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SC 50

Rudd, Bessie Huntting, 1895-1978. Papers of Bessie Huntting Rudd, 1912-1961: 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 50
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Bessie Huntting Rudd, 1895-1978
Title: Papers of Bessie Huntting Rudd, 1912-1961
Date(s): 1912-1961
Quantity: .63 linear feet (1 + 1/2 file boxes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, scrapbook, photographs, clippings, etc., of Bessie Huntting Rudd, Radcliffe College Class of 1917.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: R77-9, R78-41, R2001-15
The collection was received from Bessie Huntting Rudd (August 3, 1977), Rhode Island Trust National Bank (October 12, 1978), and Kathryn Lee (August 2001).

Processing Information:

Processed: July, 1980
By: Eric N. Lindquist
Reprocessed: August 2008
By: Johanna Carll

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Bessie Huntting Rudd 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:

Bessie Huntting Rudd Papers, 1912-1961; item description, dates. SC 50, folder #. Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Bessie Huntting Rudd was born in 1895 and attended Mrs. Von Mack's School in Boston. She attended Radcliffe 1913-1917, receiving her A.B. in English. While at Radcliffe BR was extremely active in athletics, playing on the varsity basketball team 1913-1917 (Captain, 1916-1917) and hockey team 1915-1917 and serving as Vice President of the Radcliffe Athletic Association 1915-1916. In addition she served as Class Treasurer and Silver Bay leader in 1916. After receiving a certificate in Health and Physical Education from Wellesley in 1924, Rudd returned to Radcliffe as Assistant Director of Physical Education (1924-1931). From there she went on to become Physical Education Director at Pembroke, where she remained until her retirement in 1961. Rudd was the author of a number of publications on field hockey. She was made a full professor in 1952 and was later the first woman elected to the Brown Athletic Hall of Fame. Among other activities Rudd was a long time Red Cross volunteer and worked for the Republican Party. She was an active member of the Radcliffe Club of Rhode Island and served as an Alumnae Trustee 1945-1951. Rudd died in 1978.


The collection consists of clippings, memorabilia, correspondence re the Frances Augusta Lord fountain, letters and papers of the Radcliffe Club of Rhode Island, and PHOTOGRAPHS. The collection also contains a scrapbook compiled by Rudd documenting her years at Radcliffe.

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Idler Club (Radcliffe College)
Lord, Frances Augusta
Radcliffe Club of Boston
Radcliffe Club of Rhode Island
Radcliffe College. Alumnae Association
Radcliffe College--Alumni and alumnae
Radcliffe College. Class of 1908
Radcliffe College. Class of 1917
Radcliffe College--Societies, etc.
Radcliffe College--Sports
Radcliffe College--Students