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MC 250

Court, Cora May Trawick, 1875-1970. Papers of Cora May Trawick Court, 1893-1963: 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

This collection was processed under a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Descriptive Summary

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: MC 250
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Cora May Trawick Court, 1875-1970
Title: Papers of Cora May Trawick Court, 1875-1970
Date(s): 1875-1970
Quantity: 1.67 linear feet (4 file boxes) plus 1 oversize folder, 1 folio folder 1 folio+ folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, articles, book reviews, etc., of Cora May Trawick Court, educator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 74-137
The papers of Cora May Trawick Court were deposited in the Schlesinger Library by her daughter, Lula Court Bartlett, in June 1974.

Processing Information:

Processed: August 1977
By: Katherine Kraft

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Cora May Trawick Court 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:

Cora May Trawick Court, 1875-1970 Papers, 1893-1963; item description, dates. MC 250, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.


The following items have been removed from the collection:


Cora May Trawick was born February 13, 1875 in Nashville, Tennessee. One of nine children, she was the daughter of Dr. Andrew Marcus Trawick and Martha Beneta McSwain Trawick, both of Tennessee. In 1896 she received the B.S. degree from Nashville College for Young Ladies, and in 1899 taught elementary school in Mexico at the Collegio Palmore. On April 18, 1901 she married Reverend William Court of St. Louis, and soon thereafter they moved to Kobe, Japan under the auspices of the General Board of Missions, Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Both Courts taught at Palmore Gakuin while in Japan, and Rev. Court was the minister of the Kobe Union Church. In 1905, after the birth of their first child, Andrew Trawick Court, they returned to Nashville, but later moved to St. Louis. Two more children were born in the next six years: Mary Lula Court in 1907 and William Court III in 1911. For the next nine years, Cora May Trawick Court was primarily a homemaker.
After Reverend Court died in the flu epidemic of 1920, St. Paul's Church asked Cora May Trawick Court to carry on his work in the religious education of children and young people. To prepare for this new career, Court studied religious education, psychology, and the "training of children" with the Home Study Department of the University of Chicago's Extension School, and at UC's summer school. After three and one-half years at St. Paul's, Court was asked by the General Secretary of the General Sunday School Board of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, to join his staff in Nashville and undertake a study of child development and the family as a factor in religious education. For the next seven years (1923-1930) she worked with the Board conducting research, teaching parent education classes, and writing articles. She also took additional religion courses at Scarritt College in Nashville.
In 1930 Court moved to New York, where she studied parent education for two years at Teachers College, Columbia University, receiving the B.S. and M.A. degrees and a professional diploma as a "Leader of Parent Education." In 1932 she returned to Nashville and helped plan and conduct a comparative study of white and black mothers, also continuing to write book reviews and articles on parent and religious education. Later she moved back to New York and then to Detroit, finally settling in Massachusetts, where she taught courses in parent education and in Japanese culture at Lesley College (Cambridge) from 1945 till she retired in 1952. Lesley awarded her an Honorary Doctorate in 1956. While in Massachusetts she was active in the Copley Methodist Church (Boston) and in community work. In the late 1950's and early 1960's she was associated with the Age Center of New England (Boston). Her concern with race relations, family life, religious training, and child development is reflected in her papers. Cora Court died in May 1970.


The collection is arranged in seven series:


This collection includes genealogies and family correspondence; autobiographical notes and articles; Cora May Trawick Court's graduate transcripts, class notes, and papers; book reviews and articles; reports on parent education in Tennessee; discussion guides for home and parent-teacher work; case studies of families observed by Court; notes and outline for Lesley courses; correspondence, drafts, and notes for an unfinished comparative study of child development and family relations; miscellaneous notes and printed material on parent and religious education; correspondence, newsclippings, and drafts of questionnaires for the Age Center of New England; newsclippings and other printed material about blacks in the United States; and photographs. Although Court describes her early life in her reminiscences, there are no early papers. Articles and other papers by Court on the "Women of Early Japan" were deposited in the Harvard-Yenching Library.



Container List

Additional Index Terms

African American families
African Americans--Education
Child Development
Family life education
Family social work
Japan--Social life and customs
Nashville (Tenn.)--Social conditions
Old age--Research
Parent and child
Parenting--Study and teaching
Race relations
Religious education
Spouses of clergy
Age Center of New England
Cambridge (Mass.). Civic Unity Committee
Court family
Court, William, 1869-1920
Culbreth, Ada Trawick, 1871-1958
Jones, Laurence Clifton, 1884-1976?
Lesley College
McSwain family
Methodist Episcopal Church, South
Piney Woods School
Traweek family