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Jean T. Palmer Papers

Identifier: BC20-13

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection contains materials related to Jean T. Palmer's life and career including diplomas, citations, news clippings, correspondence, and an oral history conducted and transcribed by the U.S. Naval Institute. The correspondence relates to Palmer's work in the WAVES program in the Navy and at Barnard. Correspondence also includes gifts to the Jean Palmer Fund, which paid for the Jean T. Palmer Room in honor of Palmer on her retirement in 1969.

Of note is the Legion of Merit medal presented to Palmer by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1945.


  • Creation: 1912 - 1992



The materials in box 1, folder 2 are restricted as they pertain to private staff information.

Publication Rights

Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Barnard Archives and Special Collections. The Barnard Archives and Special Collections approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Reproduction Restrictions

Photocopies or scans may be made for research purposes.


Before working at Barnard, during World War II, Jean Tilford Palmer joined WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), a division of the the U.S. Naval Reserve. In 1945 she was named director of the WAVES program. Palmer came to Barnard in 1946 as Director of Admissions. She then served as General Secretary of Barnard College from 1949-1969. She was responsible for the college's development plan. Upon her retirement, the College named the Undergraduate Association Board Room the Jean T. Palmer Room in her honor. Palmer was a native of Omaha, Nebraska, and a graduate of the Bryn Mawr College class of 1924.


4.58 Linear Feet (2 document boxes, 1 artifact box, 1 drawer)




This collection consists of the personal papers of Barnard College employee Jean T. Palmer. The collection includes diplomas, citations, news clippings, awards, and oral history transcripts.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged by like materials. The correspondence about gifts to the Jean Palmer Fund is arranged alphabetically. The rest of the materials are arranged chronologically within their folder.

Physical Location

This collection is located in the Barnard Archives and Special Collections, Barnard Library. To use this collection, please contact the Barnard Archives and Special Collections at 212.854.4079 or

Acquisition Information

The book of donors for the Jean T. Palmer Room was transferred from the Barnard Library in 1976. The photographs, correspondence, and awards were transferred from the President's Office in 1992.


No additions are expected.

Processing History

This collection was processed and the finding aid written by Alice Griffin in July 2015.

Descriptive Rules Used: Finding aid adheres to that prescribed by Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Encoding: Machine readable finding aid encoded in EAD 2002.

Finding aid written in English.

Guide to Jean T. Palmer Papers
Alice Griffin
© 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Repository

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New York NY 10027 United States