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SC 67

Cronkhite, Bernice Brown, 1893-1983. Papers of Bernice Brown Cronkhite, 1921-1981: 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 67
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Bernice Brown Cronkhite, 1893-1983
Title: Papers of Bernice Brown Cronkhite, 1921-1981
Date(s): 1921-1981
Quantity: .42 linear feet (1 boxes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, speeches, articles, and photographs of Bernice Brown Cronkhite, Radcliffe College Class of 1916.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

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.

Processing Information:

Processed: September 1981
By: Isabelle Bland Dry '35

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

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.

Preferred Citation:

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

Related Material:

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, from 1923-1960.


This collection consists of correspondence, including letters presented to Bernice Brown Cronkhite on the occasion of her 25th anniversary as Dean and Vice-President of Radcliffe College, speeches and articles, and photographs

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Additional Index Terms

Boggs, Jean Sutherland
Bourneuf, Alice
Cannon, Cornelia James, 1876-1969
Comstock, Ada Louise
Elliott, Kathleen Overmyer, 1910-1995
Gray, Hanna Holborn
Hoffleit, Dorrit
Lincoln, Victoria, 1904-1981
Lyman, Susan Storey
Radcliffe College--Alumni and alumnae
Radcliffe College. Class of 1916
Radcliffe College--History
Tate, Merze, 1905-1996
Tuchman, Barbara W. (Barbara Wertheim), 1912-1989