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
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
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
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.
Accession numbers: 1134, 1140, 71-69, 71-95, 73-4?? 75-308, 75-322, 75-344, 76-5?? 84-M43, 71-110, 79-M115,
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.
Preliminary inventory: February 1982
By: Jane S. Knowles
Updated: December 2016
This collection was formerly cataloged as 1134--88-M32.
Access. Collection is open for research.
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.
Elizabeth Bancroft Schlesinger Papers, 1910-1977; item description, dates. MC 894,
folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge,
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
- Box 1: folders 1-9
- Box 2: folders 10-27v
- Box 3: folders 28-34
- Box 4: folders 34a-37
- 1. PHOTOGRAPH: Mothers' Study Club, Cambridge. 1965
- 2. Clippings re: Elizabeth Bancroft Schlesinger, 1916-1963, "The Outside Activities/of/an
- 4. Personal and family correspondence, 1938-1971
- 4a. Personal and family correspondence. Elizabeth Bancroft Schlesinger to Richard Leopold
(photocopies), 1940-1970; also Tom Schlesinger to Richard Leopold, 1977.
- 5. Personal and family correspondence. Leo Forkey to Elizabeth Bancroft Schlesinger,
- 6. Personal and family correspondence. Elizabeth Bancroft Schlesinger from Holland to
Arthur and Marian Schlesinger, 1948-1949
- 6a. To Tom Schlesinger re: death of Elizabeth Bancroft Schlesinger, 1977
- 6b. To Arthur Schlesinger re: death of Elizabeth Bancroft Schlesinger, 1977
- 7. League of Women Voters of Cambridge. Cambridge School Committee, appointment practices,
- 8. League of Women Voters of Cambridge. Cambridge school affairs, 1932-1939
- 9. League of Women Voters of Cambridge. Correspondence re: Cambridge school, 1938-1953
- 10. League of Women Voters of Cambridge. Re: Cambridge schools, 1941-1951.
- 11. League of Women Voters of Cambridge. Study of Cambridge Public Library, ca. 1936
- 12. Cambridge Public Library Board, 1937-1939
- 13. League of Women Voters of Massachusetts. Teachers' Colleges Questionnaires, 1938
- 14. League of Women Voters of Massachusetts. Correspondence, 1964
- 15. American Defense, Harvard Group, 1944
- 16. Correspondence with Bishop John Wright re: discrimination complaint, 1948
- 17. Schlesinger Library correspondence, 1966-1971
- 18. Writings, etc. Bibliography of printed and typescript articles
- 19. Writings, etc. Correspondence re: articles, 1932-1970
- 20. Writings, etc. Letters to Elizabeth Bancroft Schlesinger re: "Education on Dutch Canals,"
- 21. Writings, etc. Articles and reprints of articles, 1910, 1932-1965
- 22. Writings, etc. Elizabeth Bancroft Schlesingers' observations on women in China, Japan
and India, manuscript, 1933
- 23. Writings, etc. Published book reviews by Elizabeth Bancroft Schlesinger, 1938-1970
- 24. Writings, etc. Radcliffe Committee on Higher Education: "Education in a Free Society,"
includes working papers and typed letter, signed, Elizabeth Bancroft Schlesinger to
Wilbur Kitchener Jordan, 1945
- 25. Writings, etc. Radcliffe seminar papers: "Women in Industry," 1951-1952
- 26. Writings, etc. Boston Globe articles re: Abigail (May) Alcott, 1957 and clipping,
- 27v. Writings, etc. "Mothers' Study Club, 1914-1964," includes autobiography of Elizabeth
- 28. Writings, etc. "Death in A College Library," typescript, n.d.
- 29. Writings, etc. Articles on women, children's stories, etc., typescript, n.d.
- 30. Writings, etc. Articles on women school teachers in the West, working women, typescript,
- 31. Writings, etc. Talks, mostly on education, 1938-1941, n.d.
- 32. Writings, etc. "Our lively grandmothers," talk before Navy wives during World War
- 33-33a. Writings, etc. Notes on reading, 1958-1963
- 34-34a. Writings, etc. Notes on reading, 1964-
- 35. Article, pictures re: Charles and Eliza Follen, 1965, 1970
- 36. Notes and clippings on women from Arthur Meier Schlesinger, Sr.'s files
- 37. Letters from Elizabeth Bancroft Schlesinger, n.d.
Cambridge (Mass.)--Study and teaching
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-