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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
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.
Photographs have been removed to:
- Subject files: Choral Society, theatre ("Orpheus," 1916)
- Portrait files: Class of 1917, Margaret Fitzgerals
- Oversize files: Choral Society, 1914, theatre ("Orpheus," 1916, and Guild play n.d.), Theatre (unidentified), Class of 1917, 10th reunion.
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.
- Box 1: 1v-7
- Box 2: 8v-11
- Barnard Hall 12/14/1916, 12/15/1916
- Biology Courses 3/17/191915, 6/6/1915
- Boody, Bertha 2/11/1914, 10/1/1914
- Briggs, LeBaron Russell Choral Society 9/26/1913, 1/6/1914
- Davison, Archibald 3/18/1915, 3/22/1915
- Flebbe, Beulah Dix 5/26/1915, 12/7/1915
- Forty Seven workshop 2/28/1914
- Gallison, Marie 10/20/1914, 10/28/1914
- Idler Club 3/26/1915
- Kittredge, George Lyman 10/6/1914, 10/15/1914
- Library 10/20/1914
- Student life 2/12/1914, 12/18/1914, 10/28/1915
- Women--Suffrage 5/2-3/1914, 10/15/1915
- World War I, 1914-1918, 5/14/1915