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Wilson, Elizabeth W., 1896-1980. Papers of Elizabeth W. Wilson, 1886-1975: 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 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
Date(s): 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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

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.

Processing Information:

Processed: February 1980
By: Patricia Yee '83

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

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

Preferred Citation:

Elizabeth W. Wilson Papers, 1886-1975; item description, dates. SC 32, folder #. Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


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.


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