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Sophia Satina Papers, 1922-1978
0.417 linear feet (1 container)
Collection number: CA.MS.00336

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

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

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

Collection 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:

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

Sophia Satina Papers, Smith College Archives, CA-MS-00336, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.

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
English and Russian

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



"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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Subjects
  • Satina, Sophia, 1879-1975
  • Satina, Sophia, 1879-1975


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