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Beard, Mary Ritter, 1876-1958. Papers of Mary Ritter Beard, 1935-1958: 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

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: A-9
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Mary Ritter Beard, 1876-1958
Title: Papers of Mary Ritter Beard, 1935-1958
Date(s): 1935-1958
Quantity: .83 linear feet (2 file boxes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, articles, etc., of Mary Ritter Beard, historian, feminist, and author.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 51-41, 88-M52
The papers of Mary Ritter Beard were given to the Schlesinger Library by Mary Ritter Beard in 1951, and by her grandson, Detlev Vagts, in 1988.

Processing Information:

Reprocessed: October 1986
By: Anne Engelhart, Teresa O'Rourke

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Mary Ritter Beard 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:

Mary Ritter Beard Papers, 1935-1958; item description, dates. A-9, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.


Mary Ritter Beard, feminist and historian, was born on August 5, 1876, the daughter of Narcissa (Lockwood) and Eli Foster Ritter. She met fellow historian Charles Austin Beard while attending DePauw University; they were married in 1900.
Beard was concerned with recovering the role of women in history. In the 1930s and early 1940s, she sought to establish a World Center for Women's Archives, but the project failed due to a lack of financial support. For further biographical information, see Notable American Women: the Modern Period (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1980).


This collection consists largely of correspondence regarding the attempt to establish the World Center for Women's Archives. Letters to and from Mary Ritter Beard and others (see index) concern endorsements by organizations and individuals, financial support, donations of papers, projects for the archives, and research inquiries. Also included are letters to Beard by Mary Milbank Brown re: matriarchy, 1948-1951, and typescripts by Beard, n.d.; articles and speeches by Beard and others; newsletters from interested organizations; and clippings about accomplishments of women.
It is not known whether folder headings are those of the donor. Information added by the processors is in square brackets.


INDEX OF CORRESPONDENTS: Recipients of Letters from Mary Beard

INDEX OF CORRESPONDENTS: Writers of Letters to Mary Beard

INDEX OF CORRESPONDENTS: Writers of Letters to Others (not Mary Beard)

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Woman's Centennial Congress (1940 : New York, N.Y.)
Women--Social conditions
Anthony, Susan B. (Susan Brownell), 1820-1906
Blair, Emily Newell, 1877-1951
Catt, Carrie Chapman, 1859-1947
Cooper, Grace Keller
Hamilton, Alice, 1869-1970
Gillmore, Inez Haynes, 1873-1970
Jones, Gwladys Webster, 1891-1968
Key, Luella Gettys
Marshall, Helen E.
World Center for Women's Archives