Five College Archives and Manuscript
                        Collections
Home >> Smith College Archives >> Elizabeth Morrow Personal Papers, 1892-1947
Smith College seal
Elizabeth Morrow Personal Papers, 1892-1947
5 boxes (1.9 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 32

Abstract:
The Elizabeth Morrow personal papers contain biographical material, correspondence, memorials, photographs, publications, and speeches, as well as an unpublished book of verse produced as a tribute for Morrow.

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

Elizabeth Reeve Cutter Morrow has been called Smith's most outstanding alumna. Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1873, Elizabeth Cutter was the daughter of Charles Long Cutter and Annie E. (Spencer) Cutter. Her father was Secretary General of L. and Wheeling Railroad. Having received her early education at Miss Mittleberger's School in Cleveland, she was later granted a B. L. degree from Smith College in the Class of 1896. She studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, France from 1896 to 1897 as well as in Florence, Italy.

In 1903 she married Dwight Whitney Morrow. Dwight Morrow, born in Huntington, West Virginia in 1873, graduated from Amherst College in 1896. He served as the United States Ambassador to Mexico from 1927-1930, during the Hoover administration, and served in the United States Senate between 1930 until his death on October 5, 1931. They had four children: Elizabeth Reeve Morrow (Class of 1923), Anne Spencer Morrow (Class of 1928), Dwight Whitney Morrow Jr., and Constance Cutter Morrow (Class of 1935). Elizabeth Cutter Morrow was the grandmother of twelve, including Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr. the famous Lindbergh baby, son of Anne Spencer Morrow and her husband Col. Charles A. Lindbergh.

Elizabeth Cutter Morrow was the recipient of honorary degrees from six leading colleges and universities including: Amherst College, 1933; New Jersey College for Women, 1935; Smith College, 1937; New York University, 1940; Lafayette College, 1940; and Princeton, 1940. Described by Dr. William Allen Neilson in conferring the degree of Doctor of Humane letters upon her in 1937, "President of the Alumnae Association, and for sixteen years Trustee of Smith College, author of distinction in prose and verse, the multitude of whose services to her college and her country - far greater than the world knows - makes it impossible to describe adequately the alumna who has earned in most abundant measure our love, our honor, and our gratitude."

Taking an active role in the life and well-being of her alma mater, Elizabeth Cutter Morrow was president of the Smith College Alumnae Association from 1917-1920. She was a member of the War Services Board which directed Smith College relief units overseas. Between 1920-1926 she was the Alumnae representative to the Board of Trustees, and later, in 1926, was elected a Trustee by the Board. Her largest contribution, however, was her role as acting president for the interim year, 1939-1940, after the resignation of William A. Neilson as president in 1939.

Elizabeth Cutter Morrow was not a professional woman whose "field" can be easily described. She certainly achieved eminence in education, philanthropy, finance, and literature. She was a teacher of English, History, and French in private schools before her marriage to Dwight Whitney Morrow in 1903. During her marriage she published prose and verse in many popular magazines, as well as publishing multiple children's books, of which some are The Painted Pig , Quatrains for My Daughter , The Rabbit's Nest , Shannon, A Pint of Judgment , and Casa Manana which was chosen as one of 150 of the most beautiful books between 1931 and 1933.

Her volunteer work had no limits. Elizabeth Cutter Morrow was unstintingly active in local as well as national and international affairs. She was chairman of the Community Chest when it was first organized in Englewood, New Jersey, the town she called home. She was also involved in her local church, Women's Club, Memorial House (civic center) and was even chairman of the Board of The Little School in Englewood, founded by her daughter Elizabeth. She was a member of the Executive Committee of the New York National War Fund Committee. She was one of the founders for Food for Freedom Inc.. She was the first woman to serve on the Board of the Union Theological Seminary. In New York she was a member of the National Board of the Y. W. C. A., and she took a leading role in many of its campaigns for funds. Elizabeth Cutter Morrow played an important role in issues abroad. During her husband's time as Ambassador to Mexico, 1927-30, she supported him in his resolve to bring about the strengthening of friendly relations between Mexico and the United States. As well, she was an honorary vice-president of the American Association for the United Nations, Inc.

On January 23, 1955 she died at the age of eighty-two. In an address at the Smith College memorial service Ada Comstock Notestein, member of the Class of 1897, former Dean and Trustee of Smith College, as well as former president of Radcliffe College, said: "…She was one of those rare beings for whose courage nothing is too great, and for whose imagination nothing is too small….She was a benefactor and philanthropist without any apparent consciousness of doing more than anyone would have done in her place."

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Elizabeth Morrow papers document Morrow's life outside of her presidency at Smith. Types of material include biographical material, newspaper clippings, correspondence, memorials, photographs, publications, and speeches. The bulk of the collection consists of photographs and publications.


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:

Elizabeth Morrow Personal Papers, Box #, Smith College Archives.

History of the Collection

The Elizabeth Morrow papers were donated to the Smith College Archives from a number of sources.


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. Biographical Materials



General
1948-1956, n.d.

Box 445: folder 1
Clippings
1930-1949, 1982, n.d.

Box 445: folder 2
Citations
1947

Box 445: folder 3
Correspondence
1939, n.d.

Box 445: folder 4
Cutter, Annie Spencer
1957

Box 445: folder 5
Honorary degrees
1933-1940

Box 445: folder 6
General
n.d.

Box 445: folder 7
Memorial services and obituary
1955

Box 445: folder 8
Memorials and tributes
1955-1958, n.d.

Box 445: folder 9
Morrow, Dwight Whitney
1922-1951, n.d.

Box 445: folder 10
Phi Beta Kappa
n.d.

Box 445: folder 11
Series II. Photographs



Undergraduate


Box 445: folder 12
Undergraduate: individual and with Kate Williams


Box 445: folder 13
Undergraduate: room in Hubbard House


Box 445: folder 14
Undergraduate: with friends
ca. 1896

Box 445: folder 15
Personal and family
n.d.

Box 445: folder 16
High school graduation
1892

Box 445: folder 17
Amherst Junior Prom
1895

Box 445: folder 18
Alumnae parade
1931

Box 445: folder 19
Mexico
1934

Box 445: folder 20
Honorary degrees
1937, 1948

Box 445: folder 21
1940

Box 445: folder 22
Bust
1940

Box 445: folder 23
Sitting on bench
1940

Box 445: folder 24
Inaugural of the Women's Division of Fight for Freedom
1941, 1944

Box 445: folder 25
75th Anniversary Fund
1949-1950

Box 445: folder 26
Cleveland
1950

Box 445: folder 27
Portraits
1941-1953, n.d.

Box 445: folder 28
Series III. Publications



Publications
1940-1947, n.d.

Box 446: folder 1
"A Defense of College Women"
1933

Box 446: folder 2
A Pint of Judgment
1939

Box 446: folder 3
"An Old Map"
1951

Box 446: folder 4
"Our Street in Cuernavaca"
1931

Box 446: folder 5
Quatrains for My Daughter
1928

Box 446: folder 6
The Rabbit's Nest
1940

Box 446: folder 7
Shannon
1941

Box 446: folder 8
Sonnet
1937

Box 446: folder 9
William Allen Neilson blueprint for biography
1947

Box 446: folder 10
Youth Replies, I Can (Foreword)
1945

Box 446: folder 11
Series IV. Speeches



Speeches
1939-1947, n.d.

Box 446: folder 12
Alumnae Association
1920-1940

Box 446: folder 13
Alumnae Council
1940

Box 446: folder 14
Assembly
1932-1946, n.d.

Box 446: folder 15
Chapel talks
1939-1940

Box 446: folder 16
"College Women and the New Leisure"
1934, n.d.

Box 446: folder 17
"Does America Deserve a Miracle"
1940

Box 446: folder 18
Inauguration of President Benjamin F. Wright
n.d.

Box 446: folder 19
Seven colleges
1931

Box 446: folder 20
Tributes: handmade book of verse
1940

Box 446: folder 21

Questions about this collection? Contact the archives
Home | Help | About | Search