[OASIS] Harvard University Library
OASIS: Online Archival Search Information System
http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:RAD.SCHL:sch01061View HOLLIS Record   Frames Version
Questions or Comments   Copyright Statement

On July 1, 2018, OASIS will retire. It will be replaced by HOLLIS for Archival Discovery. Please explore.
SC 131

Allen, Elsie Whitney, 1896-1995. Papers of Elsie Whitney Allen, 1901-1978: 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

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

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
Date(s): 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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: R95-12
This collection was received from the estate of Elsie Whitney Allen in July 1995.

Processing Information:

Processed: April 1996
By: Isabelle Bland Dry '35

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Elsie Whitney Allen 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:

Elsie Whitney Allen Papers, 1901-1978; item description, dates. SC 131, folder #. Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


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.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

High school teachers--United States
High school teachers
History teachers
Kennedy, Rose Fitzgerald, 1890-1995
Radcliffe College--Alumni and alumnae
Radcliffe College. Class of 1918
Radcliffe College--Funds and scholarships
Radcliffe College--Songs and music