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MC 349

Sibley, Emily, 1888-1979. Papers of Emily Sibley, 1904-1950: 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 349
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Title: Papers of Emily Sibley, 1904-1950
Date(s): 1904-1950
Quantity: 1.04 linear feet (2+1/2 file boxes) plus 1 folio photograph folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, notes, financial accounts, etc., of Emily Sibley, home economist.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 79-M150, 81-M257
This collection was given to the Schlesinger Library by Louise Harwood in June 1979; a portion was transferred from the Schlesinger Library book collection in October 1981.

Processing Information:

Processed: July 1983
By: Jane S. Knowles

Access Restrictions:

Access. Folders #7-8 and 25-30 are unavailable for research until July 2019 while being digitized. The remainder of the collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Emily Sibley 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:

Emily Sibley Papers, 1904-1950; item description, dates. MC 349, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Emily Sibley, home economist, was born on October 17, 1888, the daughter of Henry Clark and Bertha (Heidenreich) Sibley, and grew up in Cambridge. She attended the Berkeley Street School and received her AB from Radcliffe in 1911 and her Bertha Sibley in home economics from Simmons College in 1913. She taught home economics at the House among the Pines, Norton, Massachusetts (1913-1915) and at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh (1915-1919). In 1916 she took a summer course at Columbia Teacher's College and in the summer of 1918 taught a course in Dietetics at the Vassar College Nurses Training Center. In 1919 she moved back to her parents' home and took a temporary job at the Garland School of Homemaking. From 1920 until it closed in 1950 she taught home economics part-time at the Choate School in Brookline, Massachusetts. She then taught a course in nutrition at the New England Hospital (1950) and the Holy Ghost Hospital (1950-1953).
Sibley was active in her church, the First Parish Unitarian, Cambridge, served as board member and on the Admissions Committee of the Cambridge Home for the Aged, 1954-1971, and was on the board of the Red Cross in Cambridge. She was a member of the Radcliffe Club of Boston and of the League of Women Voters, was editor of the Class of 1922 notes, and frequently represented her class at Radcliffe functions.


The collection is arranged in two series:


This collection consists of Sibley family accounts and recipes; photographs of Emily Sibley at school and in later life, her lectures on home economics, and her collection of recipes.
Series I. Personal and family contains photographs, Henry Sibley's accounts of family expenditure, and Bertha Sibley's recipes; Emily Sibley's children's books and scrapbook, and her letters to her mother.
Series II. Home economics contains her lecture notes on cookery, budgeting, diet, nutrition, dressmaking, and development of personality.


Container List

Additional Index Terms

Account books
Budgets, Personal
Cambridge (Mass.)--Social life and customs
Children's literature, American
Christmas cards
Home economics.
Home economists
Lucas, Dione, 1909-1971
Radcliffe College--Alumni and alumnae