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SC 114

Braun, Jackie, 1898-1990. Papers of Jackie Braun, 1963-1986: 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

Call No.: SC 114
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Jackie Braun, 1898-1990
Title: Papers of Jackie Braun, 1963-1986
Date(s): 1963-1986
Quantity: .21 linear feet (1/2 file box)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Photographs, clippings, correspondence, etc., of Jackie Braun, Radcliffe College Class of 1927 and art teacher.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: R89-9
This collection was given to the Radcliffe College Archives by Jackie Braun in July 1989.

Processing Information:

Processed: September 1990
By: Isabelle Bland Dry '35

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Jackie Braun 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:

Jackie Braun Papers, 1963-1986; item description, dates. SC 114, folder #. Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Ruth Emerson (Jackman) Knight Braun, (known as Jackie) was born in Peabody, Massachusetts in 1898. She prepared for college at Salem High and at the State Normal School, Salem. At Radcliffe she concentrated in Fine Arts and Design and graduated with an A.B. in 1927. During the summer of 1926, she worked as a teacher of stage design at Middlebury College in Vermont. From 1927 to 1930 she worked as a Broadway stage designer and after studying at the Yale School of Drama, (1931), became the Executive Director of the Dance Repertory Theatre in New York City. Later she ran her own interior decorating business under the professional name of Jacqueline Knight and was business manager for photographer Lee Miller Penrose. In 1959, her designing skills found a new outlet when she purchased and restored a colonial mansion in Kingston, Rhode Island.
Braun returned to Radcliffe to teach art in 1967. In the 1970s, these classes came under the sponsorship of the Office for the Arts. She continued to teach these classes until 1986. She led similar workshops each winter on the island of Nevis in the British West Indies. She was awarded the Josephine Baker Humanitarian Award in 1986 for this work.
She married Jan Vink after her first husband died; and later, Konrad F. Braun, who died in 1965. Braun died while vacationing in Switzerland on July 20, 1990, at the age of 92.


This collection consists of photographs of Jackie Braun, her students, their artworks; Josephine Baker Award (1986); clippings, correspondence, flyers, bookplate and drawings, furniture designs, and newspaper column "Enjoyment in Eating" (1964).

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Additional Index Terms

Office for the Arts at Harvard & Radcliffe
Radcliffe College. Class of 1927