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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
Cambridge, Mass.
June 2007

© 2007 President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

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: 1.25 linear feet (3 file boxes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Short stories, poems, novellas, journals, class notebooks, correspondence, etc., of Katherine Butler Hathaway, Radcliffe College Class of 1914.

Processing Information:

Processed: April 1979
By: Beth Robertson

Acquisition Information:

Accession number: R74-8
The papers of Katharine Butler Hathaway were deposited with the Radcliffe College Archives by Mrs. Theodore Frothingham in December, 1974.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Katharine Butler Hathaway 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 for publication:

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. Hathaway 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 Hathaway, see Radcliffe College Alumnae: Memorial Biographies, Vol. II. For college poems see Radcliffe Magazine, 1910, 1912.


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.



Additional catalog entries

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
Clement, Eleanor
Dudley, Caroline
Huntington, Catharine Sargent, 1886-1987
Manuscripts (for publication)
Radcliffe College--Students
Radcliffe College. Class of 1917
Radcliffe College--Poetry
Radcliffe Magazine
Student activities