Briggs, Elizabeth, 1863-1937. Papers of Elizabeth Briggs, 1883-1937: 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 3
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Elizabeth Briggs, 1863-1937
Title: Papers of Elizabeth Briggs, 1883-1937
Quantity: .42 linear feet (1 file box)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, notes, scrapbook, etc., of Elizabeth Briggs, Radcliffe College Class
Accession numbers: R 75-11, R 75-32
Elizabeth Briggs bequeathed her papers to the Radcliffe Archives in November 1937, and they were closed
to research until 1962.
Processed: December 1978
Access. Collection is open for research.
Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Elizabeth Briggs 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.
Elizabeth Briggs Papers, 1883-1937; item description, dates. SC 3, folder #. Radcliffe
College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge,
Elizabeth Briggs, an educator, graduated from Radcliffe in 1887 (A.B.), graduate student
1887-1888, 1889-1890. She founded the Radcliffe Club of New York, served as president
and historian of Radcliffe College Alumnae Association, and as Alumnae Associate.
The collection consist of 1 file box and 1 scrapbook of newspaper clippings 1886-1898.
The papers are an important source for the early history of Radcliffe and document
the alumnae protest at the incorporation of Radcliffe College in 1894, and the foundation
and progress of the Alumnae Association. The collection contributes information on
Mary Coes (her election as member of Council in 1906 and as second Dean of Radcliffe
in 1909). Brigg's reminiscences include valuable information on early college history
(1883-1887), student activities, courses and personalities.
- 1. Admission Examinations, 1883
- 2. Certificates of the Society for the Collegiate Instruction of Women, 1884, 1885 and
letters of recommendation for Elizabeth Briggs, 1890-1894.
- 2a. Certificate of the Society for the Collegiate Instruction of Women 1887.
- 3. Founding of Radcliffe College, Alumnae petition, 1894; correspondence from alumnae
and officers including typed letter, signed and autograph letter, signed from Elizabeth
Cary Agessiz, autograph letter, signed from Mary Coes, typed note, signed from Charles
William Eliot to Annie Barber, typed note, signed from Arthur Gilman and newspaper
- 4. Nominations of Associates 1896-1898
- 5. Correspondence and papers 1890-1911 re Sarah Whitman Hall; autograph letter, signed
from Sarah Whitman 1890. Papers re Arthur Gilman Scholarship, 1896.
- 6. Correspondence with Alumnae re Mary Coes' nomination to the Council 1905, 1906, includes
letters from Mary Coes. and Le Baron Russell Briggs.
- 7. Correspondence from Agnes Irwin, 2 autographs letter, signed and 1 typed letter, 1908-1909.
- 8. Correspondence and papers re nomination of Mary Coes as Dean of Radcliffe 1908-1909.
- 9. Correspondence with Le Baron Russell Briggs re his visits to New York 1909-1910.
- 10. Notes for an appreciation of Mary Coes 1913; memorial notice and letters received
re miss Coes, 1913.
- 11. Notes for and appreciation of Dean Briggs 1934.
- 12. Conference of Radcliffe Representatives 1933, 1934
- 13. Invitation to President Comstock's Tenth Anniversary lunch, 1934; correspondence re
Nineteenth Century Luncheon, April 2, 1936 including notes and manuscript speech delivered
at the lunch: "Early Days on Appian Way and at Fay House."
- 14. Correspondence with Horace Mann School and clippings, 1937
- 15. Notes on the history of the Alumnae Association, alumnae records and reports 1887-1906,
gifts to the library.
- 16. Notes and correspondence on Radcliffe history including typed letter, signed from
Henry James December 3, 1931; class lists 1884-1886, notes on the Harvard Examinations
for Women and the Women's Educational Association.
- 17. Reprints of articles on Radcliffe History by Arthur Gilman, Radcliffe Magazine, 1905, Joseph B. Warner, Harvard Graduate Magazine, 1894 William E. Byerly, Harvard Graduate Magazine, 1909
- 18. Estate of Elizabeth Briggs, note on access November 1937.
- 19v. Scrapbook of newspaper clippings 1886-1898
Agassiz, Elizabeth Cabot Cary, 1822-1907
Briggs, Le Baron Russell, 1855-1934
Clarke, Annie Barber
Coes, Mary, 1861-1913
Eliot, Charles William, 1834-1926
Gilman, Arthur, 1837-1909
Irwin, Agnes, 1841-1914
Radcliffe College. Alumnae Association
Radcliffe College--Alumni and alumnae
Radcliffe College. Class of 1887
Women's Educational Association of Boston