Five College Archives and Manuscript Collections
Home >> Smith College Archives >> Josephine Adelaide Clark Papers, 1876-1979
Smith College seal
Josephine Adelaide Clark Papers, 1876-1979
2 boxes (.8 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 42

Abstract:
A member of the second graduating class, Class of 1880, and Librarian at Smith College from 1907-19. Contains biographical material, correspondence, personal journals, photographs, and newspaper clippings.

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

Josephine Adelaide Clark was born in Weston, Massachusetts on March 9, 1856 to John and Caroline (Derby) Clark. She came to Smith College in the fall of 1876 after teaching at Waltham High School following her graduation in 1873. Josephine was a member of the second graduating class from Smith, and earned her B.A. in 1880. After graduation she held numerous teaching jobs until her focus switched to library work in 1888, when she entered the library school at Columbia College in New York City. Josephine later became the assistant librarian at Gray Herbarium at Harvard University, where her knowledge and love of botany offered her great assistance. In September of 1891, she took the position of Botanical Bibliographer for the Division of Botany within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Two years later she was appointed as the Assistant Librarian for the whole department, and in 1901 accepted the position of Head Librarian for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In June of 1907, Josephine returned to Smith College where she served as Librarian until her resignation in 1919. She died of pneumonia on March 24, 1929 in her home in Claremont, CA.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

This collection includes biographical materials, correspondence, personal journals, collections of photographs and newspaper clippings regarding Clark's education and career at Smith College and elsewhere.


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:

Josephine Adelaide Clark Papers, Box #, Smith College Archives.

History of the Collection

The Josephine Adelaide Clark Papers were donated over a period of time to the Smith College Archives from a variety of sources.


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

Contents List
Biographical Material
1896-1979

Box 716.1: folder 1
Correspondence, general
1916-1919

Box 716.1: folder 2
Correspondence to class
1881-1896

Box 716.1: folder 3
Correspondence to class
1897-1914

Box 716.1: folder 4
Correspondence to class
1915-1928

Box 716.1: folder 5
Journal
Aug. 1881-Aug. 1883

Box 716.1: folder 6
Journal-Charleston, SC
April-June 1884

Box 716.1: folder 7
Journal
Aug-Sept 1899; May-July 1899

Box 716.1: folder 8
Journal-European Trip
July-Sept 1904

Box 716.1: folder 9
Notebook
1907-1919

Box 716.1: folder 10
Photographs
c.1876-1963

Box 716.1: folder 11
Photograph Album-South Carolina
1884

Box 716.1: folder 12
College Photograph Album


Box 717

Questions about this collection? Contact the archives
Home | Help | About | Search