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SC 69

Cobb, Madeline W.. Papers of Madeline W. Cobb, 1913-1967: 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

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: SC 69
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Madeline W. Cobb
Title: Papers of Madeline W. Cobb, 1913-1967
Date(s): 1913-1967
Quantity: .83 linear feet (2 file boxes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Scrapbook, letters, etc., of Madeline Ware Cobb, Radcliffe College Class of 1917.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: R81-2, R86-42
Part of this collection waws given to the Archives by the Secretary of the class of 1917, the rest was given by Priscilla Cobb Payne, Madeline Ware Cobb's sister in October 1986.

Processing Information:

Processed: January 1982; April 1987
By: Isabelle Bland Dry '35

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Madeline W. Cobb 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:

Madeline W. Cobb Papers, 1913-1967; item description, dates. SC 69, folder #. Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Photographs have been removed to:


Madeline Ware Cobb was born in Milton, Massachusetts, April 16, 1895, the daughter of Bertha Browning Barnes and Ernest Cobb, and descendent of Henry Ware, Professor of Divinity at Harvard College in 1805. She graduated form Fall River High School in 1913 and obtained her A.B. from Radcliffe in 1917. After teaching English for a year in Milton High School (1917-1918) she attended the Prince School of Store service at Simmons College, where she received a B.S. in 1920. Afterwards she taught retailing at the Prince School and at the Rochester (New York High Scool before joining the family business, the Arlo Publishing Company in 1924 where she served as business manager and later publisher. Cobb was an active alumna: she served as class secretary, 1936-1957, director, 1942-1945, treasurer, 1952-1956, and chair of the Finance Committee of the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association. She also served for a number of years on the editorial board of the Radcliffe Quarterly. MWC was co-author of a French reader and The Mind's Eye on educational psychology, both published by the Arlo Publishingh Company.


The collection consists of Madeline W. Cobb's scrapbook containing college memorabilia, examinations, correspondence with college officers, stories, and poems, and photographs. Cobb kept a daily record of her life at college in the form of letters written to her family. These reflect her optimistic attitude towards life. The begin with the state of the weather and describe her courses, college friendships, social life, and cultural events events at the college.


Partial index to letters:

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Additional Index Terms

College theater--Massachusetts--Cambridge
Student activities--Massachusetts--Cambridge
World War, 1914-1918--Women
47 Workshop
Briggs, Le Baron Russell, 1855-1934
Coes, Mary, 1861-1913
Davison, Archibald T. (Archibald Thompson), 1883-1961
Gallison, Marie (Reuter)
Idler Club (Radcliffe College)
Radcliffe Choral Society
Radcliffe College--Buildings
Radcliffe College. Class of 1917
Radcliffe College--Societies, etc.
Radcliffe College--Sports
Radcliffe College--Students