Cronkhite, Bernice Brown, 1893-1983. 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
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
© 2007 President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: SC 67
Repository: Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
Creator: Bernice Brown Cronkhite, 1893-1983
Title: Papers of Bernice Brown Cronkhite, 1921-1981
Quantity: .42 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, speeches, articles, and photographs of Bernice Brown Cronkhite, Radcliffe
College Class of 1916.
Processed: September 1981
By: Isabelle Bland Dry '35
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
Access. Collection is open for research.
Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Bernice Brown Cronkhite 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.
Bernice Brown Cronkhite Papers, 1921-1981; item description, dates. SC 67, folder
#. Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard
University, Cambridge, Mass.
There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Bernice Brown Cronkhite
papers, 1915-1970 (173)
Bernice Brown Cronkhite 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, Cronkhite roomed with
Louise Jackson, a portrait painter, at Studio House, 168 Brattle Street.
After receiving her AB in 1916, Cronkhite 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, Cronkhite 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 Cronkhite 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,
This collection consists of correspondence, including letters
presented to Bernice Brown Cronkhite on the occasion of her 25th anniversary as Dean
Vice-President of Radcliffe College, speeches and articles, and photographs
- 1. Correspondence received by Bernice Brown Cronkhite, 1921-1939. Includes clipping re:
Bernice Brown Cronkhite
- 2. Correspondence received by Bernice Brown Cronkhite, 1942-1949. Includes typed letter,
signed from Merze Tate
- 3. Correspondence received by Bernice Brown Cronkhite, May-Sept 1948. Re: oil portrait
of Bernice Brown Cronkhite by Abbot Cheever
- 4v. Correspondence received by Bernice Brown Cronkhite, 1948. Scrapbook of letters received
from graduates, presented to Bernice Brown Cronkhite on the occasion of the celebration
of her 25th anniversary as Dean and Vice-President of Radcliffe. Includes letters
from Jean Sutherland Boggs, Alice Bourneuf, Cornelia James Cannon, Kathleen Elliott,
- 5. Correspondence received by Bernice Brown Cronkhite. Index of correspondents
- 6. Correspondence received by Bernice Brown Cronkhite, 1951-1957.
- 7. Correspondence received by Bernice Brown Cronkhite, 1958-1959. Re: Bernice Brown Cronkhite
and Leonard Cronkhite's
25th wedding anniversary; also Bernice Brown Cronkhite's retirement as Dean of
- 8. Correspondence received by Bernice Brown Cronkhite, 1960-1969. Includes Victoria Lincoln
- 9. Correspondence received by Bernice Brown Cronkhite, 1970-1974. Includes Bernice Brown
Cronkhite to President Bok and Leonard Bernstein
and letters from Ada Louise Comstock
- 10. Correspondence received by Bernice Brown Cronkhite, 1975-1977. Includes Susan Storey
Lyman and Kathleen Elliott
- 11. Correspondence received by Bernice Brown Cronkhite, 1978-1979. Includes Hanna Holborn,
Gray, Barbara Tuchman, and many
autobiographical letters from former graduates
- 12. Correspondence received by Bernice Brown Cronkhite, 1980-1981
- 13. Correspondence received by Bernice Brown Cronkhite, n.d. and Christmas card from Bernice
- 14. PHOTOGRAPHS of friends and former graduates
- 15. VE Day Service speech by Bernice Brown Cronkhite May 8, 1945 typescript, Bernice Brown
Cronkhite's "New Patterns
of Women's Education," ca. 1960
- 16o. Color wash sketch of Comstock House in Moorhead Minnesota given
by Robert Loeffler to Bernice Brown Cronkhite on the occasion of her visit to
Moorhead, Minn, 1979.
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.
Boggs, Jean Sutherland
Cannon, Cornelia James, 1876-1969
Comstock, Ada Louise
Elliott, Kathleen Overmyer, 1910-1995
Gray, Hanna Holborn
Lincoln, Victoria, 1904-1981
Lyman, Susan Storey
Radcliffe College--Alumni and alumnae
Radcliffe College. Class of 1916
Tate, Merze, 1905-1996
Tuchman, Barbara W. (Barbara Wertheim), 1912-1989