Noyes, Penelope Barker, 1891-1977. Papers of Penelope Barker Noyes, 1912-1929: A Finding
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 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
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.
Accession number: R78-35
The papers of Penelope Barker Noyes were deposited with the Radcliffe College Archives
in September, 1978.
Processed: May, 1979
By: Beth Robertson
Access. Collection is open for research.
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
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
Penelope Barker Noyes Papers, 1891-1977; item description, dates. SC 6, folder #.
Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University,
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.
- Box 1: 1v-6v
- Box 2: 7v-14
- Box 3: 15v-22
- 1v. Scrapbook: correspondence, clippings, programs of the English Club, Idler, Radcliffe
Guild, Specials Club, 1912-1914.
- 2v. Scrapbook: correspondence, clippings, programs, 1913-1915.
- 3. Correspondence re college activities, 1912-April 1915.
- 4. Correspondence re college activities, 1915-1917 includes typed letter, signed from
Dean Bertha Boody to Penelope Barker Noyes, 1915.
- 5v. European history course notebook, manuscript, 1913.
- 6v. European history course notebook, manuscript, 1914.
- 7v. Fine Arts course notebook, manuscript, 1914-1915.
- 8. Fine Arts cards, painting notes, 1914-1915.
- 9v. Early U.S. history, course notebook, manuscript, 1916.
- 10. History and Fine Arts exams, 1914-1916.
- 11. Clippings, 1914-1916, commencement and club activities.
- 12. Commencement, 1915, programs and invitations.
- 13. Commencement, 1916, correspondence, programs and invitations.
- 14. Commencement, 1917, program and invitation.
- 15v. Desk calendar, 1918.
- 16. Radcliffe Union War Work: reports of meetings, announcements, clippings, 1917-1918.
- 17. Mass General Hospital, Clinic Secretary's duties, 1917-1918.
- 18. Radcliffe Building and Endowment Fund, correspondence, 1929.
- 19. Reunion material, class of 1916.
- 20. Semi-centennial, correspondence with Alumnae Association committee members including
2 TLS from President Comstock to Penelope Barker Noyes, 1929; programs invitations,
pamphlets on Radcliffe history and the Alumnae fund, 1928-1929.
- 21. Semi-centennial clippings.
- 22. Photographs: Penelope Barker Noyes in 1916, Eleanor Hinkley, 1924, Ellen Eppendorff
- 23vo. Portfolio of sketches, including views of Agassiz House, Fay House, Gymnasium; clippings,
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--Societies, etc.