Carter, Alice Draper, 1883-1970. Papers of Alice Draper Carter, 1838-1970: A Finding
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
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Call No.: 82-M89
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Alice Draper Carter, 1883-1970
Title: Papers of Alice Draper Carter, 1883-1970
Quantity: 1 linear feet (1 carton) plus 2 photograph folders)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, photographs, etc., of Alice Draper Carter, civic worker.
Accession number: 82-M89
This collection was given to the Schlesinger Library by Ruth Carter, Alice Draper Carter's daughter, in May 1982.
Preliminary inventory: June 1982
By: Jane S. Knowles
Access. Collection is open for research.
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Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
Alice Draper Carter Papers, 1838-1970; item description, dates. 82-M89, folder #.
Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.
Alice Olin (Draper) Carter, civic worker, was born in 1883 in New York City, the daughter
of William Henry and Ruth (Dana) Draper, and the sister of Ruth Draper, the monologuist.
Her father was a physician and her maternal grandfather, Charles A. Dana, was the
editor of the New York Sun. Carter was graduated from Barnard College with an A.B. in 1905. Following graduation
she was active in student youth work and in 1908 married Edward Carter, general secretary
of the Young Men's Christian Association and later secretary general of the Institute
of Pacific Relations. They had six children. Carter served on the executive board
of the World Committee of the Young Women's Christian Association 1917-1922 and on
the board of the YWCA of the United States of America from 1924 until 1933. She was
also active in the League of Women Voters of New York State and during World War II
was a director of the United China Relief and Russian War Relief. From 1946 to 1955,
Carter was president of the Play Schools Association of New York City which developed
educational programs for handicapped children in hospitals and housing developments.
From 1945 until 1965 he was chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Harlem Hospital
School of Nursing.
William Henry Draper, physician, 1830-1901, married first, ca. 1862, Elizabeth Waldo
Kinnicutt (d. 1870), daughter of Francis H. and Elizabeth (Moody) Kinnicutt. Their
- 1. William Kinnicutt Draper, 1863-1926, m. Helen Fidelia Hoffman
- 2. Martha Lincoln Draper, d. 1943
William Henry Draper married second in 1877, Ruth Dana, daughter of Charles Anderson
Dana. Their children were:
- 1. Charles Dana
- 2. George, 1880-
- 3. Dorothea, married Henry James (nephew of the novelist)
- 4. Alice Olin, married Edward Carter, 1878-1954
- 5. Ruth Draper, 1884-1956
- 6. Paul
This collection includes correspondence between Alice Draper Carter's father, William
Henry Draper, and the children of his first marriage (William Kinnicutt Draper and
Martha Lincoln Draper) concerning medical education and practice in the United States
and abroad; correspondence of William Henry Draper and his second wife, Ruth Dana
and their children; Carter family correspondence; papers relating to Alice Draper
Carter's volunteer activities and photographs.
- 1. Photographs: Alice Draper Carter, 1910-1945, n.d.
FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
- 2. Photographs: Ruth Draper, n.d.; includes images of exhibit at the Museum of the City
of New York and sketch
FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
- 3. Biographical material re: Draper family, Alice and Edward Carter
- 4. "Early English Poetry" by Charles Anderson Dana, 1838, manuscript and typescript copies.
- 5. Draper family. William Henry Draper to family: letters written largely from Paris
during his medical studies, 1848, 1856-1857, 1872, typescript copies.
- 6. Draper family. William Henry Draper to Mary Bernard, cousin, describing his medical
service with the Sanitary Commission during the Civil War, 1862
- 7. Draper family. William Henry Draper and Ruth Dana Draper to William Kinnicutt Draper,
son, 1889-1898, n.d.; also Mary Bernard to William Kinnicutt Draper, 1870, 1903
- 8. Draper family. William Henry Draper, Ruth Dana Draper and Martha Lincoln Draper to
William Kinnicutt Draper, 1890-1891: "Letters rec'd while in Europe" (during medical
studies in Vienna)
- 9. Draper family. From William Kinnicutt Draper. To Martha (sister), William Henry Draper,
Ruth Dana Draper (stepmother), 1887
- 10. Draper family. From William Kinnicutt Draper. To family, 1890
- 11. Draper family. From William Kinnicutt Draper. To Martha Lincoln Draper, 1893
- 12. Draper family. From William Kinnicutt Draper. To Martha Lincoln Draper, 1896-1898
- 13. Draper family. Parents to Martha Lincoln Draper, 1879-1884
- 14. Draper family. Parents to Martha Lincoln Draper ("Ba"), 1887-1891
- 15. Draper family. Re: Martha Lincoln Draper, nurse
- 16. Draper family. Re: William Henry Draper and Ruth Dana Draper, 1877
- 17. Draper family. Ruth Dana Draper to Mrs. Thompson, 1896, 1908
- 18. Draper family. Poem and story by Ruth Dana Draper
- 19. Draper family. Ruth Dana Draper to and from daughter Alice Olin Draper, 1888
- 20. Draper family. Re; Ruth Draper, clippings including obituaries, 1957
- 21. Draper family. Letters of condolence re: Ruth Draper to Dorothea Draper James (sister),
- 22. Draper family. Dorothea Draper James: guest book from Peru, Vermont, 1942-1947
- 23. Draper family. Dorothea Draper James: "opus", autobiographical sketch, n.d.
- 24. Draper family. Re: George Draper
- 25. Alice Draper Carter. Clippings, releases, certificates.
See also #3.
- 26. Alice Draper Carter. Diary, world trip, 1906
- 27. Alice Draper Carter. Family correspondence, 1923-1952, n.d.
- 28. Alice Draper Carter. Edward Carter: annual report of Lawrence City Mission, printed
- 29. Alice Draper Carter. Alice Draper Carter's business correspondence, 1964-1968
- 30. Alice Draper Carter. Harlem Hospital School of Nursing. Correspondence, 1944-1968
- 31. Alice Draper Carter. Harlem Hospital School of Nursing. Reports, 1942-1943, 1950,
- 32. Alice Draper Carter. Harlem Hospital School of Nursing. Havens fund, 1960-1967
- 33. Alice Draper Carter. Poems, notes, jottings and jokes
- 34. Alice Draper Carter. Re: funeral of Alice Draper Carter, 1970
- 35. Alice Draper Carter. Letters of condolence to daughter Ruth Carter. From Play Schools
- 36-37. Alice Draper Carter. Letters of condolence to daughter Ruth Carter, 1970
- 38. Ruth Carter, correspondence
- 39. Ruth? to grandmother, n.d.
Children with disabilities--Education
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Hospitals
Women volunteers in social service
Dana, Charles A. (Charles Anderson), 1819-1897
Draper, Ruth, 1884-1956
Harlem Hospital (New York, N.Y.). School of Nursing. Advisory Committee
Play Schools Association, New York