Letter from Elly Elliott to Miriam Holden, January 14, 1971

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' Barnard College

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, NEW YORK 10027

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

January 14, 1971

Mrs. Arthur C. Holden 57 East 78th Street New York, New York 10021

Dear Mrs.'Holden:

I hope that you and Mr. Holden had a good Christmas and will have a very happy New Year.

It has taken longer than I wished to get back to you because our counsel at Carter, Ledyard & Milburn sent us their analysis of the tax questions only on December 21st and by that time I was leaving for a vacation in the country.

I am attaching for your perusal Mr. Ralli's letter which gives a brief summary and Mr. Morgan's detailed description of tax aspects. I did not ask for anything having to do with bequests but in their thorough way they included this.

On the matter of appraisal, I'm sure you realize that should an independent appraiser be engaged the cost of his services would also be deductible if the collection were ultimately to go to a non-profit institution. 1

Now to the Women's Center in general. When I last wrote I said things were moving apace. I must now report an inevitable Christ- mas slow—down, plus traditional (and to me, appropriate) caution on the part of some professors that each "women's course" be in accord with our high academic standards. One new course has been added on German women writers and two more that I know of are under consid- eration:

1) An interdisciplinary course, "Feminine and Masculine Roles in Contemporary Society,” to be taught by professors from the Bi- ology, Anthropology, Sociology and Psychology departments.

2) A history course on the role of women in the Middle Ages. Thanks to Professor Baxter's encouragement, a syllabus which is sur- prisingly extensive has already been drawn up on this. Her look

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at your collection was a great help in her conviction that such a course had merit.

A faculty meeting to continue the discussions of the women's pro- gram is planned for January l8th. At that time my draft proposal for a library research center, of which you have a copy, will be

aired-along with the new course descriptions above, and an excel- lent paper from students who~are interested. I will let you know what results.

with all the news in the papers about women's studies programs popping up on various campuses, many of us, including the profes- sors most deeply interested in Barnard's Women's Center, plus Iola Haverstick and myself, are impatient for our program to be approved, announced, and begun._ However, my impatience is offset by the con- viction that establishing an academically sound program for the long future has to be done in its own good time. Barnard has never been too easily seduced by tne vogue or the moment (viz. our continued reluctance to go co-edf) and I feel we are taking reasoned and well- planned steps now that will result in a program of lasting value to American education.

With kindest regards to you and Mr. Holden and looking forward to being in touch with you soon again, I am,

Sincerely yours,

Mrs. John Elliott, Jr. Chairman, irustee Committee on Development

By

Barbara V. Hertz Director of Development

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P.S. - I have asked Mrs. Hertz, our Development Director, to

sign this for me as I am just leaving for a few days in Washington.

bcc - All members of Women's Committee