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Southern Mountain Workship Files, 1944-1972
0.208 linear feet (1 container)
Collection number: CA.MS.00029

Abstract:
Work stipend. Contains correspondence, reports, newspaper clippings, press releases and photographs.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Restrictions on use:

Smith College retains copyright of materials created as part of its business operations; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Smith College, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

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Biographical / Historical

Established in 1944, the Southern Mountain Workship was awarded to a graduating senior who was expected to work for nine to ten months in the isolated rural communities of Appalachia with the Conference of Southern Mountain Workers, as well as at two centers run by the CSMW. A stipend was awarded, as well as room and board for the duration of the "workship." The program was administered by a committee made up of Smith College faculty and administrators, in conjunction with the CSMW.

Faculty members of the Southern Mountain Workship Committee included:

  1. Dorothy S. Ainsworth, '1916
  2. Stephen T. Crary
  3. Alison Cook, 1918
  4. Virginia Corwin
  5. Alice N. Davis
  6. Florence R. Day
  7. Neal B. DeNood
  8. Harriet Hitchcock
  9. Margaret Alexander Marsh
  10. Miller, H. (Harriet Zimmerman or Henry Laurence, Jr.)
  11. Marie Schneiders
  12. Gertrude Parker Smith
  13. Eleanor Lincoln Terry
  14. Kathering Reding Whitmore
The Southern Mountain Workship award was given to the following students:
1945
Betsy Ross Bankart (Sylvester)
1946
Diana Northrop Lockard (Malan)
1947
Mary Cabot Holbrook
1948
Amy Wing
1949
Mary-Clare Milligan
1950
Elinor Florence Kuhn
1951
Elise May Wentworth
1952
Lee MacMahon/Jane Bishop Nauss
1953
Sylvia Carstens
1954
Elizabeth Knowlton Spencer
1955
none
1956
Jane Pack Kushner
1957
Laura Ashton Smith
1958
Priscilla Ann Baldwin
1959
Phebe Delight Wing
Scope and Contents

The Southern Mountain Workship files contain correspondence, reports, newspaper clippings, press releases and photographs documenting the Southern Mountain Workship program which Smith College and the Conference of Southern Mountain Workers (CSMW) co-sponsored between 1944-1960.

The files are arranged by type of material. Included are Press Releases (1944-1959) and Newspaper Clippings (1949-1958) describing the program and activities of the students who were awarded the workship. There is also Correspondence (1949-1972) between the administrators of the Conference of Southern Workers and Smith College, and various parties interested in the work of the SMW. In addition, there is correspondence of individual students involved with the program. There are also Reports (1946-1959) which document the activities of the women and the projects with which they were involved. These reports provide insights into the work accomplished by the program. Photographs (1950-1954) include press photographs and a small number of informal photographs of students at work.


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

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Restrictions on use:

Smith College retains copyright of materials created as part of its business operations; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Smith College, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Preferred Citation

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

Southern Mountain Workship Files, Smith College Archives, CA-MS-00029 number], Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.

History of the Collection

Source unknown.


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
Press Releases
1944-1959

Box 3109
Newspaper Clippings
1949 1952 1954-1958

Box 3109
Correspondence
1949-1950 1957-1962 1972

Box 3109
Reports
1946-1959

Box 3109
Photographs
1950 1953 1954 undated

Box 3109

Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Community development--Appalachian Region.
  • Conference of Southern Mountain Workers.
  • Smith College Student Government Association.
  • Southern Mountain Workship.
  • Volunteer workers in community development--Appalachian Region.


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