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SC 5

Paine, Elsie Miriam. Papers of Elsie Miriam Paine, 1904-1972: 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

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: SC 5
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Elsie Miriam Paine
Title: Papers of Elsie Miriam Paine, 1904-1972
Date(s): 1904-1972
Quantity: 1.25 linear feet (3 file boxes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, account books, photographs, etc., of Elsie Miriam Paine, Radcliffe College Class of 1904.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: R75-44
The papers of Elsie M. Paine were deposited with the College Archives on April 9, 1973 by Louisa R. Alger '22.

Processing Information:

Processed: May, 1979
By: Isabelle Bland Dry '35

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Elsie Miriam Paine 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:

Elsie Miriam Paine Papers, 1904-1972; item description, dates. SC 5, folder #. Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Additional papers of Elsie Miriam Paine,1900-1948 (SC 27).


Elsie Miriam Paine attended Girls Latin School in Boston and graduated in 1900. She attended Radcliffe College as an undergraduate 1900-1904 and as a graduate student in 1911/12 and 1918/19. In 1925-1927, she took 2 courses in accounting at Northeastern University. She worked from 1904-1922 at Radcliffe College as Assistant to the Secretary, 1904-1912, and as Dean's Assistant, 1910-1922. In 1922 she became Secretary to the Director of Athletics, Harvard Athletic Association and from 1928-1948, when she retired, she was in charge of the Accounting Office at Harvard Athletic Association.
Her volunteer activities included being Secretary of the Boston branch of the AAUW and teaching Sunday School at the First Church, Congregational, Cambridge. During the Second World War she was cited by the American Red Cross for her service. Her interest in Radcliffe is shown by the fact that she was Class Agent for her class for many years. She was a Cambridge resident for most of her 93 years.


The collection consists of correspondence which reveals Elsie Miriam Paine as a thoughtful, devoted friend. Letters include many from Professor F.C. de Sumichrast (Associate Professor of French at Harvard), from Caroline Shaw Sherer '01, and Fanny Rogers '97, all of which include many references to Radcliffe.


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Additional Index Terms

Boody, Bertha May
Byerly, William Elwood, 1849-1935
Coes, Mary, 1861-1913
Davison, Archibald T. (Archibald Thompson), 1883-1961
Farlow, Lilian Horsford
Harvard Athletic Association
Paine, Elsie Miriam
Park, Marian Edwards, 1875-1960
Radcliffe College. Class of 1904
Radcliffe College--History
Rogers, Fanny
Sherer, Caroline Shaw
Sumichrast, Frederick C. de (Frederick Caesar de), 1845-1933