Raushenbush, Esther. Papers of Esther Raushenbush, 1945-1979: A Finding AidArthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
© 1986 President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: 80-M243
Repository: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
Creator: Esther Raushenbush
Title: Papers of Esther Raushenbush, 1945-1979
Quantity: 1 linear foot (l carton)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Speeches, reports, articles, etc., of Esther Raushenbush, professor and college president.
Preliminary inventory: February, 1986
By: Jane S. Knowles, Lucy Thoma
Accession number: 80-M243
This collection was given to the Schlesinger Library by the Esther Raushenbush Library of Sarah Lawrence College in December 1980.
Access. Collection is open for research.
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
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
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
For additional biographical information, see Raushenbush's oral history interview,
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.
- 1. Articles, reports, and speeches by Esther Raushenbush. Index for #2-12 and bibliography
of Esther Raushenbush's publications, not in the collection.
- 2. Articles, reports, and speeches by Esther Raushenbush, 1945-1953, v.l:1-20: includes
Esther Raushenbush's reports as Director of Continuing Education.
- 3. Articles, reports, and speeches by Esther Raushenbush, 1954-1955, v.1:21-31, re: physical
education, undergraduate marriages, and report of the class of l955.
- 4. Articles, reports, and speeches by Esther Raushenbush, 1957-1959, v.2: 1-21; includes
reports as dean and president of Sarah Lawrence College, speech re: Erewhon College,
an imaginary college invented by Esther Raushenbush.
- 5. Articles, reports, and speeches by Esther Raushenbush, 1960-1965, v.2:13-31, re: Hazen
Foundation, student work programs and education of men at Sarah Lawrence College.
- 6. Articles, reports, and speeches by Esther Raushenbush, 1965-1966, v.3:1-18, re: Mildred
von Sneidern, graduate students, sex and the college student.
- 7. Articles, reports, and speeches by Esther Raushenbush, January-October 1967, v.3:19-31,
re: drugs, student unrest.
- 8. Articles, reports, and speeches by Esther Raushenbush, October 1967-August 1968, v.4:
1-17, re: coeducation, death of Martin Luther King, Jr.
- 9. Articles, reports, and speeches by Esther Raushenbush, September 1968-1969, v.4: 18-31,
re: drugs, tuition increases, etc.
- 10. Articles, reports, and speeches by Esther Raushenbush. Supplement 1:1-21, 1946-1956,
re: Sarah Lawrence College, modern women.
- 11. Articles, reports, and speeches by Esther Raushenbush. Supplement 2:1-14, 1957-1961
re: Hazen Foundation, Israel League
- 12. Articles, reports, and speeches by Esther Raushenbush. Supplement 2:15-23, 1962-1967,
re: President James B. Conant of Harvard and the liberal arts college.
- 13v. Articles, reports, and speeches by Esther Raushenbush. "Occasional papers on education,"
a selection of Esther Raushenbush's talks and articles on education, 1947-1979 Esther
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.
Conant, James Bryant, 1893-1978
Joseph H Hazen Foundation
Radcliffe College--Alumni and alumnae
Sarah Lawrence College