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SC 185; RA.T-128

Harvard-Radcliffe Program in Business Administration Oral History Project. Records of the Harvard-Radcliffe Program in Business Administration Oral History Project, 1945-2015 (inclusive), 1997-2002 (bulk): A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: SC 185; RA.T-128
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Harvard-Radcliffe Program in Business Administration Oral History Project
Title: Records of the Harvard-Radcliffe Program in Business Administration Oral History Project, 1945-2015 (inclusive), 1997-2002 (bulk)
Date(s): 1945-2015
Date(s): 1997-2002
Quantity: .83 linear feet (2 file boxes) plus 1 photograph folder, 75 audiotapes, electronic records)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Audiotapes of interviews, interview transcripts and summaries, donor agreements, meeting minutes, project notes, and electronic records of the Harvard-Radcliffe Program in Business Administration Oral History Project.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: R1999-15, R1999-17, R1999-21, R1999-22, R1999-23, R1999-26, R1999-30, R1999-31, R1999-32, R2000-01, R2000-05, R2000-08, R2000-13, R2000-15, R2000-16, R2000-17, R2000-25, R2000-30, R2000-32, R2000-41, R2000-43, R2001-02, R2001-04, R2001-05, R2001-08, R2001-10, R2002-08, R2002-09, R2003-16
The records of the Harvard-Radcliffe Program in Business Administration Oral History Project were donated to the Schlesinger Library by Barbara Rimbach et al. between 1999 and 2003.

Processing Information:

Processed: June 2015
By: Susan Earle, with assistance from Dan Bullman.

Access Restrictions:

Access. The collection is open for research. Researchers must sign a special form for access to #2.12 and RA.T-128.52. An appointment is necessary to use audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the records created by the Harvard-Radcliffe Program in Business Administration Oral History Project 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. Ann Leven holds copyright for her oral history transcript and tape.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Harvard-Radcliffe Program in Business Administration Oral History Project Records, 1945-2015; item description, dates. SC 185, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Records of the Harvard-Radcliffe Program in Business Administration (RG XIXA) and Harvard-Radcliffe Program in Business Administration Records (SC 138).

SEPARATION RECORD

Donors: Barbara Rimbach
Accession number: R1999-30
Processed by: Susan Earle
The following items have been removed from the collection and transferred to the Radcliffe College Archives Photograph Collection:

HISTORICAL NOTE

The Harvard-Radcliffe Program in Business Administration began in March 1937, as the nine-month Training Course in Personnel Administration administered by the Radcliffe Graduate School and Radcliffe College's Appointment Bureau. The first class consisted of five students, but enrollment increased steadily each year, and by 1942, the need for a more elaborate program was apparent. The expanded program was renamed the Management Training Program in the 1944-1945 academic year. The new curriculum included courses taught by members of the faculty of the Harvard Business School which had previously been allowed only to men. By 1951, with enrollment declining and the program's finances suffering from mounting deficits, the program became jointly administered by Radcliffe College and the Harvard Business School. The program offered to women in the Management Training Program remained distinct from the two-year course offered to men in the Business School itself. The program was renamed the Harvard-Radcliffe Program in Business Administration in 1955-56. It remained a one-year program and despite increasing demand did not result in the awarding of a degree. In 1959 the faculty voted to admit qualified graduates to the second year of the MBA program. The Harvard-Radcliffe program was discontinued in 1963 when women were admitted to the full program at Harvard Business School.
The Statement of Purpose and Intent for the oral history project stated that "The history of women in business has yet to be written. This project will provide raw data on the experience, opinions, insights, and points of view of several generations of women who were educated for business." The project was initiated by Barbara Rimbach, who graduated from the program in 1942, and was sponsored by the Radcliffe College Archives. Fifty-seven women who graduated from the program between 1942 and 1963 were interviewed, as was the widower of one graduate. Interviews took place between 1999 and 2002, with many program graduates serving on the project's committee and conducting interviews. Interviews covered personal background, family history, education, memories of the Harvard-Radcliffe Program, work, and volunteer activities.

ARRANGEMENT

The collection is arranged in two series:

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The collection includes tapes of interviews; interview transcripts (for about a third of the interviews); interview summaries; biographical information about interviewees; correspondence; donor agreements; notes on the project; meeting minutes and description of project purpose. Folder titles were created by the archivist.
Series I, AUDIOTAPES, TRANSCRIPTS, AND SUMMARY SHEETS, 1945-1955, 1999-2002 (#1.1-2.29, RA.T-128.1 - RA.T-128.75, E.1-E.25), includes audiocassettes of interviews with graduates of the Harvard-Radcliffe Program in Business Administration (and its predecessors). Topics include business, family, and personal history; reflections on interviewees' experience in corporate, entrepreneurial, non-profit business; volunteer activity; the impact of world events and social change; obstacles and discrimination in their careers; and memories of Radcliffe College and Harvard University, including the interviewees' thoughts on the merger of Radcliffe and Harvard. Also included are interview transcripts (some with edits) and summaries; resumes and other biographical information; correspondence; and a seating chart and certificate. The series is arranged alphabetically by interviewee.
Series II, ADMINISTRATIVE RECORDS, 1947-1951, 1997-2001, 2015 (#2.30-2.35, PD.1), includes meeting minutes, descriptions of the project's purpose, donor agreement forms, project notes, articles about the Harvard-Radcliffe Program in Business Administration and about women in business, and the transcript of a panel discussion and business and entrepreneurs. The series is arranged alphabetically.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Audiotapes
Business education--United States
Businesswomen--United States
Electronic records
Minutes
Oral histories
Reminiscences
Transcripts
Women--Education (Higher)--United States
Women--Vocational education--United States
Women college graduates--United States
Ahearn, Mary, interviewee
Amorteguy, Rosalind Rea Gies, interviewee
Armknecht, Ruth Berglund, interviewee
Barbour, Ann, interviewee
Baumgarten, Jocelyn Smith, interviewee
Berg, Sheila O'Connor, interviewee
Bishop, Joan Fiss
Bishop, Robert, interviewee
Blancke, Shirley Imogen Booth, 1934- interviewee
Carter, Hettie Smith, interviewee
Cooledge, A. Sims, interviewee
Coolidge, Nancy Rich, interviewee
Dahl, Dorothy, interviewee
Diener, Betty, interviewee
Draper, Lillian Zimmerman, interviewee
Drinker, Ruth Brooks, interviewee
Elion, Geraldine J., interviewee
Farmer, Shirley, interviewee
Fearrington, Florence, interviewee
Ferguson, Barbara Boyden, interviewee
Finnegan, Patricia Kinealy, interviewee
Fowler, Lorraine, interviewee
Gold, Janet, interviewee
Grant, Livingston, interviewee
Handel, Roberta Faxstein, interviewee
Harvard-Radcliffe Program in Business Administration
Hays, Virginia Cronin, interviewee
Hopkins, Ann Demetreou, interviewee
Jaffe, Elizabeth Latimer, interviewee
Jalelian, Diana Alexanian, interviewee
Johnson, Audrey Aronson, interviewee
Kasman, Barbara, interviewee
Kates, Jacqueline Harris, interviewee
Keenan, Joan, interviewee
Keeney, Helen J., interviewee
Klapper, Miriam Salter, interviewee
Krusen, Betsy, interviewee
Kudisch, Marilyn, interviewee
Lasley, Roberta, interviewee
Lawrie, Judith P., interviewee
Leven, Ann, interviewee
Linenthal, Violet Beye, interviewee
Littlefield, Lucy B., interviewee
Lutze, M. Gertrude, interviewee
McKersie, Nancy Crosier, interviewee
Mitchell, Lloyd Adams, interviewee
Myeerson, Harriet, interviewee
Nichols, Judy M., interviewee
Nordell, Joan, interviewee
Radcliffe College--Students
Rimbach, Barbara, interviewee
Rugo, Maureen, interviewee
Sasser, Doris, interviewee
Starr, Enid M., interviewee
Trostel, Janet Bell, interviewee
Waterman, Elise, interviewee
Wear, Sidney, interviewee
Whitehead, Harriet Eaton, interviewee
Wilkens, Barbara, interviewee
Zohn, Judith, interviewee

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