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Call No.: RA.A/C739
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Ada Louise Comstock
Title: Papers of Ada Louise Comstock, 1929-1974
Quantity: 3 folders
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Letters written by Ada Louise Comstock to Radcliffe alumnae and friends following her retirement from the Radcliffe Presidency.
Radcliffe College president (1923-1943), Comstock graduated from Smith College (1897), and received an A.M. from Columbia University (1899). She taught rhetoric and oratory at the University of Minnesota and became the first dean of women there in 1907. In 1912 she became the first dean of Smith College. Comstock was also the first president of the American Association of University Women and the only woman on the National Commission of Law Observance and Enforcement, served on the National Committee for Planned Parenthood, the Institute of Pacific Relations, and opposed discrimination against women in many areas of society. After retiring as president of Radcliffe, she married Wallace Notestein, professor at Yale, in 1943 and settled in New Haven.
This collection is a composite collection consisting of letters written by Ada Louise Comstock (Mrs. Notestein) after her retirement from the Presidency of Radcliffe College, to Radcliffe alumnae and other Radcliffe friends. Whenever small quantities of letters of this type are given to the Radcliffe College Archives, they will be added to this collection.