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SC 60

Radcliffe College Library collection relating to Ann Radcliffe, 1894-1977: 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 60
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Title: Radcliffe College Library collection relating to Ann Radcliffe, 1894-1977
Date(s): 1894-1977
Quantity: .21 linear feet (1/2 file box) plus 1 folio+ folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, genealogical charts, clippings, etc., about Ann Radcliffe, the first woman donor to Harvard College.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: R80-55
Papers re Ann Radcliffe donated by Wilbur K. Jordan and Caroline Ames, and collected by the Radcliffe Library.

Processing Information:

Processed: September, 1980
By: Claudine Buxhoeveden

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the collection relating to Ann Radcliffe 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:

Radcliffe College Library collection relating to Ann Radcliffe, 1894-1977; item description, dates. SC 60, folder #. Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

SEPARATION RECORD

The following item has been removed from the collection:
Photographs have been removed to the photograph collection.
The following items have been removed to RGXX, Series 2:

BIOGRAPHY

Ann Radcliffe, or Lady Mowlson, established the first scholarship at Harvard College in 1643- the sum of one hundred pounds to aid "some poore Scholar". She was born in London in 1576, married Thomas Mowlson in 1600, and had two children, both of whom died young. Her husband died in 1658, leaving her half of his estate which she managed so well that its value was increased considerably. She was a shrewd, independent and active woman who lent money to Parliament and espoused the Puritan cause. She died in 1661. As Ann Radcliffe was the first woman donor to Harvard College, it was suggested by President Eliot that her name be taken by the as yet unnamed Harvard "Annex." In 1894, The Society for the Collegiate Instruction of Women became Radcliffe College, adopting her coat of arms as its official seal.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

Articles on the life of Ann Radcliffe, clippings, genealogical charts, correspondence, photostats, information on the Lady Mowlson Scholarship, and information on the Radcliffe Seals.

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Additional Index Terms

Genealogies
Harvard College (1780- )--Funds and scholarships
Radcliffe, Ann, 1576-1661
Radcliffe College--Heraldry
Radcliffe College--History
Radcliffe family

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