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Noyes, Penelope Barker, 1891-1977. Papers of Penelope Barker Noyes, 1912-1929: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: SC 6
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Penelope Barker Noyes, 1891-1977
Title: Papers of Penelope Barker Noyes, 1891-1977
Date(s): 1891-1977
Quantity: 1.25 linear feet (3 file boxes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Scrapbooks, pamphlets, correspondence, clippings, etc., of Penelope Barker Noyes, Radcliffe College Class of 1916.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: R78-35
The papers of Penelope Barker Noyes were deposited with the Radcliffe College Archives in September, 1978.

Processing Information:

Processed: May, 1979
By: Beth Robertson

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Penelope Barker Noyes 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:

Penelope Barker Noyes Papers, 1891-1977; item description, dates. SC 6, folder #. Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Penelope Barker Noyes was born in 1891 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her parents were James Atkins and Constance Winsor Noyes. Her grandfather, Justin Winsor, one of the leading cartographers in the United States, was a historian and librarian at Harvard. Noyes attended Miss Haskell's school in Boston before entering Radcliffe in 1912 as a special student. While attending Radcliffe, Noyes was involved in many student clubs: The Guild, Idler, Specials and History Club. Although she was a non-graduate of the class of 1916, Noyes continued her association with Radcliffe after college as a member of the Radcliffe Alumnae Association War Work Committee, Radcliffe Distant Work Committee, and vice-president of the Radcliffe Union, 1917-1918. During this time she was also a clinical secretary at Massachusetts General Hospital, a Red Cross volunteer, and treasurer of the Cambridge Branch of the Special Aid Society. She continued serving on charitable and historical committees throughout her life. Noyes was a generous donor to Radcliffe in in 1964, 1974, and 1977, the year of her death.


The collection consists of college memorabilia, pamphlets, clippings, and correspondence. Also included are Penelope Barker Noyes's class notebooks and exams for history and fine arts courses and two college scrapbooks from 1912-1915 with news clippings, programs and some correspondence. In addition, the collection contains reunion material and information on the Semi-Centennial, 1929.


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Student activities--Massachusetts--Cambridge
World War, 1914-1918--Women
Boody, Bertha May
Comstock, Ada Louise
Idler Club (Radcliffe College)
Radcliffe College. Alumnae Association
Radcliffe College--Alumni and alumnae
Radcliffe College--Anniversaries, etc.
Radcliffe College. Class of 1916
Radcliffe College--Curricula
Radcliffe College--Examinations
Radcliffe College--Societies, etc.
Radcliffe College--Students
Radcliffe Union