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SC 24

Radcliffe College in France: scrapbooks compiled by Anna Eveleth Holman, 1917-1920: 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 24
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Title: Radcliffe College in France: scrapbooks compiled by Anna Eveleth Holman, 1917-1920
Date(s): 1917-1920
Quantity: 1.38 linear feet (1 folio+ box)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Scrapbooks containing correspondence, photographs, and reports of the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association war relief committee.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: R79-47
The two scrapbooks were compiled by Anna Eveleth Holman and given to the Radcliffe Archives by the Alumnae Office in March, 1936.

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 Radcliffe College in France scrapbooks 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:

Radcliffe College in France scrapbooks compiled by Anna Eveleth Holman, 1917-1920; item description, dates. SC 24, folder #. Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Papers of Anna Eveleth Holman, 1893-1967 (SC 17) and Papers of Anna Eveleth Holman, 1912-1984 (MC 291).


The Radcliffe College Alumnae Association, in June 1917 appointed a committee for war work and voted $1000 from its Treasury towards the $4000 to be raised. The committee members were Christina Hopkinson Baker '93, Chairman, Alice Natalie Jewett '02 and Katherine Munroe Day '14.
The War Fund Committee of Wellesley Alumnae planned to raise $30,000 to send a unit of eight women to northern France to help refugees return to their destroyed homes. They welcomed a Radcliffe representative on the unit. Dr. Augusta Williams G '92 N87-89, sailed to France in April 1918 as the Radcliffe representative on the Wellesley Unit for work among the refugees and repatries. She remained with the unit until after Armistice when she was put in charge of college women workers, American and French, under the American Red Cross in Paris. She was replaced by Catherine Huntington '11 as the Radcliffe representative. Huntington served for six months from Februrary 1919 with YMCA Canteen Service assisting with pageants and entertainment.
War work activities began to close down after the armistice, but the Vice-President of Le Village Reconstitue, appealed to Lucy Stockton '10, who worked as a motor driver of nurses and supplies, to encourage six American women to join them. Five Radcliffe women Hester Brown '16, Mary Burrage '14, Julia Collier '10, Anna Holman '14, and Katherine Shortall '12 joined this relief work. They were stationed in different areas, under the auspices of Le Village Reconstitue and the French Red Cross. Their duties varied: Holman spent her time at Buzy driving: helping to move sick people to hospital, delivering supplies to devastated areas; others worked with children, or as nurses' aides. Catherine Huntington having left the YMCA unit in November, 1919 organized a children's festival. The war work committee was disbanded in June, 1920, having executed its tasks nobly.


This collection consists of two oversize scrapbooks containing correspondence, photographs and reports of the unit's war work.

Partial list of correspondents and of subjects

See also the Anna Eveleth Holman collection in Schlesinger Library for other photographs and information on the Radcliffe Unit in France.

Partial list of photographs

Excluded are the many unidentified photographs and photographs of French towns and places of interest.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Reconstruction (1914-1939)--France
Baker, Christina Hopkinson
Browne, Hester Wetherbee, 1895-1944
Burrage, Mary Ursula, 1892-1927
Holman, Anna Eveleth, 1892-1969
Huntington, Catherine
Radcliffe College. Alumnae Association
Radcliffe College--Alumni and alumnae
Williams, Augusta