MC 678; T-446
Challinor, Joan R.. Papers of Joan R. Challinor, 1848, 1975-2008: 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
Call No.: MC 678; T-446
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Joan R. Challinor
Title: Papers of Joan R. Challinor, 1848, 1975-2008
Quantity: 4.59 linear feet (11 file boxes) plus 1 oversize folder, 4 photograph folders, 10 audiotapes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Papers of Joan R. Challinor, former chairperson of the National Committee on Libraries
and Information Science, civic leader, historian, and education activist, include
correspondence, meeting and conference materials, articles and speeches, reports,
photographs, and audiotapes.
Accession numbers: 2008-M143, 2009-M155, 2010-M182
The papers of Joan R. Challinor were given to the Schlesinger Library by Joan R. Challinor between 2008 and 2010.
Processed: October 2011
By: Laura Peimer, with assistance from Camille Torres.
Access. Unrestricted, except that #4.7 and 7.8 are closed until January 1, 2028; #8.9,
9.3, 9.4 are closed until January 1, 2052; and #9.1 is closed until January 1, 2057.
An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.
Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Joan R. Challinor 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.
Joan R. Challinor Papers; item description, dates. MC 678, folder #. Schlesinger Library,
Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
Joan R. Challinor was born in New York City on March 25, 1927, to Marie Thompson Ridder
and Victor Frank Ridder. She attended the Brearley School in New York City (1932–1945)
and Wells College in Aurora, New York (1945–1947). In 1952 she married David Challinor
and settled in Washington, DC. They had four children together: Julia, Mary, Sarah,
and David. Her husband, a conservationist and scientific administrator at the Smithsonian
Institution, died in 2008.
She received her BA (1971), MA (1974), and PhD (1982) in History from American University
in Washington, DC. Her research specialty was colonial America; her dissertation,
Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams: The Price of Ambition, was a biography of the wife of John Quincy Adams. She was a lecturer at American
University (1981–1984), where she also received the Distinguished Alumni Award (1985).
She served as a research associate at the National Museum of American History at the
Smithsonian Institution (1984–1990), and received honorary membership in Phi Beta
Kappa from Radcliffe College (1991). Challinor has written numerous essays, edited
two books — Kin and Communities: Families in America (1979) and Arms at Rest: Peacemaking and Peacekeeping in American History (1987) — and also was a producer and project director in the 1990s on a documentary
film about Thomas Paine. Throughout her career, Challinor has lectured on a wide range
of topics, including "Are Libraries as We Know Them Endangered Species in the Internet
Era?" and "Women in the Developing World and Information Literacy," which was the
2003 keynote address at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization/National
Commission on Libraries and Information Science Forum on Information Literacy.
Challinor has served on several advisory committees and worked with or supported numerous
organizations, many of which are library and education-related. She joined the Schlesinger
Library Advisory Committee in 1980, serving as chair from 1986 through 2002. President
Bill Clinton appointed Challinor to the National Commission on Libraries and Information
Science (NCLIS) in 1995; she was reappointed in 2000, and asked by President George
Bush to serve as interim chair from July 2003 to January 2004. She was a member of
numerous other boards and committees. Because of her work as the director of the French-American
Foundation, she received the Medal of the City of Paris from President Jacques Chirac
In addition to her committee and organizational work, from 1989 to 2001 she was a
director of Knight Ridder, Inc., a newspaper and electronic publisher and family business
responsible for numerous daily newspapers and a variety of business, financial, professional,
science, and technology on-line retrieval, database, and CD ROM services.
In 2011, Joan Challinor continues to live and work in the Washington, DC, area.
The collection is arranged in three series:
- Series I. Biographical and personal, 1975-2008 (#1.1-1.9, PD.1-PD.2)
- Series II. Professional, 1975-2008 (#1.10-9.12, OD.1, PD.3-PD.4)
- Series III. Research, writings, and speeches, 1848, 1982-2008 (#9.13-11.9, T-446.1-T-446.10)
The Joan Challinor papers largely document her work in the fields of library science,
education-related initiatives, and charitable organizations. The files were received
in accurately labeled folders, and organized by the processor. In most cases, Challinor's
original folder titles have been maintained; any remaining titles created by the processor
appear in square brackets. A majority of Challinor's writings and speeches are located
in Series III; however, transcripts of speeches and writings can be found with related
materials throughout the collection.
Series I, BIOGRAPHICAL AND PERSONAL, 1975-2008 (#1.1-1.9, PD.1-PD.2), includes transcripts
of remarks and congratulation cards for Joan and David Challinor's fiftieth wedding
anniversary party; letters from their grandchildren; photographs of Joan and David
Challinor; and genealogical research materials. Also included is a letter and speech
transcript by Challinor's friend, the poet and human rights advocate Carolyn Forché.
Files are arranged alphabetically.
Series II, PROFESSIONAL, 1975-2008 (#1.10-9.12, OD.1, PD.3-PD.4), contains correspondence,
memos, meeting materials, research and grant materials, reports, conference materials,
transcripts of speeches, and articles relating to Challinor's work in library science
and education, her civic leadership, and involvement in philanthropic activities.
Files are arranged alphabetically. "Alphabetical cross files" (#1.10-1.15) are Challinor's
correspondence files grouped by last names of individuals, as well as by organization
name. The files contain both professional and some personal correspondence, including
requests to serve on committees; NCLIS related work, such as the Trust and Terror
program and collaboration with Sister Cities International on Sister libraries; involvement
with the Brearley School and the Cosmos Club; and thank you letters to organizations,
companies, and individuals. Also included in this series are photographs of events
with other dignitaries and politicians.
Series III, RESEARCH, WRITINGS, AND SPEECHES, 1848, 1982-2008 (#9.13-11.9, T-446.1-T-446.10),
contains transcripts of speeches and presentations, articles, and essays covering
a wide range of topics, including National Commission on Libraries and Information
Science (NCLIS) initiatives and the future of libraries; Louisa Catherine Johnson
Adams; and a tribute to former head of the Brearley School Millicent Carey McIntosh.
Related materials include correspondence and research and meeting notes. This series
also includes an incomplete set of numbered audiotapes, some with transcripts, of
scholars' interviews, and Challinor's research and grant files related to the production
of a Thomas Paine documentary film in conjunction with the French-American Foundation.
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 [*].
- Series I. BIOGRAPHICAL AND PERSONAL, 1975-2008 (#1.1-1.9, PD.1-PD.2)
- 1.1. 50th anniversary party, October 7, 2002; includes correspondence, guest lists, transcript
of Challinor's remarks
- 1.2. 50th anniversary party, October 7, 2002: [congratulation cards]
- PD.1. 50th anniversary party, October 7, 2002: [photographs] (5 photographs).
FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
- 1.3. 80th birthday, April 12, 2007; contains Challinor's transcripts of remarks
- 1.4. [David Challinor], 2008, n.d.; contains articles, obituary
- PD.2. [Joan and David Challinor: photographs], 1983-1989, n.d. (6 photographs).
FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
- 1.5. Carolyn Forché, 1993-2006; includes poems; Skidmore College commencement speech; letter
to Challinor; transcript of Challinor's introduction for poetry reading, Woman's National
- 1.6. Grandchildren: letters, 2004, n.d.
- 1.7. [Grandchildren]: Nels' stories, n.d.
- 1.8. Personal, 1984-2004; includes letters, including re: Distinguished University Alumnae
Award, Laura Bush; resume; certificate of appreciation from Sisters Cities Program;
transcripts of remarks and speeches, including tribute to brother Walter T. Ridder;
Challinor's recollections of World War II
- 1.9. Ridder and Crimmins families [genealogical research materials], 1975-2007, n.d.
- Series II. PROFESSIONAL, 1975-2008 (#1.10-9.12, OD.1, PD.3-PD.4)
- 1.10. Alphabetical cross file A-B, 2001-2006
- 1.11. Alphabetical cross file C-E, 1998-2008
- 1.12. Alphabetical cross file F-J, 1991-2008
- 1.13. Alphabetical cross file K-O, 1998-2008; includes letters re: nomination for NCLIS
- 1.14. Alphabetical cross file P-T, 1998-2008
- 1.15. Alphabetical cross file U-Z, 1998-2008
- 1.16. American Library Association (ALA), 1998-2005; includes correspondence, notes
- 2.1. Australia, 1998-1999; contains materials re: Jessie Street National Women's Library
- 2.2. Beijing, 1995-1999; includes information re: United Nations Fourth World Conference
- 2.3. Boca Grande [Florida] Citizens for National Change, 2004
- 2.4. Brearley [School], 2001-2004; includes correspondence, program for Millicent Carey
McIntosh; information for Frances Riker Davis Award Selection Committee; class lists;
speech by Challinor
- 2.5. British Museum Symposium, March 2000
- 2.6. Camp Jeanne D'Arc, 2002-2003; includes Challinor article re: her camp experience
- 2.7. Catholic Alliance for the Common Good, ca.2004; includes organizational proposal
- 2.8. Julia Challinor's foundation: A Tomorrow for Children, 1998-2005; includes newsletters,
articles re: Julia Challinor's work; presentation by Joan Challinor, "Gender and Education
in Latin America."
- 2.9. Julia Challinor's work, 1998, 2007; contains correspondence; article on Julia Challinor.
- 2.10. China/U.S. Conference on Libraries, Flushing, New York, and Washington, DC, 2001;
includes uncataloged photographs
- 2.11. Contributions, 2001-2007
- 2.12. Council for Excellence in Government, 2006
- 2.13. Cuban Library Project, 2000
- 3.1. Democratic Party, 2005-2006
- PD.3. Events (various): photographs, 1983-1992, n.d. (14 photographs); includes celebration
in France of the Treaty of Paris; James Madison Memorial Fellowship Trust event re:
Bill of Rights commemorative coins; Edward Kennedy; Orrin Hatch; James Brady.
FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
- 3.2. France, 1999-2000; includes speech at Blérancourt by David Challinor; speech at the
Champs-Elysees by Joan Challinor
- 3.3. French-American Cultural Foundation, 2003-2007
- 3.5. Health matters, 2001; includes notes re: Conference on Global Infectious Disease and
U.S. Foreign Policy
- 3.6. ICANN [Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers], 2001-2006; includes memos
re: Knight Ridder, KnightRidder.com; articles
- 3.7. Keira Grace Foundation, 2006
- 3.8. Knight Ridder: general, 1999, 2001
- 3.9. Know-How Conference (IIAV), Amsterdam, August 1998; contains conference resolutions
- 3.10. Letters about Literature: judging, 2005-2006
- 3.11. Libraries, 1992-1998
- 3.12. Libraries for the Future, 1998
- 3.13. Library of Congress, 1998-2001
- 3.14. National Committee for the Bicentennial for the Treaty of Paris, 1985-1987, n.d.;
includes Challinor's work on the Bill of Rights poster exhibit; Challinor article:
"Observing the Unknown Treaty: The Bicentennial for the Treaty of Paris"
- 4.1. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS), 2004-2005; includes
reports, position descriptions, articles, brochure
- 4.2. [NCLIS]: Alexandrian Library, 2000-2001
- 4.3. NCLIS: articles and background, 1975-2000
- 4.4. [NCLIS]: Cameroon, Jackie Rohrer, 2004; includes correspondence, notes re: NCLIS program
- 4.5. NCLIS: commissioners and staff address lists, 2003-2007; includes correspondence
- 4.6. NCLIS: dead file, 1999-2001; includes reports, correspondence
- 4.8. NCLIS: "Gender and Information Sharing," by Joan Challinor and Woody Horton, Jr.,
- 4.9. NCLIS: 'in kind' gifts, 2005-2006
- 4.10. NCLIS: information literacy meeting of experts: preliminary materials, 1989, 2001
- 4.11. NCLIS: information literacy meeting, October 9-10, 2001, Washington, DC, 1998-2001
- 4.12. NCLIS: information literacy meeting, September 2003, Prague, Czech Republic, 1998-2003;
includes remarks by Challinor; information re: planning meetings
- 5.1. NCLIS: [information literacy meeting] Prague declaration, 2003
- 5.2. NCLIS: information literacy [meeting]: after Prague, 2003-2004
- 5.3. NCLIS: information literacy meeting, Friday, October 1, 2004
- 5.4-5.5. NCLIS: information literacy papers, 2004-2005
- 5.6. NCLIS: IFLA [International Federation of Library Associations]: Oslo, Norway, August
12-19, 2005; includes conference notes
- 5.7. NCLIS: NTIS (National Technical Information Service), 1999-2000; includes Challinor's
statement before United States Senate Subcommittee on Science, Technology and Space
re: future of NTIS
- 5.8. NCLIS: one-pagers, 2003-2004, [informational sheets on NCLIS proposals and initiatives]
- 5.9. NCLIS: op-ed article, 2005
- 5.10. NCLIS: proposed consolidation into IMLS [Institute of Museum and Library Services],
- 5.11-6.1. NCLIS: reports and notes from meetings and conferences, 1998-2005 (2 folders)
- 6.2. NCLIS: resolutions, 2004
- 6.3. [NCLIS]: Sister Cities [International], 1999; materials re: Sister Libraries millenium
project between NCLIS and Sister Cities International
- 6.4-6.5. NCLIS: Sister Libraries, 1994-2002; includes correspondence; Hillary Clinton; project
report; preliminary assessment results; notes
- 6.6. [NCLIS]: Sister Libraries: exhibit, 1999; includes uncataloged photographs
- 6.7. [NCLIS]: Sister Libraries: fundraising, 1999-2000
- 6.8. [NCLIS]: Sister Libraries: libraries, 1999-2001; includes letters re: library partnerships;
project summaries from sister libraries
- 6.9. NCLIS: telephone transcription [conference call re: NCLIS], January 24, 2004
- 6.10. NCLIS: Trust and Terror article: "New Demands for Crisis Information Dissemination
and Management," n.d.
- 6.11. NCLIS: Trust and Terror presentation, 2002-2004; includes proposal, correspondence,
- 6.12. NCLIS: Trust and Terror presentation: transparencies, IFLA, 2002
- 6.13. NCLIS: UNESCO (general file), 2005; includes conference notes, articles
- 7.1. NCLIS: UNESCO Information Literacy dead file, 2002-2003; includes meeting notes
- 7.2-7.4. NCLIS: UNESCO ICSECA [International Contributions for Scientific, Educational, and
Cultural Activities] grant, 2002-2006; includes re: mission to Cameroon and role of
libraries in HIV/AIDS prevention in Africa, WSIS (World Summit on the Information
- 7.5. NCLIS: UNESCO report: "Role of Libraries in HIV/AIDS Information Dissemination in
Sub-Saharan Africa," 2005-2006
- 7.6. [NCLIS: White House, appointment affidavit form], 2004
- OD.1. [NCLIS: White House, certificate of appointment], 2000
- 7.7. NCLIS: White House, chairmanship, 2003-2004
- 7.9. NCLIS: "Why the Web Is Not a Library" (article by Jose-Marie Griffiths), 2003-2005
- 7.10. NCLIS: WSIS (World Summit on the Information Society), 2003-2006
- 8.1. NCLIS: WSIS, Geneva, December 2003; includes conference reports, notes, articles
- 8.2. NCLIS: WSIS, Tunis, November 2005
- 8.3. NCLIS: WSIS, Tunis, final phase Challinor's report, 2005
- 8.4. NLM [National Library of Medicine], 1999-2005; includes meeting notes; correspondence
- 8.5. NRC (National Research Council), 2003; includes correspondence re: role of education
in deterring terror
- 8.6. Nepal: dZi Foundation, 1998-2007; includes correspondence re: sponsorship of schoolchildren,
and with schoolchildren in Nepal; uncataloged photographs
- 8.7. Red Cross, 2002-2005; includes meeting notes, correspondence re: NCLIS Trust and Terrorism
- 8.8. Save the Children, 1998-2006; includes sponsorship material; uncataloged photographs
- 9.2. [Schlesinger Library: bookplate], n.d. Marie Thompson Ridder Collection bookplate
- 9.5. South America, January 1-17, 1997; contains correspondence re: lectures given by David
Challinor, Challinor's visit to libraries; travel information; letters re: trip activities;
Ursula K. LeGuin; uncataloged photograph
- 9.6. Surdna Foundation, 2001
- 9.7. Teaching Matters, Inc., 2000
- 9.8. Twenty-First Century Democrats, 2004; contains candidate recommendation for French
American Foundation's Young Leaders Program
- 9.9. Vital Voices, 2001-2003; includes correspondence re: Challinor's support
- 9.10. Voice of the Faithful Conference: Challinor's personal report (July 20, 2002), 2002-2003
- 9.11. White House, 1993-2003; includes correspondence with Hillary and Bill Clinton, Tipper
and Al Gore; White House dinner menus
- PD.4. White House photographs, 1997-1998; contains images of Challinor with Hillary and
Bill Clinton, Al and Tipper Gore (3 photographs).
FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
- 9.12. WHCLIST [White House Conference on Library and Information Services Taskforce], 1998-2000
- Series III. RESEARCH, WRITINGS, AND SPEECHES, 1848, 1982-2008 (#9.13-11.9, T-446.1-T-446.10)
- 9.13. Articles, 2005-2006
- 9.14. Articles: "5 Ways We Can Hail Columbus," 1987
- 9.15. Articles: "Unintended Consequences," n.d.
- 9.17. Essays: "How Wrong I Was," Massachusetts Historical Society, 2001-2002; includes correspondence
- 9.18. [Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams: envelope and engraving], n.d. (framed and stored
separately); inscribed on verso: "Happy Birthday Mother. Love from Julia and Mary...Henry,
- 9.19. Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams: genealogy research, 1982-2007
- 10.1. [Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams: letter], August 10, 1848 (framed and stored separately)
- 10.2. Speech: Adams papers, Quincy, Massachusetts, June 22-23, 1999; includes correspondence,
- 10.3. Speech for Millicent Carey McIntosh, 2001
- 10.4. Speech: Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams, Adams National Historic Park, 2001?
- 10.5-10.6. Speech material, 1998-2006; includes articles, notes re: ideas for speeches
- 10.7-10.8. Speech materials for "Endangered Libraries," February 2006, Cosmopolitan Club, 2000-2006;
includes related materials, NCLIS homeland security speech, meeting and speech notes,
- 10.9-10.10. Speeches and papers, 1983-2003, n.d.; includes speech for the dedication of tree in
Radcliffe Yard in honor of Patricia King (#10.10)
- T-446.8. [Thomas Paine documentary:] I, panel discussion, ca.1994.
REQUEST AS T-446, reel 8.
- T-446.9. [Thomas Paine documentary:] II, panel discussion, ca.1994.
REQUEST AS T-446, reel 9.
- T-446.10. [Thomas Paine documentary:] IIII, panel discussion, ca.1994.
REQUEST AS T-446, reel 10.
- 11.1. Thomas Paine documentary: background, 1991-1992, n.d.
- 11.2. Thomas Paine documentary: bibliography, n.d.
- 11.3. Thomas Paine documentary: film material, 1992-2000; includes proposal
- 11.4. [Thomas Paine documentary: grants, etc.], 1993-1995; contains grant applications;
reports; correspondence, including award letters; financial information, including
- 11.5. Thomas Paine documentary: interviews, text, 1993-1994; includes transcripts of scholars'
meetings; interviews: A. Owen Aldridge, Benjamin Barber, Samuel Beer, Tony Benn, ?
Cone, Michael Foot, Carolyn Forché, Isaac Kramnick, Eric Paine, Frank Smith, E.P.
Thompson, Sean Wilentz
- 11.6. [Thomas Paine documentary: National Endowment for the Humanities grant], 1994-1995
- 11.7. Thomas Paine documentary: Pennsylvania Humanities Council, grant #2, 1993-1994
- 11.8. Thomas Paine documentary: visuals (Kym Rice), 1992-1994
- 11.9. United States Mint First Spouses designs, 2007-2008; includes designs of first spouses
gold coins and bronze medals
Catholic women--United States
Civic leaders--United States
Libraries and community--United States
Libraries and education
Women in information science
Adams, Louisa Catherine, 1775-1852
Aldridge, Alfred Owen, 1915-2005
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Barber, Benjamin R., 1939-
Paine, Thomas, 1737-1809
United States. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science