Five College Archives and Manuscript
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Smith papers, 1904-1924.
2 boxes (10 linear in.)
Collection number: MS 0587 (LD 7096.6 1901 Reed)

Smith, Edith Huntington Reed, 1878-1924; Teacher and missionary. Mount Holyoke College graduate, 1901. Papers consist of correspondence, diaries, writings, and photographs. Primarily documenting her work and travels to Japan and India.

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Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections
South Hadley, MA

Biographical Note

Edith Huntington Reed was born on May 21, 1878 in Westfield, Massachusetts. Her sister Susan Reed Stifler graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1907. Edith graduated from Mount Holyoke in 1901, and in 1902 became the Principal's Assistant at Glenbrook School in Connecticut. In 1905 she moved to New Jersey and taught at the Central Grammar School. In July of 1910, she married Justin Burritt Smith, a graduate of Amherst College. He died in 1912. She taught at a variety of schools, and in 1915 became a missionary in India where she worked until her death in 1924.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Edith Huntington Smith Papers include correspondence, 1912-1924; diaries, 1913-1924; writings, 1914-1923; and photographs, 1904-1924. The correspondence primarily discuss Smith's travels abroad, and document her daily activities. The writings include many articles written by Smith. The photographs include pictures of family members, as well as ones taken in India and Japan.

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Edith H. Smith Papers, Mount Holyoke College, Archives and Special Collections, South Hadley, Massachusetts

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Search Terms
The following terms represent persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection. Use these headings to search for additional materials on this web site, in the Five College Library Catalog, or in other library catalogs and databases.

  • Smith, Edith H. (Edith Huntington), 1878-1924.
  • Ahmadnagar (India) - Description and travel.
  • American Mission Girls School (Ahmadnagar, India)
  • Disease.
  • India - Description and travel.
  • India - Social conditions.
  • Missionaries - India - Correspondence.
  • Prisoners of war - Germany.
  • Prisoners of war - India.
  • Teachers - India - Correspondence.
  • Women missionaries - India - Correspondence.
  • Women teachers - India - Correspondence.
  • World War, 1914-1918 - India.

  • Stifler, Susan Reed, 1884-1987.

Genre terms
  • Letters

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