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Raushenbush, Esther. Papers, 1945-1979: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America


Radcliffe College
February, 1986

© 1986 Radcliffe College

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: 80-M243
Repository: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
Creator: Esther (Mohr) McGill Raushenbush, 1898-1980
Title: Papers, 1945-1979
Quantity: l carton
Abstract: Speeches, reports, articles, etc., of Esther Raushenbush, professor and college president.

Processing Information:

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

Acquisition Information:

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

Preferred citation for publication:

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 EMR 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 EMR 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, EMR 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 EMR's oral history interview, OH-36.


This collection consists of EMR'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.



Additional catalog entries

College presidents
Conant, James Bryant, 1893-1978
Education, Continuing
Education and teacher training
Hazen Foundation
Jewish--American women
Radcliffe College alumnae
Sarah Lawrence College