Rotegard, Gail, 1947-1984. Papers of Gail Rotegard, 1967-1984: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: 85-M159--85-M175
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Gail Rotegard, 1947-1984
Title: Papers of Gail Rotegard, 1967-1984
Quantity: 1.63 linear feet (1 carton, 1+1/2 file boxes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Memoranda, reports, notes, etc., of Gail Rotegard, Boston city official.
Accession numbers: 85-M159, 85-M175
The papers of Gail Rotegard were given to the Schlesinger Library by her husband,
Elliot Friedman, in August 1985.
Preliminary inventory: December 1986
By: Anne Engelhart
Access. Unrestricted, except that folders #35 and #37 are closed until January 1,
Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Gail Rotegard is held by the President
and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. 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.
Gail Rotegard Papers, 1967-1984; item description, dates. 85-M159--85-M175, folder
#. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
The following items have been removed from the collection and discarded, December
- Clippings, articles re: child care, household management, 1978-1982
The eldest of four children of June and Richard A. Rotegard, Gail Pamela Rotegard
was born on January 25, 1947, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where her mother was a teacher
and her father a manager of an equipment leasing firm. She graduated from Radcliffe
College magna cum laude in 1968. A government major, Rotegard wrote an honors thesis
entitled "The Rhetoric of the Urban Crisis: The Crisis of the American City, 1964-1968."
She earned an M.B.A. with high honors from Boston University Graduate School of Management
Beginning soon after graduation from Radcliffe, Rotegard was employed by the City
of Boston in various capacities for ten years. She began as executive assistant to
the director of the Office of Public Service, helping to establish sixteen "little
city halls" in Boston's neighborhoods, and setting up management and public information
systems. Rotegard went on to become special assistant (1971-1972) to Mayor Kevin White,
and visitor services administrator for Boston 200/Office of the Boston Bicentennial
(1972-1975), establishing the service network used by downtown visitors and supervising
physical improvement projects. From 1975 to 1978 she served as executive assistant
in the office of Deputy Mayor Katharine D. Kane, where, as chief of staff, she oversaw
$20 million in federal and state aid, and twenty-one city agencies, boards, and commissions.
As project leader for the Boston Plan-a proposal for investment in the city-she identified
opportunities for joint public-private investment and helped seek financing.
Rotegard left city government in November 1978, taking a post as program analyst and
intergovernmental specialist in the director's office of Region I, United States Department
of Health, Education, and Welfare. There she evaluated HEW programs, focusing on user
and provider experiences in hospitals, schools, and social service agencies. She had
sole responsibility for a hospital cost control study that was presented at Vermont
legislative hearings and resulted in Medicaid fee changes in that state. In September
1980 she became development director at the Judge Baker Guidance Center, a children's
mental health facility; she established the development office, initiated a capital
drive for a major construction project, and was responsible for some aspects of financial
planning and all public relations and communications.
While employed in these various positions, Rotegard served as a consultant to a number
of organizations, doing studies of Boston's Model Cities Program and of the Job Corps,
and a plan for a national park and investment program for Lowell, Massachusetts. Honored
in 1974 for her "Outstanding Contribution to City of Boston" by the Mayor's Committee
on the Status of Women, she was also appointed to the Advisory Committee on Tourism
and Recreation of the Federal Energy Administration (1974-1975), and to the executive
committee of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (1976-1978).
Rotegard married Elliot Friedman, a government administrator, in September 1974. Twin
boys, Benjamin and Daniel, were born in July 1978. Rotegard died of cancer in May
This collection consists primarily of professional papers: memoranda, reports, notes,
budgets, research material, and correspondence documenting Gail Rotegard's career
as an administrator in the City of Boston, in Region I of the Department of Health,
Education, and Welfare, and at the Judge Baker Guidance Center. Many drafts and reports
on which Rotegard worked appeared without her name; Elliot Friedman helped identify
this material and his comments are attached to some specific items.
Among the personal papers are poems, prose, and a journal Rotegard wrote during her
college years, notes about child care and the development of her twin boys, and drafts
of a book on working mothers. Also included is a journal kept by Friedman, describing
the family's life during Rotegard's battle with cancer.
- Carton 1: 1-33
- Box 2: 34-44
- Box 3: 45-51
- 1-18:. Personal
- 1. Photographs of Rotegard, Elliot Friedman, and children, n.d.
FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
- 2. Writings: Manuscript poems, 1966, n.d.
- 3. Writings: Prose re: love, sex, college life, Kevin White, 1966-1968, n.d.
- 4v. Writings: Journal, 1967-1968
- 5. Undergraduate thesis, 1968
- 6. Applications to graduate schools, correspondence, 1977-1981; also statement of intellectual
- 7. Journal by Elliot Friedman, 1982-1984
- 8v. Engagement calendar, 1976
- 9v. Engagement calendar, 1977
- 10v. Engagement calendar, 1978
- 11. Correspondence, 1979-1980, n.d.
- 12. Manuscript notes re: development of twins, 1978-1980, n.d.; birth announcement; instructions
re: care; financial records of household help, 1979-1980.
- 13. Manuscript notes, printed material re: child care centers, etc., 1980-1981, n.d.
- 14. Readings re: twins, 1978, n.d.
- 15. Book re: working during first year of motherhood: Drafts and outlines, 1978, n.d.
- 16. Book re: working during first year of motherhood: Correspondence, 1978-1979
- 17. Resumes, letters applying for jobs, manuscript notes, 1974-1980, n.d.; obituaries,
- 19-49:. Professional
- 19-31:. City of Boston
- 19. Office of Public Service: Drafts and reports, 1968-1972
- 20. Office of Public Service: Memoranda by Rotegard, 1969-1971; also lists of contacts,
- 21. Office of the Mayor: Notes, reports re: Kevin White's accomplishments, 1970-1971
- 22. Office of the Mayor: Memoranda by Rotegard, 1971-1972
- 23. Boston 200/Office of the Boston Bicentennial: Memoranda by Rotegard, 1972-1973; also
notes, letter to Rotegard, 1974.
- 24. Boston 200/Office of the Boston Bicentennial: Photographs of Rotegard at meeting and
receiving award, 1974.
FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
- 25. Boston 200/Office of the Boston Bicentennial: Re: physical and environmental improvement
- 26. Boston 200/Office of the Boston Bicentennial: Correspondence, budgets, etc., re: child
care center at City Hall, 1974-1976
- 27. Boston 200/Office of the Boston Bicentennial: Proposal for a Boston Hosts Training
Program, 1974; printed booklets, guides by City Host, 1975.
- 28. Boston 200/Office of the Boston Bicentennial: Readings re: Boston
- 29. Office of the Deputy Mayor: Speeches by Katharine D. Kane, 1975-1978, n.d.; also articles
re: Kane, 1976, n.d.
- 30. Office of the Deputy Mayor: Memoranda, correspondence, notes, clippings, 1976-1978
- 31. Office of the Deputy Mayor: Re: The Boston Plan
- 32-41:. United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Region I
- 32. Re: A Service Delivery Assessment on Community Mental Health Centers: Report, supplement, condensed version, May-June 1979
- 33. Re: A Service Delivery Assessment on Community Mental Health Centers: Drafts
- 34. Re: A Service Delivery Assessment on Community Mental Health Centers: Research material: Site visits, 1979
- 36. Re: A Service Delivery Assessment on Community Mental Health Centers: Research material: Questionnaires, 1979, n.d.
- 38. A Service Delivery Assessment of Medicaid Payments for Hospital Outpatient Services
in Vermont, November 1979 Draft of Service Delivery Assessment of the Emergency Heat Assistance
Program in Rhode Island, April 1980 Report, etc., re: Massachusetts Energy Assistance
- 39. Notes re: Boston neighborhood health centers, 1977-1979; notes re: deinstitutionalization
of mentally ill and retarded clients, n.d.
- 40. Notes re: visits to Pine Street Inn and other shelters and programs, 1980; proposal
for Massachusetts Service Delivery Assessment, 1980; clippings, 1980-1981.
- 41. Lists of resources, names, appointments, 1980, n.d.
- 42-48:. Judge Baker Guidance Center
- 42. Contract, job description, etc., 1980-1981
- 43. Notes of meetings re: fundraising, 1975, 1980-1981
- 44. Development fund reports, correspondence with foundations, memoranda, 1979-1982
- 45. Project descriptions and revisions, n.d.
- 46. Budgets, proposed changes in personnel Procedures and board, 1979-1982
- 47. Correspondence, notes, 1977-1982, n.d.
- 48. Letter of appointment, resume, etc., of Beverly Mason (Rotegard's administrative assistant)
- 49. Publications, 1981-1983
- 50-51:. Other activities
- 50. Notecards, lists re: primary election for precinct 5, September 1980
- 51. Re: National Association for Olmsted Parks, 1980-1981; notes re: research seminar,
1982; Friends of Leverett Pond, 1983; memorandum to Evelyn Murphy re: economic development
in Boston, 1983.
Boston (Mass.)--Economic conditions
Boston (Mass.)--Officials and employees
Boston (Mass.)--Social conditions
Cambridge (Mass.)--Social life and customs
Child care services--Massachusetts
Child mental health services--Massachusetts
Children--Health and hygiene
Community mental health services
Mental health policy
Mental health services
Friedman, Elliot Kenneth, 1937-
Judge Baker Guidance Center
Kane, Katharine D.
Radcliffe College--Alumni and alumnae
United States. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. Region I
White, Kevin H.