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Florence Louise Barrows Papers, 1888 - 1980 (Bulk: 1907 - 2006)
2 boxes (.75 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 42

Abstract:
Contains photograph albums, a memorabilia book, newspaper clippings, questionnaires, published articles, and correspondence related to the student and professional life of Florence Louise Barrows, Class of 1911.

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

Florence Louise Barrows was born in Providence in 1888 to Ella Corbin and Arthur Barrows, a high school teacher. She spent most of her childhood with her maternal grandparents in Union, Connecticut. After graduating from Stafford Springs High School, she entered Smith College, graduating in 1911. Barrows worked as a high school teacher in New Jersey and Connecticut before joining the Connecticut College for Women's Botany department. Between 1919-1932, she collaborated on several projects including the development of the college's famous Arboretum. She earned her Master of Botany at the Connecticut Agricultural College in 1927 before completing her PhD at Columbia University in plant genetics. Barrows went on to work for various labs doing work in genetics, including the Carnegie Institute in Cold Springs Harbor, Long Island, the Boyce Thompson Institute, and Wheaton College. In 1953, Barrows joined Smith College as a research associate in genetics. During her career, she published several articles, including Cellulose Membranes from Various Parts of the Plant Kingdom (1939), Propagation of Lycopodium (1935-1936), and Seed Production by Trailing Arbutus (1941). After retiring from Smith is 1956, she returned to Union, Connecticut. She died in 1980 at the age of 92.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection contains material related both to Florence Louise Barrows's time as a student including a memorabilia book and photo albums documenting student life at Smith between 1907-1911. Her professional life is documented through correspondence, photographs of her colleagues, a questionnaire from the Smith College News Office, and some of her written work. The collection also includes a detailed genealogical history of the Barrows family, created by Robert Welt.

Organization of the collection

The collection is arranged according to genre and organized into five (5) folders.


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:

Florence Louise Barrows Papers, Box #669-670, Smith College Archives

History of the Collection

The Florence Louise Barrows papers were donated to the College Archives.

Processing Information

Processed by Madison White, Class of 2016 and Elizabeth Carron, Archivist


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
Research Associate Genetics Experiment Station
1953 - 1956

Box 1: folder 1
Albums
1911

Box 1: folder 2
Publications
1938 - 1941

Box 1: folder 3
Genealogical Research
1988 - 2006

Box 1: folder 4
Memorabilia Book
1907 - 1911

Box 1: folder 5

Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Barrow, Florence Louise, 1888 - 1980.
  • Connecticut College for Women--Faculty.
  • Connecticut College. Arboretum.
  • Smith College-Faculty-Botany.
  • Smith College-Students-History-Sources
  • Smith College. Class of 1911.
  • Women in higher education.
  • Women in science

Genre terms
  • genealogies (histories)
  • photograph album


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