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Blanding, Sarah Gibson, 1898-1985. Papers of Sarah Gibson Blanding, 1936-1978: 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

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: 75-367--79-M227
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Sarah Gibson Blanding, 1898-1985
Title: Papers of Sarah Gibson Blanding, 1936-1978
Date(s): 1936-1978
Quantity: 2.05 linear feet (1 carton, 2 + 1/2 file boxes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, oral history transcript, speeches, etc., of Sarah Gibson Blanding, educator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 75-367, 76-341, 78-M204, 79-M227

Processing Information:

Preliminary Inventory: October 1979
By: Jane S. Knowles

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Sarah Gibson Blanding 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:

Sarah Gibson Blanding Papers, 1936-1978; item description, dates. 75-367--79-M227, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Born in Lexington, Kentucky, Sarah Gibson Blanding earned an A.B. from the University of Kentucky, 1923, and an M.A. from Columbia, 1926, and studied at the London School of Economics, 1928-1929. She was instructor of physical education, professor of political science, and dean of women at the University of Kentucky (1919-1941); director of the New York State College of Home Economics, Cornell University (1941-1942); and dean (1942-1946) and president (1946-1964) of Vassar College.


Correspondence, oral history interview transcript, speeches, family photos, scrapbook, book reviews for The New Yorker, articles, and clippings concern Blanding's career as an educator and her retirement. Correspondents include E. B. and Katharine White, Florence Clothier Wislocki, and Rebecca Lawrence Lowrie. Folder labels are largely those of Blanding.


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Additional Index Terms

College presidents
Oral histories
Reviews (criticism)
Universities and colleges--New York (State)
Clothier, Florence, 1903-1987
Cornell University. School of Home Economics
Lowrie, Rebecca Lawrence
Vassar College
White, E. B. (Elwyn Brooks), 1899-1985
White, Katharine Sergeant Angell