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Virginia Crocheron Gildersleeve Papers, 1901-1964

Identifier: BC02-04

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The collection contains personal and administrative correspondence both to and from Virginia Gildersleeve, addresses delivered by Virginia Gildersleeve, and publications written by and about Virginia Gildersleeve. A large portion of the collection is comprised of ephemera, awards, memorabilia from various events honoring Gilderlseeve and from Gildersleeve's life. Of particular note is one box that contains notes and correspondence exchanged between Gildersleeve and Dorthea Setzer, Gildersleeve's biographer. Some Gildersleeve family materials including, the Gildersleeve family Bible and pieces of Alger C. Gildersleeve's correspondence, are included in the collection.


  • Creation: 1901-1964



There are no restrictions to this collection.

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.

Reproductions Restrictions

Photocopies or scans may be made for research purposes.


Virginia Crocheron Gildersleeve was born in 1877 to Judge Henry Alger Gildersleeve and Virginia Crocheron. She attended the Brearly School and - later - Barnard College, from which she graduated in 1899. Upon graduating from Barnard College, she was offered a graduate fellowship at Columbia University, where she received her Master's degree in History in 1900 and a Ph.D. in English in 1908. In 1910 she became a professor of English at Barnard and in 1911 became the Dean of Barnard College and Adviser to Women Graduate Students at Columbia. She served as the Dean of Barnard College from 1911-1947. She was the only female US delegate to the April, 1945 San Francisco United Nations Conference on International Organization - during which the UN Charter was negotiated - and was the recipient of France's Legion of Honor.


18.547 Linear Feet (2 document boxes, 1 half document box, 1 bankers box, 2 oversized clam shell box, 1 index card box; 4 flat files containing 4 oversized folders)




The collection consists of correspondence, speeches, publications, and ephemera of former Barnard College Dean and Barnard College graduate Virginia Crocheron Gildersleeve.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged into six series:

Series 1, Correspondence and Notes, 1914-1964
Series 2, Addresses, 1901-1950
Series 3, Publications, 1910-1963
Series 4, Documents from Events Honoring Gildersleeve, 1936-1965
Series 5, Dorthea Setzer's Gildersleeve Biography Notes and Correspondence, 1951-1954
Series 6, Memorabilia and Awards, 1908-1949

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


The framed Virigina Gildersleeve autograph dated September 14, 1938 and postcard from Gildersleeve to a graduating Barnard student, dated 1919, were the gifts of Dorothy Denburg. The acquisition dates and sources for the remainder of the collection is largely unknown.


Accruals are not expected.

Related Collections

Researchers interested in Gildersleeve's professional and administrative correspondence related to her tenure as Dean of Barnard College should additionally utilize BC5.1 Dean's Office and Departmental Correspondence, 1900-1952. Virginia Crocheron Gildersleeve's personal papers are held at the Columbia University Rare Books and Manuscripts Library (MS#0484).

Processing History

This collection was processed by Shannon O'Neill in June, 2015.

Guide to the Virginia Crocheron Gildersleeve Papers, 1901-1963
Shannon O'Neill
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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