Cam, Helen Maud, 1885-1968. Papers of Helen Maud Cam, 1928-1969: 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.: MC 199
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Helen Maud Cam, 1885-1968
Title: Papers of Helen Maud Cam, 1928-1968
Quantity: .21 linear feet (1/2 file box)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, biographical material, articles, etc., of Helen Maud Cam, medieval
historian and political activist.
Accession numbers: 69-18, 1660, 72-7, 72-79, 71-11, 1372, 72-40, 72-23, 71-132, 75-283, 78-M23, 79-M108
The papers of Helen Maud Cam were deposited with the Schlesinger Library from 1969
to 1979 by Giles Constable,Frances W. Gregory,Lois B. Merk,Louise Owen.
Additional papers of Helen Maud Cam were deposited with the Schlesinger Library in
July 1975 by Dorothy B. Weske.
Processed: January 1974, December 1975, and July 1978
By: Emily Rosenthal,Joellen Wlodkowski, and Eva Moseley
Access. Collection is open for research.
Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Helen Maud Cam as well as copyright
in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
Helen Maud Cam Papers, 1928-1968; item description, dates. MC 199, folder #. Schlesinger
Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.
Helen Maud Cam was the first woman professor in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at
Harvard University; she was appointed to the Samuel Zemurray Jr. and Doris Zemurray
Stone-Radcliffe Professorship as professor of history in 1948 after a distinguished
teaching career at Cambridge University, England. After six years at Harvard she retired
to England where she continued her scholarly endeavors until her death in 1968.
Cam was the author of many scholarly works, and while in England had been active in
This collection includes letters to friends, articles and pamphlets by and about Helen
Maud Cam, and several photographs of her.
- 1. Materials given by Giles Constable
- "Helen Maud Cam: A Personal Memoir," by Patricia Hochschild Labalm, February 1969
- 32 autograph letters, signed to Giles Constable, 1950-1967, n.d.
- 3 autograph letters, signed to other Constables, 1951-1965. Letters concern personal,
scholarly and business matters: papers each was writing, reviews for Speculum, topical events, travels, and books.
- 1a. 1 photo and 1 postcard.
- 2. Materials given by Frances W. Gregory: 2 autograph letters, signed from Helen Maud
Cam, 1959, and newsclippings from the Richmond Times-Dispatch, 1959, re a talk given by Helen Maud Cam at the University of Richmond, March 1959.
- 3. Materials given by Lois B. Merk. 8 autograph letter, signed, 2 Xerox copies of autograph
letter, signed from Helen Maud Cam, 1956-1967; autograph letter, signed from Edith
Cam, 1968, re Helen Maud Cam's death with Lois B. Merk's list of the contents of Helen
Maud Cam's letters.
- 4. Materials given by Lois B. Merk. Printed articles by Helen Maud Cam:
- "History. Its Relation to the Individual" (Smith Alumnae Quarterly, 1949)
- Law As It Looks to a Historian (1956)
- Magna Carta-Event or Document (1965)
- 5. Materials given by Lois B. Merk. Printed material about Helen Maud Cam:
- "Helen Maud Cam," by Professor C.R. Cheney (Xerox copy)
- Biographical sketch and bibliography by Caroline Robbins, 1963
- Newsclippings, including obituaries.
- 6. Materials given by Louise Owen: One photograph of Helen Maud Cam, et al., at her induction
to Harvard, 1948.
- 7. Materials transferred rom the Radcliffe College Archives. Historical Novels (pamphlet), by Helen Maud Cam printed 1961, 1968.
- 8. Materials transferred rom the Radcliffe College Archives. "The Installation of Helen
Maud Cam as...Zemurray Stone Radcliffe Professor of history..., 1948."
- 9. Materials transferred rom the Radcliffe College Archives. Election speeches for local
elections in Cambridgeshire, England; by Helen Maud Cam (1928), et. al., 1931-1948.
Two papers by Helen Maud Cam re women in local government in England.
- 10. Materials given by Dorothy Bruce Weske (Mrs. John R.). 10 autograph letters, signed
from Helen Maud Cam, 1959-1967. 2 postcards, n.d. about personal matters, books, travels,
friends, and papers and books that Helen Maud Cam was writing. autograph letter, signed
from Avice Cam, 1968, re Helen Maud Cam's death.
- 11. Materials given by Dorothy Bruce Weske (Mrs. John R.). Printed material about Helen
Maud Cam, 1948-1969.
- 12. Materials given by Dorothy B. Weske.
- 12 autograph letters, signed, one typed letter, and 2 postcards, to Dorothy B. Weske,
1953-1967. Letters concern personal and scholarly matters: travels, books, gardening,
world affairs, papers Helen Maud Cam was writing, monastery life in medieval times
and remarks on Mrs. Bunting, the new President of Radcliffe College
- Two postcards, prints of ink drawings (of Mochras, Grassy Lane, Seven Oaks, Kent)
by Helen Maud Cam, with autograph messages by Helen Maud Cam, 1964, n.d.
- Photocopy of article re Helen Maud Cam, Harvard University Gazette, December 7, 1968
- Introduction of Helen Maud Cam, when receiving Litt.D., Oxford, 1962 (in Latin with
English translation. Typescript).
- 13. Materials given by Dorothy B. Weske.
- Three Christmas cards from Helen and Norah Cam, n.d.
- Half postcard (address side cut away) from Helen Maud Cam, March 11, 1959
- Form letter from Giles Constable, March 8, 1969, re: Helen Maud Cam collection at
Radcliffe (name of addressee has been erased).
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