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MC 826

Beirne, Rosamond Randall, 1894-1969. Papers of Rosamond Randall Beirne, 1893-1919: 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.
Call No.: MC 826
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Beirne, Rosamond Randall, 1894-1969
Title: Papers of Rosamond Randall Beirne, 1893-1919
Date(s): 1893-1919
Quantity: 1.33 linear feet (1 file box, 1 folio box)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Debutante scrapbook and wedding gift volume of Rosamond Randall Beirne; photographs and travel scrapbook of her mother, Elizabeth Winsor Harding Randall.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 2011-M222
The papers of Rosamond Randall Beirne were given to the Schlesinger Library by her grandson, Murray Dewart, in 2011.

Processing Information:

Processed: July 2015
By: Jenny Gotwals.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Originals closed; use digital images.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Rosamond Randall Beirne 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:

Rosamond Randall Beirne Papers, 1893-1919; item description, dates. MC 826, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Rosamond Randall Beirne was the daughter of Daniel R. and Elizabeth Winsor Harding Randall. Her father was the Postmaster in Baltimore, Maryland. Rosamond graduated from Bryn Mawr School in 1912 but her parents did not allow her to study at Bryn Mawr College. She married author and Baltimore Sun columnist Francis F. Beirne in 1919. Active with the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, she served as Madame Regent from 1958 to 1968. She was the author of The Hammond-Harwood House and Its Owners (1941), William Buckland, 1734-1774: Architect of Virginia and Maryland (1958), Let's Pick the Daisies: the History of the Bryn Mawr School, 1885-1967 (1970), and co-wrote Stormy Patriot: The Life of Samuel Chase (1980).


Collection consists of a diary by Elizabeth Winsor Harding Randall detailing her trip to Europe, July-September 1893; scrapbook of Rosamond Randall Beirne documenting her social life, coming out as a debutante, etc., and containing invitations, programs, clippings, calling and dance cards, drawings, photographs, souvenirs, etc., 1905-1918; photographs of Elizabeth Randall and family, n.d.; "The Book of the Bride Elect" containing list of Beirne's wedding gifts, 1919.

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Additional Index Terms

Baltimore (Md.)--Social life and customs--20th century
Europe--Description and travel
Marriage customs and rites--United States
Voyages and travels
Weddings--United States
Randall, Elizabeth Winsor Harding