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SC 23

Lyon, Mabel Harris, 1873-1937. Papers of Mabel Harris Lyon, 1883-1926: 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 23
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Mabel Harris Lyon, 1873-1937
Title: Papers of Mabel Harris Lyon,1883-1926
Date(s): 1883-1926
Quantity: .63 linear feet (1+1/2 file boxes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Diaries, notebooks, photographs, etc., of Mabel Harris Lyon, Radcliffe College Class of 1877.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: R75-18
This collection was given to the Schlesinger Library in 1967 by Mary Meehan of the Harvard Archives, who found the material among the papers of Professor David Gordon Lyon, Mabel Lyon's husband. They were transferred from the Library to the Archives in 1975.

Processing Information:

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

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Mabel Harris Lyon 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:

Mabel Harris Lyon Papers, 1883-1926; item description, dates. SC 23, folder #. Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Mabel Harris Lyon was a devoted Radcliffe alumna. During her undergraduate days she assisted Miss Coes in her office and from then on, her service to Radcliffe was practically continuous: secretary of her class for many years; director, secretary, vice-president, and president of the Alumnae Association; college Trustee, 1921-1926; president of the Iota chapter of the PhiBeta Kappa.
Lyon's graduate work was done at Radcliffe and the Graduate School of Education at Harvard, from which she received her Ed.M in 1925. She taught at the Cambridge Latin School from 1897 until her marriage to Professor David Gordon Lyon in 1910 and continued to teach private pupils in her own home for many years thereafter.
Two years before her death, she was appointed by the Harvard Corporation as Advisor of Women, Graduate School of Education at Harvard.


This collection consists of the college notebooks, one high school notebook, four diaries, and miscellaneous papers and photographs.


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Additional Index Terms

Lecture Notes
Women--Education (Higher)--Massachusetts--Cambridge
Lyon, David Gordon, 1852-1935
Radcliffe College. Alumnae Association
Radcliffe College--Alumni and alumnae
Radcliffe College. Class of 1897
Radcliffe College--Curricula
Radcliffe College--Students