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Raushenbush, Esther. Papers of Esther Raushenbush, 1945-1979: 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.: 80-M243
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Esther Raushenbush
Title: Papers of Esther Raushenbush, 1945-1979
Date(s): 1945-1979
Quantity: 1 linear feet (l carton)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Speeches, reports, articles, etc., of Esther Raushenbush, professor and college president.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 80-M243
This collection was given to the Schlesinger Library by the Esther Raushenbush Library of Sarah Lawrence College in December 1980.

Processing Information:

Preliminary inventory: February, 1986
By: Jane S. Knowles, Lucy Thoma

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Esther Raushenbush 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:

Esther Raushenbush Papers, 1945-1979; item description, dates. 80-M243, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Esther (Mohr) McGill Raushenbush, professor and college president, was born on November 22, 1898, of Jewish immigrant parents who had settled in Seattle, Washington. She was raised in a large family, attended Seattle public schools, and received her A.B. (1921) and A.M. (1922) in English from the University of Washington.
In 1923 Raushenbush came east to marry Jerry McGill, a graduate student at Harvard, against her parents' wishes. She attended Radcliffe as a graduate student, 1924-1925, but did not complete her degree. After travel and study abroad Raushenbush taught at Wellesley College and then at Barnard. She was divorced from Jerry McGill in 1932 and married Carl Raushenbush, a labor economist, in 1935. She was appointed professor of English at Sarah Lawrence College, became dean in 1946, and in 1962, founder and first director of the Center for Continuing Education, the purpose of which was to help women finish their education and training. She served as president of Sarah Lawrence from 1965 to 1969.
After retirement, Raushenbush was consultant to the John Hay Whitney Foundation, 1970-1979, helping to develop programs for minorities. She served on the boards of many educational institutions, and was author of numerous articles on education and of The Student and His Studies (1964). She received an honorary degree from the University of Freiburg, an alumnae award from the University of Washington (1965), and the Sachar award from Brandeis University.
For additional biographical information, see Raushenbush's oral history interview, OH-36.


This collection consists of Esther Raushenbush's speeches, reports, and articles on educational and social issues written while at Sarah Lawrence or after her retirement. The collection was originally arranged in four volumes and two supplements. It has been divided into folders, but the volume numbers have been retained so as to allow use of the index.

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Continuing education
Jews--United States
Teachers--Training of
College presidents
Conant, James Bryant, 1893-1978
Joseph H Hazen Foundation
Radcliffe College--Alumni and alumnae
Sarah Lawrence College