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Radcliffe College. Class of 1943. Radcliffe College Class of 1943 Oral History Project, 1988-1993: 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 120
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Radcliffe College. Class of 1943
Title: Radcliffe College Class of 1943 Oral History Project, 1988-1993
Date(s): 1988-1993
Quantity: 1 linear feet (1 carton) plus 50 audiotapes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Transcripts, audiotapes, permissions, reports, and correspondence of the Radcliffe College Class of 1943 Oral History Project.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: R93-4
The records of the Radcliffe Class of 1943 Oral History Project were given to the Radcliffe College Archives by the Class of 1943 in March 1993.

Processing Information:

Processed: March 1993
By: Jane Knowles

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the Radcliffe College Class of 1943 Oral History Project is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Written permission to publish or broadcast must be obtained from the interviewee during her lifetime and in some cases names may not be published. See permission sheet for details. 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:

Radcliffe College Class of 1943 Oral History Project, 1988-1993; item description, dates. SC 120, folder #. Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

HISTORY

The Class of 1943 completed an oral history project as part of their 50th reunion gift to the college. They received financial support from the president's office and from the Helen Homans Gilbert fund of the Schlesinger Library. The project was begun in June 1988 and was carried out in two stages. First, a questionnaire was mailed to all membersof the class. This included questions on health, college experience, reaction to social and political issues of the times, and an adjective check list. 60% of the questionnaires were returned. A report was compiled in August 1989 based on these data which provided a demographic profile, information on work and other life experience, and attitudes toward contemporary social, economic, and political issues. These coded data are at the Murray Research Center.
Second, twenty-two potential oral history interviewees who were in good health, had had varied life experiences and were representative of the whole respondent sample, were identified from the questionnaires. The interviews were conducted by Ruth B. Helman, Harriet B. Belin, Betty H. Mawardi, and Rita K. Shea.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The collection includes drafts and final copies of twelve oral history interviews with members of the Class of 1943, audiotapes, related permissions, reports, and correspondence. The project provides an in-depth profile of the lives of women who grew up in the Depression and graduated from college during World War II. Many of them served in the Armed Services; some were active civic volunteers, others followed careers in architecture, government service, and higher education administration. One was a professor of mathematics and another was an art historian. Also included is a statistical report, budget material, sample letters, and biographical notes on interviewers.
There is related material at the Murray Research Center.

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Additional Index Terms

Audiotapes
Oral histories
Transcripts
Voluntarism--United States
Women architects--United States
Women art historians--United States
Women chemists--United States
Women in mathematics--United States
Women teachers--United States
World War, 1939-1945--Participation, Female
Belin, Harriet Bundy, interviewee
Corley, Mary Buckley, interviewee
Danos, Mary Koch, interviewee
Haimo, Deborah Tepper, interviewee
Hellendale, Jill Hibben, interviewee
Helman, Ruth Bocholz, interviewee
Larrabee, Eleanor Barrows Doermann, interviewee
Mawardi, Betty Hosmer, 1921-2012, interviewee
Philbrick, Marjorie, interviewee
Shaplin, Philippa Dunham, interviewee
United States. Army. Women's Army Auxiliary Corps
United States. Naval Reserve. Women's Reserve
Waugh, Frances Debrowski, interviewee
Wellington, Dorothy Gaites, interviewee

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