Hathaway, Katharine Butler, 1890-1942. Papers of Katharine Butler Hathaway, 1911-1956:
A Finding Aid
Radcliffe College Archives, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History
of Women in America
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
© 2007 President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: SC 2
Repository: Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
Creator: Katharine Butler Hathaway, 1890-1942
Title: Papers of Katharine Butler Hathaway, 1911-1956
Quantity: 3 file boxes
Abstract: Short stories, poems, novellas, journals, class notebooks, correspondence, etc., of
Katherine Butler Hathaway, Radcliffe College Class of 1914.
Processed: April 1979
By: Beth Robertson
Accession number: R74-8
The papers of Katharine Butler Hathaway were deposited with the
Radcliffe College Archives by Mrs. Theodore Frothingham in December, 1974.
Katharine Butler Hathaway Papers, 1911-1956; item description, dates. SC 2, folder
#. Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute,
Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
Katharine Butler Hathaway, writer, was born in 1890 in Baltimore, Maryland. She spent her childhood in Salem, Massachusetts where she suffered tuberculosis of
the spine and had to lie flat on her back for
ten years. Her education consisted of one year at Abbot Academy, Andover
and another year at Miss McClintock's School, Boston. KBH entered
Radcliffe in the fall of 1910 as a special student. She attended Radcliffe
from 1910 to 1912 and although she did not graduate, she was made a
member of the class of 1914. She married Daniel Rugg Hathaway in 1932,
lived at Blue Hill, Maine and died in 1942. Her husband died in 1944.
She wrote autobiographical works, children's stories and poems. Her
published works include Mr. Muffet's Cat and Her Trip to Paris (New York,
1934), The Little Locksmith (New York, 1943), and The Journals and Letters
of The Little Locksmith (New York, 1946).
For a more detailed biography of KBH, see Radcliffe College Alumnae:
Memorial Biographies, Vol. II. For college poems see Radcliffe Magazine,
The collection consists of short stories, poems, novellas and journals.
Also included are three Radcliffe class notebooks for literature courses,
1910-1913, college journals and rough drafts of Mr. Muffet's Cat and
The Little Locksmith, which include a section on Radcliffe life and college
friends. The collection also contains publishers' correspondence, contracts
with her brother, Warren Butler, and estate documents.
- Box 1: 1-8
- Box 2: 9-20
- Box 3: 21-35
- 1. "Elvira," an unpublished novel, ts., n.d. (part one).
- 2. "Elvira," an unpublished novel, ts., n.d. (part two).
- 3. "Elvira," an unpublished novel, ts., n.d. (part three).
- 4. "Paradise Lost," an unpublished short story, ts., n.d.
- 5. Miscellaneous short stories: "Met in a Cottage," "The Black Pear1" (published in the
Atlantic Monthly between 1915-1918), "The Fairy Husband," "Persephone's Laughter," a play, "Too tenderhearted
a Story," "The Affair of Martinique," tss., mss., n.d.
- 6. "Duty and Anarchy," ms., n.d.
- 7. Mr. Muffet's Cat and her Trip to Paris, children s story, draft, ts.
- 8. "Mr. Muffet's Friends in Paris," children s story, draft, ts. c. 1932-1935.
- 9. Radcliffe class notebook for 17th and 18th century literature course, ms., 1912-1913.
Journal of KBH: poems, plays, reflections, ms., 1911.
- 10. Radcliffe class notebook for 17th century literary criticism course, ts., c. 1910-1913.
Radcliffe class notebook for 18th and 19th century literature course, 1913.
- 11. Account book of Daniel Rugg Hathaway, listing expenditures while in Paris 1933-1934,
- 12. KBH commonplace book, ms., 1941-1942, and partial transcription of same, ts. A Report on Contraceptive Materials, pamphlet, (reprint 1941.)
- 13. KBH commonplace book and partial transcription, ms., ts., 1935.
- 14. KBH commonplace book and partial transcription, ms., ts., 1940; clipping.
- 15. KBH's journals: reminiscences, plays, poems, reflections, story ideas, ts., c. 1911-1942;
ALS from Daniel Rugg Hathaway, n.d.
- 16. KBH commonplace book and partial transcription, ms., ts., n.d. "To an Ancient Head
of Aphrodite," from The Atlantic Monthly, 1915.
- 17. Miscellaneous mss. of KBH, 1915-1942.
- 18. "A happy Marriage," unpublished ts., c. 1921-1932.
- 19. "Interrupted Dance," unpublished ts.; TLS from editor of The Atlantic Monthly rejecting story, 1919.
- 20. Miscellaneous notes story ideas; "Spring Evening," unpublished ts.; ALS from KBH to
Thornton Wilder, 1928.
- 21. "Expense of Spirit," unpublished short story, ts., n.d.
- 22. "A Person in Love with a House," draft chapter of The Journals and Letters of the Little Locksmith, ms., n.d.
- 23. Drafts of The Little Locksmith, ms., ts., n.d., includes description of Radcliffe life and friends of KBH: Lucia
Briggs, Eleanor Clement, Caroline Dudley, Catharine Huntington '11; KBH made member
of class of 1914; also contributor to, and member of Radcliffe magazine board.
- 24. The Little Locksmith, notes, rough drafts, ms., n.d.
- 25. The Little Locksmith, notes, rough drafts, ms., n.d.
- 26. The Little Locksmith, notes, rough drafts, ms., n.d.
- 27. Poems and copies of poems by KBH and family, ms., ts., 1917, and n.d.
- 28. Miscellaneous notes, outlines, story ideas and sketches, ms., 1927-1941.
- 29. Miscellaneous notes, outlines, story ideas (some in French), ms., Paris, 1930s.
- 30. American expatriates and World War II, chronological outlines, ms., 1914-1942.
- 31. Correspondence with publishers and editors, ts., 1924, 1941-1942. Letter from admirer,
1944. Book of the Month club review, 1943. TLS (fragment) from KBH to Bliss Perry,
- 32. Publisher's contracts for The Little Locksmith; copy of trustee and executor agreement between Warren H. Butler (KBH's brother),
and Daniel Rugg Hathaway. TLS to Warren Butler, 1943-1956.
- 33. Publisher's agreements for The Little Locksmith; TLs, accounts, 1948-1952.
- 34. Publisher's agreements for The Little Locksmith; TLs, accounts, 1950-1955.
- 35. Pen and ink illustrations for Mr. Muffet's Cat
The following catalog entries represent persons, organizations, and topics documented
in this collection.
An entry for each appears in the Harvard On Line Library Information System (HOLLIS)
and other automated bibliographic
databases. THIS IS NOT AN INDEX.
- Briggs, Lucia '09
- Clement, Eleanor
- Dudley, Caroline
- Huntington, Catharine S. '11
- Class of 1914
- Diaries and Letters
- Radcliffe Magazine
- Student Reminiscences