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Margaret Storrs Grierson Papers, ca. 1800-1998 (Bulk: 1918-1997)
6 boxes (5.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 42

Abstract:
Alumnae, Instructor of English and Philosophy, archivist, one of the founders and first director of the Sophia Smith Collection. Contains biographical material, correspondence (especially with Nina E. Browne, Marine Leland, and with family members), diaries, financial records, passports, manuscripts, publications and includes historic writings, documents, and photographs on the Storrs, Cooper, Rankin, and Barnes families.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The Margaret Storrs Grierson 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

Margaret Storrs was born June 29, 1900 to Lucius S. Storrs and Mary Cooper Storrs in Denver, Colorado. Her mother was the daughter of Job Adams Cooper, governor of Colorado (1889-1891) and had grown up in the whirl of social, business and political life in Denver and Colorado. Mr. Storrs was a business administrator who spent most of his life with rail transportation companies in the United States. The Storrs family was originally from Connecticut.

From the time of her birth until 1907 her family's life centered on Denver, Colorado and Bozeman, Montana. However Mr. Storrs advancement in the rail industry took the family to Boston, Massachusetts in February 1907 with the family eventually living in Brookline by July 1907. They then moved to Springfield, Massachusetts in October 1908, where her brother Lucius S., Jr. was born on December 10, 1910. Another job advancement found the family moving to New Haven, Connecticut in 1911 where her parents remained until after Ms. Storrs had graduated from Smith College. The family traveled frequently to visit the extended family by automobile and railroad, especially visits to Denver, Colorado.

Ms. Storrs entered Smith College in 1918 and graduated A.B. in 1922. She did graduate work at Bryn Mawr College and she studied at University College of the University of London from 1924-1925. From 1925-1930 she taught philosophy at Bryn Mawr while completing her dissertation and graduated with the Ph.D. in 1930.

In 1930 Ms. Storrs returned to Northampton, Massachusetts and by the mid-1930s purchased a home at 66 Massasoit Street that she shared with Marine Leland, who was a member of the Smith College French Department. They shared this house together until Prof. Leland's death in 1983. On December 7, 1938 Ms. Storrs married Sir Herbert Grierson in Edinburgh, Scotland. They returned to Northampton but after February 1939 until Sir Herbert's death in February 1960 they lived apart, however she continued to use the name Mrs. Margaret Storrs Grierson for the remainder of her life.

Upon her return to Smith College in 1930 until 1936 she taught philosophy. In 1940 she was appointed the college archivist and in 1942 she was given the additional duties of executive secretary of the Friends of the Smith College Library. It was as a special project of the Friends that the Sophia Smith Collection came into being. Mrs. Grierson was its first director and held all three of these positions until her retirement in 1965. In her position as head of the Sophia Smith Collection Mrs. Grierson traveled throughout the United States and the world to assemble the manuscript materials that are so important in documenting the history of women.

After her retirement in 1965 Mrs. Grierson turned her attention to an accumulation of papers inherited from her parents related to the history of her family. From the late 1960s through the 1980s Mrs. Grierson sought information on the family and wrote (unpublished) an extensive history of the Storrs family and its ancestors including the Cooper, Rankin and Barnes families. Mrs. Grierson said she was not interested in genealogy but in the documented historical facts of these families, their movements and lives in the United States.

Repeated health problems forced Mrs. Grierson to sell her 66 Massasoit Street home in the early 1990s and she took an apartment on Crescent Street in Northampton where she lived until advanced problems found her in nursing homes. She died on December 12, 1997 at the Linda Manor Extended Care Facility in Leeds, Massachusetts.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Margaret Storrs Grierson Papers contain materials related to Mrs. Grierson's career at Smith College as student, professor, college archivist and one of the founders and first director of the Sophia Smith Collection. In addition, there are her historic writings on the Storrs, Cooper, Rankin, Barnes and other related families and documents related to this work. There are biographical items, correspondence (especially with Nina E. Browne and with family members), diaries, financial records, passports, manuscripts and publications. Also included are photographs of the families as well as correspondence in relationship to Grierson's companion, Marine Leland.

The family papers are a mixture of documents (usually arranged under an individual or family name) and may contain a mixture of materials: historic documents and letters, photographs, printed materials and correspondence that spans from ca. 1800 to 1997. The files are essentially as Mrs. Grierson arranged them; in addition, the files contain correspondence by Mrs. Grierson and to her in her pursuit of documentation on particular family members. Also in the files are notations by Mrs. Grierson on the disposition of some historic documents that were once part of files but were placed in historic archives she deemed a more appropriate location for them to reside.


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

The Margaret Storrs Grierson 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:

Margaret Storrs Grierson, Box #, Smith College Archives.

History of the Collection

The Margaret Storrs Grierson Papers were created and assembled by Mrs. Grierson during her lifetime and donated to the Smith 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

Contents List
Series 1-General



Biographical materials
1960s-1997

Box 1: folder 1
MSG and the Sophia Smith Collection [1] "Revealing Women's Life Stories"
1992

Box 1: folder 2
MSG and the Sophia Smith Collection [2] "No Documents-No History" paper by Anke Voss-Hubbard
199-

Box 1: folder 3
MSG and the Sophia Smith Collection [3]"Agents of Social Change: Providing Access to Key Twentieth Century Women's Manuscript Collections"
July 1, 1996

Box 1: folder 4
Birth and death certificates
1900, 1997

Box 1: folder 5
Will and probate materials
1985-1998

Box 1: folder 6
Passports and international travel documents
1932-1969

Box 1: folder 7
MSG's interview with Ruth Solie on Sophie Drinker
27 Sept 1990

Box 1: folder 8
Botany lecture notes, Prof. William Francis Ganong, Smith College, Botany 11
1918-1919

Box 1: folder 9
Bryn Mawr College commencement program
5 June 1929

Box 1: folder 10
MSG Endowment Fund-Contributors list
1965

Box 1: folder 11
MSG Endowment Fund-Correspondence
1965

Box 1: folder 12
MSG Endowment Fund-Accounting papers
1985-1995

Box 1: folder 13
Retirement party
23 April 1965

Box 1: folder 14
Real estate (Denham Building, Denver and other property)
1939-1970

Box 1: folder 15
Herbert Grierson documents
1938-1966

Box 1: folder 16
Mayflower Descendants documents, etc.
1952-1990

Box 1: folder 17
Memorial service
1998

Box 1: folder 18
Letter opener (carved tortoise shell) and large decorative clip


Box 1: folder 19
Analysis of MSG's handwriting
1922?

Box 1: folder 20
Series II-Photographs


Box 1
Formal portraits of MSG


Box 1: folder 1
Photographs in Smith College settings
1930s-1990s

Box 1: folder 2
Photographs of MSG, her family and friends
1900s-1990s

Box 1: folder 3
Photographs related to Lucius Storrs, Jr. (Luke) and Ruth Storrs and family
1930s-1990s

Box 1: folder 4
Photographs of Caryl Storrs Castellion and family
1980s-1990s

Box 1: folder 5
Photographs of Margaret Storrs Eaton (Peggy) and family
1980s-1990s

Box 1: folder 6
Photographs of Eastons and Riordans
1990s

Box 1: folder 7
Photographs of painting of Mather & Susan Cleveland family
1936

Box 1: folder 8
Photographs of Eatons, Riordans and some with Rylands and Champie-Flood-Tewksby
1960s-1990s

Box 1: folder 9
Photographs of Great, greats
1990s

Box 1: folder 10
Photographs of friends
1910s-1990s

Box 1: folder 11
Series III-Correspondence


Box 1
Correspondence, general
1922-1972

Box 1: folder 1
Correspondence, general
1974-1979

Box 1: folder 2
Correspondence, general
1982-1983

Box 1: folder 3
Correspondence, general
1984-1985

Box 1: folder 4
Correspondence, general
1986-1992

Box 1: folder 5
Correspondence, general
1996

Box 1: folder 6
Correspondence, general
1997

Box 1: folder 7
Correspondence, general - Christmas
1997

Box 1: folder 8
Correspondence with Lucius S. Storrs, Jr. (Luke)
1970-1997

Box 1: folder 9
Correspondence with Caryl Storrs Castellion
1997

Box 1: folder 10
Correspondence received upon MSG's death
1998

Box 1: folder 11
Correspondence received upon retirement
1965

Box 1: folder 12
Correspondence upon receiving the Smith College Medal
1968

Box 1: folder 13
Correspondence on the 40th anniversary of the Sophia Smith Collection
1982

Box 1: folder 14
Marine Leland memorial service bulletin
1983

Box 1: folder 15
Correspondence received upon the death of Marine Leland
1983

Box 1: folder 16
Correspondence received upon the death of Marine Leland
1984

Box 1: folder 17
Correspondence received upon MSG's 95th birthday
1995

Box 1: folder 18
Postcard received - "Pick the Pickaninnies puzzle"
1908

Box 1: folder 19
Correspondence from Charles Frederick Harrold
1930-1935

Box 1: folder 20
Correspondence to Nina Browne
1942-1950

Box 1: folder 21
Correspondence from Nina Browne
1943-1951

Box 1: folder 22
Correspondence from David Staines on article on "The Study of Canada at Smith," includes a draft by MSG on Canadian studies at Smith
1982-1984

Box 1: folder 23
Correspondence to Robert Loeffler
1984-1985

Box 1: folder 24
Correspondence from Josephine Ott
1983-1997

Box 1: folder 25
Correspondence to Mary Shaw Newman (Mrs. Robert B. Newman)
1992-1997

Box 1: folder 26
Correspondence from Linda Peavy and Ursula Smith
1996

Box 1: folder 27
Correspondence notebook
1995

Box 1: folder 28
Series IV - Writings


Box 2
Ph.D. dissertation, Bryn Mawr College - The Relation of Carlyle to Kant and Fichte
1929

Box 2: folder 1
Daily notes (photocopy)
1918-1922

Box 2: folder 2
Quarterly pieces (drafts)
1940-1974, n.d.

Box 2: folder 3
Miscellaneous pieces (drafts)
1919-1982, n.d.

Box 2: folder 4
On Nina Eliza Browne (draft)
1986

Box 2: folder 5
On Romanticism (draft)
n.d.

Box 2: folder 6
Sketches of persons in Smith College history known by MSG (drafts)
n.d.

Box 2: folder 7
MSG's "One basket (all eggs) - v. 1: Household accounts and other activities (notebook)
1935-1976

Box 2: folder 8
MSG's "One basket (all eggs) - v. 2: Household accounts and other activities (notebook)
1977-1990

Box 2: folder 9
Canadian year - v. 1 (diary)
28 Sept.-30 Nov. 1967

Box 2: folder 10
Canadian year - v. 2 (diary)
1 Dec. 1967-31 Jan. 1968

Box 2: folder 11
Canadian year - v. 3 (diary)
1 Feb.-23 April 1968

Box 2: folder 12
Canadian year - v. 4 (diary)
24 April-1 June 1958

Box 2: folder 13
Series V - Family history files



Confessions of an Archival Aunt: or, An Explanation of the Handling of Family Papers
199?

Box 2: folder 1
Family history correspondence
1960s-1990s

Box 2: folder 1a
Correspondence on disposition
1980s-

Box 2: folder 1b
Family history, by MSG
1980s

Box 2
Family Forebears, v.1: Immigration to America, 1620-1640 (draft)


Box 2: folder 2
Family Forebears, v.2: New England Colonies, 1640-about 1690 (draft)


Box 2: folder 3
Family Forebears, v.3: Through Colonial Days, circa 1690-1776 (draft)


Box 2: folder 4
Family Forebears, v.4: Between Two Wars, 1776-1862 (draft)


Box 2: folder 5
Family Forebears, v.5: Mary Louise Cooper and Lucius Seymour Storrs (draft)


Box 2: folder 6
Family Forebears - Appendix I and II to v.5: Biographical sketches of relatives. I: descendants from Romulus and Olivia Barnes and from Charles and Maria Cooper - II: descendants from Lucius and Suzanne Storrs and from Joseph and Janet Rankin (draft)


Box 2: folder 7
Storrs genealogy


Box 2: folder 8
Oddments related to the Storrs family


Box 2: folder 9
Mary Cooper Storrs & Lucius S. Storrs marriage
1894

Box 2: folder 10
Photographs of Mary Cooper Storrs
1890s

Box 2: folder 11
Mary Cooper Storrs - Miscellaneous items
1890-1967

Box 2: folder 12
"Margaret Storrs Journal kept by her Mother" (Mary Cooper Storrs)
1900-1915

Box 2: folder 13
Mary Cooper Storrs 5-year line-a-day diary
1939-1943

Box 2: folder 14
MSG extracts from the 5-year diary


Box 2: folder 15
Medal of Mary Cooper Storrs - National Society of the Colonial Dames of America-Connecticut


Box 2: folder 16
Lucius S. Storrs-Photographs and certificates
1920s-19--

Box 3: folder 17
Medals and badges of Lucius S. Storrs (a) Medal of the Sons of the American Revolution; (b) Badge of the American Railway Association, Lucius S. Storrs, President, 1917; (c) Delegate Badge & Ribbon-Connecticut Delegation to the Republican Convention, Cleveland, 1924; (d) Badge & Ribbon, Union Station Celebration, Mary 3-5, 1939, Lucius S. Storrs, Executive Committee; (e) Memorial coins: 1919 World Fair - Los Angeles, Calif., Transportation Week, March 22-28, 1937; (f) Lapel pins - Ribbon (?) - American flag
1910s-1930s

Box 3: folder 18
Millicent Ward Whitt correspondence to MSG
1950s-1990s

Box 3: folder 19
Photographs of pastel portraits of Lucius S. Storrs, Lucius S. Storrs, Jr. and Ruth Storrs - two portraits of Native Americans


Box 3: folder 18a
Annie Cleary (maid in the home of Lucius Storrs and Mary Cooper Storrs), by MSG


Box 3: folder 18b
Correspondence from Sydney Whitt
1990s

Box 3: folder 20
Millicent Ward Whitt - Poetry
1940s-1990s

Box 3: folder 21
Millicent Ward Whitt - Bozeman, Montana items
1990s

Box 3: folder 22
John C. Rankin correspondence to MSG
1980s-1990s

Box 3: folder 23
Wesley Rankin correspondence to MSG
1990s

Box 3: folder 24
Elsie Ward Travis


Box 3: folder 25
M. Travis Lane
1960-1990

Box 3: folder 26
Hannah Lane
1990s

Box 3: folder 27
Olivia Denham Cooper (Mrs. Edwin Kassler) - Ruth Kassler Alexander - Edwin S. Kassler, Jr. - Genevieve Kassler Brock
1940s-1990s

Box 3: folder 28
Charles Job Cooper - Lillian Winter - John Adams - Alan Bradford - Jerome Rich
1890-1990s

Box 3: folder 29
Genevieve Pearl Cooper (Mrs. Dwight E. Ryland) - Jane Dodd - John Findley Ryland
1950s-1990s

Box 3: folder 30
Olivia Denham Barnes
1878-1970s

Box 3: folder 31
Denham - Samuel; Mathilda Goodale; Louisa Farnham; Butler
1970s

Box 3: folder 32
Romulus Edwin Barnes
1910

Box 3: folder 33
Dan Storrs and family - Origen, Selima Seymour; Juba; Maria Hutchins; Delia Waterman
1894-1977

Box 3: folder 34
Gen. Lucius Storrs and Susan Young Caryl Storrs
1800s-1930s

Box 3: folder 35
Bigelow (Maria Storrs) - Albert; Allen Gilman; Walter Storrs; Lucius Seymour
1890s-1970s

Box 3: folder 36
Rosenbury (Charlotte Storrs) -Charles D.; Charles Ward; Susan Greene
1970s

Box 3: folder 37
Introducing Caryl B. Storrs (draft by MSG)
1970s

Box 3: folder 38
Caryl Buell Storrs - documents, photographs, etc.
1910s-1970s

Box 3: folder 39
Origen Seymour Storrs and Janet Rankin Storrs
1860s-1910s

Box 3: folder 40
Janet Rankin portraits (1) - at Ingham University
1850s

Box 3: folder 41
Janet Rankin portrait (2)


Box 3: folder 42
Janet Rankin - pins and locket


Box 3: folder 43
Janet Rankin papers
1850s

Box 3: folder 44
Janet Rankin notebook - at Ingham University
1850s

Box 3: folder 45
John D. Rankin
1880s-1980s

Box 3: folder 46
Joseph Rankin and Janet Allen
1840s-1970s

Box 3: folder 47
Daguerreotype of John and Amelia Rankin (?)
18uu

Box 3: folder 48
Joseph Rankin (1833-1886)
1880s-1970s

Box 3: folder 49
Benjamin Clark Caryl family - Benjamin, Jr.; Alexander Hamilton; Elizabeth Haskins; Catherine; Cotton Warner; Charlotte Coleman; Charles Caryl Coleman - includes MSG's drafts (a) The Caryl Family - (b) The Caryl Family and Charles Caryl Coleman
19 -1970s

Box 3: folder 50
Job Adams Cooper
1890s-1970s

Box 3: folder 51
Charles Isaac Colwell & Mary Greenough Barnes


Box 3: folder 52
Pursuit of Barnes - largely correspondence by MSG and responses
1970s

Box 3: folder 53
Pursuit of Caryl, Cooper, Storrs - largely correspondence by MSG and responses
1970s

Box 3: folder 54
Lucius Caryl Storrs and Charlotte Case
1908-1970s

Box 3: folder 55
Origen Seymour Storrs (1840-1867)
1860s-1915

Box 3: folder 56
Rev. Romulus Barnes
1830s-19uu

Box 3: folder 57
Charles Montgomery Barnes and Ellen Moore
1880s-1950s

Box 3: folder 58
Samuel Denham Barnes and Georgiana Parker
1880s-1900s

Box 3: folder 59
Francis Carey and Mary Louisa Barnes
1900s-1940s

Box 3: folder 60
Joseph Avery Barnes and Olive Davidson (or Davison) - Frederick Andrew Knox
1870s-1970s

Box 3: folder 61
Olivia Lee (Lillie) Barnes and William E. Dodds
1900s-1950s

Box 3: folder 62
Jane Olivia Barnes Cooper (1)
1900s-1967

Box 3: folder 63
Jane Olivia Barnes Cooper (1) - letters
1863-1900s

Box 3: folder 64
Frederick Andrew Colwell correspondence with MSG
1970s-1990s

Box 3: folder 65
Selima Storrs McHarg - Rev. William Neil; Williams Storrs; Charles King
1860s-1970s

Box 3: folder 66
Series VI - Oversized



Card file - "Inactive Address Files"


Box 4
Card file - Books read - "Some books to read" - "Family forebears files" - MSG secretaries & assistants, cleaning women, seamstress, physicians and other lists - Address file "Current Active Files"


Box 4
Romulus Barnes as a young man - Pastel portrait


Box 4
Presentation item to Lucius Seymour Storrs from The Connecticut Company


Box 4
Book - Job Adams Cooper, Sixth Governor of the State of Colorado and his Wife, Jane Olivia Barnes Cooper, by Philip K. Alexander, Jr. (typescript)
1978

Box 4
Book - The Storrs Family: Genealogical and Other Memoranda, collected and complied by Charles Storrs. New York: Privately Printed, 1886.
1886

Box 4
Parchment - "To Our Retiring President, Lucius S. Storrs" from the Los Angeles Railway Corp., April 19, 1939 and other documents on the occasion
1939

Box 5
Presentation book to Lucius S. Storrs from the American Electric Railway Association
May 2, 1929

Box 5
Portrait of Herbert Hoover, autographed to Lucius S. Storrs
1920s or 1930s

Box 5
Photograph - Broad Street (New York City), Victory Day, Nov. 1918
1918

Box 5
Photographs of business associates of Lucius S. Storrs
1920s-1930s (?)

Box 5
Portrait of Lucius S. Storrs, Jr. (by Fabian Bachrach)
1950s (?)

Box 5
Certificate to Lucius S. Storrs from the United States Council of National Defense
1919

Box 5
Certificate to Lucius S. Storrs from the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Connecticut
1922

Box 5
"Genealogical Record of the Storrs Family in the United States," compiled and arranged by Charles Storrs. Brooklyn, N.Y., 1881

Scroll - photocopy of this scroll is in the MSG papers, Series V, folder 8

1881

Box 5
Sixteen books - presentation copies to MSG


Box 6

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