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Marian Sage Seewoster Papers, 1927-1986 (Bulk: 1927-1928)
1 box (.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 80. Class of 1929.

Abstract:
Smith graduate. Contains correspondence from junior year abroad and postcards.

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 Marian Sage Seewoster must be requested from the Smith College Archives. Marian Sage Seewoster's papers were donated to the Smith College Archives and the copyright ownership was transferred to the same.

Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Marian Sage Seewoster was born Marian Strong Sage on December 11, 1907 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The daughter of Herbert Strong Sage and Katherine Corkery, Marian attended the Wilkes-Barre Institute before beginning her studies at Smith College. Marian graduated with the class of 1929 after spending her junior year abroad in Paris, France at the University of Paris. She did graduate work at Washington University in St. Louis, MO.

In St. Louis, Marian taught French at the Mary Institute, now the Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School, for 36 years, taught English to foreign students at the International Institute, and was active in community organizations that promoted French culture. These included the Alliance Francaise, Societe Francaise, and the American Association of the Teachers of French. She married Charles C. Seewoster and had a son, Charles Sage Seewoster in (1951?) Charles, Sr. died in 1972. Marian died on July 30, 1999 in St. Louis, MO at the age of 91.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

While attending her Junior Year in Paris she sent numerous letters home to her parents in Wilkes-Barre. This is a collection of those letters - kept and numbered by her parents as they were received - along with an incomplete set of transcriptions and miscellaneous correspondence received by Marian later in her life.

This collection is organized into two series:


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 Marian Sage Seewoster must be requested from the Smith College Archives. Marian Sage Seewoster's papers were donated to the Smith College Archives and the copyright ownership was transferred to the same.

Preferred Citation

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

Marian Sage Seewoster Papers, Box #, Smith College Archives.

History of the Collection

The Marion Sage Seewoster Papers were donated over a period of time to the Smith College Archives from a variety of sources.

Processing Information

Processed by Kate Baker.


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.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Series I: Correspondence
(1927-1928, 1947-1986)


The first series, Correspondence (1927-1928, 1947-1986), contains Marian's correspondence to her parents during her Junior Year Abroad in Paris from August 1927 through April 1928. In her letters, Marian describes her studies, travels, and friends - much as any college student would. She wrote to her parents about her impressions of France and the French people she met, about her friends from Smith, and about the new friends and boyfriends she made in Paris. Marian describes in excited detail many of the operas, dances, and teas she attended. She chronicles her travels throughout Europe - her day trips in France and Switzerland, and her Spring Break trip around northern Italy.

A letter received by Marian from her aunt, Cornelia B. Sage Quinton, is also included. This is the only piece of received correspondence from Marian's JYA year included in the collection and is especially interesting because it congratulates Marian on her acceptance to the Sorbonne, something Marian doesn't mention in her letters home. Following the JYA correspondence are four folders containing postcards that Marian received later in her life.

From MSS



JYA Correspondence
1927, Aug 19-Sep 19

Box 1: folder 1
JYA Correspondence
1927, Sep 25-Oct 6

Box 1: folder 2
JYA Correspondence
1927, Oct 9-27

Box 1: folder 3
JYA Correspondence
1927, Nov 3-13

Box 1: folder 4
JYA Correspondence
1927, Nov 16-n.d.

Box 1: folder 5
JYA Correspondence
1927, Dec 4-26

Box 1: folder 6
JYA Correspondence
1927, Dec 30 - 1928, Jan 15

Box 1: folder 7
JYA Correspondence
1928, Jan 20-Feb 10

Box 1: folder 8
JYA Correspondence
1928, Feb 12-Mar 8

Box 1: folder 9
JYA Correspondence
1928, Mar 12-Apr 6

Box 1: folder 10
JYA Correspondence
1928, Apr 13-17

Box 1: folder 11
To MSS



From Cornelia B. Sage Quinton
1927, Mar 11

Box 1: folder 12
Postcards from various people
1947-86, n.d.

Box 1: folder 13-15
Series II: Transcripts of JYA Correspondence



The second series, Transcripts, is composed of four folders containing transcripts of a majority of Marian's letters. These transcripts span the dates from 19 August 1927 to 7 May 1928. Those labeled "Transcripts by MSS" were transcribed by Marian Sage Seewoster. The transcriber of the others is Ms.Candace O'Connor, the donor of the papers.

Transcripts by Unknown Author



Transcripts
1927, Aug 19-Sep 19

Box 1: folder 16
Transcripts by MSS



Transcripts
1928, Nov 27-Jan 15

Box 1: folder 17
Transcripts
1928, Jan 30-Mar 12

Box 1: folder 18
Transcripts
1928, Mar 25-May 7

Box 1: folder 19

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Subjects
  • Foreign study--France--Paris.
  • Seewoster, Marian Sage, 1907-1999.
  • Smith College--Students.


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