Dorothy Stebbins Bowles papers
Scope and Contents
The materials which constitute the Dorothy Stebbins ("Steb") Bowles Papers cover a brief span of time and relate almost entirely to Dorothy Bowles' public activities and official duties in connection with her husband's public offices. Most of the materials cluster around the years 1948-1953, the richest material dating from 1951-1953 when Chester Bowles was United States Ambassador to India. Also of interest are seven notebooks compiled by Dorothy Bowles while accompanying her husband, then International Chairman of the United Nations Appeal for Children, on a tour of Europe (1948).
The papers are arranged in subject files containing correspondence, memoranda, printed matter, and memorabilia. There is, in addition, some general correspondence including one reel of taped letters concerning domestic arrangements in preparation for Chester Bowles' second ambassadorship to India, 1962. These include routine letters to Mrs. Robert McNamara and Mrs. Kenneth Galbraith. A brief note from Jawaharlal Nehru may be found in folder 6 (1953 Feb 8), and a more substantive letter from Norman Cousins in folder 8 (1952 Jun 30). Other materials include a folder of notes and drafts for speeches given by Dorothy Bowles and a series of engagement calendars for the years 1944-1951.
Material related to these papers may be found in the Chester Bowles Papers, Manuscript Group Number 628. The Dorothy Stebbins Bowles Papers were given to Yale University by Mr. and Mrs. Bowles in connection with the Chester Bowles papers in 1971 and succeeding years.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Chester and Dorothy Stebbins Bowles in connection with the Chester Bowles Papers, 1971 and succeeding years.
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Language of Materials
Correspondence, memoranda, notes, speeches and miscellaneous printed matter relating to Mrs. Bowles' public activities and official duties in connection with her husband's public offices. Most of the materials are for the years 1951-1953 when Chester Bowles was United States Ambassador to India.
Biographical / Historical
Dorothy Stebbins Bowles was born in 1903. She graduated from Vassar in 1924 and from Smith College School of Social Work in 1926. She carried on a professional career in social work until 1935.
In 1934 she became Chester Bowles' second wife. They had three children: Cynthia, Sally, and Samuel. In her married life Dorothy Bowles continued her interest in social work in addition to adopting the political concerns of her husband. In 1948, when he was International Chairman of the United Nations Appeal for Children, she accompanied him on a tour of Europe. She has also been a member of the United States Committee for UNICEF, and while her husband was Ambassador to India she took the opportunity to study Indian social problems.
She died on November 29, 1989.
- Guide to the Dorothy Stebbins Bowles Papers
- Under Revision
- compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
- February 1982
- Description rules
- Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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