Guide to the Constance Warren Papers
RG 2.2

Summary Information

Repository
Sarah Lawrence College Archives
Title
Constance Warren Papers
ID
RG 2.2
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1930-1946
Date [inclusive]
1926-1971
Extent
2.75 linear feet 2 record cartons, 1 document box, 1 flat box
Language

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Sarah Lawrence College Archives 2002

Sarah Lawrence College Archives
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, NY, 10708
914-395-2480
archives@sarahlawrence.edu

Revision Description

 Finding aid entered in Archivists' Toolkit by Sarah Pinard. April 2012

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open to researchers without restriction.

Processing Information

Processed June 2002. Correspondence with faculty removed and rehoused in Faculty Files.

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Biographical Note

Constance Warren received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Vassar College in 1904 and a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University in 1905. Second president of Sarah Lawrence College, from 1929 to 1945, she also authored “A New Design for Women’s Education” (1940) promoting the individualized educational model at Sarah Lawrence. Her academic program called for students to attend conferences with a faculty member in each course and a donning or advising system, which gave personal attention to all students. The curriculum was flexible and without specified course requirements, and written evaluations rather than letter grades reported student performances. This curricular structure remains intact at Sarah Lawrence College and has widely influenced other institutions.

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Scope and Contents note

Box One: The Biographical Information file contains miscellaneous newspaper clippings, articles, and press releases on Constance Warren and personal letters and postcards written by and to Constance Warren. Of particular note is a list of articles and speeches by Constance Warren.

Genealogical Information contains correspondence to the archives from Sarah Andrews, niece of Constance Warren and author of “Summers in Maine,” a family history, as well as excerpts from “Summers in Maine” and a family tree.

Death & Memorial Service file includes correspondence regarding Constance Warren’s death and memorial service. Of note are copies of speeches by Joseph Campbell and Esther Raushenbush at the memorial service.

Oral History: “Conversation Between Constance Warren and Henry Noble MacCracken” contains a transcript of Warren’s dialogue with Henry Noble MacCracken, President of Vassar College and Sarah Lawrence College Board of Trustees member. Warren and MacCracken were responsible for devising the education principles upon which the foundation for Sarah Lawrence College was laid.

The folder titled Edited Version: “Conversation Between Constance Warren and Henry Noble MacCracken”, Constance Warren, ed. and Edited Version: “Conversation Between Constance Warren and Henry Noble MacCracken”, Henry Noble MacCracken, ed. files contain transcripts of the conversation with handwritten editorial comments from each participant in the margins.

“Personal Reminiscences of the Early Days of Sarah Lawrence College” file include the handwritten original draft of this essay and three typed copies, one of which has handwritten editorial comments in the margins. Subjects covered are how Warren came to Sarah Lawrence College, reasons for presidency acceptance, “Wayside,” Director of Education, relations with former SLC President Marion Coats, inauguration, the students, the faculty, (Advisory Committee on Appointments, faculty member selection, social conservatism and intellectual freedom) the Depression (finances, publicity, scholarships), inter-racial policy, Negro students, Jewish students, Bennington College connection, building plans (MacCracken Hall, Library, Science Laboratories, Robinson House, Morris House, Infirmary, Andrews House, Nursery School, attempt to unite two parts of campus, naming of dormitories, care of buildings and grounds, recreation, fencing the grounds), relations with Yonkers, fund raising (research grant from the General Education Board), alumnae association, campus life, the curriculum, quality of students, research, accrediting, becoming a four-year college, Vassar co-operation, religion and ethics, student relations with faculty, employees, the location of the college, field work, the Board of Trustees, the college during WWII, and Mary Milligan (Warren’s secretary).

Boxes Two & Three: Of note is the “Early College Documents” Notebook, compiled by Constance Warren, pertaining to the founding of Sarah Lawrence College. Subjects covered include William Van Duzer Lawrence’s Letter of Instruction to the Trustees, Provisional Charter, Absolute Charter, By-Laws, Constitution of the Community, Grant of Power, Agreement with Vassar, Agreement with Neighbors, Trustee Meeting with Students (1929), Statute of Instruction (1928-1929), Students’ Handbook of College Procedure (1929-1930), Staff Meetings, Formal Notices (1929), and Financial Reports.

Box Four: Oversized scrapbook of newspaper clippings of reviews of “A New Design in Women’s Education,” by Constance Warren.

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Arrangement note

Arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Progressive Education Association (U.S.).
  • Reed College (Portland, Or.).
  • Vassar College.

Genre(s)

  • Correspondence
  • Oral Histories (Document Genres)

Personal Name(s)

  • DeCarlo, Charles R
  • Lynd, Helen Merrell, 1896-1982
  • MacCracken, H. N. (Henry Noble), 1880-1970
  • Raushenbush, Esther
  • Taylor, Harold, 1914-1993
  • Ward, Paul L., 1911-2005
  • Warren, Constance, 1880-1971

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Collection Inventory

BoxFolder

Biographical Information n.d. 

11

Genealogical Information n.d. 

12

Death and Memorial Service 1971 

13

 MacCracken, H. N. (Henry Noble), 1880-1970 Warren, Constance, 1880-1971  Oral History: "Conversation Between Constance Warren & Henry Noble MacCracken" 1961 

14

 MacCracken, H. N. (Henry Noble), 1880-1970 Warren, Constance, 1880-1971  Oral History: "Conversation Between Constance Warren & Henry Noble MacCracken," Constance Warren, ed. 1961 

15

 MacCracken, H. N. (Henry Noble), 1880-1970 Warren, Constance, 1880-1971  Oral History: "Conversation Between Constance Warren & Henry Noble MacCracken," Henry Noble MacCracken, ed. 1961 

16

"Personal Reminiscences of the Early Days of Sarah Lawrence College" 1962 

17
CartonFolder

Academic Freedom 1932, 1937-1938, 1940 

21

Admissions 1933-1939 

22

Articles - Published 1930-1935 

23

Articles - Published 1937-1943 

24

Articles - Published 1944-1956 

25

Articles and Speeches 1932-1935 

26

Articles and Speeches 1936-1939 

27

Articles and Speeches 1940-1943 

28

Articles and Speeches 1944-1947 

29

Articles and Speeches 1948-1959 

210

Bennington College 1930-1946 

Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Bennington College.
211

Brush Farm Stables (Riding School) 1928-1930 

212

Bequests and Gifts to the College 1953-1967 

213

Committee on Tolerance 1942 

214

Consumer Education Course 1942 

215

Correspondence 1929-1940 

216

Correspondence 1940-1959 

217

Correspondence 1960-1971 

218

Correspondence - Art Galleries concerning paintings by Innes 1926-1941 

219

Correspondence - "Crank" and "Racket" Letters 1932-1945 

220

Correspondence - Educational Policy Committee 1939 

221

Correspondence - Helen Merrell Lynd 1929-1939, 1945 

Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Lynd, Helen Merrell, 1896-1982
222

Correspondence - Lectures on Campus 1944 

223

Correspondence - Nathan Hofheimer Foundation 1938 

Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Nathan Hofheimer Foundation.
224

Correspondence - National Association of Deans of Women 1929-1933 

Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • National Education Association of the United States. National Association of Deans of Women.
225

Correspondence - Publicity Program 1937 

226

Correspondence - President Charles DeCarlo 1969-1971 

Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • DeCarlo, Charles R
227

Correspondence - President Esther Raushenbush 1958-1969 

Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Raushenbush, Esther
228

Correspondence - President Harold Taylor 1945-1949 

Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Taylor, Harold, 1914-1993
229

Correspondence - President Harold Taylor 1950-1959 

Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Taylor, Harold, 1914-1993
230

Correspondence - President Paul Ward 1960-1965 

Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Ward, Paul L., 1911-2005
231

Correspondence - Reed College 1935-1943 

Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Reed College (Portland, Or.).
232

Correspondence - Mrs. George Sheffield 1930-1936 

233

Correspondence - Students 1935 

234

Correspondence - Vassar College 1930-1933 

Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Vassar College.
235

Correspondence re: the Spread of Educational Ideas in other Educational Institutions 1940-1941 

236

 Warren, Constance, 1880-1971  Correspondence re: "A New Design for Women's Education," by Constance Warren 1939-1944 

237

Correspondence re: "Conversation between Constance Warren & Henry Noble MacCracken" 1962 

Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • MacCracken, H. N. (Henry Noble), 1880-1970
  • Warren, Constance, 1880-1971
238

Correspondence re: "Personal Reminiscences of the Early Day of SLC" 1958-1966 

239

Correspondence re: 90th Birthday Celebration 1970 

240

Correspondence re: Constance Warren's Death 1971 

Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Warren, Constance, 1880-1971
240

Correspondence re: Constance Warren's Death 

241

Curriculum - Statements on Dance, Dramatics, and Music 1938, 1941 

37

"Early College Documents" Notebook 1929-1944 

38

Director of Education 1944 

39

Educational T.V. 1955-1956 

310

Entertainment Invitations n.d. 

311

Faculty Committee on College Needs 1937 

312

Films 1935-1939 

313

Glen Washington Road (possible closing of) 1940-1942 

314

Health Department 1938 

315

Inauguration 1929 

316

Leisure Time Activities 1928-1934 

317

Membership in Organizations and Committees 1936-1944 

318

Memos to Faculty and Students 1931-1944 

319

National Student Council - Committee on Reorganization 1931 

320

Negro Students 1941 

321

Notes on the Founding of the College 1937 

322

Neighbors 1929-1944 

323

"No-Year" Plan 1935 

324

Parents Dinner at the Cosmopolitan Club 1933 

325

Parents Tea 1934 

326

Progressive Education Association 1930-1932 

327

Progressive Education Association - Correspondence 1930-1939 

Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Progressive Education Association (U.S.).
328

Progressive Education Association - Conferences 1933, 1934, 1936 

Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Progressive Education Association (U.S.).
329

Progressive Education Association - Meeting 1936 

Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Progressive Education Association (U.S.).
330

Progressive Education Association - Minutes 1933-1934 

Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Progressive Education Association (U.S.).
331

Radio Broadcasts 1936-1944 

332

Reports of the President to the Board of Trustees 1937-1938 

Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Sarah Lawrence College. Board of Trustees.
333

Research in Education 1942, 1949-1951 

334

Retirement 1943, 1957 

335

School of Nursing (proposed) 1943 

336

Speaking Engagement Itineraries 1930-1946 

337
Oversize

Scrapbook - Newspaper Reviews of "A New Design for Women's Education," by C. Warren n.d. 

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