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MC 238

Berkeley Street School Association. Records of the Berkeley Street School Association, 1862-1967: 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

Descriptive Summary

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: MC 238
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Berkeley Street School Association
Title: Records of the Berkeley Street School Association, 1862-1967
Date(s): 1862-1967
Quantity: .42 linear feet (1 file box) plus 17 photograph folders)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Constitution and bylaws, minutes, financial reports, etc., of the Berkeley Street School Association, alumnae association of a private girls school in Cambridge, Mass.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 73-9
The papers of the Berkeley Street School Association were deposited in the Schlesinger Library by Amy B. Townsend in January 1973.
This collection was processed under a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Processing Information:

Processed: January 1977
By: Katherine Kraft

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the records created by the Berkeley Street School Association as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Records may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Berkeley Street School Association Records, 1862-1967; item description, dates. MC 238, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.


The Berkeley Street School Association was formed in 1912, shortly before the Berkeley Street School (Cambridge, Massachusetts) merged with the Cambridge School for Girls. Ethel Quincy Bumstead and Bertha M. Howland organized the alumnae, and the first meeting was held on February 24, 1912. The group adopted a constitution, elected officers and an advisory board, and agreed to meet in June to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the school. The purpose of the Berkeley Street School Association was "to promote social intercourse among its members, to promote the interests of the Berkeley Street School, and to further education." Membership consisted of alumnae, with former teachers as Honorary Associates. The group met each year in June. In 1961 the Berkeley Street School Association voted to disband after their 50th anniversary.
Lyman Richards Williston had founded the private girls' school in 1862, shortly before the closing of the school run by Louis and Elizabeth Agassiz. During its fifty years, the school had only four principals: Williston (1862-1870), Justin Edwards Gale (1870-1880), Margaret Rae Ingols (1880-1904), and Constance Bigelow Williston (1904-1912). The school's name changed with the principals (e.g., Miss Ingols' School), but it became known as the Berkeley Street School because of its location. Students ranged in age from eight to nineteen.


This collection contains lists of pupils and their dates of attendance [see also Berkeley Street School records, B/B512]; course and tuition announcements; minutes of the Berkeley Street School Association, including biographical information on alumnae, speeches, correspondence, and financial information; notes and articles on the history of the school, the Berkeley Street School Association, and the Margaret Rae Ingols Scholarship (established at Radcliffe College by friends and former students after Miss Ingols' death in 1904); Constitution and By-laws of Berkeley Street School Association; list of officers; correspondence and financial reports re Ingols Scholarship and list of recipients, 1910-1965; reminiscences of Berkeley Street School; photographs; and newsclippings.

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Additional Index Terms

Education--Massachusetts--History--19th century
Private schools--Alumni and alumnae--Societies, etc.
Private schools--Massachusetts--Cambridge
Comstock, Ada Louise
Cronkhite, Bernice Brown, 1893-1983
Gale, Justin Edwards, 1843-1918
Ingols, Margaret Rae, 1842-1904
Jordan, Frances Ruml, 1899-1980
Jordan, W. K. (Wilbur Kitchener), 1902-1980
Miss Ingols' School (Cambridge, Mass.)
Miss Williston's School (Cambridge, Mass.)
Mr. Gale's School (Cambridge, Mass.)
Mr. Williston's School (Cambridge, Mass.)
Radcliffe College--Alumni and alumnae
Radcliffe College--Funds and scholarships
Williston, Constance Bigelow, 1873-1979
Williston, Lyman Richards, 1830-1897