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
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
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
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.
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.
Processed: May, 1979
By: Isabelle Bland Dry '35
Access. Collection is open for research.
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
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
Elsie Miriam Paine Papers, 1904-1972; item description, dates. SC 5, folder #. Radcliffe
College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge,
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.
- Box 1: 1-14
- Box 2: 15-25
- Box 3: 26-37
- 1. Class Agent: letters saved by Elsie Miriam Paine to give her ideas for appeals
- 2. Class material, 1904-1971: commencement program, 1904; reunion books, 1919, 1929,
1954; Agents records; deceased file 1904; class constitution.
- 3. Class material, records of payments to Alumnae Fund, 1942-1950.
- 4. Correspondence from Priscilla Calmer, 1954-1955.
- 5. Correspondence from Elsa Patterson Campbell (graduate 1902-1904), 1903-1912.
- 6. Correspondence from Annie Boardman Chapman N 1897-1900.
- 7. Correspondence from Mary Coes, '87, AM 97, 1906-1914.
- 8. Correspondence from Charity Comingore, 1964-1972.
- 9. Correspondence from Harry E. Grigor, 1959-1967.
- 10. Correspondence from Jane Wilson Hall '04, 1954-1972.
- 11. Correspondence from Nelly Whitehead Hough, 1953-1957.
- 12. Correspondence from Lesley Livermore '04, 1970-1972.
- 13. Correspondence from Anita Dastman Mersel, 1940-1941
- 14. Correspondence, miscellaneous, 1908-1971 includes: autograph letter, signed from C.A.
Coolidge, typed letter from Elsie Miriam Paine, autograph letters, signed from Lilian
Horsford Farlow, autograph letter, signed from Archibald Davison, 2 autograph letters,
signed from Loretta Jordan Cummings '23 re Professor Byerly and Dean Boody.
- 15. Correspondence from Marion Park, 1921-1944.
- 16. Correspondence: round robin letters, class of 1904, 1961-1970.
- 17. Correspondence from Caroline Shaw Sherer '01, 1926-1969.
- 18. Correspondence from Professor F.C. de Sumichrast, 1919-1933.
- 19. Correspondence from Deborah Jones Welster '23, 1956-1971.
- 20. Correspondence from Virgilia Whitehead, 1935-1938.
- 21. Correspondence from Virgilia Whitehead, 1939-1941.
- 22. Correspondence from Virgilia Whitehead, 1942-1945.
- 23. Correspondence from Virgilia Whitehead, 1946-1948.
- 24. Correspondence from Virgilia Whitehead, 1949-1951.
- 25. Correspondence from Virgilia Whitehead, 1952-1953, and n.d.
- 26. Education of the Blind, pamphlet, and braille cards.
- 27. Greeting cards, 1956-1971.
- 28. Old South Historical Society, correspondence and report, 1956-1960.
- 29. Paine, Elsie M., personal file, reports, awards, 1921-1945.
- 30. Will of Helen Cartwright McCleary '04, leaving $100 to the class of 1904.
- 31-35. Account books, 1915-1920, 1919-1936, 1936-1956, 1958-1971.
- 36. Harvard Athletic Association, scrapbook, 1922-1948.
- 37. Photographs, miscellaneous.
- 38. Photographs of Girls Latin School students, 1900.
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
Sherer, Caroline Shaw
Sumichrast, Frederick C. de (Frederick Caesar de), 1845-1933