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SC 67

Cronkhite, Bernice Brown, 1893- . Papers of Bernice Brown Cronkhite, 1921-1981: A Finding Aid

Radcliffe College Archives, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America

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Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
June 2007

© 2007 President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: SC 67
Repository: Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
Creator: Bernice Brown Cronkhite, 1893-
Title: Papers of Bernice Brown Cronkhite, 1921-1981
Quantity: 1 box
Abstract: Correspondence, speeches, articles, and photographs of Bernice Brown Cronkhite, Radcliffe College Class of 1916.

Processing Information:

Processed: September 1981
By: Isabelle Bland Dry '35

Acquisition Information:

Accession numbers: R78-22, R81-7, R81-11
This collection in part was given to the Archives in 1981, and in part was found in the Archives.

Preferred citation for publication:

Bernice Brown Cronkhite Papers, 1921-1981; item description, dates. SC 67, folder #. Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

BIOGRAPHY

BBC was born in Calais, Maine in 1893 and after the death of her mother in 1896, was brought up with her older brother, by her father and aunt. She attended schools in Providence, Rhode Island and following graduation from high school taught school in Tiverton for one year. She attended Radcliffe, 1912-1916, because of its course offerings in government and law and received a "distant work" scholarship because she came from a city outside of Boston. While at Radcliffe for reasons of economy, BBC roomed with Louise Jackson, a portrait painter, at Studio House, 168 Brattle Street. After receiving her AB in 1916, BBC continued as a part time student, for two years serving as first woman teaching assistant in Government I, and earning her AM in political science. She received a fellowship from the Carnegie Endowment for Peace in Washington, the first woman to do so, and worked for one year at Yale. She completed her studies at Radcliffe and received her Ph.D in 1920. At the instigation of President Briggs, BBC spent a postgraduate year in Belgium, working on the papers of Professor Ernest Nys, the leading scholar in international law in Belgium who had recently died. From 1921-1923, under the auspices of the Women's Municipal League in Boston she started a training school for women who wanted to go into civil service positions in Massachusetts (policewomen, truant officers, sanitary inspectors etc.). In 1923 BBC was appointed Dean of Radcliffe College under the Presidency of Ada Comstock. From 1934-1959 she served as Dean of the Graduate School, and was also Vice-President of Radcliffe College, from 1923-1960.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

This collection consists of correspondence, including letters presented to BBC on the occasion of her 25th anniversary as Dean and Vice-President of Radcliffe College, speeches and articles, and photographs
There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Bernice Brown Cronkhite papers, 1915-1970 (173).

INVENTORY

Additional catalog entries

The following catalog entries represent persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection. An entry for each appears in the Harvard On Line Library Information System (HOLLIS) and other automated bibliographic databases. THIS IS NOT AN INDEX.

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