Wilson, Elizabeth W., 1896-1980. Papers of Elizabeth W. Wilson, 1886-1975: 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 32
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Elizabeth W. Wilson, 1896-1980
Title: Papers of Elizabeth W. Wilson, 1886-1975
Quantity: 1.25 linear feet (3 file boxes) plus 1 folio folder, 1 folio+ folder, 1 oversize folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Scrapbooks, correspondence, articles, photographs, etc., of Elizabeth Webb Wilson,
Radcliffe College Class of 1920.
Accession numbers: R75-10, R75-12, R75-49
The papers of Elizabeth Webb Wilson were given to the Radcliffe College Archives by
Elizabeth Webb Wilson in 1975.
Processed: February 1980
By: Patricia Yee '83
Access. Collection is open for research.
Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Elizabeth W. Wilson 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.
Elizabeth W. Wilson Papers, 1886-1975; item description, dates. SC 32, folder #. Radcliffe
College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge,
Elizabeth W. Wilson received her AM '20, Ph.D. '34 in economics from Radcliffe College.
She became an actuary, a calculator of insurance risks and premiums, and was the first
woman ever selected to be a delegate to the International Congress of Actuaries (1927).
An expert on health insurance, she vigorously opposed nationally financed health care
on grounds of economic feasibility and quality of service. She published several articles
and a book--Compulsory Health Insurance-- about this subject and conducted studies of the Rhode Island Cash Sickness Insurance
System and socialized medicine in Europe. During World War I, Wilson was chief computer
of the Ballistics Unit of the Army's Ordinance Department and in World War II, she
served as an actuary for the Social Security Board in Washington, D.C.
This collection contains scrapbooks, photographs, correspondence, invitations, articles
by and about Elizabeth W. Wilson and her family and friends, and memorabilia.
- Box 1: 1v-4v
- Box 2: 5v-7
- Box 3: 8-15
- 1v. Scrapbook, 1886-1972, n.d.. Correspondence; invitations; clippings by and about Wilson,
family, and friends; photographs of great-grandparents, grandparents, parents, aunts,
uncles, cousins, and Wilson; poetry, marriage certificate, teaching certificate, etc.
Also includes courtship letter (father to mother), 1894 and 2 autograph letters, signed
after marriage, 1895.
- 2v. Scrapbook, 1897-1971, n.d.. Correspondence; invitations; clippings by and about Wilson,
family, and friends; photographs of Wilson, god-daughter (Elizabeth Bradford Somerville)
- 3v. Scrapbook, 1936-1975, n.d. Correspondence; invitations; clippings by and about Wilson,
family, and friends; photographs of Wilson and friends. Eulogies of Wilson's friends,
- 4v. Scrapbook, 1939-1972, n.d. Correspondence; invitations; clippings by and about Wilson,
family, and friends; photographs of Wilson and friends; eulogies of Wilson's friends.
- 5v. Scrapbook, 1927-1958, n.d. Correspondence; invitations; clippings by and about Wilson,
family, and friends; except for eulogies of friends; programs and photos of places.
Primarily contains memorabilia from the International Congress of Actuaries held in
London (1927), Rome (1934), and Madrid (1954); the centenary of the British Institute
of Actuaries (1948) and of the Faculty of Actuaries in Scotland (1956); and other
- 6v. Scrapbook, 1948-1975, n.d. Correspondence; invitations; clippings by and about Wilson,
family, and friends; memorabilia from International Congress of Actuaries held in
Brussels (1960), London and Edinburgh (1964), and Munich (1968); photograph of friend;
menus; datebooks; index to scrapbook collection (1v.-6v.).
- 7. Medals, awards, and badges: The Luther Rice Society Award, 1968; award from Sesquicentennial
Club, George Washington University, n.d.; Walsh Prize for Irish History, n.d.; Ruggles
1st Price for Mathematics, 1917; Ruggles Prize for Mathematics given to Lewes D. Wilson
(father of Elizabeth W. Wilson), n.d.; badge, Faculty of Actuaries in Scotland, 1956;
badge, International Congress of Actuaries, 1957
- 8. Certificates, 1923-1966.
See also #16f-18f+.
- 9. Clippings about Wilson, n.d.
- 10. Clippings about Wilson, 1935-1961
- 11. Invitations sent to Wilson, 1924-1956, n.d.
- 12. Articles by Wilson, 1946-1967
- 13. Correspondence, 1913-1958
- 14. Miscellaneous material, 1947-1968
- 15. Photographs of Wilson, family, friends: Lewes Delaware Wilson, n.d.; Elizabeth Webb
Wilson, n.d.; Thomas Somerville III, n.d.; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Somerville III, n.d.;
- 16f. Certificates: Radcliffe Ph.D, 1934; George Washington University Alumni Achievement
Award, 1942; Phi Beta Kappa, 1940.
Phi Beta Kappa certificate has been moved to #8.
- 17o. Certificates: Certificate of Merit in Genealogy, 1939; Radcliffe M.A., 1923; George
Washington University B.A., 1917.
Certificate of Merit in Genealogy has been moved to #8.
- 18f+. Certificate of Service in United States War Development, 1919; Certificate of Service
in American National Red Cross, 1946.
The Certificate of Service in American National Red Cross has been moved to #8.