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SC 132

Bunker, Mary Hawthorne White, 1869-1960. Diaries of Mary Hawthorne White Bunker, 1886-1945: 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 132
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Mary Hawthorne White Bunker, 1869-1960
Title: Diaries of Mary Hawthorne White Bunker, 1886-1945
Date(s): 1886-1945
Quantity: .63 linear feet (1+1/2 file boxes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Diaries and class notes of Mary Hawthorne White Bunker, Class of 1894.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: R96-3
This collection was given to the Radcliffe College Archives in February 1996 by Harvard Law School Special Collections.

Processing Information:

Processed: December 1996
By: Adelaide Kennedy and Jane S. Knowles

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Mary Hawthorne White Bunker 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:

Mary Hawthorne White Bunker Diaries, 1886-1945; item description, dates. SC 132, folder #. Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Mary Hawthorne White was born on October 26, 1869 in Needham, Massachusetts, the only daughter of Judge George White and Frances Mary Edwena Noyes. She attended Newton High School for one year and then was tutored for several years by the author, Gamaliel Bradford. Mary Hawthorne White graduated from Radcliffe, magna cum laude in English and Greek with the first class to receive Radcliffe degrees in 1894. In June 1897, she married Clarence Alfred Bunker, a lawyer, and they had three children, all of whom attended Harvard or Radcliffe.
Mary Hawthorne White Bunker was a member of the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association, serving as her class secretary from 1929. She prepared and published a history of the class of 1894 in 1952. She was involved in the College Club (Boston, Mass.), and was active in the Wellesley Women's Club, Wellesley Council, and was one of the organizers of the Wellesley Historical Society (Wellesley, Mass.). In addition, she was involved in the Wellesley Society of Artists, the Wellesley Red Cross, the Consumer's League of Massachusetts, the Nantucket Historical Association, and the American Unitarian Association. She was also the organizer of the first Girl Scout troop in Wellesley, and in 1948 the Wellesley Girl Scout Day Camp was named after her in honor of her work. At the time of her death in 1960, Mary Hawthorne White Bunker was assistant registrar of the Council and a Golden Eagle of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America.


This collection consists of the diaries of Mary Hawthorne (White) Bunker, 1886-1892, 1894-1897, 1915-1917, 1937-1945. Brief daily entries during the 1880s and 1890s record her tennis matches and scores, reading, college studies and social life. There are references to her marriage (June 1, 1897) after a three year engagement, and the activities of her children and husband in later years. Additionally there are notes from a Harvard Annex Botany course and from the Wellesley School of Religious Education.


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Additional Index Terms

Radcliffe College. Class of 1894
Radcliffe College--Alumni and alumnae