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Call No.: MC 188
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Caroline Phelps Stokes, 1854-1909
Title: Papers of Caroline and Olivia Phelps Stokes, 1892-1927
Quantity: .21 linear feet (1/2 box)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, ledger, etc., of Caroline Phelps Stokes and Olivia Egleston Phelps Stokes, daughters from a wealthy and religious New York City family.
There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Papers of Caroline and Olivia Phelps Stokes, 1866-1927 (MC 187).
Caroline and Olivia Phelps Stokes were sisters, born in New York City to wealthy, religiously zealous parents. They devoted their lives to Christian works through philanthropy, contributing to charitable, religious, and educational institutions, as well as to individuals in need. Caroline and Olivia were especially concerned with the problems of blacks, both in America and Africa, and gave generously to funds for schools and better housing. Tuskegee Institute in Alabama and Hampton Institute in Virginia were among the beneficiaries. Caroline bequeathed her estate to the establishment of the Phelps-Stokes Fund, to be used for improved housing, and education for minority students. After Caroline's death, Olivia contributed to Negro education through the Fund.
In addition to letters by and to Caroline and Olivia, this collection contains a ledger and two manuscripts pertaining to the will of Olivia Phelps Stokes. These documents were sent to the Schlesinger Library from the files of the now defunct Phelps Stokes Corporation by John Davis Hatch, last President of the Corporation.