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MC 894

Schlesinger, Elizabeth Bancroft. Papers of Elizabeth Bancroft Schlesinger, 1910-1977: 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

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: MC 894
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Schlesinger, Elizabeth Bancroft
Title: Papers of Elizabeth Bancroft Schlesinger, 1910-1977
Date(s): 1910-1977
Quantity: 1.46 linear feet (3+1/2 file boxes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, articles, notes, etc., of Elizabeth Bancroft Schlesinger, historian and civic worker.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 1134, 1140, 71-69, 71-95, 73-4?? 75-308, 75-322, 75-344, 76-5?? 84-M43, 71-110, 79-M115, 88-M32, 91-M185
This collection was given to the Schlesinger Library by Elizabeth Bancroft Schlesinger between 1967 and 1976, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., in May 1979, and Richard Leopold in February 1988.

Processing Information:

Preliminary inventory: February 1982
By: Jane S. Knowles
Updated: December 2016
This collection was formerly cataloged as 1134--88-M32.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Elizabeth Bancroft Schlesinger 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:

Elizabeth Bancroft Schlesinger Papers, 1910-1977; item description, dates. MC 894, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Elizabeth (Bancroft) Schlesinger, 1886-1977, civic worker and historian, was born in Columbus, Ohio, educated at public schools and graduated in 1910 from the Ohio State University in Columbus. Elizabeth Bancroft Schlesinger taught History and English in Central High School, Kalamazoo, Michigan, from 1910 until her marriage to Arthur Meier Schlesinger, whom she had met at the Ohio State University. Until 1919 they lived in Columbus, where Arthur Meier Schlesinger was instructor in history, moved to the State University of Iowa, 1919-1924, and settled in Cambridge with their two sons, Arthur Meier Jr. and Thomas Bancroft, when Arthur Meier Schlesinger was appointed Professor of History at Harvard. There they remained with occasional trips abroad: a world trip, 1933-1934, and a year at the University of Leyden, 1948-1949.
Elizabeth Bancroft Schlesinger had many civic interests. She served the Cambridge League of Women Voters as Chairman of the Committee on Education, because with her mid-western experience of fine public education she was particularly concerned about the low standards of public education in Cambridge. She was on the board of the American Association of University Women of Boston, served on the Cambridge Public Library Board, and was appointed by the United States Office of Education to a committee to interview teachers wishing to teach abroad. Her correspondence shows her strong opposition to racial discrimination. Active with the Radcliffe Women's Archives before it was renamed the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, she contributed papers to its informal seminars on women's history and served on its Advisory Board, Elizabeth Bancroft Schlesinger's articles on women's history were published in a number of historical periodicals. She also gave talks to a variety of forums and contributed papers to the Mothers' Study Club.


This collection includes personal and business correspondence, clippings about Elizabeth Bancroft Schlesinger, her historical writings and talks, and the records of her civic activities.

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Additional Index Terms

Cambridge (Mass.)--Study and teaching
Public schools--Massachusetts--Cambridge
Social service--Massachusetts--Cambridge
Women--Legal status, laws, etc.
Women--Societies and clubs
Alcott, Abba May, 1800-1877
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
League of Women Voters of Cambridge
League of Women Voters of Massachusetts
Mothers' Study Club
Schlesinger, Arthur M. (Arthur Meier), 1917-2007
Schlesinger, Marian Cannon, 1912-