, 1905 includes: memorial biography of Helen Cordelia Bunker
- 40. Helen Cordelia Bunker '02 Fund includes: two pamphlets with biography of Helen Cordelia
Bunker and explanation of the fund, correspondence re: funds and gifts
- 41. Mothers and Daughters Club 1926-56 includes: clippings, invitations, correspondence,
list of members, information about the Helen Cordelia Bunker fund
- Series III. Miriam Hawthorne Bunker '26 and other family
- 42. Programs: Ye Promsday Book 1923, Promentire 1925, program for Hollis Theater
- 43. College years: includes Miriam Hawthorne Bunker's certificate of admission to Radcliffe
1922, letters of acceptance to varsity hockey team 1922, clippings re: hockey, events,
- 43a. Photographs of classmates, 1926
- 44v. The Annals of My College Life: journal with entries describing athletics, friends, summer, food
- 45. 10th and 25th reunions: report of the Radcliffe Alumnae Council meeting; correspondence
re 25th reunion; "The Ballad of Ann Radcliffe"; "A Reunion Postscript"; 25th reunion
- 46. 40th reunion material 1925-67, includes: autobiography of Miriam Hawthorne Bunker
1966, program of reunion events, report on annual giving, class directories, clippings
re: class members
- 47. 50th reunion, includes: correspondence, list of class members attending, articles
from Quarterly, programs, invitations, Notable Buildings at Radcliffe-Harvard, order of exercises for commencement 1976, "Reunion Postscript" 1976
- 48. Correspondence of Col. Laurence Eliot Bunker '26 (son of Mary Hawthorne White Bunker),
1946: includes drafts of correspondence from General Douglas MacArthur to General
George C. Marshall, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, President Harry S. Truman, and typed
letters signed by Jirō Shirasu
- 49v. Harvard Index, 1887: includes list of students, members of student clubs and associations, list
of class secretaries
- 50v. The Harvard University Catalogue, 1890-91: includes list of courses of instruction, lists of students, faculty, and
- 51v. Portraits of the Harvard Faculty, 1892
- 52. Publications, includes: Radcliffe News Christmas Supplement 1934, The Harvard Graduates' Magazine 1933
- 53+. Map of Harvard and Radcliffe, 1959
Bunker, Helen Cordelia, 1880-1904
Bunker, Laurence E.
Bunker, Mary Hawthorne White, 1869-1960
Bunker, Miriam Hawthorne, 1904-1993
MacArthur, Douglas, 1880-1964
Radcliffe College. Class of 1894
Radcliffe College. Class of 1902
Radcliffe College. Class of 1926
Shirasu, Jirō, 1902-1985