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MC 566

Langer, Rowena Morse, 1902-1990. Papers of Rowena Morse Langer, 1914-1981: 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

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: MC 566
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Rowena Morse Langer, 1902-1990
Title: Papers of Rowena Morse Langer, 1914-1981
Date(s): 1914-1981
Quantity: .83 linear feet (2 file boxes) plus 1 photograph folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Papers from Rowena Morse Langer, most of which are letters to her parents while studying chemistry and mathematics in Paris during the 1920s.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 90-M78, 90-M193, 91-M59
These papers of Rowena Morse Langer were given to the Schlesinger Library by Rowena Morse Langer and her estate between May 1990 and April 1991.

Processing Information:

Processed: May 2008
By: Anne Engelhart

Access Restrictions:

Access. Unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Rowena Morse Langer 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. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Rowena Morse Langer Papers, 1914-1981; item description, dates. MC 566, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


The daughter of Frank L. Morse, inventor, and director of the Morse Chain Company in Ithaca, NewYork, Rowena Morse Langer was born in Trumansburg, New York, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell in chemistry, and studied mathematics at the Sorbonne (1923-1924) in preparation for a degree in physics. With the illness of her father, she returned to the United States in 1924 and attended Johns Hopkins University. She married Duke University history professor Ernest W. Nelson in 1927; they had four children. Her second marriage was to Harvard University history professor William L. Langer. She was an active member of a number of Cambridge groups, including the Cambridge Art Association and the Saturday Morning Club. She died in Boston in 1990.


Collection includes letters (and typed transcripts of letters) to her parents, mostly from Paris, 1923-1927, 1945; programs from performances she attended in Paris; photographs; writings by Langer, 1914-1981; and a diary, 1979-1981.
Most of the photographs in this collection are or will be cataloged in VIA, Harvard University's Visual Information Access database. Others, referred to as "uncataloged" photographs, are not of sufficient research interest to warrant cataloging and are simply treated as part of the documents they accompany; they are marked on the back with an asterisk in square brackets [*].

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Foreign study--France--Paris
Parent and adult child--United States
Paris (France)--Description and travel
Theater programs
Women--Societies and clubs