Hathaway, Katharine Butler, 1890-1942. Papers of Katharine Butler Hathaway, 1911-1956:
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 2
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
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.
Accession number: R74-8
The papers of Katharine Butler Hathaway were deposited with the Radcliffe College
Archives by Mrs. Theodore Frothingham in December, 1974.
Processed: April 1979
By: Beth Robertson
Access. Collection is open for research.
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.
Katharine Butler Hathaway Papers, 1911-1956; item description, dates. SC 2, folder
#. Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University,
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
- Box 1: 1-8
- Box 2: 9-20
- Box 3: 21-35
- 1. "Elvira," an unpublished novel, typescript, n.d. (part one).
- 2. "Elvira," an unpublished novel, typescript, n.d. (part two).
- 3. "Elvira," an unpublished novel, typescript, n.d. (part three).
- 4. "Paradise Lost," an unpublished short story, typescript, 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," typescripts, manuscripts, n.d.
- 6. "Duty and Anarchy," manuscript, n.d.
- 7. Mr. Muffet's Cat and her Trip to Paris, children's story, draft, typescript.
- 8. "Mr. Muffet's Friends in Paris," children s story, draft, typescript, c. 1932-1935.
- 9. Radcliffe class notebook for 17th and 18th century literature course, manuscript,
1912-1913. Journal of Katharine Butler Hathaway: poems, plays, reflections, manuscript,
- 10. Radcliffe class notebook for 17th century literary criticism course, typescript, 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. Katharine Butler Hathaway commonplace book, manuscript, 1941-1942, and partial transcription
of same, typescript. A Report on Contraceptive Materials, pamphlet, (reprint 1941.)
- 13. Katharine Butler Hathaway commonplace book and partial transcription, manuscript,
- 14. Katharine Butler Hathaway commonplace book and partial transcription, manuscript,
typescript, 1940; clipping.
- 15. Katharine Butler Hathaway's journals: reminiscences, plays, poems, reflections, story
ideas, typescript, c. 1911-1942; autograph letter, signed from Daniel Rugg Hathaway,
- 16. Katharine Butler Hathaway commonplace book and partial transcription, manuscript,
typescript, n.d. "To an Ancient Head of Aphrodite," from The Atlantic Monthly, 1915.
- 17. Miscellaneous mss. of Katharine Butler Hathaway, 1915-1942.
- 18. "A happy Marriage," unpublished typescript, c. 1921-1932.
- 19. "Interrupted Dance," unpublished typescript; typed letter, signed from editor of The Atlantic Monthly rejecting story, 1919.
- 20. Miscellaneous notes story ideas; "Spring Evening," unpublished typescript; autograph
letter, signed from Katharine Butler Hathaway to Thornton Wilder, 1928.
- 21. "Expense of Spirit," unpublished short story, typescript, n.d.
- 22. "A Person in Love with a House," draft chapter of The Journals and Letters of the Little Locksmith, manuscript, n.d.
- 23. Drafts of The Little Locksmith, manuscript, typescript, n.d., includes description of Radcliffe life and friends
of Katharine Butler Hathaway: Lucia Briggs, Eleanor Clement, Caroline Dudley, Catharine
Huntington '11; Katharine Butler Hathaway made member of class of 1914; also contributor
to, and member of Radcliffe magazine board.
- 24. The Little Locksmith, notes, rough drafts, manuscript, n.d.
- 25. The Little Locksmith, notes, rough drafts, manuscript, n.d.
- 26. The Little Locksmith, notes, rough drafts, manuscript, n.d.
- 27. Poems and copies of poems by Katharine Butler Hathaway and family, manuscript, typescript,
1917, and n.d.
- 28. Miscellaneous notes, outlines, story ideas and sketches, manuscript, 1927-1941.
- 29. Miscellaneous notes, outlines, story ideas (some in French), manuscript, Paris, 1930s.
- 30. American expatriates and World War II, chronological outlines, manuscript, 1914-1942.
- 31. Correspondence with publishers and editors, typescript, 1924, 1941-1942. Letter from
admirer, 1944. Book of the Month club review, 1943. Typed letter, signed (fragment)
from Katharine Butler Hathaway to Bliss Perry, 1942.
- 32. Publisher's contracts for The Little Locksmith; copy of trustee and executor agreement between Warren H. Butler (Katharine Butler
Hathaway's brother), and Daniel Rugg Hathaway. Typed letter, signed to Warren Butler,
- 33. Publisher's agreements for The Little Locksmith; typed letters, accounts, 1948-1952.
- 34. Publisher's agreements for The Little Locksmith; typed letters, accounts, 1950-1955.
- 35. Pen and ink illustrations for Mr. Muffet's Cat
Manuscripts (for publication)
Huntington, Catharine Sargent, 1886-1987
Radcliffe College. Class of 1917