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Friends of the Smith College Libraries Oral History Project, 1977-1982
33 audio-cassette tapes
Collection number: RG 100

Abstract:
This collection reveals the memories about Smith College by several faculty, students, and staff ranging from the early twentieth century through mid twentieth century using oral history.

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

Historical Note

The Friends of the Smith College Library was formed in March 1942 to assist the Smith College Library's collection of material. In the 1977 fall meeting of the Committee of the Friends, the Oral history project was approved, and Gertrude Smith (1928) Professor Emeritus of Music, coordinated the task of recording "the recollections and reminiscence of retired members of the faculty and administrative staff who live in the Northampton area" (1976-1977 Annual Report). According to the annual reports, there were a total of 38 tapes; however, not all have survived.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The tapes range from personal recollections about being a student, staff, or faculty member at Smith to wider social and political issues of the times. The tapes record various changes in Smith College's landscape- the razing of buildings as well as changes in curriculum, departments, and staff. Gertrude Smith's summary provides a concise overview, highlighting key topics on each tape and noting whether the tape is single or double sided.

The following tapes mentioned in Smith's summary were never added to the collection:

  • Mrs. [Laura] Scales' Recollections, Jan. 28, 1977
  • Establishing the Archives and Sophia Smith Collection, Feb. 10, 1977
  • English Department Recollections, Feb. 11, 1977
  • Music Department Recollections, Mar. 22, 1977
  • Helen Hills Chapel and Religious Life, May 31, 1977

It is unclear whether the Ada Comstock Scholars tape does have a separate recording of Alice Dickinson with Eleanor Rothman and a group of Ada Comstock Scholars or whether the record of Eleanor Rothman with Adas Susan Donovan-Yarde (1980), Lorna Maclachlan (1980), and Phyllis Paige (1980) is the same record. The summary suggests the later.


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:

Friends of the Smith College Libraries Oral History Project, Tape #, Smith College Archives

History of the Collection

The Friends of the Smith College Libraries Oral History Project tapes were donated after the project was completed in 1983.


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
Mrs. [Laura] Scales' Recollections of her experience as an undergraduate and as Warden:

Laura W. Scales (1901), Warden of College 1922-44; Eleanor Lincoln, Faculty member 1934-68

Jan. 28, 1977

Box : folder 1
Establishing the Archives and the Sophia Smith Collection:

Margaret S. Grierson (1922) Faculty member 1930-6; Marine Leland, Faculty member 1924-65

Feb. 10, 1977

Box : folder 2
English Dept. Recollections:

Charles J. Hill, Faculty member 1932-36; Eleanor Lincoln, Faculty member 1934-68, Assist. to the Dean 1942-43, Class Dean of 1944 and 1959

Jan. 28, 1977

Box C130: folder 3
Music Dept. Recollections:

John W. Duke, Faculty member 1923-67; Gertrude P. Smith (1928) Faculty member 1935-71

March 22, 1977

Box C130: folder 4
English Dept. Recollections:

Katherine Hornbeak, Faculty member 1930-62; Edna Williams, Faculty member 1930-64

May 11, 1977

Box C132: folder 5
Helen Hills Chapel and religious life on campus:

Vernon Gotwals, Faculty member 1952-84; Richard P. Unsworth, Faculty member and College Chaplin 1954-64, 1967-80

May 31, 1977

Box C132: folder 6
Religion Dept. Recollections:

J. Seelye Bixler, Faculty member 1924-33, Trustee 1963-70; Virginia Corwin, Faculty member 1930-39,1942-66

Aug. 4, 1977

Box C134: folder 7
Financial Aid Office Recollections:

Mary Mensel (1918), Warden's Office 1923-46, Dir. of Scholarships and Student Aid 1946-64; Helen K. Milbank (1931), Assist. to the Pres. 1953-55

Oct. 10, 1977

Box C135: folder 8
Biological Sciences Dept. Recollections:

Eleanor V. Smith, Faculty member 1926-69, Dir. of Science Center 1966-69, Class Dean of 1948 and 1958; Lois Te Winkel, Faculty member 1933-68

Dec. 19, 1977

Box C136: folder 9
History Dept. Recollections:

Leona Gabel, Faculty member 1923-63, Class Dean 1932; Nelly Hoyt, Faculty member 1949-90; Anna Ahrens (1978); Elizabeth Carroll (1978)

March 1, 1978

Box C137: folder 10
Chemistry Dept. Recollections:

Milton Soffer, Faculty member 1942-77; Kenneth Hellman, Faculty member 1942-

March 7, 1978

Box C138: folder 11
Mathematics Dept. Recollections:

Alice B. Dickinson, Faculty member 1959- Dean of the College 1973-76; Neal McCoy, Faculty member 1931-70

March 22, 1978

Box C139: folder 12
Theatre Dept. Recollections:

Charlotte Fitch (1934), Faculty member 1948-76, Dir. of Graduate Studies 1975-76; Denton N. Snyder, Faculty member 1945-80

May 10, 1978

Box C140: folder 13
Alumnae Recollections:

Katharine Cowen (1920), General Sec. Alumnae Assoc. 1950-62; Laura Hodgkinson (1922), Pres. Alumnae Assoc. 1950-53, Trustee 1958-64, Chairman of the Board of Trustees 1961-64

May 15, 1978

Box C141: folder 14
Miss Macdonald's experience of three Smith College Presidents, first, as an undergraduate under Mr. Neilson, then as Secretary to Mr. Wright and Mr. Mendenhall:

Florence Macdonald (1932), Sec. to the Dean 1948-50, Sec. to the Pres. 1950-76; Helen Milbank (1931), Assist. to the Pres. 1953-55

May 30, 1978

Box C142: folder 15
Alumnae Recollections:

Frona Brooks Rice (1922) M.A 1934, Assist. in various college offices 1932-34, 1952-56

June 6, 1978

Box C143: folder 16
Foreign Students Committee Recollections:

Edna Williams, Faculty member 1930-64, Chairman of Committee on Foreign Students 1956-59; Joan Bramwell, Faculty member 1957-92 Chairman of Foreign Students Committee 1974-80

June 13, 1978

Box C144: folder 17
Smith Faculty Recollections:

Helen Russell, Dean of Students; Margaret Zelljadt, Faculty member 1968- Dean of Class of 1980,1977, 1984

Jan. 17, 1978

Box C145: folder 18
Ada Comstock Scholars:

Eleanor Rothman, Faculty member 1956-62 Assist Dir./ Dir. of Ada Comstock Scholars Program 1975-2004; Alice Dickinson, Dean; Susan Donavan-Yarde (1980); Lorna Maclachlan (1980); Phyllis Paige (1980)

Feb. 15, 1979; April 1976; April 21, 1976

Box C146: folder 19
Service Organizations of Smith Recollections:

Rita Wilkins, Dir of Voluntary Services; Susan Harris (1979), Chairman of S.O.S.

April 4, 1979

Box C147: folder 20
Physical Education Dept. Recollections:

Martha Clute (1948), Faculty member; Caryl Newof M.A. (1951), Faculty member

May 16, 1979

Box C148: folder 21
Career Development Office Recollections:

Alice N. Davis (1930), Dir. of Vocational Office 1947-72; Mary Albro (1936), Dir. of Career Development Office 1972-81

Feb. 18, 1979

Box C149: folder 22
Autobiographical Account of Samuel A. Eliot (Theater Dept.):

Samuel A. Eliot, Faculty member 1918-61; Elizabeth Hatch, Actress, Dancer, Theater Critic

Feb. 18, 1979

Box C150: folder 23
Government Dept. Recollections:

Peter Rose, Faculty member 1960-2003 Dir. of Social Science Research Center 1964-68; Leo Weinstein, Faculty member 1952-91

Jan. 18, 1980

Box C151: folder 24
Art Dept. Recollections:

Phyllis Lehmann, Faculty member 1946-79; Elliot Ofner, Faculty member1960-2004

Jan. 24, 1980

Box C152: folder 25
The Smith College Health Services Department:

Dr. Vera Joseph, College Physician and Dir. of Health Service 1964-75; Dr. Doris Sumerson, College Physician and Dir. of Health Service 1973-80

Feb. 5, 1980

Box C153: folder 26
The Smith-Northampton Summer School:

Lawrence A. Fink, Coordinator, Faculty member 1963-92; Francis L. Gougeon, Director

May 25, 1980

Box C154: folder 27
Lewis-Emerson Fund-a confidential fund for needy students:

Laura L. Scales (1901), Warden of the College 1922-44

Dec. 9, 1980

Box C154: folder 28
Alum. Assoc. 100th Anniversary:

Gertrude Ridgway Stella (1937), Executive Dir. of the Alumnae Association 1964-1985; Ruth Jeffers Wellington (1945), Pres. of the Association 1975-78

March 5 and 29, 1981

Box C155: folder 29
M.A. Program in Italian Art Recollections:

Agnes Mongan, M.A. Smith (1929) curator , then Asst. and Associate Dir. of the Fogg Museum at Harvard; Clarence and Ruth Kennedy

June 5, 1981

Box C156: folder 30
The William Allen Neilson Library Recollections:

Mary Ankudowich (1939), Librarian of the Werner Josten Library of the Performing Arts 1943-83; Ruth Richmond (1936), Dept. Head of Accessions and Gifts; Emma Kaplan, Assist Ref. Librarian 1942-79

June 25, 1981

Box C157: folder 31
Counselors, Trustees:

Helen Huberth Keene (1928), Counselor 1956-60, Trustee 1965-69; Nell Cochrane Taylor (1951), Counselor 1968-78, Trustee 1979-

Oct. 12, 1981

Box C158: folder 32
Planning renovation and expansion of Neilson Library:

Billie R. Bozone, College Librarian 1968-91; Charles Henderson, Faculty member 1964-86

Jan. 14, 1982

Box C159: folder 33
Psychology Dept. Recollections:

Lisa Siipola, Faculty member 1921-73; Frances Volkman, Faculty member 1965-

Jan. 20, 1982

Box C160: folder 34
Faculty shows Recollections:

Prof. John Duke's talk to OBND Meeting and excerpts from a faculty show "Love among the Ruins.", Faculty member 1923-67

May 10, 1982

Box C161: folder 35
Alumnae Recollections:

[Elizabeth] Betty Webster (1912) contrasts world of 1908-12 with 1983

Jan. 1983

Box C162: folder 36
Jill Ker Conway "History as Inspired by the Tenth Muse" talk delivered at OBND luncheon. President 1975-85
April 11, 1983

Box C34: folder 37
Excerpts from Friends of Library Tapes
Nov. 1, 1978

Box C163

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