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SC 107

Lissner family. Papers of the Lissner family, 1897-1926: 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

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: SC 107
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Lissner family
Title: Papers of the Lissner family, 1897-1926
Date(s): 1897-1926
Quantity: 3.71 linear feet (1 file box, 2 folio boxes, 1 folio+ box) plus 2 framed diplomas)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Scrapbooks of Hannah (Radcliffe College Class of 1902), Ruth, and Esther (Radcliffe College Class of 1913) Lissner.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: R88-39S
The papers of the Lissner sisters were given to the Radcliffe College Archives by Esther Lissner in October 1988.

Processing Information:

Processed: August 1989
By: Ellen P. Fisher

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Lissner family 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:

Lissner family Papers, 1897-1926; item description, dates. SC 107, folder #. Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Hannah, Ruth, and Esther Lissner, daughters of Ephraim Lissner and Constance Sophia Lissner, lived together in Brookline, Massachusetts. Hannah and Esther graduated from Radcliffe College.
Hannah Lissner '02, podiatrist, was born in Malden, Massachusetts in 1880. She graduated from Malden High School. Proficient in German, French, and Spanish, she had a reading knowledge of Italian. Late in life she studied Portuguese. After graduating from Radcliffe, Hannah Lissner became a secretary to a group of orthopedic surgeons. She did editorial work for an orthopedic journal and wrote abstracts from articles in foreign languages. Hannah Lissner received a degree from the Massachusetts School of Podiatry and practiced from her home in Brookline for many years. She died in 1948.
Esther Lissner '13, librarian, was born in 1890 in Maplewood, Massachusetts. A graduate of Boston Girls Latin School '08, she attended Wellesly College in 1908-1909. Esther Lissner entered Radcliffe College in 1909, graduating cum laude in 1913. After graduation she took additional courses at Radcliffe. In 1914 she became a cataloguer at the Boston Public Library, from which she retired in 1960.


The collection consists of scrapbooks of memorabilia from Boston Girls Latin School, Wellesley College, Radcliffe College, Boston Public Library; and also travel mementos, theater and concert programs, suffragist and political materials, Jewish community memorabilia, menus from cruise ships, social announcements and invitations. Photographs are scattered throughout the scrapbooks and there are two framed Radcliffe A.B. diplomas.


Partial index of subjects in 1vf

Partial list of subjects in 2vf

Partial index of subjects in 3vf

Partial List of Subjects in 4vf+

Photographs in 4vf+

Container List

Additional Index Terms

African American students
Boston (Mass.)--Social life and customs
Women--Education (Higher)--Massachusetts--Cambridge
Holmes. Gladys Rose
Lissner, Esther
Lissner, Hannah
Lissner, Ruth
Radcliffe College--Alumni and alumnae
Radcliffe College. Class of 1902
Radcliffe College. Class of 1913