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Call No.: SC 131
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Elsie Whitney Allen, 1896-1995
Title: Papers of Elsie Whitney Allen, 1901-1978
Quantity: .42 linear feet (1 file box) plus 1 folio+ folder, 1 oversize folder, 3 framed diplomas and one framed poster)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Diplomas, awards, photographs, etc., of Elsie Whitney Allen, Radcliffe College Class of 1918.
Elsie Whitney Allen, history teacher, the daughter of Ervin Benjamin Whitney, a fruit wholesaler, and Helen Josephine Sanborn, was born in Malden in 1896. Allen attended Faulkner Grammer School in Malden and Malden High School from which she was graduated in 1914. At Radcliffe, she concentrated in Latin and French and received her A.B. magna cum laude (1918.) She earned an Ed.M. from Harvard (1931). Allen taught at numerous high schools: Yarmouth, Newburyport, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, and Charlestown from 1919-1937. In 1937, she was made head of the history department, Dorchester High School for Girls where she remained until 1953. She won the Horace Kidger award for teacher of history in 1953. From 1953 until 1954, she headed the history department in South Boston High School and from 1954 until 1958 she was head of the history department at Girls High School in Boston. She retired in 1958.Allen married Victor B. Allen on January 11, 1963 and in 1967 they planned a trip around the world together. It was cut short by his illness; he died in 1968.She was a member of many historical associations and a member of the American Association of University Women (from 1918). Allen was often the oldest alumna to march in the Commencement procession, and she died in February 1995.
This collection consists of photographs, diplomas, awards, and material relating to her college years, Radcliffe class reunions, and teaching career.