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Esther Cloudman Dunn Papers, 1864-1977
4 boxes (1.7 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 42

Abstract:
Chairman of the English Department. Collection contains correspondence, clippings, notebooks, publications, programs, and photographs.

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

Born in 1891, Esther Cloudman Dunn was raised in Portland, Maine. Attending Cornell University, Dunn graduated in 1913, and became the first woman to receive a Ph.D. in literature from the University of London. Prior to her tenure at Smith College, Dunn taught at Reading High School and Bryn Mawr College. Known for her research, Dunn explored Shakespeare, William Wordsworth, the Elizabethan Age, and romanticism. Dunn taught at Smith from 1922-1959, eventually becoming chairman of the college's English department. Publishing numerous books and articles, Dunn was a well-known scholar for her 1939 work Shakespeare in America. After retiring from Smith, Dunn continued to work nearly up until her 80th birthday, teaching both a graduate seminar in Washington D.C. and a course at the University of Massachusetts. Battling increasing deafness and lameness, Dunn passed away August 1, 1977 at the age of 86.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Collection contains correspondence, obituaries, clippings, notebooks, programs, transcripts of lectures, information about her family's apple endeavor, and photographs. Materials also included in the collection are numerous publications, including a copy of Dunn's 1920 book Inman's Portrait of Wordsworth, as well as Cloudman Hill Heritage by her brother, Charles Dunn Jr.


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:

Esther Cloudman Dunn Papers, Box #, Smith College Archives.

History of the Collection

The Esther Cloudman Dunn 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
Biographical Material


Box 778
Index
n.d.

Box 778: folder 1
General
1916-1923, n.d.

Box 778: folder 2
Obituaries
1977

Box 778: folder 3
Portland, Maine
1909, n.d.

Box 778: folder 4
Cornell University
1912-1921

Box 778: folder 5
Reading High School
1913-1914

Box 778: folder 6
Farmington, Maine (summer school)
1915

Box 778: folder 7
Bryn Mawr College
1913-1915, n.d.

Box 778: folder 8
University of London
1920-1933, n.d.

Box 778: folder 9
Smith College
1923-1965

Box 778: folder 10
Lectures and writings
1930-1956, n.d.

Box 778: folder 11
Notebooks
n.d.

Box 778: folder 12
Personal library and course books
1864-1960

Box 778: folder 13
Photographs
1922-1977, n.d.

Box 778: folder 14
Publications
1920-1955, n.d.

Box 778: folder 15
Publications: announcements and reviews
1939, n.d.

Box 778: folder 16
Publications: correspondence
1914-1926

Box 778: folder 17
Family


Box 778
Cloudman Hill Heritage by Charles Dunn Jr.
1939

Box 779: folder 1
Local clippings
1913-1920, n.d.

Box 779: folder 2
National clippings
1913-1923, n.d.

Box 779: folder 3
Father, London
1922

Box 779: folder 4
Maine: general
1900-1936

Box 779: folder 5
Maine: apples (designs, plans, etc.)
1916-1918, n.d.

Box 779: folder 6
Maine: Quebec Extension Railroad
1920-1924, n.d.

Box 779: folder 7
Photographs and photograph album
1911-1931, n.d.

Box 779: folder 8
Photograph: glass negative of a bull
n.d.

Box 779: folder 9
Correspondence


Box 779
Charles Dunn (father)
1910

Box 780: folder 1
Charles Dunn (father)
1920-1921

Box 780: folder 2
Charles Dunn (father)
1922-1923

Box 780: folder 3
Charles Dunn (father)
1920-1924

Box 780: folder 4
Home, family
1922-1923

Box 780: folder 5
Home, family
1922-1933, n.d.

Box 780: folder 6
Appointment letters
1922

Box 780: folder 7
Smith College (appointment)
1922

Box 780: folder 8
Smith College (sabbatical)
1945

Box 780: folder 9
Cooper, Lane
1907-1916

Box 780: folder 10
Horowitz, Elinor Lander
1965-1977

Box 780: folder 11
Latham, Lillian Lawrence
1923

Box 780: folder 12
Newton, E. Swift
1921-1941

Box 780: folder 13
Smith, Payson
1914-1915, n.d.

Box 780: folder 14
General
1914-1940, n.d.

Box 780: folder 15
Class and College Material


Box 780
English Department
1941-1945, n.d.

Box 780.1: folder 1
English 27 quiz
1942

Box 780.1: folder 2
Honors in English
ca 1940s

Box 780.1: folder 3
Shakespeare Seminar
1941-1942

Box 780.1: folder 4
Shakespeare Seminar
1941-1942

Box 780.1: folder 5
Shakespeare Seminar
1939-1942

Box 780.1: folder 6
Notes on M.A. thesis
1948

Box 780.1: folder 7
Mildred Weeks, Ph.D. exam
1942-1943

Box 780.1: folder 8
"Seven Million Dollar Fund"
1944-1947

Box 780.1: folder 9
Memo (Murphy)
n.d.

Box 780.1: folder 10

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