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MC 230

Records of Notable American Women, 1607-1950, 1958-1973: 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

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: MC 230
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Title: Records of Notable American Women, 1607-1950, 1958-1973
Date(s): 1958-1973
Quantity: 31.48 linear feet (75+1/2 file boxes) plus 1 folio+ folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, drafts, research notes, etc., documenting the preparation of the first three volumes of Notable American Women, a biographical dictionary of American women.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 1655, 76-239, 86-M103
The records of Notable American Women were given to the Schlesinger Library in August 1969 and July 1976 by Janet Wilson James, and in June 1986 by Mary Tolford Wilson.

Processing Information:

Processed: July 1976 and February 1979
By: Candace E. Kalish, Joseph A. Interrante

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the records of Notable American women, 1607-1950, as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Records may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Notable American women, 1607-1950 Records, 1958-1973; item description, dates. MC 230, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Notable American Women, the modern period Records, 1975-1980 (MC 307; RG XXXIV, Series 1); Records of Notable American women: a biographical dictionary completing the twentieth century, 1994-2005 (MC 699); and Janet Wilson James Papers, 1900-1999 (MC 723).

HISTORY

This collection documents the preparation of the first three volumes of Notable American Women, edited by Edward T. James, Janet W. James, and Paul S. Boyer. It contains samples of the forms used by the editorial staff, consultants, and authors of biographical articles; lists of staff members; correspondence with authors, groups, and various institutions about research for Notable American Women; lists of possible subjects (and, in many cases, short bio-bibliographies about them); research notes; and drafts, with corrections, of the articles included in Notable American Women. The lists of subjects include women of the seventeenth, eighteenth, nineteenth and first half of the twentieth centuries who were considered noteworthy, but most of whom were not ultimately included in the published work.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

This collection documents the preparation of the first 3 volumes of Notable American Women. It contains samples of the forms used by the editorial staff, consultants, and authors of biographical articles; lists of staff members; correspondence with authors, groups, and various institutions about research for Notable American Women; lists of possible subjects (and, in many cases, short bio-bibliographies about them); research notes; and drafts, with corrections, of the articles included in Notable American Women. The lists of subjects include women of the 17th, 18th, 19th, and first half of the 20th centuries who were considered noteworthy, but most of whom were ultimately not included in the published work. There is also a card file of information on women not included.

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Additional Index Terms

Articles
Bibliographies
Biographies
Drafts (preliminary versions)
Feminism
Genealogy
Notes
United States--History
United States--Politics and government
United States--Social life and customs
Women--History
Women--Social conditions
Women--United States--Biography
Biblioteca femina
Bunting-Smith, Mary, 1910-1998
Boyer, Paul S.
James, Edward T.
James, Janet Wilson, 1918-1987
Jordan, W. K. (Wilbur Kitchener), 1902-1980
Schlesinger, Arthur M. (Arthur Meier), 1888-1965

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