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William Allan Neilson Personal Papers, 1852-1946
47 boxes (25 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 32

Abstract:
The Neilson Personal Papers include extensive family material. His letters to his brother and sisters are particularly valuable. Other letters present Neilson's view of life at Bryn Mawr College under M. Carey Thomas, his experiences tutoring Helen Keller at Radcliffe College, and his first impressions of Smith College. The also collection reflects his strong interest in liberal politics. Also included are writings of Elisabeth Muser Neilson and the Muser, Neilson and Allan family papers. Material relating to Margaret Farrard Thorp's 1956 biography, Neilson of Smith is included in the collection. Other materials includes correspondence, manuscripts, press releases, lecture notes, texts of speeches, and photographs.

Terms of Access and Use:

The William Allan Neilson Papers are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives without any additional restrictions.

Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note
1869Born in Doune, Perthshire, Scotland, March 28
1882-1886Attended Montrose Academy
1886-1891Studied at the University of Edinburgh, received M.A.
1891Immigrated with family to Canada
1891-1895Resident English Master, Upper Canada College, Toronto
1895-1898Graduate work in English, Harvard University, M.A. (1897), Ph.D. (1898)
1898-1901Associate Professor of English Literature, Bryn Mawr College
1901-1904Instructor of English, Harvard University
1904-1906Professor of English, Columbia University
1905Became American citizen
1906-1917Professor of English, Harvard University
1906Married Elisabeth Muser in Offenburg, Germany, June 25
1914-1915Exchange Professor, University of Paris
1917-1939President of Smith College
1920-1946
Trustee, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Education
Served intermittently on the College Entrance Examination Board
1921Initiated Special Honors program at Smith College
1924President, Modern Language Association
1924-1945Editorial Board of G.C. Merriam and Company
1925Started Junior Year Abroad program at Smith College
1926-1946Advisory Council, the Open Road, Inc.
1930-1946Board of Directors, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
1940-1941Board of Directors, National Refugee Service
1940-1945Chair, Executive Committee, Commission to Study the Organization of Peace
1941Presided over the International Student Service Summer Student Leadership Institute at Campobello, New Brunswick
1942Board of Overseers, Harvard University
1943Chair,
1946Died in Northampton, Massachusetts, February 13
Scope and Contents of the Collection

The William Allan Neilson Papers consist of 25 linear feet of correspondence, newspaper clippings, manuscripts, press releases, lecture notes, texts of speeches, photographs, and miscellaneous papers which document Neilson's life and career. While these papers contain material dating from Neilson's years at Smith College (1917-1939), his official correspondence as president of the college is stored separately in the College Archives' holdings of records of the Office of the President.

The papers document Neilson's personal life with extensive family material. His letters to his brother and sisters are particularly valuable. Among other things these letters present Neilson's view of life at Bryn Mawr College under M. Carey Thomas, his strong opinions on world politics, his experiences tutoring Helen Keller at Radcliffe College, and his first impressions of Smith College. This series of letters is especially strong for the years between Neilson's arrival at Harvard University for graduate study in 1895 and his marriage in 1905. In addition to the Neilson family correspondence there is extensive correspondence between the Neilson and Muser families plus diaries and writings of Elisabeth Muser Neilson, her parents, and her sister. Much of the Muser family material is in German.

Other personal material such as photographs, correspondence, class notes, and student essays document Neilson's youth and education. His love of his native Scotland and his study of its language and literature are clearly in evidence in his University of Edinburgh essays.

Correspondence and miscellaneous papers, 1917-1946, document such day-to-day concerns as finances, family health, the running of the household, and travel arrangements.

Neilson's career as professor and scholar of English and Scottish literature is represented by class notes and correspondence with students and colleagues which date primarily from his years at Harvard and Radcliffe. Smith College material includes a few notes for courses Neilson taught in the English department but consists primarily of documentation of the events and celebrations of his presidency such as his appointment, inauguration, tenth and twentieth anniversaries, and retirement. Other material documents Neilson's affiliation with scholarly organizations such as the Modern Language Association, the Scottish Text Society, and the Shakespeare Association of America. There are also texts and notes for speeches on Shakespeare and Burns. Neilson's scholarly publications are represented by a number of articles, an unfinished manuscript for a book on allegory, and proofs for a 1942 edition of Shakespeare's plays and poems. Correspondence and news clippings document other writing and editorial projects in different stages of the work. Two such projects of particular interest are the 'five foot shelf' series of Harvard Classics, which Neilson edited with Charles W. Eliot, and the second edition of Webster's New International Dictionary, for which Neilson was editor-in-chief.

In addition to his work as professor, administrator, and scholar, Neilson was much in demand for committee work. As a respected educator and administrator, his advice and support was continually sought by educational institutions and organizations. Correspondence documents Neilson's work as a member of various committees for Harvard University, his suggestions on the planning of the campus and curriculum of Bennington College, and his advice and endorsements for the New School for Social Research and a variety of organizations promoting adult education such as the Affiliated Schools for Workers, the Eliot Foundation for Adult Education, and the Committee on University Extension in the Connecticut Valley.

Neilson was also well-known for his vigorous support of liberal causes of the day. His political activities are reflected in his involvement with a large number of organizations most of which worked for civil liberties, peace, aid to refugees, or improved foreign relations. This work is documented by correspondence with such organizations as the American Civil Liberties Union, the Foreign Policy Association, the American Society for Cultural Relations with Russia, the National Refugee Service, various League of Nations organizations, and the Commission to Study the Organization of Peace.

All of Neilson's interests and concerns are in evidence in his speeches and writings. Texts contained in the papers are a rich source for the study of life at Smith College, and trends in education and politics during Neilson's term as president of Smith (1917-1939). News clippings document the quite considerable attention paid to his views.

Neilson was a renowned speaker who seldom prepared a text, preferring to talk from cursory notes made shortly before the speech was to be delivered. Because of this process the texts contained in the papers are almost exclusively transcriptions. Some of them were edited for publication, others remain more or less as they were delivered. The papers also contain some of Neilson's handwritten notes for speeches.

Correspondence, citations, and news clippings document Neilson's many awards and honors and a group of biographical articles gives an overview of Neilson's life and work. The papers also contain notes, typescripts, and correspondence for Margaret Farrand Thorp's 1956 biography Nelson of Smith.


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Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The William Allan Neilson Papers are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives without any additional restrictions.

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William Allan Neilson Personal Papers, Box #, Smith College Archives.

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History of the Collection

Most of the material which makes up the William Allan Neilson Personal Papers was located and gathered between 1951 and 1956 by Margaret Farrand Thorp when she was researching and writing her 1956 biography Neilson of Smith. Reminiscences and materials were solicited from family, friends, colleagues, and students. Other materials were discovered in various storerooms on campus. There is little specific information about when or how but most of this material eventually found its way to the College Archives.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA 01063

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

Email: nyoung@smith.edu
URL: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/archives
Language
English and German
Bibliography

Selected Bibliography:

  • The Origins and Sources of the Court of Love (1899)
  • The Essentials of Poetry (1912)
  • The Facts about Shakespeare (1913)
  • Robert Burns: How to Know Him (1917)

Editorial Projects:

  • Harvard Classics "Five Foot Shelf" (1909-1910)
  • Cambridge Shakespeare (1906, revised 1942)
  • Webster's New International Dictionary, 2nd Ed. (1934)

For a more complete biographical sketch see the Dictionary of American Biography Supplement 1946-1950.

Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Series I. BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIAL
1852-1982
8 linear ft.

This series is divided into four sections: 'General;' 'Education;' 'Family;' and 'Writings About Neilson.'

'General' consists of correspondence, news clippings, award certificates and citations, memorabilia, and miscellaneous notes pertaining to Neilson's life, career, and death. The material in this section is arranged by subject with the oversize material in a separate sequence.

'Education' consists of essays, notes, and miscellaneous papers primarily from his years at the University of Edinburgh and at Harvard University. There are two notebooks and an article which pre-date Neilson's college days. This material is arranged chronologically with the oversize material in a separate sequence.

'Family' consists primarily of correspondence with some writings and diaries. Both the Neilson and Muser families are well represented. The material is arranged by family and then alphabetically by individual with oversize material in a separate sequence.

'Writings About Neilson' contains biographical articles and volumes arranged in two sequences alphabetically by title.

General



Newspaper clippings
1873-1982

Box 1: folder 1
Biographical sketches
1917-1941, n.d.

Box 1: folder 2
Chronology
1869-1946

Box 1: folder 3
Genealogy
1927-1939

Box 1: folder 4
Awards



Miscellaneous; news clippings, awards, programs
1913-1941, n.d.

Box 1: folder 5
Honorary degrees, miscellaneous: citations, news clippings, correspondence, awards
1918-1940

Box 1: folder 6
Edinburgh, University of: award, correspondence, news clippings, press release, citation
1928

Box 1: folder 7
Foreign Policy Association: award, news clippings
1939

Box 1: folder 8
France, Legion of Honor: correspondence, news clippings, press releases, program
1935

Box 1: folder 9
Harvard University: correspondence, news clippings
1935

Box 1: folder 10
Kenyon College: citation, correspondence, news clippings
1940

Box 1: folder 11
McGill University: citation, correspondence, news clippings
1938

Box 1: folder 12
Mt. Holyoke College: citation, correspondence, news clippings, honorary degree
1938

Box 1: folder 13
National Institute of Immigrant Welfare: speech by James G. MacDonald
1939

Box 1: folder 14
Oberlin College: citation, correspondence, news clippings, honorary degree, photographs
1937

Box 1: folder 15
Princeton University: correspondence
1937

Box 1: folder 16
Probus Club: award, correspondence, news clippings
1939

Box 1: folder 17
Smith College anniversary, tributes and honorary degree: citation, news clippings
1927, 1937, 1942

Box 1: folder 18
Spain, Order of Alfonso VII: award, citation, news clippings, press releases, photograph
1930

Box 1: folder 19
Yale University: citation, correspondence
1927

Box 1: folder 20
Correspondence, miscellaneous
1907-1941, n.d.

Box 1: folder 21
Death



Burial certificate, correspondence
1946

Box 1: folder 22
Memorial service: news clippings, notes
1946 February 16

Box 1: folder 23
Obituaries: press releases
1946

Box 1: folder 24
Obituaries: news clippings
1946

Box 1: folder 25
Tributes
1946

Box 1: folder 26
Finances: bills, correspondence
1918-1939

Box 1: folder 27-37
Health: correspondence, charts
1929-1939

Box 2: folder 38
Houses



Cambridge, 34 Kirkland Street: correspondence
1917-1921

Box 2: folder 39
Maine: correspondence
1919-1928

Box 2: folder 40-41
Retirement: correspondence
1939, June-July

Box 2: folder 42
Household



General and miscellaneous: correspondence
1919-1939

Box 2: folder 43
Cecile de Saint-Paul: correspondence
1919-1921

Box 2: folder 44
Elfriede Schneller: correspondence
1925-1935

Box 2: folder 45
Irmgard Zoeppritz: correspondence
1924-1934

Box 2: folder 46
Insurance: certificates, correspondence, pamphlets
1890-1939

Box 2: folder 47-51
Miscellany



Article on J.M. Barrie not written by WAN
n.d.

Box 2: folder 52
Clippings, notes, and poems from "Commonplace Book"
circa. 1900

Box 2: folder 53
Offenburg notes
1914

Box 2: folder 54
Purchases: bills, correspondence, receipts
1918-1939

Box 2: folder 55-58
Travel arrangements: correspondence, passenger lists
1894, 1921-1939

Box 2: folder 59-60
Travel arrangements: passports
1915-1935

Box 2: folder 61
Education



Montrose Academy: "The Athletic Sports" (article for school magazine)
1886

Box 3: folder 62
Notes on Greek literature
1884

Box 3: folder 63
Notes on Greek poetry
1886

Box 3: folder 64
University of Edinburgh



Miscellaneous
1886-1891

Box 3: folder 65
Note:
Certificates and diploma
1886-1891

Box 3: folder 66
Letter of recommendation
1890-1891

Box 3: folder 67
Essay, "The Basis of Private Property"
1889

Box 3: folder 68
Essay, "The Comparison of Ancient and Modern Ethics, Taking as the Test the Cardinal Virtues of the Ancient Philosophy and the Catergorical Imperative of the Modern"
1891

Box 3: folder 69
Essay, "Conscience"
1889-1890

Box 3: folder 70
Essay, "Free Will"
1889-1890

Box 3: folder 71
Essay, "Nationality in Literature" (competition essay)
1890

Box 3: folder 72
Essay, "On the Consistency and Inconsistency of the 4th Book of Locke's 'Essay' with the Other 3 Books…"
1890-1891

Box 3: folder 73
Essay, "The Place of Synthesis in Philosophy"
1889-1890

Box 3: folder 74
Essay, "A Saturday Evening in Edinburgh"
1889

Box 3: folder 75
Essay, "Scottish Place Names and Their Origin"
1888

Box 3: folder 76
Essay, "Sense Perception and the Various Explanations of It"
1889

Box 3: folder 77
Essay, "Shakespeare's Ariel"
1890

Box 3: folder 78
Essay, "The Study of Mind as Means of Culture"
1888

Box 3: folder 79
Class notes


Box 3
Note:
Harvard University



Miscellaneous: correspondence, grades, scholarship notification
1895-98

Box 3: folder 80
Notes on Keats and Spenser
n.d.

Box 3: folder 81
Essay, "Character Drawing in Waverly Novels"
1896

Box 3: folder 82
Essay, "Poets' Theories of Poetry"
1896-1897

Box 3: folder 83
Essay, "Report on an Investigation into the Attitude of the People of Scotland towards the Church…"
1894?

Box 3: folder 84
Notebook, "19th century prose," Mr. Gates
1895-1896

Box 3: folder 84
Family



Miscellaneous
1859-1891

Box 4: folder 85
Allan, William (uncle): correspondence, memorial tributes
1872-1873, 1928, n.d.

Box 4: folder 86
Allan, Mary (cousin): correspondence
1921-1939

Box 4: folder 87
Burgess, David and Jim (cousin and nephew): correspondence
1926-1933

Box 4: folder 88
Burgess, J. (uncle): correspondence to Doune Sabbath School from Calcutta
1856

Box 4: folder 89
Neilson, Allan von Poetz (son): correspondence, news clippings
1921-1925

Box 4: folder 90-91
Neilson, Caroline Louise (daughter): correspondence, news clippings
1925-1941

Box 4: folder 92
Neilson, David (father): miscellaneous papers
1851-1870, n.d.

Box 4: folder 93
Neilson, David (father): correspondence
1850-1881, n.d.

Box 4: folder 94-96
Neilson, David (father): essays by students
n.d.

Box 4: folder 97
Neilson, David (father): school address and songs
n.d.

Box 4: folder 98
Neilson, Elizabeth (sister): correspondence
1897-1917, n.d.

Box 4: folder 99-100
Neilson, Jean Armor (sister): miscellaneous
1905-1939

Box 4: folder 101
Neilson, Jean Armor (sister): correspondence from WAN
1897-1942

Box 4: folder 102-107
Neilson, Margaret (daughter): correspondence, news clippings, early memories
1931-1942

Box 4: folder 108
Neilson, Mary Allan (mother): correspondence
1856-1868, n.d.

Box 4: folder 109
Neilson, Mary Allan (mother): correspondence with David Neilson (father)
1859-1873, n.d.

Box 4: folder 110
Neilson, Mary Allan (mother): correspondence from WAN and Robert Neilson (brother)
1885, 1897, n.d.

Box 4: folder 111
Robert Neilson (brother): miscellaneous
1902-34, n.d.

Box 5: folder 112
Robert Neilson (brother): correspondence from David Neilson (father)
1876

Box 5: folder 113
Robert Neilson (brother): correspondence from WAN
1893-1905 June

Box 5: folder 114-120
Robert Neilson (brother): correspondence from WAN and Elisabeth Muser Neilson
1905 July-1933, n.d.

Box 5: folder 121-132
Elisabeth Muser Neilson (wife)



Correspondence, miscellaneous
1899-1967, n.d.

Box 6: folder 133-34
Correspondence from Else Gerner
1899-1907, n.d.

Box 6: folder 135-38
Correspondence with Emil Gott
1900-1908, n.d.

Box 6: folder 139-42
Correspondence from Manding Harlacher (her cousin)
1899-1928, n.d.

Box 6: folder 143-47
Correspondence from Max Harrer
1903-1906

Box 6: folder 148-49
Correspondence with Margarete Muser (her sister)
1899-1909, n.d.

Box 6: folder 150-51
Correspondence to WAN
1904-1905

Box 6: folder 152
Correspondence with Amalie von Poetz (her aunt)
1900-1939

Box 6: folder 153-56
Correspondence from Mina von Poetz (her cousin)
1920-1926, n. d.

Box 6: folder 157
Correspondence with Lina and Oskar Muser (her parents)
1899-1915

Box 7: folder 158-179
Correspondence with Lina and Oskar Muser (her parents)
1916-1938

Box 8: folder 180-197
Correspondence with Lina Kuser (her mother)
1938-1941, n.d.

Box 8: folder 198-201
School notebooks
1895-1899

Box 9
Postcard album
n.d.

Box 9
News clipping scrapbook
n.d.

Box 9
Miscellaneous
1900, 1939, n.d.

Box 10: folder 202
News clippings
1939-1968

Box 10: folder 203
Miscellaneous writings
n.d.

Box 10: folder 204
Children's play-


Box 10: folder 205
"Space and Time in Rainer Maria Rilke's Poetry"
1947

Box 10: folder 206
Essay, "Space and Time in Rainer Maria Rilke's Poetry": correspondence
1947-1950

Box 10: folder 207
Essay, "The Metaphysical Implications of Rilke's Book of Hours" (early version of article above)
n.d.

Box 10: folder 208
Essay, "Raum und Zeit in Rilke's Dichtung" (German version)
n.d.

Box 10: folder 209
Poems
1921?

Box 10: folder 210
Lina Huser (mother-in-law)



Miscellaneous correspondence
1908-1941

Box 10: folder 211
Correspondence to her family
1876-1909, n.d.

Box 10: folder 212-13
Correspondence from Emil Gott
1899-1903, n.d.

Box 10: folder 214-15
Correspondence with Margarete Muser (her daughter)
1901-1909, n.d.

Box 10: folder 216
Correspondence with Amalie von Poetz (her sister)
1877-1939, n.d.

Box 10: folder 217
Poems
1900-1901

Box 10: folder 218
Lina and Oskar Muser (parents-in-law)



Miscellaneous
1885-1891,1915-1937, n.d.

Box 10: folder 219
Correspondence to Allan, Caroline, and Margaret Neilson
1915-1941

Box 10: folder 220
Correspondence with WAN and Elizabeth Muser Neilson
1907-1934

Box 10: folder 221
Correspondence from Helene Tafel
1899-1903

Box 10: folder 222
Miscellaneous correspondence
1878-1905, n.d.

Box 10: folder 223-24
Oskar Muser; account of the last few days of his life by ?
1938

Box 10: folder 225
Lina and Margarete Muser: correspondence to WAN
1908-1936

Box 10: folder 226
Margarete Muser: miscellaneous correspondence
1904-1914, n.d.

Box 10: folder 227
Margarete Muser: correspondence with Else Gerner
1901-1910, n.d.

Box 10: folder 228
Writings About Neilson



"Neilson of Smith" by Hubert Herring, Harper's Magazine
1938 June

Box 11: folder 229
Neilson of Smith by Hubert Herring (bound version)
1939

Box 11: folder 230
"Neilson of Smith" by Marjorie Hope Nicolson, The American Scholar
1946 Autumn

Box 11: folder 231
"Neilson of Smith" by Marjorie Hope Nicolson: typescript and earlier versions
1946

Box 11: folder 232
Neilson of Smith by Margaret Farrand Thorp: correspondence (A-Z)
1946-1957

Box 11: folder 233-49
Neilson of Smith by Margaret Farrand Thorp: reviews
1956

Box 11: folder 250
Neilson of Smith by Margaret Farrand Thorp: typescript


Box 11
Note:
"President Neilson of Smith" by Elizabeth Cutter Morrow, Atlantic Monthly
1946 November

Box 11: folder 251
"President Neilson of Smith College" by John S. Tatlook, The Nation
1928 January 4

Box 11: folder 252
"Successful Educators, William Allan Neilson," American Education
1925 June

Box 11: folder 253
"William Allan Neilson" by Cynthia Walsh (Ivy Day Oration), Hampshire Bookshop
1939

Box 11: folder 254
William Allan Neilson: Blueprint for Biography, various authors, Hampshire Bookshop
1947

Box 11: folder 255
"William Allan Neilson: Liberal Educator," Focus
1939 March

Box 11: folder 256
"Word Study: William Allan Neilson," by Margaret Farrand Thorp
n.d.

Box 11: folder 256a
Neilson of Smith by Margaret Farrand Thorp: typescript
1955-1956

Box 12
Oversize



Medals



Harvard
1906

Box 13
Wyon, London
n.d.

Box 13
Spain
1930

Box 13
Cigar Case
n.d.

Box 13
Harvard Advocate
1866?

Box 13
Angus Club, Edinburgh
1885-1886

Box 13
Harvard Lampoon
n.d.

Box 13
University of Paris
n.d.

Box 13
Montrose Academy Dux, English Department
1885-1886

Box 13
University of Edinburgh class notes
1886-1891

Box 14
Family



Muser: diary of Elisabeth Muser Neilson's grandmother
1888-1891

Box 15
Margarete Muser: story, "Zu Weinachten"
1900

Box 15
Margarete Muser: journal excerpts in Elisabeth Muser's handwriting(2 volumes)
n.d.

Box 15
Lina Muser: diary
1939-1944

Box 15
Oskar Muser: war experiences
1870-1871

Box 15
Oskar Muper: news clippings
n.d.

Box 15
David Neilson: diary
1884

Box 15
Oskar Muser: "Lebeaserinerungen"
n.d.

Box 15
Writings About Neilson - Volumes



William Allan Neilson: Blueprint for Biography (Northampton: Hampshire Bookshop, )
1947

Box 15
Herring, Hubert, Neilson of Smith (Brattleboro: Stephen Daye Press, )
1939

Box 15
Thorp, Margaret Farrand, Neilson of Smith (New York: Oxford University Press, )
1956

Box 15
Family - Volumes



Neilson, Elisabeth Muser, The House I Knew (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., )
1941

Box 15
General - Volumes, Miscellaneous



Burns, Robert. The Ring and the Book, Vol. II and III (from WAN library)


Box 15
Scott, Sir Walter, Bacon's Essays (from WAN library)


Box 15
The Inauguration of President Neilson (Northampton: Smith College, )
1917

Box 15
Series II. PHOTOGRAPHS AND PORTRAITS
1883-1948
1 linear ft.

Photographs consists primarily of black and white photographs of William Allan Neilson. There are also photographs of Neilson's family, Elisabeth Muser Neilson and her family, and of Scotland. There is a small amount of correspondence with photographers and a 19th-century Neilson family photograph album.

Portraits consists of photographic reproductions of oil, charcoal, and silhouette portraits plus correspondence about the portraits arranged by the name of the artist.

Photographs



List of oversize photographs


Box 16: folder 257
Photographers: correspondence, miscellaneous
1932-1939

Box 16: folder 258
William Allan Neilson
1883-1945

Box 16: folder 259-84
Parents and siblings
1892-1899, n.d.

Box 16: folder 285
Children and grandchildren
1920-1944, n.d.

Box 16: folder 286
Elisabeth Muser Neilson
1906, 1939, n.d.

Box 16: folder 287
Muser family
1906-1933

Box 16: folder 288
Miscellaneous
1939, n.d.

Box 16: folder 289
Scotland, countryside
n.d.

Box 17: folder 290
Scotland, Doune and Montrose
1891, n.d.

Box 17: folder 291
Portraits



Correspondence
1939

Box 17: folder 292
Folisbee, John
1948

Box 17: folder 293
Goodnow, C.S.
n.d.

Box 17: folder 294
Hopkinson, Charles Sidney
1930

Box 17: folder 295
James, Alexander P.
1939

Box 17: folder 296
Watson, Elizabeth V. Taylor
n.d.

Box 17: folder 297
Silhouette: Alfred Vance Churchill
1939

Box 17: folder 298
Sketches: miscellaneous
n.d.

Box 17: folder 299
Photograph album: Neilson relatives, unidentified
n.d.

Box 17: folder 299
Photograph panorama: dedication of Burns statue, Detroit
1921 July 23

Box 17: folder 299
Series III. ACADEMIC LIFE
1898-1941
3.5 linear ft.

This series consists of correspondence, lecture notes, news clippings, and press releases pertaining to Neilson's life as a college professor and administrator. The material is arranged by the name of the institution. Oversize material is in a separate sequence.

Bryn Mawr College: miscellaneous
1898-1901

Box 18: folder 300
Columbia University: miscellaneous
1904-1906

Box 18: folder 301
Sorbonne: correspondence
1914-1915

Box 18: folder 302
Sorbonne: lecture notes
1914 December

Box 18: folder 303
Harvard University and Radcliffe College



Miscellaneous
1901-1904, 1906-1917

Box 18: folder 304
Clubs: correspondence, membership certificates
1911-1916

Box 18: folder 305
Correspondence



A-D
1901-1904, 1906-1917

Box 18: folder 306
Dodd, Isabel F.
1902, n.d.

Box 18: folder 307
E-K
1901-1904, 1906-1917

Box 18: folder 308
Fabyan, George
1917

Box 18: folder 309
Fyock, Alice
1900

Box 18: folder 310
Jennings Alice
1902-1903

Box 18: folder 311
Kittredge, George Lyman
1906-1916

Box 18: folder 312
L-P
1901-1904, 1906-1917

Box 18: folder 313
Lowell, A. Lawrence
1914-1915

Box 18: folder 314
R-Z
1901-1904, 1906-1917

Box 18: folder 315
Robinson, Edwin Arlington
1902-1917

Box 18: folder 316
Miscellaneous
1901-1917, n.d.

Box 18: folder 317
Lecture notes, English 8
1900-1901

Box 18: folder 318-23
Lecture notes, English 8
1904

Box 18: folder 324-25
Lecture notes, English 8a
n.d.

Box 18: folder 326
Lecture notes, English 8b
n.d.

Box 18: folder 327
Lecture notes, English 11
1902

Box 19: folder 328
Lecture notes, English 24
1916-1917?

Box 19: folder 329
Lecture notes, English 28
1912

Box 19: folder 330
Lecture notes, English 28
n.d.

Box 19: folder 331
Lecture notes, English 32
n.d.

Box 19: folder 332-3
Lecture notes, English 32
1901-1902

Box 19: folder 324-39
Lecture notes, English 40
n.d.

Box 19: folder 340-43
Lecture notes, English 41
n.d.

Box 19: folder 344
Lecture notes, English 42
n.d.

Box 19: folder 345
Lecture notes, English 49
1906

Box 19: folder 346
Smith College



Miscellaneous: press releases, writings, bookplates
1917-1939

Box 20: folder 347
Anniversary (10th): correspondence
1927

Box 20: folder 348
Anniversary (10th): news clippings
1927

Box 20: folder 349
Anniversary (20th): miscellaneous
1937

Box 20: folder 350
Anniversary (20th): news clippings
1937

Box 20: folder 351
Appointment: congratulatory correspondence
1917

Box 20: folder 352-61
Appointment: general correspondence
1917

Box 20: folder 362-63
Birthday celebrations
1924-1939

Box 20: folder 364
Chronology


Box 20: folder 365
Inauguration



Address by Charles W. Eliot
1918 June 13

Box 20: folder 366
Address by WAN
1918

Box 20: folder 367
Booklet
1918

Box 20: folder 368
Correspondence
1918-1919

Box 20: folder 369
Guest list
1918

Box 20: folder 370
Invitations and program
1918

Box 20: folder 371
News clippings
1918

Box 20: folder 372
Plans
1918

Box 20: folder 373
Lecture notes, English 19
1920-1926

Box 21: folder 374-5
Miscellaneous clippings
1917-1941

Box 21: folder 376
Retirement



Correspondence A-Z
1939

Box 21: folder 377-81
"A Dictionary of Appreciation of WAN"
1939

Box 21: folder 382
Tributes by Foreign Policy Association members
1939

Box 21: folder 383
News clippings
1939

Box 21: folder 384
Tributes, miscellaneous
1939

Box 21: folder 385
Oversize



Columbia University: Class Roll Book
1905-1906

Box 22
Smith College: retirement gift - silver box
1939

Box 22
Miscellaneous notes on books
n.d.

Box 22
Miscellaneous notes on Shakespeare
n.d.

Box 22: folder 386
Series IV. OTHER ACTIVITIES
1891-1946
4.5 linear ft.

This series documents Neilson's professional and volunteer activities outside of his primary employment. The series has two sections: 'Organizations' and 'Subjects'. Unless otherwise noted the folders contain only correspondence.

The first section, 'Organizations,' is arranged alphabetically by the name of the organization.

Material has been filed in the second section, 'Subjects,' where Neilson was involved with a number of organizations or causes with a similar focus.

Organizations



A
1921-1934

Box 23: folder 387
Affiliated Schools for Workers
1925-1935

Box 23: folder 388
American Arbitration Crusade
1925-1928

Box 23: folder 389
American Association for Old Age Security
1929-1931

Box 23: folder 390
American Civil Liberties Union
1922-1939

Box 23: folder 391
American Civil Liberties Union: case of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn
1933-1941

Box 23: folder 392
Note:
American Civil Liberties Union: Committee on Academic Freedom
1932-1941

Box 23: folder 393
American Civil Liberties Union: correspondence
1939-1941

Box 23: folder 394
Note:
American Civil Liberties Union: "National Defense"
1939-1941

Box 23: folder 395
American Civil Liberties Union: "Labor"
1941

Box 23: folder 396
Note:
American Committee to Protect the Foreign Born
1939-1940

Box 23: folder 397
American Defenders of Freedom
1940

Box 23: folder 398
American Dialect Society
1921-1934

Box 23: folder 399
The American Foundation
1929-1931

Box 23: folder 400
American Friends Service Committee
1921-1931

Box 23: folder 401
American Otological Society
1931-1939

Box 23: folder 402
Amherst Memorial Fellowship Committee
1921-1937

Box 23: folder 403
Amherst Regional Planning Board
1928-1932

Box 23: folder 404
B
1903-1938

Box 23: folder 405
Bacon Archaeological Research
1927-1932

Box 23: folder 406
Beaver County Day School
1935-1938

Box 23: folder 407
Bennington College
1922-1938, n.d.

Box 23: folder 408-11
Brearly School
1924-1935

Box 23: folder 412
James Bryce Fellowship
1934

Box 23: folder 413
C
1920-1941

Box 23: folder 414
Carnegie Foundation
1928-1939

Box 23: folder 415
Committee of 100 on Ireland
1920-1921

Box 23: folder 416
Committee on Cultural Relations with Latin America
1928-1939

Box 23: folder 417
Committee to Defend America by Aiding the Allies
1940

Box 23: folder 418
Council on Foreign Relations
1921-1939

Box 23: folder 419
Cummington School (Playhouse-in-the-Hills)
1919-1935

Box 23: folder 420
D
1933-1937

Box 24: folder 421
Daughters of the American Revolution
1928

Box 24: folder 422
Deerfield Academy
1932-1935

Box 24: folder 423
Democratic Party
1920-1940

Box 24: folder 424
Denison House
1924-1933

Box 24: folder 425
E
1923-1939

Box 24: folder 426
English Speaking Union of the United States
1920-1939

Box 24: folder 427
F
1925-1940

Box 24: folder 428
Facsimile Text Society
1934-1935

Box 24: folder 429
Folger Shakespeare Memorial Fund
1934

Box 24: folder 430
Foreign Policy Association
1921-1939

Box 24: folder 431-33
G
1921-1936, n.d.

Box 24: folder 434
H
1929-1939

Box 24: folder 435
Harvard Liberal Club
1918

Box 24: folder 436
Harvard University
1915-1944, n.d.

Box 24: folder 437-39
Harvard University, Committee on Dormitory Requirements and Relations of the Graduate Schools
1922-1931

Box 24: folder 440
Harvard University, Committee to Visit the English Department
1920-1934

Box 24: folder 441-43
Hebrew University
1925-1939

Box 24: folder 444
Highlander Folk School
1934-1939

Box 24: folder 445
Hofstra College
1937

Box 24: folder 446
Human Welfare Group
1929-1931

Box 24: folder 447
I
1922-1939, n.d.

Box 24: folder 448
International Free Trade League
1918-1920

Box 24: folder 449
International Study Center for Democratic Reconstruction
1943?

Box 24: folder 450
International YMCA College
1924-1935

Box 24: folder 451
J
1924-1939, n.d.

Box 24: folder 452
K
1920-1933

Box 24: folder 453
Kraus Defense Committee
1934-1936

Box 24: folder 454
L
1920-1939 n.d.

Box 24: folder 455
League of Women Voters
1922-1939

Box 24: folder 456
Life Extension Institute
1920-1922

Box 24: folder 457
M
1921-1939, n.d.

Box 25: folder 458
Massachusetts Civic League
1929-1938

Box 25: folder 459
Massachusetts Conference of Social Work
1917-1934

Box 25: folder 460
Massachusetts Council for the Abolition of the Death Penalty
1927-1930

Box 25: folder 461
Medieval Academy of America
1940, n.d.

Box 25: folder 462
Milwaukee-Downer College
1921-1936

Box 25: folder 463
Modern Language Association
1918-1939

Box 25: folder 464-65
Modern Language Association, Permanent Fund
1916-1924

Box 25: folder 466-67
N
1920-1939

Box 25: folder 468
National Committee for Independent Courts
1937

Box 25: folder 469
National Committee of the U.S. to Restore the Louvain Library
1922-1930

Box 25: folder 470-72
National Economic League
1921-1930

Box 25: folder 473
National Recovery Administration
1931-1935

Box 25: folder 474
National Research Council
1919-1928

Box 25: folder 475-76
New England Medical Center
1929-1930

Box 25: folder 477
New School for Social Research
1918-1942, n.d.

Box 25: folder 478-81
O
1923-1939

Box 25: folder 482
The Open Road
1926-1944

Box 25: folder 483-85
P-Q
1925-1940

Box 26: folder 486
Plymouth Tercentenary Committee
1920

Box 26: folder 487
Poetry Society of America
n.d.

Box 26: folder 488
R
1920-1940

Box 26: folder 489
Roosevelt Memorial Association
1934-1936

Box 26: folder 490
S
1918-1936

Box 26: folder 491
School of Parents' Education, Jerusalem
1925-1935

Box 26: folder 492
Shady Hill Country Day School
1934

Box 26: folder 493
Society for Ethical Culture
1922-1938

Box 26: folder 494
T-U
1921-1929

Box 26: folder 495
Thomas Davidson Society
1917-1932

Box 26: folder 496
Trustees of Public Reservations
1925-1933

Box 26: folder 497
U
1891-1946

Box 26: folder 498
W-Z
1921-1939

Box 26: folder 499
Western Massachusetts Regional Planning Association
1931-1937

Box 26: folder 500
Williams College
1921-1936

Box 26: folder 501
Woodrow Wilson Foundation
1921-1922

Box 26: folder 502
Worcester Academy
1925-1926

Box 26: folder 503
Subjects



Adult Education



Miscellaneous
1928-1938, n.d.

Box 27: folder 504
American Association for Adult Education
1927-1939

Box 27: folder 505-09
Committee on University Extension in the Connecticut Valley
1917-1939

Box 27: folder 510
Eliot Foundation for Adult Education
1933-1938

Box 27: folder 511
Holyoke Workers' Classes
1928, 1938

Box 27: folder 512
National University Extension Association
1918-1935

Box 27: folder 513
Springfield Adult Education Forum
1934-1939

Box 27: folder 514
Albania
1924-1939

Box 27: folder 515
Armenia
1921-1925

Box 27: folder 516
Asia
1928-1938

Box 27: folder 517
Birth Control
1928-1942

Box 27: folder 518
Children: miscellaneous
1925-1940

Box 27: folder 519
Children: Child Study Association
1928-1938

Box 27: folder 520
Children: Child Welfare League
1934

Box 27: folder 521
Children: Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
1921-1946

Box 27: folder 522
China
1938-1940

Box 27: folder 523
Clubs



Miscellaneous
1920-1939, n.d.

Box 27: folder 524
Burns Club
1919-1937

Box 27: folder 525
Harvard Clubs
1918-1928

Box 27: folder 526
Tavern Club
1921-1936

Box 27: folder 527
Town Hall Club
1932-1939

Box 27: folder 528
Consumer: miscellaneous
1918, 1939

Box 27: folder 529
Consumer: Consumer's-League of Massachusetts
1924-1932

Box 27: folder 530
Consumer: National Consumers' League
1922-1938

Box 27: folder 531-32
Coolidge
1920-1929

Box 27: folder 533
Czechoslovakia
1919-1939

Box 27: folder 534
Democracy: correspondence and news clippings
1939-1940

Box 27: folder 535
Educational



Miscellaneous
1918-1937

Box 27: folder 536
Moro Educational Foundation
1924

Box 27: folder 537
National Council of Teachers of English
1922-1930

Box 27: folder 538
New England Association of Teachers of English
1922-1930

Box 27: folder 539
Progressive Education Association
1925-1939

Box 27: folder 540
Eugenics
1920-1930

Box 27: folder 541
Germany: miscellaneous
1924-1939, n.d.

Box 28: folder 542
Germany: Carl Schurz Memorial Foundation
1932-1936

Box 28: folder 543
Industrial
1921-1932

Box 28: folder 544
International Cooperation
1926-1939

Box 28: folder 545
Italy
1928-1934

Box 28: folder 546
Labor: miscellaneous
1925-1939

Box 28: folder 547
Labor: Community Labor Board
1918-1919

Box 28: folder 548-50
League of Nations



Miscellaneous: correspondence, news clippings
1918-1940, n.d.

Box 28: folder 551
League of Free Nations
1918-1930

Box 28: folder 552
League of Nations Association
1920-1938

Box 28: folder 553
League of Nations Non-Partisan Association
1921-1935

Box 28: folder 554
Model League of Nations Assembly
1928-1936

Box 28: folder 555
Pro-League Independents
1920-1922

Box 28: folder 556
Mental Hygiene



Massachusetts Society for Mental Hygiene
1919-1939

Box 28: folder 557
National Committee for Mental Hygiene
1920-1935

Box 28: folder 558
Militarism in Education
1925-1937

Box 28: folder 559
Miscellaneous, unidentified
1920-1939, n.d.

Box 28: folder 560
Near East
1923-1936, n.d.

Box 28: folder 561
Northampton



Miscellaneous
1919-1939

Box 28: folder 562
Academy of Music
1917-1938

Box 28: folder 563-564
Better Housing Campaign
1934-1935

Box 28: folder 565
Chamber of Commerce
1920-1939

Box 28: folder 566
Cooley Dickinson Hospital
1917-1926

Box 28: folder 567
Northampton Hotel Company
1922-1936

Box 28: folder 568
People's Institute
1914-1939

Box 28: folder 569-70
Peace



Miscellaneous
1919-1942, n.d.

Box 29: folder 571
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
1928-1939

Box 29: folder 572
Commission to Study the Organization of Peace
1939-1940

Box 29: folder 573-83
Commission to Study the Organization of Peace
1941-1945

Box 30: folder 584
Commission to Study the Organization of Peace: news clippings and miscellaneous
1939-1945

Box 30: folder 585
National Committee on the Cause & Cure of War
1930-1940

Box 30: folder 586
National Council for the Prevention of War
1931-1934

Box 30: folder 587
Women's International League for Peace & Freedom
1922-1935

Box 30: folder 588
Periodicals



Miscellaneous
1920-1940

Box 30: folder 589
Atlantic Monthly
1924-1939

Box 30: folder 590
Collier's Weekly
1916-1919

Box 30: folder 591
The Delineator
1921-1933

Box 30: folder 592
The Forum
1924-1939

Box 30: folder 593
The Nation
1919-1938

Box 30: folder 594
The New Republic
1921-1925

Box 30: folder 595
New York, miscellaneous
1920-1939, n.d.

Box 30: folder 596
Saturday Review
1925-1936

Box 30: folder 597
Political Activities



Miscellaneous; correspondence, news clippings
1913-1940, n.d.

Box 30: folder 598
Fascism, Nazism
1933-1940

Box 30: folder 599
Sacco and Vanzetti case
1924-1936, n.d.

Box 30: folder 600-01
Public Affairs
1935-1939

Box 30: folder 602
Publishers



Miscellaneous A-Z
1919-1939

Box 30: folder 603-04
Bobbs-Merrill Company
1922-1928

Box 30: folder 605
P. F. Collier & Son
1916-1944

Box 30: folder 606-15
Dictionary of American Biography
1927-1928

Box 30: folder 616
Doubleday
1927-1938

Box 30: folder 617
Harbor Press
1929-1939

Box 30: folder 618
Harcourt, Brace & Company
1920-1939

Box 30: folder 619
Houghton, Mifflin Company
1904-1930

Box 30: folder 620
Alfred A Knopf, Inc.
1925-1938

Box 30: folder 621
G.C. Merriam & Company: correspondence
1937-1940

Box 31: folder 622-24
G.C. Merriam & Company, Synonymy: "Antonyms"
n.d.

Box 31: folder 625
G.C. Merriam & Company, Synonymy: "The Historical Development…"
n.d.

Box 31: folder 626
G.C. Merriam & Company, Synonymy: "The Treatment of Synonyms and Antonyms"
n.d.

Box 31: folder 627
G.C. Merriam & Company, Synonymy: carbons, pp. 66-219
n.d.

Box 31: folder 628-30
G.C. Merriam & Company, Synonymy: minutes
1937-45

Box 31: folder 631-35
W.W. Norton Company
1929-1939

Box 31: folder 636
Scott, Foresman & Company
1909-1931

Box 31: folder 637
Charles Scribner's Sons
1925-1939

Box 31: folder 638
Stanford University Press
1935-1938

Box 31: folder 639
Viking Press
1935

Box 31: folder 640
Race Relations



Miscellaneous
1930-1931

Box 31: folder 641
Committee of 100 Dedicated to the Creation of an America of Justice and Equality for Our Negro Fellow Citizens
1944-1945

Box 31: folder 642
Harmon Awards for Distinguished Achievement among Negroes
1928-1931

Box 31: folder 643
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
1922-1944

Box 31: folder 644
Refugee



Miscellaneous: correspondence, news clippings
1920-1945, n.d.

Box 31: folder 645
National Institute of Immigrant Welfare
1939

Box 31: folder 646
National Refugee Service
1940-1941

Box 31: folder 647
Religious



Miscellaneous
1925-1939, n.d.

Box 31: folder 648
National Conference of Jews and Christians
1931-1939

Box 31: folder 649
Russia



Miscellaneous
1926-1937, n.d,

Box 32: folder 650
Independent Committee for the Recognition of Soviet Russia by the United States
1933-1935

Box 32: folder 651
American Russian Institute
1930-1939

Box 32: folder 652-53
American Society for Cultural Relations with Russia
1927-1929

Box 32: folder 654-55
Scots



Miscellaneous: correspondence, news clipping
1930-1939

Box 32: folder 656
Scots' Charitable Society
1917-1927

Box 32: folder 657
Scottish National Dictionary Association
1927-1934

Box 32: folder 658
Scottish Text Society
1903-1934

Box 32: folder 659
Shakespeare: miscellaneous


Box 32: folder 660
Shakespeare: Shakespeare Association of America
1923-1930

Box 32: folder 661
Social hygiene
1920-1928

Box 32: folder 662
Social sciences: miscellaneous
1918-1934

Box 32: folder 663
Social sciences: Social Science Commission
n.d.

Box 32: folder 664
Social work
1922-1930

Box 32: folder 665
Spain, miscellaneous: correspondence, news clippings
1921-1940

Box 32: folder 666
Spain: Non-Partisan Committee for the Relief of Spain's Children
1934

Box 32: folder 667
Springfield: miscellaneous
1928-1936

Box 32: folder 668
Springfield: Springfield College
1936-1937

Box 32: folder 669
Unemployment
1927-1933

Box 32: folder 670
World Court
1921-1935

Box 32: folder 671
Oversize



American Civil Liberties Union, Committee on Academic Freedom: ms.
n.d.

Box 33: folder 672
American Civil Liberties Union: correspondence and publications Elizabeth Gurley Flynn case
1940

Box 33: folder 673
American Civil Liberties Union: miscellaneous
1940-1941

Box 33: folder 674
Series V. SPEECHES
1901-1944
2.5 linear ft.

This series is divided into five sections: 'Texts-by title;' 'Texts-by date;' 'Texts-by occasion;' 'Notes;' and 'Miscellany.'

The texts have been divided into three categories depending on the information available about the speech. Each text that has a title has been filed alphabetically. Other texts have been filed chronologically (where possible) or by occasion. Unless otherwise noted the texts are in typed or printed form.

'Notes' have also been filed by available information. They are all in Neilson's hand.

'Miscellany' is primarily news clippings and correspondence about Neilson's speeches but also contains a list of the topics of Neilson's Smith College Chapel talks from 1934 to 1936.

Texts - by title



"After Victory," chapel
1918

Box 34: folder 675
"The American Scholar Today," American Association for the Advancement of Science
1936 January 1

Box 34: folder 676
"America's Dilemma," Rally Day
1941 February

Box 34: folder 677
"And Ye Shall Hallow the 50th Year," chapel
1925

Box 34: folder 678
"The Arts In the Colleges," radio broadcast
1935 May 17

Box 34: folder 679
"As Shakespeare Says"
n.d.

Box 34: folder 680
"Current Criticism of Higher Education," Chicago Smith Club
1936 November 6

Box 34: folder 681
"Distinguishing Characteristics of American Education," Alumnae College
1936 June

Box 34: folder 682
"Education and Politics," Aydelotte Lecture, Swarthmore College
1940 October 13

Box 34: folder 683
"Ends and Means in Education," Felix Adler Lecture, Society for Ethical Culture
1940 May 12

Box 34: folder 684
"From the Point of View of a Professor Turned President," Modern Language Association
1924, December 29

Box 34: folder 685
"The Function of the University," Northwestern University: ms
1943 April 8

Box 34: folder 686
"The Function of the University": published version
1943

Box 34: folder 687
"George Washington Cable"
n.d.

Box 34: folder 688
"Germany Today," Alumnae College
1934 June 23

Box 34: folder 689
"Guarding the Line," chapel
1942 February 9

Box 34: folder 690
"The Heart of the Midlothian," NBC University of the Air
1944 November 25

Box 34: folder 691
"The Inauguration of Dr. Marian E. Park as President of Bryn Mawr College"
n.d.

Box 34: folder 692
"Inter Arma Veritas," Phi Beta Kappa
1916

Box 34: folder 693
"The League and Future International Relations"
n.d.

Box 34: folder 694
"Looking Backward and Forward"
1935 May 6

Box 34: folder 695
"The Meaning of Americanism," DAR Springfield
1920 December 16

Box 34: folder 696
"The Meaning of Liberalism," Why Club
1928

Box 34: folder 697
"National Training of Women"
1943 November

Box 34: folder 698
"Nazi Germany as a Threat to Our Liberties," Duke University Commencement
1940 June 3

Box 34: folder 699
"Our Fundamental Political Ideas in Light of Recent Events," Alumnae Council
1937 February

Box 34: folder 700
"The Paradox of the Colleges"
n.d.

Box 34: folder 701
"The Poetry of Liberalism," Alumnae College
1939 June 16

Box 34: folder 702
"President Eliot's Educational Ideas"
1934 March 21

Box 34: folder 703
"President Neilson Proposes," Brearly School 50th Anniversary
1934

Box 34: folder 703a
"President Pendleton As An Educator"
n.d.

Box 34: folder 704
"The Progress of Peace"
1930 January

Box 34: folder 705
"Public Affairs and the Private Conscience," vespers
1938 September 25

Box 34: folder 706
"The Relation of the Women's Colleges to American Education," Seven College Conference
n.d.

Box 34: folder 707
"Rights and Duties," chapel
1937 October 19

Box 34: folder 708
"The Scholar and the Pedant," Vassar Inauguration
n.d.

Box 34: folder 709
"Shall We Join the Ladies?" Seven College Conference
1929

Box 34: folder 710
"A Tradition Worth Cherishing," Alumnae Assembly
1942 June 6

Box 34: folder 711
"To the Alumnae of the Mary A. Burnham School"
n.d.

Box 34: folder 712
"Les Universites et L'Etat," Sorbonne
1915

Box 34: folder 713
"The University in Exile," New School for Social Research
1933 October 13

Box 34: folder 714
"Which Girl Should Go to College?" radio broadcast
1929 October 10

Box 34: folder 715
"The World Crisis in Education," New York Smith Club
1934 March 10

Box 34: folder 716
Texts - by date



Miscellaneous
1907-1935

Box 35: folder 717-742
Miscellaneous
1936-1941

Box 36: folder 743-63
Texts - by occasion



Miscellaneous
n.d.

Box 36: folder 764-65
President Seelye's Funeral Service
1924

Box 36: folder 765a
Smith Baccalaureate
n.d.

Box 36: folder 766
Smith Chapel
n.d.

Box 36: folder 767-74
Notes



Chronological
1901-1943

Box 37: folder 775-77
Miscellaneous
n.d.

Box 37: folder 778-79
Baccalaureate
1918-1937

Box 37: folder 780
Vespers
1917-1938

Box 37: folder 781-83
Vespers
n.d.

Box 37: folder 784
Shakespeare
n.d.

Box 37: folder 785
Miscellany



Smith Chapel topics list
1934-1936

Box 37: folder 786
News clippings
1916-1935

Box 37: folder 787-95
News clippings
1936-1943, n.d.

Box 38: folder 796-802
Correspondence
1916-1940, n.d.

Box 39: folder 803-827
Series VI. WRITINGS
1894-1946
5.5 linear ft.

This series has two sections: 'Texts and Notes' and 'Correspondence and News Clippings.'

'Texts and Notes' is made up of manuscript, typescript, and published versions of articles and books by William Allan Neilson. They are filed by the title of the work. Reviews written by Neilson are filed at the end of the section.

'Correspondence and News Clippings' contains correspondence with editors, collaborators, publishers, and fans plus press releases, new clippings, and reviews. They are filed by the title of the work. Also included is correspondence from publishers of periodicals soliciting manuscripts. These are filed together under 'periodicals.'

Texts and notes



Bibliography


Box 40: folder 828
"The Accomplishment of President Comstock," Radcliffe Quarterly
1943 August

Box 40: folder 829
"The Administrative View of Organized Alumni," Manual of Alumni Work
1924

Box 40: folder 830
"Admissions, the Depression, & Scholarships," Smith Alumnae Quarterly
1931 November

Box 40: folder 831
The Alumnae Fund and Salaries, Smith Alumnae Quarterly
1927 May

Box 40: folder 832
Allegory (unpublished): miscellaneous notes
n.d.

Box 40: folder 833-36
Allegory (unpublished): typescript
n.d.

Box 40: folder 837-41
Allegory (unpublished), "Allegory": ms.
n.d.

Box 40: folder 842
Allegory (unpublished), "The Faerie Queen": ms.
n.d.

Box 40: folder 843
Allegory (unpublished), "The Shepheard's Calendar": ms.
n.d.

Box 40: folder 844
Allegory (unpublished), "Bunyan": ms.
n.d.

Box 40: folder 845
Allegory (unpublished) "Addison: Tatler no. 97": ms., incomplete
n.d.

Box 40: folder 846
Allegory (unpublished), "Pastoral Allegory": ms., incomplete
n.d.

Box 40: folder 847
Allegory (unpublished), Chapter I "The Nature of Allegory": ms.
n.d.

Box 40: folder 848
Allegory (unpublished), Chapter II "Origins": ms.
n.d.

Box 40: folder 849
Allegory (unpublished), "Pier's Plowman": ms.
n.d.

Box 40: folder 850
Allegory (unpublished), "John Gower": ms.
n.d.

Box 40: folder 851
Allegory (unpublished) "Chaucer": notes and draft
n.d.

Box 40: folder 852
Allegory (unpublished) "The Legend of Good Women": ms.
n.d.

Box 40: folder 853
Allegory (unpublished), "Lydgate": outline
n.d.

Box 40: folder 854
Allegory (unpublished), "Reason and Sensibility": ms.
n.d.

Box 40: folder 855
Allegory (unpublished), "The Temple of Glass": ms.
n.d.

Box 40: folder 856
Allegory (unpublished), "The Assembly of the Gods": ms.
n.d.

Box 40: folder 857
Allegory (unpublished), "The Assembly of Ladies": ms.
n.d.

Box 40: folder 858
Allegory (unpublished), "The Scottish School": ms.
n.d.

Box 40: folder 859
Allegory (unpublished), "Robert Henryson": ms.
n.d.

Box 40: folder 860
Allegory (unpublished), "Beauty and the Prisoner": ms.
n.d.

Box 40: folder 861
Allegory (unpublished), "William Dunbar": ms.
n.d.

Box 40: folder 862
Allegory (unpublished), "Gavin Douglas" and "Stephen Hawes": ms.
n.d.

Box 40: folder 863
Allegory (unpublished), "The Court of Love": ms. and notes
n.d.

Box 40: folder 864
Allegory (unpublished), "The Moralities": ms.
n.d.

Box 40: folder 865
Allegory (unpublished), "The Allegorical Testament": ms.
n.d.

Box 40: folder 866
Allegory (unpublished), "Keats": ms.
n.d.

Box 40: folder 867
Allegory (unpublished), "Tennyson": ms.
n.d.

Box 40: folder 868
Allegory (unpublished): miscellaneous
n.d.

Box 40: folder 869
"The American Scholar Today" (Hampshire Bookshop)
1937

Box 41: folder 870
"America's Dilemma," Defense Pamphlet No. 1
1941

Box 41: folder 871
"The Apparel and the Man," Atlantic Monthly
1903 May

Box 41: folder 872
"Are American Colleges Wasteful?" Scribner's Magazine
1932 June

Box 41: folder 873
"Burns In English," Anniversary Papers by Colleagues and Pupils of George Lyman Kittredge
1913

Box 41: folder 874
Burns, Robert: miscellaneous articles and fragments
n.d.

Box 41: folder 875
"Challenge to Our Colleges," New York Times Magazine
1942 June 7

Box 41: folder 876
"Character Drawing in the Waverly Novels," Harvard Monthly
1896 November

Box 41: folder 877
The City of Man, "A Declaration of World Democracy"
1940

Box 41: folder 878-79
The City of Man: first memorandum
1939 May

Box 41: folder 880
The City of Man: note
1939

Box 41: folder 881
The City of Man: proposa1
1939

Box 41: folder 882
"College Finances of the Increase of Fees," Smith Alumnae Quarterly
1926 February

Box 41: folder 883
Collier's Encyclopedia: preface by WAN: ms. and typescript
n.d.

Box 41: folder 884
The Complete Plays and Poems of William Shakespeare: miscellaneous
1942

Box 41: folder 885
The Complete Plays and Poems of William Shakespeare: biographical sketch
1942

Box 41: folder 886
The Complete Plays and Poems of William Shakespeare, "All's Well That Ends Well": introduction
1942

Box 41: folder 887
The Complete Plays and Poems of William Shakespeare, "The Comedy of Errors": introduction and proofs
1942

Box 41: folder 888
The Complete Plays and Poems of William Shakespeare, "Coriolanus": proofs
1942

Box 41: folder 889
The Complete Plays and Poems of William Shakespeare, "Cymbeline": introduction
1942

Box 41: folder 890
The Complete Plays and Poems of William Shakespeare, "Henry IV, part 1": introduction and notes
1942

Box 41: folder 891
The Complete Plays and Poems of William Shakespeare, "Henry IV, part 2": introduction and notes
1942

Box 41: folder 892
The Complete Plays and Poems of William Shakespeare, "Henry V": notes and proofs
1942

Box 41: folder 893
The Complete Plays and Poems of William Shakespeare, "Henry VI, parts 1, 2 and 3": notes
1942

Box 41: folder 894
The Complete Plays and Poems of William Shakespeare, "Henry VIII": notes
1942

Box 41: folder 895
The Complete Plays and Poems of William Shakespeare, "King Lear": notes and proofs
1942

Box 41: folder 896-97
The Complete Plays and Poems of William Shakespeare, "The Life and Death of King John": introduction and notes
1942

Box 41: folder 898
The Complete Plays and Poems of William Shakespeare, "Love's Labour's Lost": introduction
1942

Box 41: folder 899
The Complete Plays and Poems of William Shakespeare, "Measure for Measure": introduction
1942

Box 41: folder 900
The Complete Plays and Poems of William Shakespeare, "The Merry Wives of Windsor": introduction
1942

Box 41: folder 901
The Complete Plays and Poems of William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer-Night's Dream": introduction and proofs
1942

Box 41: folder 902
The Complete Plays and Poems of William Shakespeare, "Richard II": introduction
1942

Box 41: folder 903
The Complete Plays and Poems of William Shakespeare, "Richard III": notes
1942

Box 41: folder 904
The Complete Plays and Poems of William Shakespeare, "Romeo and Juliet": notes and proofs
1942

Box 41: folder 905
The Complete Plays and Poems of William Shakespeare, "The Tempest": introduction
1942

Box 41: folder 906
The Complete Plays and Poems of William Shakespeare, "Timon of Athens": notes
1942

Box 41: folder 907
The Complete Plays and Poems of William Shakespeare, "Troilus and Cressida": introduction
1942

Box 41: folder 908
The Complete Plays and Poems of William Shakespeare: notes
1942

Box 41: folder 909-10
The Complete Plays and Poems of William Shakespeare: notes
1942

Box 42: folder 911-12
"The Curse of Memory," The English Journal
1917 February

Box 42: folder 913
"Education Can Be No Better Than the Teachers," Survey Graphic
1939 October

Box 42: folder 914
The Education of the Modern Girl: Introductory Note by WAN
1929

Box 42: folder 915
"Charles William Eliot," Encyclopedia of the Social Services, Vol. 5
1931

Box 42: folder 916
Charles William Eliot: miscellaneous articles and fragments
n.d.

Box 42: folder 917
"The Elizabethan Drama," Harvard Lectures
1913

Box 42: folder 918
"English," in Paths to Success, compiled by H.G. Black
1924

Box 42: folder 919
"Faculty and Alumni": ms.
n.d.

Box 42: folder 920
"Fundamental Problems," Princeton Alumni Weekly
1939 January 13

Box 42: folder 921
"Horace Howard Furness"
n.d.

Box 42: folder 922
"The Future of the Humanities," Harper's Magazine: ms.
1943 March

Box 42: folder 923
"Guarding the Line," Defense Pamphlet No. 4 (Hampshire Bookshop)
1942

Box 42: folder 924
Harvard Classics: index and miscellaneous
n.d.

Box 42: folder 925
Harvard Classics: "Shelf of Fiction," biographical notes
n.d.

Box 42: folder 926
"Henry Drummond - A Memory": ms.
n.d.

Box 42: folder 927
History of English Literature: "A Manual for Teachers" with A. H. Thorndike
1920

Box 42: folder 928
The Junior Classics: introduction
n.d.

Box 42: folder 929
"Junior Year In France": ms.
n.d.

Box 42: folder 930
"The Juniors Abroad," Smith Alumnae Quarterly
1937 May

Box 42: folder 931
"The Liberal Arts as Vocational Training"
1924

Box 42: folder 932
"The Life of the Teacher of Composition," New England Association of Teachers of English
1912

Box 42: folder 933
Merriam-Webster Dictionary of Biography: articles on Burns and Shakespeare
n.d.

Box 42: folder 934
"Minorities in Our Midst," Survey Graphic
1939 February

Box 42: folder 935
Miscellaneous manuscripts
1925, n.d.

Box 42: folder 936
"Narrative Writing in Medieval Times," The Reader
1906 February

Box 42: folder 937
Normal Youth and Its Everyday Problems by Douglas A. Thom: introduction by WAN
1932

Box 42: folder 938
"A Note on Graduate Projects," Smith Alumnae Quarterly
1929 February

Box 42: folder 939
"A Note on Scholarships." Smith Alumnae Quarterly
1927 February

Box 42: folder 940
"Nova Solyma," Modern Philology
1904 April

Box 42: folder 941
"On Milton's Conception of Poetry" Studies in the History of Culture
1942 February

Box 42: folder 942
Original of 'The Complaynt of Scotlande'," Journal of Germanic Philology
1897

Box 42: folder 943
"Overcrowding in Women's Colleges," The Nation: ms.
1925 May 13

Box 42: folder 944
"The Question of the Women's Colleges" with the presidents of the seven women's colleges
n.d.

Box 42: folder 945
"Phi Beta Kappa's Women President," The Key Reporter
1940 Autumn

Box 42: folder 946
"Political Silhouettes"
n.d.

Box 42: folder 947
"The Preaching Scot," Harvard Monthly
1902? May

Box 42: folder 948
"The Process of Reading" Journal of Adult Education
1938 June

Box 42: folder 949
"The Process of Peace": ms.
1930 January 24

Box 42: folder 950
"The Purgatory of Cruel Beauties": reprint
n.d.

Box 42: folder 951
Report of the President, Smith College
1925-1926

Box 42: folder 952
"The Responsibility of the Parent," Reader's Digest
1935

Box 42: folder 953
Roads to Knowledge: introduction
1937

Box 43: folder 954
Roads to Knowledge: miscellaneous
1937

Box 43: folder 955
"Robert Louis Stevenson" The Week
1894 December 21

Box 43: folder 956
"The Scots of America"
n.d.

Box 43: folder 957
"Laurenus Clark Seelye," Dictionary of American Biography
n.d.

Box 43: folder 958
Laurenus Clark Seelye by Harriet Seelye Rhees: Preface by WAN
1929

Box 43: folder 959
"Shakespeare and Plagiarism" Sunday Magazine
1906 April 22

Box 43: folder 960
"Shakespeare in Recent Years" Sewanee Review
1908 January

Box 43: folder 961
"Shall We Join the Ladies?" School and Society
1929 April 13

Box 43: folder 962
"Should Women Be Educated Like Men?" Forum
1929 February

Box 43: folder 963
Smith College: the First 50 Years by Harry Norman Gardiner: ms. chapters I, III, and IV
n.d.

Box 43: folder 964-66
Smith College: the First 75 Years by Harry Norman Gardiner and WAN: text, chapters II-VIII
n.d.

Box 43: folder 967-80
Smith College: the First 75 Years by Harry Norman Gardiner and WAN: notes
n.d.

Box 43: folder 981-85
Smith College: the First 75 Years by Harry Norman Gardiner and WAN: unfinished typescript
1946

Box 44
"Status of Faculties in University Government"
n.d.

Box 45: folder 986
"The Study of English," Why Study?: ms.
n.d.

Box 45: folder 987
Syllabus in the Humanities, introduction by WAN (Eliot Foundation of Adult Education)
1932

Box 45: folder 988
"Teaching Shakespeare in the Schools"
n.d.

Box 45: folder 989
"The Theory of Censorship," Atlantic Monthly
1930 January

Box 45: folder 990
"Ashley Horace Thorndike," Dictionary of American Biography
1936

Box 45: folder 991
"Town and Gown Today," Journal of Adult Education
1931 April

Box 45: folder 992
"The Training School of Psychiatric Social Work at Smith College," Mental Hygiene
1918 October

Box 45: folder 993
"Undergraduate Study in Europe," New York Herald Tribune
1931 August 16

Box 45: folder 994
"The Universities and Adult Education"
1930 March

Box 45: folder 995
"Upper Canada College," The Canadian Magazine
n.d.

Box 45: folder 996
"What is the Job of Our Colleges? For Personality Development," New York Times Magazine
1937 March 7

Box 45: folder 997
"What Price Tenure?" Associated Harvard Clubs
1940

Box 45: folder 998
"What the College Has a Right to Expect of the Schools of English," The School Review
1908 February

Box 45: folder 999
"Why More Buildings?" Smith Alumnae Quarterly
1931 November

Box 45: folder 1000
"William James As Lecturer and Writer," Harvard Illustrated Magazine
1907 February

Box 45: folder 1001
"The Women's Colleges Reply," Atlantic Monthly
1929 February

Box 45: folder 1002
Years of Building by Caroline A. Yale: introduction by WAN
1931

Box 45: folder 1003
Reviews by WAN A-Z
1895-1944, n.d.

Box 45: folder 1004-08
Correspondence and News Clippings



Allegory: correspondence
1921-1938

Box 45: folder 1009
Broadcast Speech--NBC's Handbook for Announcers & Speakers: news clippings
1937

Box 45: folder 1010
Burns, How to Know Him: correspondence
1917

Box 45: folder 1011
The Cambridge Shakespeare: correspondence
1902-1936

Box 45: folder 1012
Chief British Poets of the 14th and 15th Centuries (1916): correspondence
1916

Box 45: folder 1013
Chief Elizabethan Dramatists Excluding Shakespeare (1911):correspondence
1911

Box 45: folder 1014
The Collier Classics: correspondence, general
1916-1919

Box 45: folder 1015
The Collier Classics: American Patriots & Statesmen: correspondence
1916-1917

Box 45: folder 1016
The Collier Classics: National Defense Library: correspondence
1916-1917

Box 45: folder 1017
Collier's Encyclopaedia: correspondence
1920-1932

Box 45: folder 1018-20
Collier's Encyclopaedia: National Year Book: correspondence
1934-1944

Box 45: folder 1021-23
The Complete Plays & Poems of William Shakespeare (1942) with Charles J. Hill: correspondence
1937-1942

Box 45: folder 1024
Charles William Eliot, the Man and His Beliefs: correspondence
1916-1931

Box 45: folder 1025-28
Charles William Eliot, the Man and His Beliefs: news clippings
1926

Box 45: folder 1029
"Charles William Eliot," Encyclopaedia of: the Social Sciences: correspondence
1931

Box 46: folder 1030
English & Scottish Popular Ballads (1909): correspondence
1905-1907

Box 46: folder 1031
Essentials of Poetry (1912): correspondence
1912-1939

Box 46: folder 1032-33
Essentials of Poetry: reviews
1912

Box 46: folder 1034
The Facts about Shakespeare: correspondence
1922-1932

Box 46: folder 1035
The Harvard Classics: correspondence with P.F. Collier's
1909-1944

Box 46: folder 1036-40
The Harvard Classics: correspondence with Charles W. Eliot
1909-1924

Box 46: folder 1041-42
The Harvard Classics: correspondence, miscellaneous
1922-1932

Box 46: folder 1043
History of English Literature: correspondence
1918-1931

Box 46: folder 1044-47
Intellectual Honesty and Other Addresses (1940): news clippings
1940

Box 46: folder 1048
The Junior Classics (1912): correspondence
1913-1938

Box 46: folder 1049-51
"Manual of Alumni Work": news clippings and press releases
1924

Box 46: folder 1052
Merriam-Webster Dictionary of Biography: minutes
1938

Box 46: folder 1053
Miscellaneous
1903-1937, n.d.

Box 46: folder 1054
The Origins & Sources of the Court of Love (1899): correspondence
1900-1930

Box 46: folder 1055
Periodicals



Miscellaneous
1903-1942

Box 46: folder 1056
The Atlantic Monthly: correspondence
1924-1938

Box 46: folder 1057
Fashions of the Hour: correspondence
1929-1930

Box 46: folder 1058
Journal of Higher Education: correspondence
1930-1937

Box 46: folder 1059
The Nation: correspondence
1922-1930

Box 46: folder 1060
The New York Times: correspondence
1931-1939

Box 46: folder 1061
Saturday Review of Literature: correspondence
1924-1942

Box 46: folder 1062
Survey Graphic: correspondence
1937-1939

Box 46: folder 1063
Roads to Knowledge (1937): news clippings
1937

Box 46: folder 1064
Roads to Knowledge (1937): correspondence
1928-1937

Box 46: folder 1065-70
Royalty statements: Houghton, Mifflin Co.
1917-1932

Box 47: folder 1071-72
Royalty statements: MacMillan Co.
1921-1930

Box 47: folder 1073
The Scottish Psalter (1927), Introduction by WAN: correspondence
1926-1934

Box 47: folder 1074
Selections from Chaucer (1921): correspondence
1921-1938

Box 47: folder 1075
Shakespeare's Works, Lake English Classics: correspondence
1900-1923

Box 47: folder 1076-78
Shakespeare's Works, Lake English Classics: statement of sales
1915-1933

Box 47: folder 1079
"Should Women Be Educated Like Men?": correspondence
1929

Box 47: folder 1080
Tudor Shakespeare (1911-1913): correspondence
1919-1933

Box 47: folder 1081
Types of English Literature (1907-?): correspondence and miscellaneous
1904-1909, n.d.

Box 47: folder 1082
Webster's New International Dictionary, Second Edition (1934): advertisement, pamphlets
1934

Box 47: folder 1083
Webster's New International Dictionary, Second Edition (1934): correspondence
1924-45

Box 47: folder 1084-88
Webster's New International Dictionary, Second Edition (1934):): news clippings - dinner to announce publication
1934 June

Box 47: folder 1089
Volumes by WAN



Burns, How to Know Him


Box 47
The Chief Elizabethan Dramatists Excluding Shakespeare


Box 47
The City of Man: A Declaration of World Democracy


Box 47
Essentials of Poetry


Box 47
The Function of Higher Education with Carl Frederick White


Box 47
A History of English Literature with Ashley Horace Thorndike


Box 47
Intellectual Honesty and Other Addresses


Box 47
Roads to Knowledge


Box 47
Selections from Chaucer with Howard Rollin Patch


Box 47
Years of Building by Caroline A. Yale, Introduction by WAN


Box 47
Index to the Harvard Classics


Box 47

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Subjects
  • Harvard University--Faculty.
  • Neilson, Elisabeth Muser, 1882-1968.
  • Neilson, William Allan, 1869-1946.
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Contributors
  • Neilson, Elisabeth Muser, 1882-1968.
  • Smith College. Office of President.
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