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Southern Mountain Workship Files, 1944-1960
1 box (.51 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 80

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

Terms of Access and Use: Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the files must be requested from the College Archives. The Archives has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

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:

  • Dorothy S. Ainsworth, '1916
  • Stephen T. Crary
  • Alison Cook, 1918
  • Virginia Corwin
  • Alice N. Davis
  • Florence R. Day
  • Neal B. DeNood
  • Harriet Hitchcock
  • Margaret Alexander Marsh
  • Miller, H. (Harriet Zimmerman or Henry Laurence, Jr.)
  • Marie Schneiders
  • Gertrude Parker Smith
  • Eleanor Lincoln Terry
  • Kathering Reding Whitmore

The Southern Mountain Workship award was given to the following students:

1945Betsy Ross Bankart (Sylvester)
1946Diana Northrop Lockard (Malan)
1947Mary Cabot Holbrook
1948Amy Wing
1949Mary-Clare Milligan
1950Elinor Florence Kuhn
1951Elise May Wentworth
1952Lee MacMahon/Jane Bishop Nauss
1953Sylvia Carstens
1954Elizabeth Knowlton Spencer
1955none
1956Jane Pack Kushner
1957Laura Ashton Smith
1958Priscilla Ann Baldwin
1959Phebe Delight Wing
Scope and Contents of the Collection

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 use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the files must be requested from the College Archives. The Archives has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

Preferred Citation

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

Southern Mountain Workship Files, Box #, Smith College Archives.

History of the Collection


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, n.d.

Box 3109

Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Community development--Appalachian Region.
  • Southern Mountain Workship.
  • Volunteer workers in community development--Appalachian Region.

Contributors
  • Conference of Southern Mountain Workers.
  • Smith College Student Government Association.
  • Southern Mountain Workship.


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