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Sophia Satina Papers, 1922-1978
1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 42

Abstract:
Professor of Botany. Contains correspondence, clippings, publications, photographs, and scrapbook.

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

Sophie Satin (Sophia Satina) was born on April 17, 1879 in Tambov, Russia, a town just south of Moscow. Satin, an ardent advocate for women's education during the Tsarist regime, was a graduate of the first class to matriculate at the Women's University in Moscow. She continued to be involved with the University, becoming an assistant professor in the Department of Botany, a position she held until her departure from Russia in 1921. Prior to her emigration, Satin and a few of her colleagues opened a botanical museum in Moscow that was free to the public. The museum was active until the Bolsheviks staged a revolution in 1917. Satin, an activist and feminist, fled to the United States in response to the new regime and began researching at the Carnegie Research Laboratories in Cold Springs Harbor, New York. In 1943, Satin acquired a position at Smith College working under famed Geneticist Albert Blakeslee as a research assistant in the Genetics Experimental Station (G.E.S.). While Satin did not hold a Ph.D., she became a visiting associate professor of Botany, and assistant director of the G.E.S. She worked at the college until her retirement in 1955. Through her work, Satin helped lay the foundations for growing the fungus penicillium, and in 1944 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Science from Smith College. Satin died on February 24, 1975 in New York City.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Box contains biographical information regarding Sophie Satin, correspondence, photographs, publications, and a retirement tribute (in the form of a scrapbook) for Satin.


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:

Sophia Satina Papers, Box #, Smith College Archives.

History of the Collection

The Sophia Satina 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
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Contents List
Biographical information
1948-1976

Box 1005: folder 1
Award and degree information
1943-1944

Box 1005: folder 2
Correspondence
1944-1976

Box 1005: folder 3
Retirement tribute
1955

Box 1005: folder 4
Photographs
1922-1978

Box 1005: folder 5
Publications


Box 1005
"Education of Women in Pre-Revolutionary Russia" (English)
1966

Box 1005: folder 6
"Education of Women in Pre-Revolutionary Russia" (Russian)
1966

Box 1005: folder 7
"Recollections" (English)
Early 1970s

Box 1005: folder 8
"Recollections" (Russian)
Early 1970s

Box 1005: folder 9
"Reminiscences of Rachmaninoff" (Russian)
1946

Box 1005: folder 10
Publications and publication information
1943-1954

Box 1005: folder 11
Scrapbook (retirement tribute)
1955

Box 1005

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