Tousley, Clare M. (Clare May), 1889-1985. Papers of Clare M. Tousley, 1895-1977: A
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.: 76-339--83-M8
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Clare M. (Clare May) Tousley, 1889-1985
Title: Papers of Clare M. Tousley, 1895-1977
Quantity: 1 linear feet (1 carton)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, articles, poems, etc., of Clare M. Tousley, social worker and social
Accession numbers: 76-339, 77-M66 83-M8
The papers of Clare M. Tousley were given to the Schlesinger Library by Clare M. Tousley
in October 1976 and May 1977.
Preliminary inventory: July 1980
By: Sharman T. Propp
Access. Collection is open for research.
Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Clare M. Tousley is held by the President
and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. 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.
Clare M. Tousley Papers, 1895-1977; item description, dates. 76-339--83-M8, folder
#. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
The following items have been removed from the collection and deposited in the Schlesinger
Library Book Collection, 1977:
- Brandt, Lilian. The Charity Organization Society of the City of New York, 1882-1907. NY, .
- Reminiscences of Herbert R. Simonds
The following items have been removed from the collection and deposited in Harvard
College Library, Gifts and Exchanges, 1977:
- Colcord, Joanna Carver. Sea Language Comes Ashore. NY, c1945.
- Rich, Margaret E. A Belief in People: A History of Family Social Work, NY, c1956.
Clare M. Tousley was born on December 25, 1889 and received her B.A. from Oberlin
College in 1911. She earned an M.A. from the School of Applied Philanthropy (later
the New York School of Social Work and now the Columbia University School of Social
Work) in 1917 and was awarded an honorary LL.D. by Oberlin in 1937. She began her
long association with the Charity Organization Society (which became the Community
Service Society in 1939) in 1913, first as social case worker, later as head of the
Public Interest Department and, still later until 1956, as Assistant Director of the
agency. In the 1920s and early 1930s, Tousley organized and ran Junior Month, a program
designed to expose college women to social work. From 1957 to 1967 she served as Executive
Director of Plays for Living of the Family Service Association of America; she had
been one of its founders after a year with the American Theatre Wing as Public Interest
Assistant to its President and their Community Plays. In 1970, she became Executive
Director Emeritus of Family Service Association of America Plays for Living and in
1974, Tousley published her memoirs under the title Letter to Jeanie With Love.
Collection includes biographical information, correspondence, articles, monographs,
citations, photographs, poems, genealogy.
- 1. Photographs, 1895-1976, n.d.
- 2. Biographical information, including resume
- 3. Biographical information, including resume
- 4. Oberlin College, 1937 (LL.D.), 1 PHOTOGRAPH, 1937
- 5. Oberlin College, 1964-1970s (reunions)
- 6. Community Service Society -- Career and retirement
- 7. Community Service Society -- Letters re retirement, 1955
- 8. Family Service Association of America, 1957-1960
- 9. Junior League, 1931-1976
- 10. Barnard course, 1928-1930
- 11. University of California at Berkeley course, 1955
- 12. Plays for Living materials, 1947, 1956-1959, 1976, 4 PHOTOGRAPHS (1959-1971 and n.d.)
- 13. Junior Month materials, 1920-1940, 1974-1975
- 14. Clare M. Tousley's writings. Published articles, 1915-1972
- 15. Clare M. Tousley's writings. Manuscripts of articles and speeches
- 16. Clare M. Tousley's writings. Source materials
- 17. Clare M. Tousley's writings. Letter to Jeanie (2 copies), 1974
- 18. Correspondence with Junior Month alumnae. Barnard, 1974-1976
- 19. Correspondence with Junior Month alumnae. Bryn Mawr, 1974-1976
- 20. Correspondence with Junior Month alumnae. Connecticut College, 1974-1976
- 21. Correspondence with Junior Month alumnae. Elmira, 1974-1976, 1 PHOTOGRAPH
- 22. Correspondence with Junior Month alumnae. Goucher, 1974-1976
- 23. Correspondence with Junior Month alumnae. Mount Holyoke, 1974-1976
- 24. Correspondence with Junior Month alumnae. Radcliffe, 1974-1976
- 25. Correspondence with Junior Month alumnae. Smith, 1974-1976
- 26. Correspondence with Junior Month alumnae. Swarthmore, 1974-1976
- 27. Correspondence with Junior Month alumnae. Vassar, 1974-1976
- 28. Correspondence with Junior Month alumnae. Wellesley, 1974-1976
- 29. Correspondence with Junior Month alumnae. Wells, 1974-1976, 1 PHOTOGRAPH
- 30. Correspondence about Letter to Jeanie from others (not Junior Month alums), 1974 1976
- 31. "Famous People", 1937-1975, 1 PHOTOGRAPH (1939)
- 32. Miscellaneous, 1927-1976
- 33. Clippings about Clare M. Tousley, 1920-1955
- 34. Schlesinger Library, 1975-1976
- 35. Bradley Buell, friend of Clare M. Tousley, 1966-1970 and 1976
- 36. Frontiers in Human Welfare, Community Service Society history, 1948
- 37. Twining ("Pat") Tousley (brother), 1939, 3 PHOTOGRAPHS (1887, n.d.)
- 38. Poems by Clare M. Tousley and others
- 41. Title pages, inscriptions of books not kept with collection
- 42f. Citations from Community Service Society Women's Council and Family Service Association
of America Plays for Living Committee, 1953, 1967
- 43v. The Reminiscences of Clare M. Tousley: interviews of Clare M. Tousley by Vida S. Grayson, Columbia Oral History Research
Office, 1981, 260 pages.
Family life education
New York (N.Y.)--Social conditions
Charity Organization Society of New York
Community Service Society of New York
Family Service Association of America
Junior League of New York (N.Y.)
Plays for Living (Organization)