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Treat, Priscilla Gough, 1898-1975. Papers of Priscilla Gough Treat, 1841-1974 (inclusive), 1911-1974 (bulk): 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

Call No.: SC 1
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Title: Papers of Priscilla Gough Treat, 1841-1974 (inclusive), 1911-1974 (bulk)
Date(s): 1841-1974
Date(s): 1911-1974
Quantity: 1.67 linear feet (4 boxes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Scrapbooks, speeches, correspondence, reports, etc., of Priscilla Gough Treat, Radcliffe College Class of 1919 and active member of the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association and reunion committees.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: R 75-45, R 76-7
The papers of Priscilla Gough Treat were deposited with the Radcliffe College Archives in July 1975 and May 1976 by her estate.

Processing Information:

Processed: April 1979
By: Bert Hartry
Updated and additional material added: June 2018
By: Anne Engelhart

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Priscilla Gough Treat as well as 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:

Priscilla Gough Treat Papers, 1841-1974; item description, dates. SC 1, folder #. Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Priscilla Gough Treat was born in Hingham, Massachusetts. She graduated from Radcliffe College in 1919. After graduation she did promotional work for the Women's Municipal League in Boston and was executive secretary of the organization from 1921-1924. In 1925 she returned to Radcliffe and became the first director of the college Publicity Office; she held this position until 1937. From 1938 to 1961 she was Director of Public Relations for Bachrach, Inc., Newton, Massachusetts. Bachrach had studios in 21 cities and Treat had charge of all advertising, sales samples, show case displays, direct mail campaigns and written publicity.
Treat was also an active volunteer at Radcliffe and she served it in many capacities including: founder and editor of Re-News, 1945-1956, chairman of her 25th, 40th, 45th and 50th class reunions, Marshal /50th reunion, Marshal /alumnae procession, vice-president and president Radcliffe Club of Boston, 1959-1961, secretary of the Harvard/Radcliffe Unitarian Committee, planning committee, Communications for the Volunteer course, 1964-1965, associate editor and columnist, "To be Noted," Radcliffe Quarterly, 1964-1968, member Board of Management and historian of the Alumnae Association, and in 1973 the first chairman of the Centennial Committee. In 1969 Treat was the recipient of the Alumnae Recognition Award.
Treat was equally active in community organizations, among others: the League of Women Voters, the Cambridge Bi-Centennial Committee, the Cambridge Mental Health Association, Mt. Auburn Hospital, the First Parish Church, the YWCA, the Cambridge Community Center and the Salvation Army. She was a member of the Advertising Club of Boston, the Public Relations Society of America, and the Boston and New York Fashion Groups.


Papers contain correspondence, articles and other material relating to Alumnae Association, class reunions, and the Harvard/Radcliffe Unitarian Foundation. Also, biographical material, speeches, scrapbook, photographs, and publications. Material removed from the Radcliffe Alumnae Pamphlet collection was added to #39 in June 2018.


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Additional Index Terms

Radcliffe Quarterly
Baker, Christina Hopkinson
Baker, George Pierce, 1866-1935
Briggs, Le Baron Russell, 1855-1934
Finley, John H. (John Huston), 1904-1995
Harvard/Radcliffe Unitarian Association
Holman, Anna Eveleth, 1892-1969
Radcliffe College. Alumnae Association
Radcliffe College--Alumni and alumnae--Societies, etc.
Radcliffe College. Class of 1914
Radcliffe College. Class of 1919
Radcliffe College--History
Reed, Mary Corner
Sherman, Rose, 1873-1952
Ullian, Frieda Silbert