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Carter, Alice Draper, 1883-1970. Papers of Alice Draper Carter, 1838-1970: 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.: 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
Date(s): 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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 82-M89
This collection was given to the Schlesinger Library by Ruth Carter, Alice Draper Carter's daughter, in May 1982.

Processing Information:

Preliminary inventory: June 1982
By: Jane S. Knowles

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Alice Draper Carter 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:

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 children were:
William Henry Draper married second in 1877, Ruth Dana, daughter of Charles Anderson Dana. Their children were:


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.

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Additional Index Terms

Children with disabilities--Education
Family records
Medical education
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Hospitals
Women volunteers in social service
Carter family
Dana, Charles A. (Charles Anderson), 1819-1897
Draper family
Draper, Ruth, 1884-1956
Harlem Hospital (New York, N.Y.). School of Nursing. Advisory Committee
Play Schools Association, New York