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SC 109

Levi, Doris Cohen, 1914-1987. Papers of Doris Cohen Levi, 1960-1987: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: SC 109
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Doris Cohen Levi, 1914-1987
Title: Papers of Doris Cohen Levi, 1960-1987
Date(s): 1960-1987
Quantity: .83 linear feet (2 file boxes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Music, lyrics, programs, program notes, photographs, etc., of Doris Cohen Levi, Radcliffe College Class of 1935.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: R88-38
This collection was given to the Radcliffe College Archives by Robert E. Levi in October 1988.

Processing Information:

Processed: March 1990
By: Isabelle Bland Dry

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Doris Cohen Levi 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:

Doris Cohen Levi Papers, 1960-1987; item description, dates. SC 109, folder #. Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Doris Cohen Levi was born in Boston on April 14, 1914, the daughter of Moe and Celia Cohen. She attended Brookline High School and received her A.B. from Radcliffe (1935) and A.M. (1936). She married Robert Levi (Harvard A.B. '33, M.B.A. '35) and they had two sons who were also Harvard graduates.
During college Levi was a professional dancer, and after her marriage she taught dancing and was an author, director and choreographer of amateur musical revues. She was active as a volunteer on Radcliffe alumnae committees and wrote and directed many alumnae shows, 1960-1987. She received the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association Distinguished Service Award in 1985 at her 50th class reunion.
The Levi family established the Doris Cohen Levi prize to recognize a Radcliffe student "who has demonstrated an uncommon talent and energy in producing, directing, staging, or acting in musical theater" which will be awarded for the first time in 1990.


This collection consists of music, original lyrics, programs, production notes, directions for choreography, and photographs of Doris Cohen Levi's shows for Radcliffe college alumnae reunions and other college events. It includes "The First Hundred Years are the Hardest" and "The Belle of Radcliffe" a dramatic monologue about Elizabeth Cary Agassiz performed by Joanne Hamlin, written and performed for the Radcliffe Centennial in 1978, and also "Hip Hip Hooray for RCAA" written for the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association Centennial in 1987.


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Additional Index Terms

College musicals
Musical theater
Radcliffe College. Alumnae Association
Radcliffe College--Alumni and alumnae
Radcliffe College. Class of 1935