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Mary Louise Foster Papers, 1885-1960
4 boxes (1.7 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 42

Abstract:
Professor of Chemistry, Director of the International Institute for Girls in Spain. Contains biographical material, publications, photographs, scrapbooks, and newspaper clippings.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The Mary Louise Foster Papers are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the documents must be requested from the Smith College Archives. Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Provenance and copyright ownership of other materials is unknown and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Mary Louise Foster was born on April 20, 1865 in Melrose, Massachusetts. Between the years of 1878-1883, she attended the Girls' Latin School in Boston, MA, and later went on to study Classics at Smith College from 1888 to 1891. After her graduation, Foster taught Chemistry and Physics at West Roxbury High School until 1896. During this time, she was also enrolled at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston (1893-1895). In 1898, Foster found work teaching Chemistry at Lynn High and Classical School. The next year, she became an assistant researcher in the Lab of Physiology and Chemistry in New York, where she stayed until 1901. In 1903, Foster worked as a research chemist for a professor of Pharmacology at Columbia University, where she stayed on until 1907. While working for the professor, she was also a professor herself in the Chemistry department at the Woman's Medical College of New York (1904-1905). After working at Columbia, Foster was appointed as an instructor at Smith College, where she became an Associate Professor of Biochemistry in 1908. In 1912, she received her Masters' Degree from Smith, and two years later earned her PhD from the University of Chicago. She spent the summer of 1917 at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research. In 1918, she became secretary to the faculty at Smith College, a position she held for one year. In 1920, she was offered the position of Director at the International Institute for Girls in Spain, located in Madrid. She stayed there for two years, before returning to Smith as the Chairman of the Committee on Interdepartmental Majors, a position she held until 1927. In 1928, she was appointed a member of the Special Honors Committee. In 1930, Foster returned to Spain to work as the lab organizer at the Institute, in the lab which she helped establish, where she stayed until 1932. It was in that year that she went to Santiago College in Chile to work at the Director of New Laboratories in Chemistry and Physics. In the years that followed, she did a great deal of research, was published numerous times and delivered several lectures in her field. She died June 21, 1960.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

This collection includes biographical materials, correspondence, publications, photographs, scrapbooks and newspaper clippings regarding Foster's education and career at Smith College and elsewhere.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The Mary Louise Foster Papers are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the documents must be requested from the Smith College Archives. Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Provenance and copyright ownership of other materials is unknown and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Mary Louise Foster Papers, Box #, Smith College Archives.

History of the Collection

The Mary Louise Foster Papers were donated over a period of time to the Smith College Archives from a variety of sources.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English.

Contents List
Awards
1929-1931

Box 793: folder 1
Biographical Material
1902-1942

Box 793: folder 2
Certificates and Recommendations
1885-1902

Box 793: folder 3
Correspondence



Anslow, Gladys Amelia
1947-1960

Box 793: folder 4
Boston Herald
1898

Box 793: folder 5
Browne, Nina Eliza
1924-1928

Box 793: folder 6
Chester, Ruth Miriam -
1942-1954

Box 793: folder 7
Clapp, Mary Antoinette
n.d.

Box 793: folder 8
Harvard College Library
1941

Box 793: folder 9
Kunz, George Frederick
1929

Box 793: folder 10
Library of Congress
1933

Box 793: folder 11
Munroe, James H.
1897

Box 793: folder 12
Richards, Ellen H.
1911

Box 793: folder 13
Sarton, George Alfred Leon
1925-1930

Box 793: folder 14
Singer, Charles
1932

Box 793: folder 15
Slosson, Edwin Emery
1925

Box 793: folder 16
Teagle, Alice Berry
1931

Box 793: folder 17
Wilson, Mary Elizabeth
1931

Box 793: folder 18
Women's Clubs Federation
1898

Box 793: folder 19
General
n.d.

Box 793: folder 20
Degrees
1912-1913

Box 793: folder 21
Diaries
1907-1922

Box 793: folder 22
Employment-International Institute for Girls in Spain
1920-1944

Box 793: folder 23
Employment-International Institute for Girls in Spain-Photographs
1924-1925

Box 793: folder 24
Employment-Rockefeller Institute
1917

Box 793: folder 25
Employment-Santiago College
1932-1942

Box 793: folder 26
Employment-Smith College
1917-1931

Box 793: folder 27
Leather Research
1941-1942

Box 793: folder 28
Lectures and Speeches
1898-1937

Box 793: folder 29
Photographs
1906-1934

Box 793: folder 30
Societies-Association of Collegiate Alumnae- Boston Branch
1898

Box 793: folder 31
Societies-Phi Beta Kappa
1915

Box 793: folder 32
Societies-Saturday Morning Club
1928-1940

Box 793: folder 33
List of Publications
n.d.

Box 794: folder 1
Alfonsine Lapidary
1930-1932

Box 794: folder 2
American Chemical Industries in Chile
n.d.

Box 794: folder 3
Articles on Spain
1925-1930

Box 794: folder 4
Bernard Palissy
1931

Box 794: folder 5
Bernard Palissy-Manuscript
1945

Box 794: folder 6
Biochemistry
1911-1920

Box 794: folder 7
Book of Stones



Correspondence
1934-1948

Box 794: folder 8
Manuscript
n.d.

Box 794: folder 9
Typescript
n.d.

Box 794: folder 10
Manuscripts and Notes
n.d.

Box 794: folder 11
Incomplete Publications
1936

Box 794: folder 12
Chemistry in Spain
1934

Box 795: folder 1
A Comparative Study of the Metabolism of Pheumococcus
1913

Box 795: folder 2
Conquistadores
1934

Box 795: folder 3
Eastern Science in Spain in the 13th Century
1938

Box 795: folder 4
Education of Spanish Women in Chemistry
1931

Box 795: folder 5
Guadalupe in Spain
n.d.

Box 795: folder 6
Higher Education for Women in Spain
1931

Box 795: folder 7
The Influence of Substituent Groups on the Visible and Ultra-Violet Absorption Spectra of Amino Acids and Related Substances
1932

Box 795: folder 8
Life of Lavoisier
1926

Box 795: folder 9
Life of Lavoisier- Typescript
n.d.

Box 795: folder 10
Lo que Jesu me significa
n.d.

Box 795: folder 11
A Method for the Quantitative Determination of Indol
1906

Box 795: folder 12
Modern Education
n.d.

Box 795: folder 13
Note on Formation of Butyric Acid from Inulin by way of Pyruvic Acid
n.d.

Box 795: folder 14
On the Separation of Indol from Skatol and their Quantitative Determination
1906

Box 795: folder 15
The Pen is Mightier than the Sword
1936

Box 795: folder 16
Preliminary Study of the Biochemical Activity of Bacillus Lactis Erythrogenes
1913

Box 795: folder 17
Present Status of Higher Education for Spanish Women
1931

Box 795: folder 18
Progress of Higher Education for Women in Spain
1931

Box 795: folder 19
Reviews
1938

Box 795: folder 20
A Scientific Phenomenon Influential in Human Personality
n.d.

Box 795: folder 21
Significance of a Recent Change in the Curriculum of Smith College
1924

Box 795: folder 22
Smith Around the World
1912-1926

Box 795: folder 23
Spain, Still Proud, Joins with America in Studies
1922

Box 795: folder 24
Spanish Stitches
n.d.

Box 795: folder 25
The Struggle in Spain
1936

Box 795: folder 26
Studies on the Distribution of Nitrogen in Egg Lecithin
n.d.

Box 795: folder 27
Studies on a Method for the Quantitative Estimation of Certain Groups in Phospholipins
1915

Box 795: folder 28
A Study of the Decompositions Products of Milk Caused by Lactis Erythogenes
1912

Box 795: folder 29
Study of Some of the Chemical Characteristics and the Absorption Spectrum of Cystine
1930

Box 795: folder 30
The Visible and Ultra-Violet Absorption Spectra of Certain Amino Acids
1931

Box 795: folder 31
Thirteenth Century Book on Stones
1933

Box 795: folder 32
Three Great Spanish Libraries
1931

Box 795: folder 33
Triumph of Education in Spain
1931

Box 795: folder 34
Water as a Basis for the Study of Chemistry
1926

Box 795: folder 35
Scrapbooks
1941-1947

Box 796

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Subjects
  • Chemistry--Study and teaching (Higher)--Massachusetts--Northampton.
  • Foster, Mary Louise, 1865-
  • Instituto internacional (Madrid, Spain)
  • Santiago College (Santiago, Chile)
  • Smith College--Faculty.
  • Women--Education (Higher)--Chile.
  • Women--Education (Higher)--Spain.
  • Women--Education (Higher)--United States.


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