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SC 27

Paine, Elsie Miriam. Additional papers of Elsie Miriam Paine, 1900-1948: 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 27
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: Additional papers of Elsie Miriam Paine, 1900-1948
Date(s): 1900-1948
Quantity: 1.67 linear feet (4 file boxes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Diaries, correspondence, etc., of Elsie Miriam Paine, Radcliffe College Class of 1904.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: R80-I
Transferred from Schlesinger Library Collection number A-40, January 1980.

Processing Information:

Processed: January, 1980
By: Bonnie Bergland Bracker

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

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 or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Elsie Miriam Paine Additional papers, 1900-1948; item description, dates. SC 27, 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 Elsie Miriam Paine, 1904-1972 (SC 5.).


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.


Elsie Miriam Paine's collection consists of 26 personal diaries covering student years at Radcliffe (1900-1904) and subsequent employment as Assistant to the Radcliffe Secretary, 1904-1910 and Dean's Assistant, 1910-1922.
Her diaries trace the growth of college beginning in the days when the first dormitory (Bertram) was being built and the Radcliffe library grew to own 17,000 volumes. She gives impressions of college life, family and church affairs, Cambridge and Boston.
The collection also includes a description of 45 years in the Cambridge Congregational Church School (1903-1948), letters, programs, alumnae material and a description of Mary Coes' death (1913).


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Additional Index Terms

Cambridge (Mass.)--Church history
World War, 1914-1918
47 Workshop
Agassiz, Elizabeth Cabot Cary, 1822-1907
Boody, Bertha May
Buckingham, Harriet Dean
Cambridge Congregational Church
Coes, Mary, 1861-1913
College Club (Boston, Mass.)
Higginson, Henry Lee, 1834-1919
Idler Club (Radcliffe College)
Irwin, Agnes, 1841-1914
Park, Marian Edwards, 1875-1960
Radcliffe Club of Boston
Radcliffe College. Class of 1904
Radcliffe College--History
Radcliffe Union
Sherer, Caroline Shaw
Young Women's Christian Association of the U.S.A.