Cronkhite, Bernice Brown, 1893-1983. Papers of Bernice Brown Cronkhite, 1915-1970:
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
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: 173
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Bernice Brown Cronkhite, 1893-1983
Title: Papers of Bernice Brown Cronkhite, 1915-1970
Quantity: 1.25 linear feet (3 file boxes) plus 1 oversize volume, 1 folio+ folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, speeches, clippings, etc., of Bernice Brown Cronkhite, dean at Radcliffe
Accession numbers: 70-109, 71-8, 71-90, 81-M56, 2014-M162
The papers of Bernice Brown Cronkhite were deposited with the Schlesinger Library
in September 1970, and January and August 1971, by Mrs. Cronkhite, and also in February
1981. The drawings by Kenneth John Conant (#35f+) were given by Charles A. Hammond
(who had inherited them from the estate of Cronkhite) and added to the collection
in October 2014.
Processed: December 1971
Updated: October 2014
By: Anne Engelhart
Access. Collection is open for research.
Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Bernice Brown Cronkhite 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.
Bernice Brown Cronkhite Papers, 1915-1970; item description, dates. 173, folder #.
Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Papers of Bernice Brown
Cronkhite, 1921-1981 (SC 67)
Bernice Veazey Brown was born on July 23, 1893, in Calais, Maine. She grew up in Providence,
Rhode Island, attending the Peace Street School and Classical High School. After teaching
for one year, she entered Radcliffe in 1912 and received her B.A. in 1916, her M.A.
in 1918, and her Ph.D. in 1920, specializing in government and international law.
In 1915 and again in 1916 she won the Baldwin Prize for essays on subjects pertaining
to municipal government. From 1918 to 1920 she held a Carnegie Endowment International
Law Fellowship, the first year at Yale and the second at Harvard. For the academic
year 1920-1921, Miss Brown was awarded a fellowship by the Commission for Relief in
Belgium for advanced study in Brussels. She also visited several other European countries,
as well as the League of Nations, and used what she learned in reports and speeches,
some included in this collection.
Upon her return to the United States, she was active in the School of Citizenship
and Politics at Radcliffe. She became director of the Training School for Public Service,
which was organized by the Women's Municipal League in October 1921 to train women
for civil service posts newly open to them. Miss Brown was appointed Dean of Radcliffe
College in 1923, when Ada Comstock became President. In 1934 she became Dean of the
Radcliffe Graduate School, a post she held until 1959. She was also Vice-President
of Radcliffe from 1923 to 1960.
On July 21, 1933, Bernice Veazey Brown married Leonard Wolsey Cronkhite.
As Graduate Dean, Mrs. Cronkhite worked hard to improve the status of women graduate
students at Radcliffe. A major project was to provide a place where graduate women
and visiting scholars could live and share the hours not spent in lectures and laboratories.
Ground was broken in 1955, and the Graduate Center was opened in the fall of 1956.
The refectory, Bernice Brown Cronkhite Hall, was opened in 1960.
In 1953, Mrs. Cronkhite was elected a trustee of Barnard College. She edited the Handbook for College Teachers (1950) and was co-author of Graduate Education for Women (1956). As a member of the U.S. Board of Foreign Scholarships, she went on a world
tour in 1957, visiting Radcliffe alumnae and reporting on educational exchange programs
in thirteen countries. In 1962 and 1963, she served on the Advisory Committee for
the Mundelein College self-study project. She has been trustee of several schools
and foundations and an active member of various professional and other organizations,
as well as an elector for the Hall of Fame. She holds honorary degrees from Wheaton
College, Brown University, Keuka College, Mundelein College, and Acadia University.
Mrs. Cronkhite died in 1983.
Correspondence, speeches, clippings, awards, and photos pertain to her early career,
her work at Radcliffe, and organizations in which she participated, such as the United
States Board of Foreign Scholarships, the Training School for Public Service, the
Hall of Fame for Great Americans, and Mundelein College advisory committee. Included
is the draft of her 1965 article "Grave Alice" published in the Radcliffe Quarterly.
- Box 1: Folders 1-11.
- Box 2: Folders 12-21.
- Box 3: Folders 22-33.
- 1. Biographical. Newsclippings; essay about Cronkhite by Priscilla Gough?; pamphlet,
Half a Hundred Radcliffe Women, ca.1922.
- 2. Baldwin Prize, 1915-1917. Announcements, correspondence, newsclippings, Cronkhite's
- 3. Belgium, 1920-1921. Newsclippings by and about Cronkhite, correspondence, Cronkhite's
notes on Commission for Relief in Belgium and her year there.
See also 34vo.
- 4. School of Citizenship and Politics, 1922. Training School for Public Service, 1921-1922.
- Volume 1. The Women's Municipal League of Boston. Citizens' Handbook. [Prepared by Cronkhite.] 1917.
- 5. Radcliffe Deanship. Letters on appointment and congratulations, April-August 1923
- 6. Radcliffe Deanship. Newsclippings, May to November 1923.
- 7. Speeches at Radcliffe's opening exercises, 1924-1957.
- 8. Speeches to Radcliffe students, 1924-1956 and n.d.
- 9. Talks at Radcliffe morning prayers, 1928, 1945, 1952, nd.
- 10. Radcliffe Alumnae Dinner speeches, 1924-1933, 1937, 1938, 1948.
- 11. Talks to Radcliffe Representatives, 1924-1947.Talks to Radcliffe Clubs and other alumnae
groups, 1925-1969 and n.d. Newsclippings on talks, 1954 and n.d.
- 12. Speeches not at Radcliffe, 1922?-1969 and n.d. Includes some photographs and newsclippings.
- 13. Speeches at schools and colleges, 1926-1963 and n.d.
- 14. Canada. Speeches, newsclippings, correspondence. 1936-1968.
- 15. Twenty-fifth anniversary as Radcliffe Dean, 1948. Announcement of reception, newsclippings,
Cronkhite's remarks; letters of congratulation and replies, October 1948 to March
- 16. Extra-Curricular Course in College Teaching and Master of Arts in Teaching. -1949
- 17. Graduate Center, 1954-1957: newsclippings, Cronkhite's address at dedication, correspondence.
- 18. Retirement as Dean, 1959: correspondence, December 1958-December 1959 and n.d. Graduate
Chapter party, June 1959: guest list and newsclippings. Staff farewell party, 1959:
Cronkhite's remarks, photograph.
- 19. Dedication of Bernice Brown Cronkhite Hall, November 16, 1960: newsclippings, invitation
list, invitation, program, BBC's remarks, correspondence, October 1960-February 1961
- 20. Helen Keller: letters, 1954-1960, Cronkhite's talk on Anne Sullivan at Perkins Institute,
- 21. Buisman Elm, 1957-1958: notes on Christine Johanna Buisman and Elm Tree, photograph,
- 22. Honorary Degrees, 1950-1968, and Awards, 1948-1967: newsclippings, correspondence,
- 23. World Tour, 1957: letter, newsclippings, Cronkhite's Report to the U.S. Board of Foreign Scholarships and article in Radcliffe Quarterly, November 1957.
- 24. U.S. Board of Foreign Scholarships: correspondence, newsclippings, 1956-1962.
- 25. Mundelein College, Advisory Committee on self-study project: Correspondence, etc.,
August 1962-November 1963.
- 26. Hall of Fame, 1970: correspondence and pamphlets on Martha Berry, Henrietta Szold,
Jane Cunningham Croly, Lillian Wald.
- 27. Correspondence. Ada Comstock Notestein to Cronkhite, 1923-1970.
- 28. Correspondence. Florence Speare to Cronkhite, 1955-1959.
- 29. Miscellaneous professional correspondence, 1918-1963. Includes TLS from Lou Henry
- 30. Miscellaneous personal correspondence, 1933-1963 and n.d. Includes ALS from Alice
- Volume 2. Cronkhite's Christmas letters to former and current graduate students, 1935-1958.
- 31. Correspondence about Christmas letters, 1943-1958 and n.d.
- 32. Articles and book reviews, with correspondence, 1934-1965 and n.d.
- 33. Miscellaneous newsclippings, 1928, 1957.
- 34vo. Scrapbook of Cronkhite's stay in Belgium as a student at the University of Brussels,
July 1920-August 1921. Includes photographs, clippings, letters re: Cronkhite's winning
of the Daylo prize, notes by Cronkhite, Belgian stamps, postcards, a passenger list
of the S.S. Finland, and invitations. The scrapbook is covered with a sack that originally
held Belgian Relief Flour from Miner County [South Dakota] and that was later painted
and embroidered by Belgian girls.
- 35f+. Pencil drawings by Kenneth John Conant, friend of Cronkhite, of Durham and Canterbury
cathedrals (1921), and the Doric temple at Segesta, Sicily (1917). These were in the
possession of Cronkhite.
Belgium--Description and travel
Deans (in schools)
Deans of women
Comstock, Ada Louise
Conant, Kenneth John, 1894-1984
Hoover, Lou Henry, 1874-1944
Keller, Helen, 1880-1968
Longfellow, Alice M. (Alice Mary), 1850-1928
New York University. Hall of Fame for Great Americans
Radcliffe College--Alumni and alumnae
Speare, Florence Lewis, 1886-1965
Training School for Public Service
United States. Board of Foreign Scholarships