The earliest records of governance relating to Radcliffe College are entries in the diary of Arthur Gilman. With the approval of Harvard University’s President Charles William Eliot, Gilman conceived of the program for Private Collegiate Instruction for Women, which was implemented by the Committee of Seven Lady Managers in 1879. The official records of governance are contained in a series of minute books that begin with the Articles of Association for the Society for the Collegiate Instruction of Women, dating from 1882.


The Patty Trustman Gelfman Collection on the History of Radcliffe College