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Caroline Heminway Kierstead Papers, 1923-1985
2 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 42

Abstract:
This collection includes correspondence, publications, diaries, photographs, etc., regarding Caroline Heminway Kierstead's career as a professor of Geology at Smith College, her research interests, and her personal life.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The records 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

Caroline Heminway Kierstead was born in Corning, New York on July 12, 1904. Her parents were Herbert A. and Ella May (Daley) Heminway. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1925 with a major in Philosophy and Psychology, and a minor in Geology. After working in her father's law office for a year, she returned to school to earned a master's degree from Cornell University (1928) and later a Ph.D. from Indiana University (1941). She also studied over the years at Syracuse University, the University of Colorado, and the University of Wyoming. Heminway married Friend H. Kierstead, an electrical engineer from Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in 1947. He died around 1970.

Kierstead joined the faculty of the Geology Department in 1928 and retired after a long teaching career in 1969. She was promoted steadily through the department, from instructor when she began in 1928, to assistant professor (1932), associate professor (1940) and finally full professor in 1964. Elected chairman of the Geology Department in February 1946, Kierstead served in that capacity until January 1952. She also acted for a short time as the Dean of the Class of 1944. From 1943 to 1945 she took a leave of absence to work for Shell Oil Company, bringing along two Smith graduates. This experience gave her a useful understanding of the oil industry.

Keirstead was interested in many fields of geology, and was especially partial to topological and geological maps. Her field of research was micropaleontology, specifically the study of foraminifera, or unicellular shelled microorganisms. Her publications include many articles for scientific journals, one book, and a textbook; she also edited and contributed to several other publications. Her geological research led her to travel all over the world, including Antarctica and New Zealand. Additionally, she held memberships in many prestigious professional associations.

In her private life, Kierstead was an internationally known breeder and exhibitor of Pembroke Welsh Corgi dogs. Her dogs won several American Kennel Club champions. She served as president of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America for a period of time, and belonged to several other dog clubs as well. Also, she published Pembroke Pictures and Pedigree, an annotated index of the history of the breed. Kierstead died on June 17, 1985 at the age of 80.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Caroline Heminway Kierstead Papers, 1923-1985, contain materials relating to the professional and personal life of a long-time member of the Smith College Geology Department. Types of materials include correspondence, publications, handwritten and typescript lecture and research notes, diaries, and photographs. These items not only document her teaching career at Smith and her research interests, but also provide insight into her personal life and pastimes. Her detailed lecture notes and course material give researchers an informative look at the Geology Department curriculum and methods in the middle of the twentieth century.

The Caroline Heminway Kierstead Papers are housed in 2 large boxes and cover approximately 2.5 linear feet.


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

The records 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:

Caroline Heminway Kierstead Papers, Box #, Smith College Archives.

History of the Collection

These papers were donated by Marion H. Nutting, Kierstead's sister, in 1985.


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
SERIES I: BIOGRAPHY



Provides background information on Caroline Kierstead's life and overall academic and professional careers.

Biography
1928-1985

Box 1: folder 1
Geology Courses - Cornell
1926-28

Box 1: folder 2
Geology Courses - Indiana University
1938

Box 1: folder 3
Geology Courses - Mount Holyoke
1923

Box 1: folder 4
Geology Courses - University of Wyoming
1934

Box 1: folder 5
SERIES II: CORRESPONDENCE



Contains both personal and professional letters to and from Kierstead. She appears to have had a close relationship with her father, who wrote nearly every week in her early years at Smith.

Family
1928-51

Box 1: folder 6
Friends
1961

Box 1: folder 7
Personal - Dogs
1973

Box 1: folder 8
Personal - Investments
1961

Box 1: folder 9
Professional
1931-68

Box 1: folder 10
Professional - Geology Department
1950-69

Box 1: folder 11
Professional - Sale of Library
1985

Box 1: folder 12
Professional - Shell Oil
1943-48

Box 1: folder 13
Professional - Students
1946-69

Box 1: folder 14
Professional - Field Geology
1942

Box 1: folder 15
SERIES III: COURSE MATERIALS



Holds materials related to the geology courses she taught at Smith and includes teaching outlines, exams, and student papers. These materials provide a useful glimpse into the department's curriculum.

Micropaleontology
1939-65

Box 1: folder 16
Micropaleontology - Student Papers
1949-66

Box 1: folder 17
Paleontology
1929-68

Box 1: folder 18
Senior Review Essay
1961

Box 1: folder 19
Strategraphy
1934-63

Box 1: folder 20
Structural Geology
1941-62

Box 1: folder 21
Exercises Upon Geological Maps
1937-53

Box 1: folder 22
Senior Field Trip
1946, 1948

Box 1: folder 23
Student Papers
1952-64

Box 1: folder 24
Student Papers - Master's Thesis
1952

Box 1: folder 25
SERIES IV: LECTURE NOTES



Contain handwritten and typed notes and guidelines for lectures and personal research on a wide array of geological topics. (see also SERIES V: NOTES)

Caribbean
n.d.

Box 1: folder 26
Connecticut River Valley Climate
1967

Box 1: folder 27
English Jurassic
1951

Box 1: folder 28
Evolution
1940

Box 1: folder 29
Lesser Autilles
1938

Box 1: folder 30
Nature of Species
n.d.

Box 1: folder 31
New Zealand
n.d.

Box 1: folder 32
Use of Forams
1954

Box 1: folder 33
SERIES V: NOTES



Contain handwritten and typed notes and guidelines for lectures and personal research on a wide array of geological topics. (see also SERIES IV: LECTURE NOTES)

Age of the Earth
1948-62

Box 1: folder 34
Correlation of Formations
1958

Box 1: folder 35
Crust of the Earth
n.d.

Box 1: folder 36
Faults
n.d.

Box 1: folder 37
Folding
n.d.

Box 1: folder 38
Geological Maps of New Zealand
1962

Box 1: folder 39
Jointing
n.d.

Box 1: folder 40
Jurassic
n.d.

Box 1: folder 41
Miocene Pelecypods
1966

Box 1: folder 42
North Wind Forams Project
1963

Box 1: folder 43
Ostracods
n.d.

Box 1: folder 44
Physical Characteristics of Rocks
1951, 1956

Box 1: folder 45
Porifera
1956

Box 1: folder 46
Radiolaria
n.d.

Box 1: folder 47
Rock Structures
n.d.

Box 1: folder 48
Species Problem
n.d.

Box 1: folder 49
Stromatoporoidea
1956

Box 1: folder 50
Structural Geology
1957-59

Box 1: folder 51
Tertiary
n.d.

Box 1: folder 52
Thickness of Beds
n.d.

Box 1: folder 53
Triassic
n.d.

Box 1: folder 54
Unconformities
n.d.

Box 1: folder 55
Photographs
1927, n.d.

Box 1: folder 56
SERIES VI: WRITINGS



Collects Kierstead's publications, edited books drafts, and a diary.

"The Cambrian Stratigraphy of Eastern New York and Western New England
1935

Box 1: folder 57
Diary
1961

Box 1: folder 58
Field Report
1934

Box 1: folder 59
"Foraminifera Manuscript"
n.d.

Box 1: folder 60
Kierstead Revision of Galloway Manual of Foraminifera
1961

Box 1: folder 61
Kierstead Revision of Galloway Manual of Foraminifera - Draft
n.d.

Box 1: folder 62
Kierstead Revision of Galloway Manual of Foraminifera
n.d.

Box 1: folder 63
Manual of Foraminifera Index
1964

Box 1: folder 64
Master's Thesis
1928

Box 1: folder 65
Miscellaneous Notes
1926, 1943

Box 1: folder 66
New England Geological Conference Guidebook
n.d.

Box 1: folder 67
Planktonic Conference
1967

Box 1: folder 68
"Tertiary Foraminifera of Porto Rico"
1941

Box 1: folder 69

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Subjects
  • Geology
  • Geology-Curriculum
  • Geology-Study and Teaching (Higher)
  • Micropaleontology
  • Science-History
  • Shell Oil
  • United States-Intellectual Life
  • Women Geologists


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