MC 732; Phon-62
Curwood, Sarah Thomas. Papers of Sarah Thomas Curwood, 1871-1991 (inclusive), 1932-1990
(bulk): 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
Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: MC 732; Phon-62
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Sarah Thomas Curwood
Title: Papers of Sarah Thomas Curwood, 1871-1991 (inclusive), 1932-1990 (bulk)
Quantity: 23.44 linear feet (55 file boxes, 1 card box) plus 4 folio+ folders, 18 photograph folders, 1 folio
photograph folder, 4 phonograph records, 3 objects)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, diaries, research and teaching materials, etc., of sociologist and
professor, Sarah Thomas Curwood.
Accession numbers: 2004-M125, 2004-M133, 2005-M70
The papers of Sarah Thomas Curwood were given to the Schlesinger Library by her son,
Stephen T. Curwood, between November 2004 and July 2005.
Processed: December 2012
By: Johanna Carll with assistance from Samuel Bauer.
Access. Written permission of Anastasia Curwood is required for #6.4-6.7, 17.8-20.9.
#41.6 is closed until January 1, 2027. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual
Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Sarah Thomas Curwood is held by the
President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. The library
will not authorize extensive quotations during Stephen T. Curwood's lifetime without
his written permission. Readers may, however, publish brief quotations (250 words
or fewer in any one publication) from the documents with the prior written permission
of the director of the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection
may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Written permission of Anastasia Curwood required to copy #6.4-6.7, 17.8-20.9.
Other papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
Sarah Thomas Curwood Papers, 1871-1991; item description, dates. MC 732, folder #.
Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
Donors: Stephen T. Curwood
Accession numbers: 2004-M125, 2004-M133, 2005-M70
Processed by: Johanna Carll
The following items have been transferred to the Schlesinger Library books and printed
materials collection (pending review by curator):
- Miss WRONE's Chatter, Women Radio Operators of New England (WRONE), May/June 1964 - January/February/March
The following items have been transferred to the Schlesinger Library books and printed
- Planned Parenthood News, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, Number 13, Spring 1966; Number 15, Spring
1967; Number 16, Winter 1968
- Planned Parenthood News, Planned Parenthood-World Population, Number 45, June 1966; Number 47, November 1966
Sociologist, professor, lecturer, and tree farmer, Sarah Thomas Curwood, daughter
of Maurice and Sarah "Sadie" E. (Dorsey) Thomas, was born January 23, 1916, in Binghamton,
New York. One of the few African Americans attending Cornell University at the time,
she graduated in 1937, and went on to attend Boston University (Ed.M. 1947) and Radcliffe
College (Ph.D 1956). She also attended the Nursery Training School of Boston (1942-1944).
Curwood married James L. Curwood (born May 8, 1908), a businessman, on June 20, 1936;
they had a daughter, Sarah "Sally" (born 1938) and a son, Steve (born 1947). James
Curwood committed suicide on December 23, 1949. Curwood taught at the Ruggles Street
Nursery School, the nursery school at Jamaica Plain Neighborhood House (both in Boston,
Massachusetts), and was an instructor in early childhood education at the Harvard
Graduate School of Education (1952-1955). She served on the faculties of Antioch College,
Rhode Island College, the University of New Hampshire, and Knoxville College. From
1968 to 1969, she was the Head Start regional training officer for New Hampshire and
Vermont. She was also a consultant for many organizations including the Massachusetts
Committee on Children and Youth and Volt Information Services Head Start Planned Variations
Program in Buffalo, New York. In 1967, she became a registered tree farmer and eventually
started a tree farm in Nottingham, New Hampshire.
In addition to her professional activities, Curwood served on the boards or as a trustee
of the Massachusetts Mothers' Health Council, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts,
the Eliot-Pearson School of Tufts University, Region One of the Girl Scouts USA, the
American Friends Service Committee in Philadelphia, the Friends National Committee
on Legislation in Washington, DC, and Guilford College in North Carolina. She was
also a member of the Rockingham County Forest Advisory Board and the Cooperative Extension
Advisory Council. Curwood died October 6, 1990.
The collection is arranged in five series:
- Series I. Biographical and Personal, 1871-1991 (#1.1-17.7, 56CB.1-56CB.2, F+D.1-F+D.2,
- Series II. Correspondence, 1924-1990 (#17.8-38.1, Phon-62.1 - Phon-62.4)
- Series III. Education, 1924-1990 (#38.2-42.9, F+D.3)
- Series IV. Professional, 1959-1987 (#42.10-55.10, F+D.4)
- Series V. Photographs, 1909-1987 (#PD.1-PD.19f)
The papers of Sarah Thomas Curwood contain correspondence, diaries, journals, financial
records, questionnaires, photographs, etc., documenting Curwood's personal life, including
her troubled marriage, and her work as a sociologist and professor. Most materials
arrived at the library unfoldered and in no discernable order; the archivist created
folder titles for those files. A small number of files were in folders and those titles
have been preserved and appear in quotation marks. Files were arranged by the archivist.
Series I, BIOGRAPHICAL AND PERSONAL, 1871-1991 (#1.1-17.7, 56CB.1-56CB.2, F+D.1-F+D.2,
Mem.1-Mem.3), includes diaries, journal entries, appointment calendars, financial
records, recipes, etc. Diaries contain accounts of Curwood's daily activities, including
visits and interactions with family and friends, meetings, and doctor's appointments.
Entries provide little insight into her thoughts or feelings about events or people.
Journal entries are a mix of hand-written and typed writings recording Curwood's reflections
on people and events in her life. Many of the entries, particularly those written
between 1967 and 1969, were rewritten several times and may have been intended for
an autobiography. Frequent topics in the journal writings include Curwood's upbringing,
marriage, children, and race. Included are childhood memories; examinations of her
middle-class background and how her upbringing influenced her ideas of race and what
it meant to be a successful black woman; and reflections on her marriage, including
James' ideas on acceptable behavior for a wife, their financial struggles, and James'
suicide. Other materials in the series document Curwood's struggle to financially
support her children as a single mother, her life-long support of the Girl Scouts,
and her efforts to ensure women had access to birth control through the Massachusetts
Mothers' Health Council and its later iteration, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts.
Files are arranged alphabetically.
Series II, CORRESPONDENCE, 1924-1990 (#17.8-38.1, Phon-62.1 - Phon-62.4), contains
letters from Curwood's friends, family, and professional contacts, as well as a carbon
copies of many of Curwood's replies. Letters from friends and family contain news
about family and friends; accounts of daily activities, such as shopping, cooking,
housekeeping, and errands; child rearing; trips taken; etc. Letters from professional
contacts include invitations to participate in conferences, job offers, and information
on current areas of study. Correspondence is arranged alphabetically, then chronologically.
Particularly revealing are letters exchanged by Curwood and her husband, James L.
Curwood. The exchange begins during their short courtship and focuses on the first
few years of their marriage when Curwood was a student a Cornell University and then
living in Boston while James held several jobs, including as a valet for families
in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The Curwoods married the summer between Sarah's junior
and senior years at Cornell University and the marriage was kept a secret due to fears
that Sarah would lose her financial aid if their marriage were discovered. James'
letters frequently express his frustration and annoyance over having to hide their
marriage and Sarah's replies often echo his frustration and contain assurances that
she loves him. The Curwood's letters contain frequent reference to their sex life.
From the beginning of the exchanges, they established a code language in which they
referred to their sex organs as "Edgar" and "Nellie," Sarah's period was referred
to as "grannie" or "grandmother," and the notion of their future child was "Tommy."
Soon after the Curwoods were married, Sarah discovered that she had gonorrhea. Her
letters contain references to Edgar making Nellie sick and she encouraged James to
see a doctor because she feared James was the source of the disease. She also chastises
James because he had assured her before they married that he had seen a doctor and
been given a clean bill of health. For his part, James' responses were initially sympathetic
and apologetic but evolve into claims that he had been to a doctor who found no indications
that he had ever had gonorrhea. While refusing to take responsibility, he also assured
Sarah that he didn't doubt her fidelity.
Sarah and James were reunited during the Thanksgiving. Sarah's letters reveal that
during one of their sexual encounters, James didn't use a condom and she feared that
she was pregnant. Much of the conversation is couched in references to the presence,
or lack thereof, of grannie and mentions of Tommy. Sarah's letters often express her
hopes that she isn't pregnant because it would force her to leave college, she and
James would have to establish a home, and she doubts their ability to financially
support a baby. James' responses range from trying to soothe her fears to expressing
his hurt that Sarah blamed him for the situation, his belief that she was thinking
only of herself, and anger that she doubted his ability to provide for his family.
Eventually, the pregnancy becomes a reality. In a letter postmarked December 28, 1936,
Sarah recounts how her mother attempted to help her abort the pregnancy, writing,
"mother is giving me pills, I have to take hot foot baths, she also gave me a shot
of gin last night." The abortion attempt failed, but Sarah suffered a miscarriage
James and Sarah's letters also document their disagreements over how Sarah should
conduct herself. Letters reveal Sarah's dedication to obtaining an education and James'
beliefs that she should leave Cornell to help support them with a job as a domestic
worker. Occasionally, Sarah mentioned events she attended and people she socialized
with. On several occasions, James replied with scathing letters criticizing Sarah
for being self-centered for socializing while he was working so hard, being naive
in her interactions with men, and thinking herself better than him. These letters
generally ended with claims that James was only trying to give Sarah the benefit of
his world experience because he loved her and wanted to spare her from making mistakes
due to her sheltered background. Sarah responded to James' critiques with apologies
and measured defenses of her actions and comments with occasional bursts of anger
over James' criticisms. These brief, angry exchanges give way to affectionate exchanges
in which both Curwoods express their love and desire for each other and plans for
their future together.
Series III, EDUCATION, 1924-1990 (#38.2-42.9, F+D.3), includes class notes, papers,
report cards, transcripts, diplomas, printed material, etc., documenting Curwood's
education from her years in high school through attaining her Ph.D. At Cornell University,
Curwood studied economics, but her graduate studies focused on child development.
As a result, notes from classes Curwood took at Boston University, the Nursery Training
School of Boston, and Radcliffe College may be found with files relating to courses
taken at other schools. While Curwood attended classes at the Nursery Training School
of Boston, she worked as a teacher at the Ruggles Street Nursery School. Since the
Ruggles Street Nursery School served as the training grounds for students enrolled
in the Nursery Training School of Boston, materials relating to Curwood's teaching
are generally indistinguishable from her student files. As a result, all materials
Curwood had relating to both institutions are filed in this series under the Nursery
Training School of Boston. Files are arranged alphabetically.
Series IV, PROFESSIONAL, 1959-1987 (#42.10-55.10, F+D.4), includes correspondence,
syllabi, notes, drafts, reports, etc., relating to Curwood's work as a professor,
for the Massachusetts Committee on Children and Youth, and for Head Start. Also included
are questionnaires, correspondence, and drafts relating to research projects undertaken
by Curwood on moving patterns among women in small towns, particularly Yellow Springs,
Ohio, and a project initially funded by a grant from the Ella Lyman Cabot Trust studying
middle class African-American women. There is no record of the final product of either
study, but information gleaned from both studies featured prominently in courses taught
by Curwood. Researchers should consult Nursery Training School of Boston files in
Series III for materials relating to Curwood's work as a teacher at the Ruggles Street
In the early 1950s, Curwood purchased a farm in Nottingham, New Hampshire, where she
opened a Great Dane kennel. Files relating to the kennel include dog registration
and vaccination papers, and Ladies' Dog Club dog show programs. In the late 1960s,
Curwood became a registered tree farmer and worked much of the farm's forest as a
tree farm. Files relating to the tree farm include bills for tree purchases and services
contracted; correspondence with foresters, the University of New Hampshire Cooperative
Extension Service, and forest industry interest groups; property maps; contracts;
and printed material. Files are arranged alphabetically.
Series V, PHOTOGRAPHS, 1909-1987 (#PD.1-PD.19f), contains portrait photographs, snapshots,
and negatives of Curwood as well as her family and friends. Also included are snapshots
of children playing on the playground at the Harvard Preschool and the Ruggles Street
Nursery School. 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 [*]. Folders are arranged with
photographs of Curwood first, followed by an alphabetical arrangement of files.
- Series I. BIOGRAPHICAL AND PERSONAL, 1871-1991 (#1.1-17.7, 56CB.1-56CB.2, F+D.1-F+D.2,
- 1.1. A-C Cleaners (James L. Curwood business), 1947-1948
- 1.2. A-C Cleaners? appointment book, 1945 (recorded in "Dailyade" book)
- 1.3. A-C Cleaners? appointment book, 1946 (recorded in "Dailyade" book)
- 1.4. A-C Cleaners? appointment book, 1947 (recorded in "Dailyade" book)
- 1.5-2.1. Address books, n.d. (3 folders)
- 2.2. Address cards, 1987-1989
- 56CB.1. Address cards, n.d.
- 2.5. Amateur radio operator, 1942-1987; includes Massachusetts Women's Defense Corp id
- 2.6. Amateur radio operator class, 1940-1941
- 2.7. Amateur radio operator: Women Radio Operators of New England (WRONE), 1965-1987
- 2.8. Amherst Institute, Eastern Cooperative League Vox Co-op newsletters, 1939
- 2.9. Appointment calendars, 1940
- 3.1. Appointment calendars, 1944
- 3.2. Appointment calendars, 1946-1947
- 3.3. Appointment calendars, 1949
- 3.4. Appointment calendars, 1951-1956
- 3.5. Appointment calendars, 1956-1958
- 3.6. Appointment calendars, 1958-1960
- 3.7. Appointment calendars, 1960-1961
- 3.8. Appointment calendars, 1962-1964
- 3.9. Appointment calendars, 1964-1966
- 4.1. Appointment calendars, 1966-1968
- 4.2. Appointment calendars, 1968-1970
- 4.3. Appointment calendars, 1969
- 4.4. Appointment calendars, 1970-1971
- 4.5. Appointment calendars, 1971-1972
- 4.6. Appointment calendars, 1972-1974
- 4.7. Appointment calendars, 1974-1976
- 4.8. Appointment calendars, 1976-1978
- 4.9. Appointment calendars, 1978-1980
- 4.10. Appointment calendars, 1980-1982
- 5.1. Appointment calendars, 1982-1984
- 5.2. Appointment calendars, 1984-1986
- 5.3. Appointment calendars, 1986-1991
- 5.4. Charles H. Arnum Soldiers and Sailors Historical and Benevolent Society Civil War
service portfolio, 1905
- 5.5. Birth certificate, Social Security card, marriage certificate, 1916, 1936, n.d.
- 5.6. Camp newsletters: Camp Breezy Meadows newspaper, 1942-1943; Interim, published during interim between camp seasons for Timberlake, Indian Rock, and Tamarack
Farm, Plymouth, Vermont, 1960, 1965
- 5.7. Certificates and awards, 1957, 1971-1980
- 5.8. Cessna airplane owner's manual and notes, 1964; pilot log book, 1969
- 5.9. Clippings, 1948-1968
- 5.10. Clippings: Radcliffe Quarterly article re: Curwood tree farm, 1985; includes manuscript
- 5.11. Credit, membership, identification cards, 1939-1988; includes driver's licenses
- 5.12. James L. Curwood certificate, 1933, driver's licenses, 1943-1944
- 5.13-6.1. James L. Curwood writings, 1930s, 1944-1945, n.d. (2 folders)
- 6.2. Sarah E. "Sally" Curwood autograph book, 1955
- 6.3. Sarah E. "Sally" Curwood Girl Scout Four Winds Camp badges, badge certificate, American
Red Cross swimming test cards, 1948
- 6.3m-1. Camp Four Winds archery badge. Round green felt containing circles of blue, red, and
yellow felt forming a bullseye, 1948.
- 6.3m-2. Camp Four Winds canoeing badge. Round blue felt with yellow felt crossed canoe oars,
red felt "4" on left side, red felt "W" on right side, 1948.
- 6.3m-3. Camp Four Winds sailing badge. Round blue felt with felt sailboat with two white sails
and a black bottom, 1948
- 9.4. Dog (pets) licenses, 1945-1957, 1988
- 9.5. Financial records, 1937-1940
- 9.6. Financial records, 1941-1945
- 9.7. Financial records, 1946-1949
- 9.8. Financial records, 1950-1951; includes correspondence re: pension and insurance claims
following James L. Curwood's death
- 10.1. Financial records, 1952
- 10.2. Financial records, 1953-1957
- 10.3. Financial records, 1958-1959
- 10.4. Financial records, 1960-1963
- 10.5. Financial records, 1964-1965
- 10.6. Financial records, 1966
- 10.7. Financial records, 1967-1969
- 10.8. Financial records, 1970-1972
- 10.9. Financial records, 1973
- 11.1-11.2. Financial records, 1974
- 11.3. Financial records, 1975
- 11.4. Financial records, 1976
- 11.5. Financial records, 1977
- 11.6. Financial records, 1978
- 11.7. Financial records, 1979
- 11.8. Financial records, 1980
- 12.1. Financial records, 1981
- 12.2. Financial records, 1982-1983
- 12.3. Financial records, 1984
- 12.4. Financial records, 1985-1990
- 12.5. Financial records, n.d.
- 12.6-12.7. First aid class, 1941
- 12.8-12.9. Genealogy, 1974-1989
- 13.1. Girl Scouts, 1928-1968
- Mem.1. Girl Scouts first aid kit tin box. Rectangular green with white lid with green border,
green Girl Scouts emblem with red text, "Girl Scouts" above and "official first aid
kit prepared by Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, N.J., Chicago, Ill., Made in U.S.A."
below. White label with navy print listing contents of kit adhered to inside of lid,
FILED WITH MEMORABILIA.
- 13.2. Historical deeds, etc., for Nottingham, New Hampshire property, 1817-1873
- 13.3. Journals/memoir/manuscript, 1962-1967
- 13.4. Journals/memoir/manuscript, 1967-1968 (undated)
- 13.5. Journals/memoir/manuscript, 1968
- 13.6. Journals/memoir/manuscript, 1969
- 13.7. Journals/memoir/manuscript, 1970-1972
- 13.8. Journals/memoir/manuscript, 1973-1974
- 13.9. Journals/memoir/manuscript, 1975-1976
- 13.10. Journals/memoir/manuscript, 1977-1978
- 14.1. Journals/memoir/manuscript, 1979-1984
- 14.2. Journals/memoir/manuscript, 1985-1990
- 14.3. Journals/memoir/manuscript, n.d.
- 14.4-14.6. Massachusetts Mothers' Health Council correspondence, minutes, printed materials,
- 14.7. Materials for scrapbook, 1937-1984; includes 1989 note
- 14.8. Medical, 1936-1975; includes bills, menus, breast feeding certificate from New England
Hospital for Women and Children, 1947
- Mem.2-Mem.3. Medical: New England Hospital for Women and Children baby necklaces. Light blue round
beads with round white beads with black letters spelling "Curwood," 1939, 1947; see
bill in #14.8.
FILED WITH MEMORABILIA.
- 14.9. "Memorabilia, 1933-1944;" includes re: Sarah E. "Sally" Curwood infancy
- 14.10. "Memorabilia, 1950s"
- 15.1. "Memorabilia, 1960s"
- 15.2. Notebook, 1944, n.d.
- 15.3. Notebook, 1958, n.d.
- 15.4. Notebook, "New York EFC notes 1959 or 1960"
- 15.5. Notebook, 1963, n.d.
- 15.7. Notebook, 1965-1978, n.d.
- 15.8-15.9. Notes, 1934-1987, n.d.; includes recipe for hair tonic (#15.8)
- 15.10. Notes re: Nottingham, New Hampshire, history, 1973-1975
- 15.11. Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts board minutes, 1965-1967
- 16.1. Programs featuring Curwood, 1942-1965
- 16.3. Recipes: annotated Cookskill Cook Book, 1911
- 16.4. Religious Society of Friends, Cambridge and New England meetings, 1966-1967, 1983-1987
- F+D.1. Scrapbook (disbound), 1936-1946; includes letters from James L. Curwood, letters from
Sally Curwood at summer camp
- 16.6-16.8. Scrapbook: loose items from #F+D.1, 1936-1946; includes uncataloged photographs (#16.6),
letters from James L. Curwood, letters from Sally Curwood at summer camp
- 16.9. Marcellus and Sarah "Sadie" (Dorsey) Thomas marriage license and book, 1909
- 16.10. Sarah "Sadie" (Dorsey) Thomas death certificate, obituaries, 1971
- 16.11. Sarah "Sadie" (Dorsey) Thomas list of wedding gifts, 1908
- 56CB.2. Sarah "Sadie" (Dorsey) Thomas recipe cards, n.d.
- 17.1. Sarah "Sadie" (Dorsey) Thomas sketch book, n.d.; includes article glued inside back
cover re: Moses Dorsey participation in athletic meet at Binghamton, New York fair
- 17.2. Travel: Africa, Travel of Man Seminar Tour, 1976
- F+D.2. Travel: Europe scrapbook pages, 1966
- 17.3. Travel: passports, vaccination records, international driver's permit, itineraries,
Air France menu, AAA Triptiks, etc., 1949-1985
- 17.4. Who's Who biographical entry, 1976; includes uncataloged photograph
- 17.5. Will and funeral planning, 1976-1990
- 17.6. World War II: James L. Curwood Navy service, 1943-1944
- 17.7. World War II: ration books, war bond stamp albums, 1942-1945
- Series II. CORRESPONDENCE, 1924-1990 (#17.8-38.1, Phon-62.1 - Phon-62.4)
- 20.10. Sarah "Sally" Emily Curwood, 1944-1956
- 21.1. Sarah "Sally" Emily Curwood, 1957-1961
- 21.2. Sarah "Sally" Emily Curwood, 1962-1963
- 21.3. Sarah "Sally" Emily Curwood, 1964-1968
- 21.4. Sarah "Sally" Emily Curwood, 1969-1970
- 21.5. Sarah "Sally" Emily Curwood, 1971-1981, n.d.
- 21.6. Stephen Curwood, 1953-1962
- 21.7. Stephen Curwood, 1963-1966
- Phon-62.1. Stephen Curwood. "Merry Christmas, 12 days of Christmas," Recordio-gram cardboard
with shellac coating record, December 13, 1965.
REQUEST AS Phon-62, disc 1.
- 21.8. Stephen Curwood and family, 1967-1971
- 21.9. Stephen Curwood and family, 1972
- 22.1-22.3. Stephen Curwood and family, 1973
- 22.4. Stephen Curwood and family, 1974-1984
- 22.5. Stephen Curwood and family, 1985-1990, n.d.
- 22.6. Elizabeth "Betty" (Thomas) Johnson, 1934-1969
- 22.7. Elizabeth "Betty" (Thomas) Johnson, 1970-1975
- 22.8. Elizabeth "Betty" (Thomas) Johnson, 1976-1981
- 22.9. Elizabeth "Betty" (Thomas) Johnson, 1982-1988
- 23.1. Elizabeth "Betty" (Thomas) Johnson, 1989-1990, n.d.
- 23.2. Elnora "Nony" (Thomas) Skelton, 1934-1967
- 23.3. Elnora "Nony" (Thomas) Skelton, 1968-1979
- 23.4. Elnora "Nony" (Thomas) Skelton, 1980-1988
- 23.5. Elnora "Nony" (Thomas) Skelton, 1989-1990, n.d.; includes uncataloged photograph
- 23.6. Sarah "Sadie" (Dorsey) Thomas, 1934-1959
- 23.7. Sarah "Sadie" (Dorsey) Thomas, 1960-1961
- 23.8. Sarah "Sadie" (Dorsey) Thomas, 1962
- 23.9. Sarah "Sadie" (Dorsey) Thomas, 1963-1964
- 23.10. Sarah "Sadie" (Dorsey) Thomas, 1965-1966; includes uncataloged photographs
- 24.1. Sarah "Sadie" (Dorsey) Thomas, 1967-1969, n.d.
- 24.2. Sarah "Sadie" (Dorsey) Thomas, letters from Curwood and family, 1935-1962, n.d.
- 24.3-24.4. Sarah "Sadie" (Dorsey) Thomas, letters to, 1932-1963, n.d.
- 24.5. Correspondence, 1924-1933
- 24.6. Correspondence, 1934
- 24.7. Correspondence, 1935-1936
- 24.8. Correspondence, 1937
- 24.9. Correspondence, 1938-1939
- 24.10. Correspondence, 1940-1941
- 24.11. Correspondence, 1942-1944; includes re: American Red Cross first aid instructors;
letter from James L. Curwood's lover, Elinore Brackett
- 25.1. Correspondence, 1945-1946; includes Living magazine Christmas toy patterns, congratulations on Stephen Curwood's birth
- 25.2. Correspondence, 1947-1949; includes Abigail Eliot, letters re: James L. Curwood mental
illness and death
- Phon-62.2 - Phon-62.4. Correspondence?, 1940s. U & I voice records, Voice Recording Automat Inc., 350 Fifth
Ave., New York, unidentified aluminum record.
REQUEST AS Phon-62, discs 1-3.
- 25.3. Correspondence, 1950-1951; includes re: James L. Curwood's death, purchase of farm
in Nottingham, New Hampshire
- 25.4. Correspondence, 1952-1954; includes re: repairs Nottingham, New Hampshire farm
- 25.5. Correspondence, 1955-1957; includes re: disagreement between Sally Curwood and her
host family re: moral behavior
- 25.6. Correspondence, 1958; includes re: sending Stephen Curwood to summer camp, uncataloged
- 25.7. Correspondence, 1959; includes re: Encampment for Citizenship
- 25.8-25.9. Correspondence, 1960; includes re: Encampment for Citizenship, Farm and Wilderness
Camps, Yellow Springs (Ohio) Community Council minutes
- 25.10-26.1. Correspondence, 1961; includes re: Encampment for Citizenship, Farm and Wilderness
Camps, Yellow Springs (Ohio) Community Council minutes, Westtown School (2 folders)
- 26.2-26.3. Correspondence, 1962; includes Abigail Eliot, Farm and Wilderness Camps, Westtown
- 26.4. Correspondence, 1963; includes Farm and Wilderness Camps, Westtown Schools
- 26.5-26.7. Correspondence, 1964; includes Farm and Wilderness Camps, Westtown Schools, Abigail
Eliot (#26.7), uncataloged photographs (#26.5, 26.7)
- 26.8-27.1. Correspondence, 1965; includes Farm and Wilderness Camps, Westtown Schools, Playboy
Club rejection letter (#26.8), analysis of Stephen Curwood for Harvard College application
(#27.1), Pearl S. Buck (#27.1), uncataloged photographs (#27.1) (3 folders)
- 27.2-27.4. Correspondence, 1966; includes Pearl S. Buck (#27.3), uncataloged photographs (#27.3)
- 27.5-27.7. Correspondence, 1967; includes uncataloged photographs (#27.5-27.6)
- 27.8-28.1. Correspondence, 1968; includes uncataloged photographs, Capital Films advertisement
for "Techniques for Sexual Fulfillment in Marriage" and "The Sex Organ that Controls
Female Sexuality" (#28.1) (3 folders)
- 28.2-28.4. Correspondence, 1969; includes uncataloged photographs (#28.2)
- 28.5-28.7. Correspondence, 1970; includes Abigail Eliot (#28.7)
- 28.8-29.2. Correspondence, 1971; includes Abigail Eliot (#29.2) (4 folders)
- 29.3-29.5. Correspondence, 1972; includes Martha May Eliot (#29.3)
- 29.6-29.9. Correspondence, 1973
- 30.1-30.3. Correspondence, 1974; includes uncataloged photographs (#30.1)
- 30.4-30.7. Correspondence, 1975; includes uncataloged photographs (#30.5)
- 30.8-31.3. Correspondence, 1976; includes re: East Africa trip, uncataloged photographs (#30.8)
- 31.4-31.6. Correspondence, 1977
- 31.7-32.2. Correspondence, 1978; includes Abigail Eliot (#31.7) (4 folders)
- 32.3-32.7. Correspondence, 1979; includes Abigail Eliot (#32.6), Sara Lawrence Lightfoot (#32.6),
uncataloged photographs (#32.3, 32.6)
- 32.8-33.1. Correspondence, 1980; includes uncataloged photographs (#33.1) (3 folders)
- 33.2-33.4. Correspondence, 1981; includes Abigail Eliot (#33.2)
- 33.5-33.7. Correspondence, 1982; includes uncataloged photographs (#33.5)
- 33.8-34.1. Correspondence, 1983; includes uncataloged photographs (#33.8) (3 folders)
- 34.2-34.6. Correspondence, 1984; includes uncataloged photographs (#34.5)
- 34.7-35.1. Correspondence, 1985; includes uncataloged photographs (#34.7) (4 folders)
- 35.2-35.5. Correspondence, 1986; includes uncataloged photographs (#35.2)
- 35.6-36.1. Correspondence, 1987; includes Debi Thomas (#35.6), Tenley Albright (#35.8) (5 folders)
- 36.2-36.6. Correspondence, 1988; includes uncataloged photographs (#36.3-36.4)
- 36.7-37.1. Correspondence, 1989; includes re: cancer, uncataloged photographs (#36.9) (4 folders)
- 37.2-37.3. Correspondence, 1990; includes re: cancer, uncataloged photographs (#37.3)
- 37.4-38.1. Correspondence, n.d.; includes uncataloged photographs (#37.7) (6 folders)
- Series III. EDUCATION, 1959-1987 (#38.2-42.9, F+D.3)
- 38.2. Binghamton Central High School autograph book, 1928-1929
- 38.3-38.5. Binghamton Central High School scrapbook (disbound), 1932-1935; includes from freshman
year at Cornell University
- 38.6. Binghamton Central High School Panorama (school magazine), May 1929, January 1930
- 38.7. Binghamton Central High School Panorama (school magazine), March-April 1930
- 38.8. Binghamton Central High School Panorama (school magazine), May, November 1930
- 38.9. Binghamton Central High School Panorama (school magazine), December 1930, October-November 1931
- 39.1. Binghamton Central High School Panorama (school magazine), January, March, May 1932
- 39.2. Binghamton Central High School Panorama (school magazine), October-December 1932
- 39.3. Binghamton Central High School Panorama (school magazine), February, April-May, 1933
- 39.4. Binghamton Central High School Panorama Annual (yearbook), 1932
- 39.5. Binghamton Central High School Panorama Annual (yearbook), 1933
- 39.6. Binghamton Central High School report cards, honor cards, 1924-1933
- 39.7. Binghamton Central High School valedictorian speech, school newspapers, programs,
- 39.8. Boston Summer Laboratory on Social and Industrial Conditions outline for evaluation,
- 39.9. Boston University diploma, transcript, graduation program, etc., 1947
- 39.10. Boston University "master's thesis," "Social Relations of Three Year Old Children
in Nursery School: A Study of the Techniques Used by the Teachers to Influence Social
Relations," draft, 1947
- 39.11-40.1. Boston University: papers completed for independent study under Dr. Helen A. Murphy,
1947 (2 folders)
- 40.2. Cornell University: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority membership cards, programs, etc., 1937-1941
- 40.3. Cornell University: Class of 1937 alumni biographies, history, reunion attendee lists,
- 40.4-40.5. Cornell University: invitations, graduation program, report cards, etc., 1934-1937
- 40.6. Cornell University: New York State College of Home Economics discussion tests, n.d.
- 40.7. Cornell University: Phi Beta Kappa program, banquet ticket, 1937
- 40.8. Harvard University Graduate School of Education transcript, 1950
- 40.9. New England Institute of International Relations, Wellesley College, 1939
- 40.10-40.12. Nursery School of Boston coursework?: children's songs, n.d.
- 41.1-41.2. Nursery School of Boston coursework, exams, transcript, etc., 1942-1944
- 41.3-41.4. Nursery School of Boston newsletters, brochures, etc., 1944-1968; includes Eliot-Pearson
School board of trustees minutes, 1964
- 41.5. Nursery School of Boston notes re: early childhood education, 1943-1946
- 41.7. Nursery School of Boston: Ruggles Street Nursery School menus, 1942-1945
- 41.8-41.9. Radcliffe College correspondence, directory, report cards, graduation program, etc.,
- F+D.3. Radcliffe College diploma, 1956
- 41.10-42.2. Radcliffe College: social relations coursework, class handouts, 1946-1956 (3 folders)
- 42.3. Radcliffe College: social relations 55, "A Study of the Composition and Intercultural
Interests of the Roxbury Girl Scout District Committee," May 1948; includes questionnaires
- 42.4-42.5. Radcliffe College: social relations notebook (class numbers 115, 175), 1948-1949
- 42.6-42.7. Radcliffe College: social relations notebook (class numbers 116, 130, 216), 1949-1950
- 42.8-42.9. Radcliffe College: social relations notebook (class numbers 132, unidentified), 1949
- Series IV. PROFESSIONAL, 1959-1987 (#42.10-55.10, F+D.4)
- 42.10. Antioch College class: advanced child development, 1960-1961
- 43.1-43.3. Antioch College class: child development, 1957-1961
- 43.4-43.6. Antioch College class: social psychology, 1959-1960; includes Radcliffe College class
- 43.7. Antioch College: department minutes, guidelines, faculty newsletters, etc., 1959-1961
- 43.8. Antioch College: outdoor education, 1958, n.d.
- 43.9. Antioch College: syllabi, 1958-1961
- 44.1-44.2. Antioch Preschool, 1956-1957, n.d.
- 44.3. Child development/education conferences, 1947-1960
- 44.4. Child development/education conferences, 1964-1968
- 44.5. Child development/education conferences, 1969-1974
- 44.6. Eastern Sociological Society, 1964
- 44.7. Encampment for Citizenship and the Center for Education in Democracy, 1959-1977
- 44.8-45.1. Great Dane kennel, 1963-1973 (3 folders)
- 45.2. Great Dane kennel: Ladies' Dog Club dog show catalogs, 1963, 1965
- 45.3. Great Dane kennel: Ladies' Dog Club dog show catalogs, 1967, 1969
- 45.4-45.5. Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard Preschool, 1953
- 45.6. Head Start career development program questionnaire results, 1968
- 45.7. Head Start correspondence, report, etc., 1965-1970
- 45.8. Head Start lecture, University of New Hampshire, 1967
- 46.1-46.4. Head Start: New Hampshire-Vermont regional training office annual report by Curwood,
- 46.5-46.7. Head Start trainings, lectures, speeches, 1965-1971
- 46.8. Knoxville College, 1969
- 46.9. Lecture re: inner-city children's social needs, 1965
- 46.10. Lecture re: teenagers, n.d.
- 47.1. Library Creative Drama Program, 1963-1966
- 47.2. Massachusetts Committee on Children and Youth: conferences attended, 1964-1966
- 47.3-47.5. Massachusetts Committee on Children and Youth: Massachusetts Head Start report data,
- 47.6-47.8. Massachusetts Committee on Children and Youth: National Committee on Children and
Youth conference, 1966
- 47.9-48.2. Massachusetts Committee on Children and Youth: progress reports, correspondence, notes,
etc., 1963-1965 (4 folders)
- 48.3. Massachusetts Committee on Children and Youth: "Project Head Start in Action: A Survey and Evaluation of Head Start Programs in the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts," by Curwood et al., 1966
- 48.4. Massachusetts Committee on Children and Youth: reports by Curwood, 1965-1966
- 48.5. Massachusetts Committee on Children and Youth: "A Survey and Evaluation of Project Head Start as Established and Operated in Communities
of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts during the Summer of 1965," by Curwood et. al., October 30, 1965
- F+D.4. Massachusetts Committee on Children and Youth: "A Survey and Evaluation of Project Head Start as Established and Operated in Communities
of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts during the Summer of 1965,"? spreadsheets, 1965
- 48.6-49.4. "The Middle Class Female: Her Past and Her Prospects or Black, Bright Female and Not
Too Poor": drafts, correspondence, notes, Ella Lyman Cabot Trust application, etc.,
1968-1972 (7 folders)
- 49.5-49.8. "The Middle Class Female: Her Past and Her Prospects or Black, Bright Female and Not
Too Poor": questionnaires and interview notes, 1968-1969
- 49.9-50.2. Moving study: correspondence, notes, analysis, etc., 1959-1962 (3 folders)
- 50.3. Moving study: follow up post card, 1963
- 50.4-50.5. Moving study: questionnaire #1, 1959
- 50.6-50.7. Moving study: questionnaire #2, 1960
- 50.8. National Council on Family Relations, 1960
- 50.9. National Leadership Training Institute in Early Education and Development, 1970
- 50.10. Providence social studies curriculum project, 1969-1970
- 51.1. "A Report on Lippitt Hill," by Curwood, 1963
- 51.2. Rhode Island College: advisory committee on continuing education, 1973
- 51.3-51.5. Rhode Island College class: the family, 1972-1973, n.d.
- 51.6. Rhode Island College? class: the family, n.d.
- 51.7. Rhode Island College class: honors section sociology, 1983
- 51.8. Rhode Island College class: in the USA: sojourners, immigrants and citizens with Japanese
- 51.9. Rhode Island College class: introduction to sociology, 1967-1972
- 51.10. Rhode Island College class: minority group relations, n.d.
- 51.11. Rhode Island College class: the negro in the United States, n.d.
- 51.12. Rhode Island College class: over the horizon-food, energy and society, 1980-1981
- 51.13. Rhode Island College class: social psychology, 1970, n.d.
- 51.14. Rhode Island College class: sociology of education, 1968
- 52.1. Rhode Island College class: through race colored glasses, 1977-1979
- 52.2. Rhode Island College class?: viewing a film, n.d.
- 52.3. Rhode Island College: department minutes, correspondence, department newsletters,
- 52.4. Rhode Island College: lectures, notes, 1961-1964
- 52.5. Rhode Island College: lectures, notes, 1972-1978
- 52.6. Rhode Island College: lectures, notes, 1972, n.d.
- 52.7. Rhode Island College: syllabi, exams, etc., 1962-1972
- 52.8. Rhode Island College: syllabi, exams, etc., 1973-1979
- 52.9. Rhode Island College: syllabi, exams, etc., 1980-1984, n.d.
- 52.10. Rhode Island Social Studies Association, 1962-1963
- 52.11. Sociology conferences, 1960-1970
- 53.1. Sociology conferences, 1974-1983
- 53.2. Student National Education Association, 1962
- 53.3-53.6. Subject files: child development/education, 1958-1970, n.d.
- 53.7-53.9. Subject files: family, 1950-1972, n.d.
- 54.1. Subject files: leadership, n.d.
- 54.2-54.4. Subject files: poverty, social stratification, 1972-1974, n.d.
- 54.5-54.8. Subject files: race, 1965-1972, n.d.
- 54.9. Subject files: role theory, n.d.
- 54.10-54.11. Subject files: sociology, 1966-1969, n.d.
- 55.1. Subject files: storytelling, 1968, n.d.
- 55.2. Tree farm, 1967-1969
- 55.3-55.4. Tree farm, 1970-1979
- 55.5. Tree farm, 1980-1987
- 55.6. University of New Hampshire: class: race and ethnic relations, 1970
- 55.7-55.8. University of New Hampshire Summer Research Training Institute: "Planning for Educational
Decision-making in the 70's," July 1971; includes Curwood contribution
- 55.9. Volt Information Services consultant list, 1970
- 55.10. Youngstown, Pennsylvania, Y-Teen teenager conference, 1960
- Series V. PHOTOGRAPHS, 1909-1987 (#PD.1-PD.19f)
FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
- PD.1. Sarah Thomas Curwood, 1921-1987, n.d. (16 photographs)
- PD.19f. Sarah Thomas Curwood Bradford Bachrach portrait, ca.1940
- PD.2. Sarah Thomas Curwood photograph album (disassembled), 1920-1959, n.d. (57 photographs)
- PD.3. James Lawrence Curwood, 1937-1944, n.d. (4 photographs)
- PD.4. Sarah "Sally" Emily Curwood, 1940-1945, n.d. (10 photographs)
- PD.5. Stephen Curwood, 1965-1969, n.d. (6 photographs)
- PD.6. Beverley Dorsey, 1940-1948, n.d. (13 photographs)
- PD.7. Dorsey family, 1951, n.d. (3 photographs)
- PD.8. Family and friends, 1957-1979, n.d. (9 photographs)
- PD.9-PD.10. Harvard Preschool and Ruggles Street Nursery School, 1945-1953, n.d. (52 photographs)
- PD.11. Elizabeth "Betty" Thomas and Ken Johnson, 1936, n.d. (5 photographs)
- PD.12. Betty Ann Johnson, 1946, n.d. (3 photographs)
- PD.18. Negatives: anti-birth control billboard, A-C Cleaners exterior, Curwood, Curwood children
and friends, 1940s (19 negatives)
- PD.13. Elnora "Nony" Thomas and Daniel Skelton, 1933-1969, n.d. (9 photographs)
- PD.14. Daniel Skelton (Elnora Thomas Skelton's son), 1948-1953, n.d. (5 photographs)
- PD.15. Janice Skelton Taylor (Elnora Thomas Skelton's daughter), 1957-1969, n.d. (8 photographs)
- PD.16. Sarah "Sadie" Dorsey and Maurice Thomas, 1909, 1917, n.d.; includes wedding cake photograph
- PD.17. Tin type of unidentified African-American baby, n.d.
African American sociologists
African American educators
African American college teachers
African American businesspeople
African American families
Child care--United States
Child development--United States
Mothers and daughters
Mothers and sons
Spouses--Sexual behavior--United States
Women sociologists--United States
Women-owned business enterprises--United States
Curwood, James L., 1908-1949
Curwood, Sarah Emily
Massachusetts. Committee for Children and Youth
Massachusetts Mothers' Health Council
Nursery Training School (Boston, Mass.)
Project Head Start (U.S.)
Radcliffe College--Alumni and alumnae