Letter from Annette Baxter to Catharine Stimpson, June 25, 1971

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Mrs. James E. Baxter
 435 East 70th Street 
 New York, N.Y. 10021 
 June 25, 1971 
 Dear Kate, 
 My many and warm thanks for asking me to direct the Columbia summer institute. Please do convey my appreciation too to the members of the Search Committee - I don't know them well but I felt a great liking for them all that day in Low Library. (There's more than a slogan to sisterhood!). I've got to decline for reasons that are obvious - deadlines, research, course revision, children, an old summer place that we've just acquired, etc., etc. I can't take on the teaching either and wish I could suggest someone. Everyone I know who might be qualified in Women's History seems to be out-of-touch or otherwise unavailable. 
 About Elly on the Executive Committee, I'm all for it. I was bothered by her exclusion because I think she was a central figure 
in the genesis of the Center and because I think we need a Trustee on the Exec. Comm. so that it represents all constituencies (of course students are not on it, but somehow this doesn't trouble me since they are on the Advisory Committee and shouldn't be asked, I think, to undertake the kind of professional responsibility all of us on the Exec. Comm. are presumably assuming). 
 Enclosed is a letter that arrived a few days ago. I am passing it on to you as the Chrm. of the Exec. Comm. so that you can look it over and possibly hold it for us as a Search Committee to consider. If you think she's worth looking at, would you tell her that the Search Committee will be activated in the fall + will get in touch with her then. If you think she's not right, please send her a polite "no." I must say she sounds interesting - I particularly like her field of scholarship and would enjoy seeing it represented in my department!!
 Have a swinging Fourth of July!