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SC 37

Medeiros, Blanche Elizabeth, 1873-1962. Scrapbooks of Blanche Elizabeth Medeiros, 1948-1962: 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

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: SC 37
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Blanche Elizabeth Medeiros, 1873-1962
Title: Scrapbooks of Blanche Elizabeth Medeiros, 1948-1962
Date(s): 1948-1962
Quantity: .96 linear feet (1/2 oversized file box)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Scrapbooks of Blanche Blandina Elizabeth Medeiros, Radcliffe College Class of 1905.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: R75-42
Forty scrapbooks were given to Ruth. K. Porritt, Librarian, for the College Archives in February of 1960, 1961 and 1962.

Processing Information:

Processed: May, 1980
By: Isabelle Bland Dry '35

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Blanche Elizabeth Medeiros 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:

Blanche Elizabeth Medeiros Scrapbooks, 1948-1962; item description, dates. SC 37, folder #. Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Blanche Elizabeth Medeiros attended Radcliffe as a special student in 1902-1903. For most of her life she was a telegrapher for Western Union, retiring in 1948. A Catholic, she had no relatives and lived alone, and her friends meant a great deal to her. Much of the material pasted carefully in these scrapbooks consisted of greeting cards and thank you letters from friends. After retiring she took a course in writing for women at the Boston University Extension given by Agnes Carr of the Boston Traveler. Later she joined the Agnes Carr Writers' Club, where she was, successively, historian, Custodian of the club scrapbook, and publicity chairman. In 1955 Medeiros became Secretary of her class. During her leisure she enjoyed music, drama, reading, radio and television.


The collection includes correspondence, certificates and diplomas, reports on the class of 1905 and snapshots of the class' fiftieth reunion in 1955 as well as material in re the Agnes Carr Writers' Club. Newspaper clippings concerning Radcliffe have been distributed in the Archives subject file, and non-Radcliffe clippings have been climinated.

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Agness Carr Writers' Club
Radcliffe College--Alumni and alumnae
Radcliffe College. Class of 1905