Rudd, Bessie Huntting, 1895-1978. Papers of Bessie Huntting Rudd, 1912-1961: 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 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
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.
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).
Processed: July, 1980
By: Eric N. Lindquist
Reprocessed: August 2008
By: Johanna Carll
Access. Collection is open for research.
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
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
Bessie Huntting Rudd Papers, 1912-1961; item description, dates. SC 50, folder #.
Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University,
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
- 1.1. Clippings and memorabilia, 1894-1961.
Scope and Contents: "Report of the Committee upon Athletics", Princeton, 1894; "List of References in
History I, 1912"; invitation to meeting of College Anti-Suffrage League of Massachusetts,
1917; basketball armband, 1917; Glee and Mandolin Club concert program, 1917; Radcliffe
Guild program, "Monsieur Beaucaire", 1918; Idler Club program, "Milestones", 1919;
Alumnae Day program, 1919; "Report of Annual Business Meeting" of Radcliffe Alumnae
Association, 1919; invitation to Radcliffe Athletic Association annual Field Day with
Radcliffe Athletic Association pin, 1919; Endowment Fund concert program 1920; clippings
re resignation of Dean Bertha M. Boody (1920); Choral Society program, "Patience",
1922; clipping re Radcliffe hockey team, 1921; clipping, BR's observations on current
styles in women's clothing, 1922; debate program, Radcliffe v. Smith, 1925; flyer
for Ada Louise Comstock Scholarship, 1943-1944; articles on Radcliffe and Harvard-Radcliffe
affiliation in Brown Daily Herald, 1959; Board Meeting agenda of Radcliffe Alumnae Association, 1960; program for Alumnae
dinner, Pembroke, 1961; clipping from Pembroke Alumna re retirement of Bessie Rudd, 1961; clippings re Margaret Fitzgerald, Eliza M. Hoppin,
Grace Wardwell Hadley, Radcliffe Farm, n.d.
- 1.2. Newsletters, clippings and programs of the Radcliffe Club of Rhode Island, 1946-1959.
- 1.3. Correspondence re fountain in the Sunken Garden given by the Radcliffe Club of Rhode
Island in memory of Frances Augusta Lord '88, 1957-1959.
- 1.4. Photographs of students, dramatics, hockey, outings to beach and Ticonderoga, 50th
Reunion of Class of 1908, Silver Bay, cut of photograph of Bessie Huntting Rudd, 1941.
- 2.1-2.7. Scrapbook, 1914-1915; includes course descriptions, exams, grades, report cards; club
event posters and schedules; programs, ticket stubs, photographs, letters, clippings,
etc., relating to social events at Radcliffe, Radcliffe basketball team, and Rudd's
academic performance at Radcliffe.
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.