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
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
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)
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.
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.
Processed: April 1979
By: Bert Hartry
Updated and additional material added: June 2018
By: Anne Engelhart
Access. Collection is open for research.
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
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
Priscilla Gough Treat Papers, 1841-1974; item description, dates. SC 1, folder #.
Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University,
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.
- Box 1: 1-13
- Box 2: 14-21
- Box 3: 22-30
- Box 4: 31-40
- 1. Alumnae Association, history, 1965-1967, n.d.
Scope and Contents: Priscilla Gough Treat notes and draft, n.d.; articles by Frieda S. Ullian, 1965 and
Anna Holman, 1965-1967; fact sheet, 1966.
- 2. Alumnae Association, organizational material, 1953-1963.
Scope and Contents: By-laws, 1953, policy handbook, 1956, personnel policies and procedures, 1959, by-laws,
- 3. Alumnae Association, general, ca. 1929, 1960-1972.
Scope and Contents: : Includes Alumnae Council case studies, reports, two autograph letters, signed by
Alice Skinner, and Priscilla Gough Treat notes, 1964; Cope Committee report, 1966;
Bunting and McIntire remarks to Board of Management meeting, 1966; Alice Crosby Hale
Burrage, correspondence re, 1969, speech by ca. 1929; newsletters, notices, reports.
- 5. Appointment Bureau, publications, 1928-1930, n.d.
Scope and Contents: "A Brief Survey of Some Vocations Open to College Women," by Priscilla Gough Treat
and Lucy O'Meara, 1928, 1930; Data Sheet #5, n.d.
- 6. Articles, by and about Priscilla Gough Treat, 1947-1970, clippings, 1937-1965.
- 8. Class of 1919, 45th Reunion, 1964, 1962-1964.
Scope and Contents: Correspondence, receipts and expenditures, programs, lists, invitations, gift cards
to Priscilla Gough Treat
- 9. Class of 1919, 50th Reunion, 1969, 1965-1969.
Scope and Contents: Committee reports and related material, 1965-1969, receipts and expenditures, 1967-1969
- 10. Class of 1919, correspondence, 1962-1969.
Scope and Contents: Three autograph letters, signed from Mary Corner Reed, USSR, 1966-1967, typed letter,
signed, Bernice Cronkhite, 1968, typed letter, signed, Mary Bunting, 1968, typed letter,
signed and letter, signed, Norman Rockwell, 1967 and 1969.
- 11. Class of 1919, Priscilla Gough Treat speech, June 14, 1969, notes, n.d., Quarterly
column draft, 1969.
- 12. Class of 1919, miscellaneous, lists, song sheets, programs, general information sheets,
- 14. College History, Le Baron R. Briggs, 1955-1957.
Scope and Contents: Articles by and about, correspondence, includes autograph letter, signed from Mrs.
George Pierce Baker, 1957, and notes of a speech by her.
- 15. College History, John H. Finley, article about parietals, 1963?
- 16. College History, general, 1927-1974.
Scope and Contents: Includes "History of the Harvard/Radcliffe Relationship," student hunger strike, 1957,
history and correspondence with Mary Ingraham Bunting and Alumnae Association, 1967,
Class of 1914 essays for 60th Reunion and autograph letter, signed from Abigail Eliot,
1973, articles, clippings, material, 1927-1974.
- 17. College History, Rose Sherman, '94, Historian of the Alumnae Association, manuscript
"Six Years at Radcliffe College, 1932-1938."
- 18. College History, Priscilla Gough Treat, notes for a college history, n.d.
- 19. Communications for the Volunteer, 1964-1966.
Scope and Contents: Proposals, releases, minutes, reports, budgets, correspondence, student lists, schedules,
- 20. Communications for the Volunteer, 1967-1969.
Scope and Contents: History, minutes, reports, correspondence, schedules, participants list, questionnaire,
- 21. Correspondence, to Priscilla Gough Treat, general, 1920-1973.
Scope and Contents: From Simmons College re lecture, 1948-1949, Advertising Club lunch, 1957, on retirement
from Bachrach, 1961.
- 23. Fund raising material, Ten Year Plan, 1959-1960, Campaign Bulletin, 1968.
- 24. Harvard/Radcliffe Unitarian Foundation, agendas and minutes, 1959-1962, 1965-1967.
- 25. Harvard/Radcliffe Unitarian Foundation, reports, 1960-1961.
- 26. Harvard/Radcliffe Unitarian Foundation, Agreements of Association, March, 1965, and
n.d., by-laws, 1963 and n.d.
- 27. Harvard/Radcliffe Unitarian Foundation, general correspondence, 1959-1967.
- 28. Harvard/Radcliffe Unitarian Foundation, miscellaneous, brochure, 1961, directories
of members, 1961, lists, n.d., Unitarian Universalist questionnaire, 1966.
- 29. Personal, 1841-1964.
Scope and Contents: Genealogies, marriage intention, 1841, National Testimonial to William Lloyd Garrison,
1866, grammar school graduation program, 1911, passport, 1932, wedding announcement,
1941, Society of Mayflower Descendents, 1952, Professional Photographers' Association
of New Jersey, award, 1959, Cambridge Mental Health Association, Inc. brochures, 1962
(with photograph of Priscilla Gough Treat) and 1964, clippings, including family obituaries,
- 33. Quarterly, Radcliffe, 1960-1972
Scope and Contents: Letter to Anna E. Holman, 1960, telegram, 1964, Alumnae Association Publications Committee
minutes concerning Quarterly, Priscilla Gough Treat secretary, February-May, 1971,
Maryel F. Hartung, budget requests, correspondence, report, 1968-1972.
- 34. Releases, News Office, 1959-1961, 1966.
- 37. Speeches, 1957-1968
Scope and Contents: Re Choral Society, sales, photography, 1957-1958, English language, 1967, public relations,
- 38. Speeches, 1969-1973
Scope and Contents: Re Radcliffe Redbooks, 1969, to class of 1919 at 50th reunion, interviews, 1973.
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
Reed, Mary Corner
Sherman, Rose, 1873-1952
Ullian, Frieda Silbert