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SC 135

Burns, Kathleen Mary. Papers of Kathleen Mary Burns, 1930-1996: 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 135
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Kathleen Mary Burns
Title: Papers of Kathleen Mary Burns, 1930-1996
Date(s): 1930-1996
Quantity: .83 linear feet (2 file boxes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, college entrance exam, and reunion questionnaires of Kathleen Mary Burns, Radcliffe College Class of 1934.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: R97-1
This collection was received from Kathleen Burns' estate in April 1996.

Processing Information:

Processed: January 1997
By: Isabelle Bland Dry '35

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Kathleen Mary Burns 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:

Kathleen Mary Burns Papers, 1930-1996; item description, dates. SC 135, folder #. Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Kathleen Mary Burns was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, on October 23, 1912, the daughter of Frank R. and Mary Ellen (Ryan) Burns. She attended the Mary E. Wells High School in Southbridge, Massachusetts. At Radcliffe, she concentrated in American History and Political Science. She was treasurer of her class and president of the Debating Council in 1932. She earned her A.B. from Radcliffe (1934) her M.A. from Clark University (1935) and later took graduate courses at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the University of Edinburgh. She was working toward her Ph.D. at the University of Lowell when she died on March 16, 1996.
Burns worked a short time with Time, and the Heath Publishing Co., and was editor of Christian Register, a Unitarian magazine. She was interested in education and after teaching high school became professor of education at Worcester State College (1939-1956). From 1956-1961, she was the guidance director for the Worcester School Department. She was a member of the Worcester Radcliffe Club and a trustee of the Worcester County Hospital Society. For many years Burns was a volunteer for Youth Opportunities Upheld, serving as president (1986-1988). She received three keys to the city (Worcester) from three different mayors.


This collection consists primarily of class and reunion records of the class of 1934; in addition, it documents Kathleen Mary Burns's graduate education, her career in teaching and guidance, and her volunteer activities.

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Radcliffe College. Class of 1934