Katharine Elizabeth McBride papers
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Katharine Elizabeth McBride was born in Philadelphia in 1904. She received her B.A., M.A., and PhD in psychology from Bryn Mawr College in 1925, 1927, and 1932, respectively. She joined the Bryn Mawr faculty in 1935 in the fields of education and psychology. From 1940 to 1942 she was dean at Radcliffe College. In 1942 she became president of Bryn Mawr College, a position she held for twenty-eight years.
McBride presided over a period of significant expansion at Bryn Mawr. Enrollment grew, particularly at the graduate level, and the curriculum was enlarged. The college's physical plant also grew during her administration with the construction or acquisition of many new buildings.
McBride also participated in many national, state and local organizations concerned with education policy. She served on the Pennsylvania State Board of Education from 1963 to 1967. She was also a trustee of seven educational facilities, including the University of Pennsylvania and Radcliffe. She died in 1976.
The Katharine Elizabeth McBride papers collection comprises three series of documents. The first series consists of office files from her administration as president of Bryn Mawr College, organized alphabetically by subject. The second series contains correspondence created during her administration as president of Bryn Mawr College. Those with whom she corresponded frequently have separate named files; the remainder of the correspondence if filed alphabetically in general files. The third series consists of personal papers including awards, speeches, notes on travel, and miscellaneous biographical material.
Materials were transfered to the College Archives from the office of the president of Bryn Mawr College.
- Schools -- Records and correspondence
- Women in education
- Women -- Education -- Pennsylvania
- Women college students -- China
- Universities and colleges -- China
- Undergraduates -- United States
- Education -- United States
- Bryn Mawr College
- Finding Aid Author
- Lorett Treese Melissa Torquato
- Access Restrictions
The Katharine Elizabeth McBride papers are the physical property of the Special Collections Department, Bryn Mawr College Library. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns.
This collection is open for research. Records containing personal or confidential student information may be used at the discretion of the president of the college.