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Radcliffe College. Central Administration. Records of the Radcliffe College Central Administration, 1883-1985: 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.
Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: RG III
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Radcliffe College. Central Administration.
Title: Records of the Radcliffe College Central Administration, 1883-1985
Date(s): 1883-1985
Quantity: 270.53 linear feet (234 cartons, 81 file boxes, 2 folio+ boxes) plus 72 volumes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Records of the Central Administration including correspondence and financial records relating to buildings an construction, blueprints, legal papers, leases, and contracts.

Processing Information:

Processed: August 1956; reprocessed August 1979
By: Jane Knowles, Joseph Ball, Eric Lindquist, Christine Sailer

Access Restrictions:

Access. Series 4.1 and Series 9 of RG III are unrestricted. All other series in RG III are closed for 50 years from date of creation and must be screened by the archivist.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the records created by the Radcliffe College Central Administration is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Records may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Radcliffe College Central Administration Records, 1883-1985; item description, dates. RG III, Series #, box, folder #. Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Between 1883 and 1924 all the business affairs of Radcliffe College were managed by the Treasurer. In 1924 the Treasurer was given responsibility for investments and financial policy; and the newly appointed Business Manager took over accounting, disbursement, property and personnel functions. A reorganization occurred in 1960: an Administrative Vice-President was appointed to oversee property, grants, unions, and personnel, and a Comptroller to manage accounting. With the Harvard/Radcliffe agreement in 1971, Harvard undertook many of these functions and only a skeletal business office remained at Radcliffe until 1975. At that time, the position of Administrative Dean was created to direct the budget, financial planning and building operations of Radcliffe's "retained programs". The Central Administration was established in 1981 and consists of the Financial Vice President/Treasurer who manages the endowment and budget; the Controller who oversees accounting; and the Director of Physical Plant who is in charge of buildings and grounds.


The collection is arranged in eleven series:


Series and sub-series arrangement including dates, physical description and volume:
Records are divided into the following major subject categories: accounting, payroll and personnel, gifts and funds, buildings and construction, student accounting, student financial aid, Treasurer, legal papers, and general office files. Each category is given a series number, except for accounting, which is divided into three series, arranged chronologically.
Series 1, Accounting (1889-1955)-1966 and Series 2, Accounting 1924-(1955-1971) are finite and will not be added to. Future accounting records are to be added to Series 11, Accounting 1971-. Series 8, Treasurer's Papers is finite and will not be added to: it consists of early records of the college, 1883-1924, when the Treasurer was the sole financial agent of the college, prior to the establishment of teh Business Office in 1924. Current Treasurer's records are in the following series: Treasurer's Reports 1971 and prior are found in Series 2, Accounting 1924-(1955-1971) and Treasurer's Reports, 1972- are found in Series 11, Accounting (1971-). Statements of the Fiduciary Trust are found in Series 5, Gifts and Funds. All other series are on-going and can be added where necessary.
Series are further divided into sub-series. In Series 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, and 11, sub-series are arranged by subject or record type. In Series 10, Office Files, sub-series are arranged chronologically. In both cases new sub-series can be added when necessary.
The format of the records varies: there are bound volumes (predominantly in Series 1), letter and legal size folders, and IBM printouts, unbound or in binders. The latter are designated as volumes.

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Additional Index Terms

Britton, J. Boyd
Baker, Ezra
Bunting-Smith, Mary Ingraham, 1910-1998
Farlow, Lilian Horsford
Gray, Francis Calley
Lach, John P.
Longfellow, Alice M. (Alice Mary), 1850-1928
Lowes, John Wilbur
Maguire, Robert J.
Morrell, Louis
Radcliffe College--Buildings
Radcliffe College. Business Office
Radcliffe College--Administration
Radcliffe College--Employees
Radcliffe College--Finance
Radcliffe College--Funds and scholarships
Radcliffe College--Students
Rieder, Florence
Stearns, Stewart P.
Thorpe, Richard Warren
Trottenberg, Arthur Donald, 1917-2003
Wolfman, Burton Irving