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Mary A. (Mary Augusta) Jordan Papers, 1885-1931
5 boxes (2.25 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 42

Abstract:
Professor of English. Contains biographical information, correspondence, writings photographs, and memorabilia.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The 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 Augusta Jordan was born on July 5, 1855 in Ironton, Ohio. She was the daughter of Edward Jordan, who was appointed Solicitor of the United States Treasury by President Lincoln, and Augusta Woodbury Ricker Jordan. Mary was the eldest of four children. Mary was known since childhood for her exceptional intelligence and love of the English language. She was one of Smith College's star English instructors and her passing was greatly mourned by the academic world she left behind with her death on April 14, 1941.

When her father retired from public office and the family moved to Elizabeth, New Jersey, Mary enrolled in Vassar College where she graduated in 1876, Phi Beta Kappa at the age of twenty-one. She continued with her education at Vassar and received her M.A. in 1878. She was first a librarian (1877-1880) and later an English instructor at Vassar until her departure in 1884.

Mary left Vassar in order to teach at the recently founded Smith College at the behest of President Seelye. Known for her independent nature, Mary was soon a well recognized figure in Northampton and on the college campus. She was a much loved and well-respected instructor in Rhetoric and English, and known for her well intended but sharp wit and constructive criticism. Her home was always open for students to gain access to her extensive library or her ready advice. Although she published few articles, she was known as the star of the English Department and quickly ascended to be first the head and later the chairman of the English Department. Smith College awarded her the honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, in 1910.

Her independent nature and love of learning lead her to devote her entire life to teaching. She was briefly engaged to her cousin, David Starr Jordan, but the relationship did not last. She instead spent her life galvanizing her students' love of learning. She spent a great deal of her time away from the school on extended stays in the homes of friends and family. She made her home at Hatfield House while at Smith.

Mary Augusta Jordan retired from Smith in 1921, after thirty-seven years of service. She continued to remain active however, and concerned herself with the affairs of Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut, the area which she moved to after retirement. She was a deeply religious person, although nonsectarian, and the affairs of the Roman Catholic school interested her deeply. It was at 42 Lincoln Street in New Haven, Connecticut, near the home of her niece where Mary fell ill. She died soon after on April 14, 1941, at the age of sixty-five. She left behind an extensive legacy at Smith College, and in 1922 after her retirement, was remembered by Smith College in three ways. There is a Smith house, located in the quad, named Jordan in her honor. The English department also named the Mary Augusta Jordan professorship in remembrance of their colleague. The prize, which is now defunct, was a small scholarship for students who excelled in English literature, named the Mary Augusta Jordan Prize.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Mary Augusta Jordan Papers contain biographical information, correspondence, writings photographs and memorabilia documenting her career at Smith as both student and professor of English Languages and Literature. Of particular interest is a history of the English Department written by Jordan in 1925.


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

The 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 A. (Mary Augusta) Jordan Papers, Box #, Smith College Archives.

History of the Collection

The Mary A. (Mary Augusta) Jordan 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
Biographical Material and Smith College Material


Box 879
Biographical Material-General


Box 879: folder 1
Biographical Material-Education


Box 879: folder 2
Biographical Material-Education, Vassar College


Box 879: folder 3
Biographical Material-Miscellaneous


Box 879: folder 4
Biographical Material-Obituaries
1941

Box 879: folder 5
Smith College Material-Miscellaneous


Box 879: folder 6
Smith College Material-Hatfield House


Box 879: folder 7
Smith College Material-Lecture Notes


Box 879: folder 8
Note:

(see also Box 883)

Smith College Material-Mary A. Jordan Professorship


Box 879: folder 9
Smith College Material-Recommendations


Box 879: folder 10
Smith College Material-Retirement, general


Box 879: folder 11
Smith College Material-Retirement, Tributes


Box 879: folder 12
Smith College Material-Retirement, A Tribute of 40 Years


Box 879
Correspondence A-Pe


Box 880
A-BE, miscellaneous


Box 880: folder 13
Abbott, Lyman
n.d.

Box 880: folder 14
Bacon, Josephine Daskam
1904-1921

Box 880: folder 15
Bates, Katherine Lee
1895-1915

Box 880: folder 16
BI-CA, miscellaneous


Box 880: folder 17
Booth, Maud B.
1896-1915

Box 880: folder 18
Branch, Anna Hempstead
1897-1934

Box 880: folder 19
Brearly, Samuel, Jr.
1885-1897, n.d.

Box 880: folder 20
Bridges, Robert Seymour
1895-1900

Box 880: folder 21
Briggs, Le Baron Russell
1900-1910

Box 880: folder 22
Burroughs, John
1887, n.d.

Box 880: folder 23
Cable, Eva Stevenson
n.d.

Box 880: folder 24
CH-CZ, miscellaneous


Box 880: folder 25
Clark, Marguerite Dixon
1925-1928, n.d.

Box 880: folder 26
Clemens, Samuel Langhorne
1889

Box 880: folder 27
Cleveland, Rose E.
1899-1904, n.d.

Box 880: folder 28
Cravath, Paul D.
1915

Box 880: folder 29
Cutler, Anna Alice
1928

Box 880: folder 30
D-F, miscellaneous


Box 880: folder 31
Dickinson, Lavinia
1895-1897

Box 880: folder 32
Drennan, M.J.
1890-1898

Box 880: folder 33
Dunton, Edith Kellog
1922, n.d.

Box 880: folder 34
Edwards, Hilda Blanche
1911-1928

Box 880: folder 35
Ellsworth, Helen J.S.
n.d.

Box 880: folder 36
Ellsworth, William W.
1897

Box 880: folder 37
Folger, Henry Clay
1912-1935

Box 880: folder 38
Ford, M. Eleanor
1914-1915

Box 880: folder 39
Franchot, C. Pascal
n.d.

Box 880: folder 40
G-HE, miscellaneous


Box 880: folder 41
Gallen, P.H.
n.d.

Box 880: folder 42
Gardiner, Harry Norman
1892-1927, n.d.

Box 880: folder 43
Garrison, Wendell Phillips
1894-1898

Box 880: folder 44
Gaylord, Emma P.
1914, n.d.

Box 880: folder 45
Gibson, Emily H.
1885-1888

Box 880: folder 46
Gilbert, Simeon
1893

Box 880: folder 47
Greet, Ben
n.d.

Box 880: folder 48
Hadley, Arthur Twining
1897-1900

Box 880: folder 49
Harrison, Bertram
n.d.

Box 880: folder 50
HI-K, miscellaneous


Box 880: folder 51
Hyde, George P.
1928

Box 880: folder 52
James, William
1891, n.d.

Box 880: folder 53
Jordan, David Starr
1899, 1913

Box 880: folder 54
Kearns, Elsie Herndon
1914, n.d.

Box 880: folder 55
L-MA, miscellaneous


Box 880: folder 56
Lathrop, Clara W.
1899, 1901

Box 880: folder 57
Leach, Abby
1900, 1905

Box 880: folder 58
Macmechan, Archibald M'Kellar
1897-1900

Box 880: folder 59
McNely, Ruth
1913

Box 880: folder 60
ME-PE, miscellaneous


Box 880: folder 61
Meid, Ella
n.d.

Box 880: folder 62
Meyer, Annie Nathan
1910, n.d.

Box 880: folder 63
Peck, Ludella L.
1886, n.d.

Box 880: folder 64
Correspondence Ph-Z


Box 881
PH-R, miscellaneous


Box 881: folder 65
Poland, William Carey
1892-1899

Box 881: folder 66
Prescott, Henry Lee
1899-1900

Box 881: folder 67
Pruyn, Eva Jenison
1910-1915

Box 881: folder 68
Rockefeller, John D., Jr.
1916

Box 881: folder 69
Rose, Henry T.
1912, n.d.

Box 881: folder 70
S-V, miscellaneous


Box 881: folder 71
Santayana, George
1899, n.d.

Box 881: folder 72
Sharp, Martha
n.d.

Box 881: folder 73
Shaw, Adele Marie
1914, n.d.

Box 881: folder 74
Shoop, Max
n.d.

Box 881: folder 75
Short, Frank Lea
1910-1911

Box 881: folder 76
Steinberg, Mary B.
1899-1900, n.d.

Box 881: folder 77
Stoddard, F.H.
1885, n.d.

Box 881: folder 78
Taylor, James M.
1899-1900

Box 881: folder 79
Thomas, M. Carey
1899-1900, n.d.

Box 881: folder 80
Thwing, Charles F.
n.d.

Box 881: folder 81
Tucker, H. St. George
1921

Box 881: folder 82
Ventura, L.D.
1885

Box 881: folder 83
W-Z, miscellaneous


Box 881: folder 84
Ward, William Hayes
1912

Box 881: folder 85
Watts, Martha Emma
1914, n.d.

Box 881: folder 86
Whipple, George N.
1899, 1915, n.d.

Box 881: folder 87
Whitney, Margaret F.G.
1900, n.d.

Box 881: folder 88
Withington, Robert
1923-1931

Box 881: folder 89
Woolley, Mary Emma
1909-1915

Box 881: folder 90
Young, Alfred
1908-1910

Box 881: folder 91
Young, Starck
n.d.

Box 881: folder 92
Speeches and Writings


Box 881
Miscellaneous


Box 881: folder 93
"Assets and Liabilities of Present Day English"
n.d.

Box 881: folder 94
"A Dressy Bookseller"
n.d.

Box 881: folder 95
"The College for Women" Atlantic Monthly
1892 Oct

Box 881: folder 96
"Harry Norman Gardiner" Memorial Service
1927

Box 881: folder 97
"Higher Education" Association of Intercollegiate Alumnae
1886 Oct 30

Box 881: folder 98
"The Higher Education, A Social Necessity for Women" Association of Collegiate Alumnae
1892 Nov 5

Box 881: folder 99
"Influential Fallacies About Education" New England Association of Colleges and Preparatory Schools in School Review (Vol 12, No 2)
1904 Feb

Box 881: folder 100
"L. Clark Seelye" Smith College Monthly
1910 Jun

Box 881: folder 101
"Life and the Classroom: 37 Years of It" Smith Alumnae Quarterly
1921 Jul

Box 881: folder 102
"Ludella L. Peck" Smith Alumnae Quarterly and Memorial Service
1913 Feb

Box 881: folder 103
"Noblesse Oblige" Pamphlet No. 36 of the Massachusetts Association Opposed to the Further Extension of Suffrage to Women
1901

Box 881: folder 104
"The President-Elect of Vassar College and His Problems" Vassar Miscellany
1915 Feb 26

Box 881: folder 105
Reviews, miscellaneous


Box 881: folder 106
"The Return of Nature"
n.d.

Box 881: folder 107
"The Setting of A College Admission Paper in English" School Review
n.d.

Box 881: folder 108
"Shakespeare and the Presumptions"
n.d.

Box 881: folder 109
"Smith College" New England Magazine
1887 Jan

Box 881: folder 110
"The Teaching of English in Smith College from President and Professor Seelye to President and Professor Neilson" [manuscript]
1925 Jun

Box 881: folder 111
"The Teaching of English in Smith College from President and Professor Seelye to President and Professor Neilson" [typescript]
1925 Jun

Box 881: folder 112
"Vassar's Jubilee" Smith Alumnae Quarterly
1915 Nov

Box 881: folder 113
Correct Writing and Speaking by M.A. Jordan. The Women's Home Library (N.Y.: A.S. Barnes and Co.),
1904

Box 881
Photographs and Sketches


Box 882
Portraits, early
pre-1890

Box 882: folder 114
Portraits
after 1890

Box 882: folder 115
Portraits-Endeau Portrait
c1901

Box 882: folder 116
Snapshots
n.d.

Box 882: folder 117
Hatfield House


Box 882: folder 118
Teaching class- Katherine McClellan, photographer
1904

Box 882: folder 119
Sketches
n.d.

Box 882: folder 120
Oversize Materials


Box OV
Lecture Notes (card file)


Box OV
Diary
1899 Jan-Mar 6

Box OV
News clippings/Notes on Education and English
n.d.

Box OV
Sketch Notebook


Box OV
Memorabilia Book of European trip


Box OV
Scrapbook-photographs of works of art


Box OV
Small notebooks (3), miscellaneous notes


Box OV

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