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SC 117

Montgomery, Eleanor Gilbert, 1896-1996. Papers of Eleanor Gilbert Montgomery, 1919-1995 (inclusive), 1914-1938 (bulk): A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: SC 117
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Montgomery, Eleanor Gilbert, 1896-1996
Title: Papers of Eleanor Gilbert Montgomery, 1919-1995 (inclusive), 1914-1938 (bulk)
Date(s): 1919-1995
Date(s): 1914-1938
Quantity: 1.59 linear feet (1 + 1/2 file box, 1 folio box) plus 1 oversize folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Scrapbook, grade reports, correspondence, diaries, photographs, etc., of Eleanor Gilbert Montgomery, Radcliffe College Class of 1918.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: R92-10, R92-13, R93-2, R94-10, R94-19, R94-24, R96-1, R2002-6, 2016-M137
This collection was given to the Radcliffe College Archives between July 1992 and June 2002 by Jane Montgomery Brooks '47, daughter of Eleanor Gilbert Montgomery, and in July 2016 by Eleanor Gilbert Montgomery's daughter, Sally Montgomery.

Processing Information:

Reprocessed: August 1997
By: Isabelle Bland Dry '35
Reprocessed: August 2008
By: Johanna Carll
Updated and additional materials added: July 2016
By: Anne Engelhart

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Eleanor Gilbert Montgomery 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:

Eleanor Gilbert Montgomery Papers, 1914-1995; item description, dates. SC 117, box #, folder #. Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Eleanor Gilbert Montgomery was born in Bloomfield, New Jersey in 1896, the daughter of Carrie Cooper and Seymour Parker Gilbert. She was graduated from Bloomfield High School and attended Jackson College, Tufts University, for two years, 1914-1916, and then, at the insistence of her father, transferred to Radcliffe, graduating with the class of 1918.
Montgomery taught school in New Rochelle, New York, was a bank analyst for one year, and then married Spencer Bishop Montgomery in 1923, a graduate of Harvard Law School, class of 1916. They had three daughters and one son. She was a volunteer in scouting and in hospital work, and a member of Trinity Church, Copley Square. Her hobbies included drawing, tray painting, wood carving, and crewel embroidery.


This collection consists of a scrapbook 1914-22 of Eleanor Gilbert Montgomery's college years at Jackson, 1914-1916, and at Radcliffe, 1916-1919; grade reports 1916-1917, 1917-1918, photographs, and other school and college material. There is also biographical information about Montgomery and her family, Montgomery's correspondence with her family, 1914-1923, and her husband Spencer Bishop Montgomery's World War I correspondence with his family, 1917-1919, and with Montgomery, 1922-1978. Also included are two diaries documenting trips to Europe (1926 by Carrie Cooper Gilbert and 1927 by Montgomery), a scrapbook compiled by Montgomery's sister Marion C. Gilbert, 1922, and compilations of letters compiled and edited by Janet Montgomery Brooks documenting the lives of Montgomery and Spencer Bishop Montgomery. The collection also contains explanatory notes by her daughter Sally Montgomery. Additional material received in July 2016 (accession number 2016-M137) was added to the collection in July 2016 and is represented by folders 17, 18, and 19; individual items were also added to folders 5 and 9. Folders are listed in intellectual, not numerical order.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Radcliffe College--Students
Tufts University. Jackson College
Voyages and travels
Davison, Archibald T. (Archibald Thompson), 1883-1961
Gallison, Marie (Reuter)
Gilbert, Carl J.
Lee, Eleanor
Radcliffe College. Class of 1918