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Elizabeth Kemper Adams Papers, 1899 - 1915
1 half document box. ( .25 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 42

Abstract:
Contains photographs, newspaper clippings, syllabi and published articles related to the professional life of Elizabeth Kemper Adams.

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 Kemper Adams was born in Nashostah, Wisconsin. She attended Vassar College where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1893, going on to get her doctorate at the University of Chicago in 1904. Adams taught at Vassar College and Western Reserve University before becaming a Professor of Philosophy at Smith College in 1905. In 1911 she was named the first Director of the Education Department. Here she focused on the history of education and the place and needs of women in contemporary education. Adams wrote several books and articles, including: Open Marks versus Closed, The Vocational Movement and College Women and her doctoral thesis, The Aesthetic Experience: Its Meaning in a Functional Psychology. During her time at Smith, Professor Adams also sat on the Faculty Committee on Recommendations and the Association of Collegiate Alumnae Committee on Vocational Opportunities for Women. Adams retired from teaching in 1916 due to prolonged illness. She continued to write and to take interest in Smith College until her death in 1949 in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection contains material related to the professional life of Elizabeth Kemper Adams, including her syllabi for her popular History of Education course, several published works and her dissertation "The Aesthetic Experience: Its Meaning in a Functional Psychology". The file also contains several articles about AdamsU+0027 importance to the field of education for women, critiques of her work on education history, and photographs.


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 Kemper Adams Papers, Box #659, Smith College Archives.

History of the Collection

The Elizabeth Kemper Adams papers were donated to the College Archives.

Processing Information

Processed by Madison White, Class of 2016


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
General
1906-1915

Box 1: folder 1
Philosophy 13a Syllabus, "History of Education"
1910

Box 1: folder 2
Philosophy 13b Syllabus, "History of Education"
1911

Box 1: folder 3
Writings
1899-1907

Box 1: folder 4

Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Dissertation, Academic - United States
  • Philosophy--Study and teaching (Higher)--Massachusetts--Northampton.
  • Smith College--Faculty.
  • Smith College. Alumni Association.
  • Women college teachers--Massachusetts--Northampton.
  • Women in higher education.

Genre terms
  • Photographs.


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