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Katherine Thompson Cowen papers, 1899 - 1980 (Bulk: 1916 - 1980)
1 box ( .25 linear feet)
Collection number: 80

Abstract:
Alumna. General Secretary of Alumnae Association. Contains a photograph album documenting the student life of Katherine Cowen as well as photographs, correspondence, news clippings, and a scrapbook relating to her professional life.

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

Katharine Thompson was born on March 22, 1899 to Walter and Pearl Thompson in Lewistown, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Smith College in 1920, she married Clifford P. Cowen. Their three daughters all later attended Smith College: Mary Cowen Jeton (Class of 1950), Jane Cowen Pafford (Class of 1953), and Katharine Cowan Weldon (Class of 1955).

She was the President of the Philadelphia Smith Club and served on the Board of Directors for the Alumnae Association. During World War II she worked with the Civilian Defense Volunteer Office and was awarded the title of Lieutenant General of the Pennsylvania Blue Star Brigade. In 1950, Cowen was appointed the position of General Secretary of the Alumnae Association. Between 1950 and her retirement in 1964, she tripled the balance of the Alumnae Fund.

After her retirement Cowen remained active in education. She consulted for alumnae associations across the country, worked on the Clarke School for the Deaf capital fund, and later became the Director of Development for the prestigious Madeira School (1966 - 1968). She also volunteered at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Hampshire County United Way, and Zonta International. She died in her home on January 21, 1980, survived by her three daughters and 11 grandchildren.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection contains both the student and professional papers of Katharine Thompson Cowen. One photo album from Cowen's time as a Smith student dates from 1916-1920. The collection also contains photographs of Cowen as General Secretary, correspondence about her retirement in 1964, news clippings featuring her professional responsibilities, obituaries, and a scrapbook containing memorabilia and clippings dating from 1941 - 1950.

Organization of the collection

This collection is arranged into seven (7) 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:

Katharine Cowen papers, Box #, Smith College Archives

History of the Collection

The Katharine Thompson Cowen papers were donated to the College Archives.

Processing Information

Madison White, Class of 2016; Elizabeth Carron, Archives Specialist


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 Secretary of the Alumnae Association (1950 - 1964)
1960 - 1980

Box 1: folder 1
Clippings
1964

Box 1: folder 2
Commencement Photo Album
1964

Box 1: folder 3
Correspondence
1950 - 1964

Box 1: folder 4
Photo Album
1916 - 1921

Box 1: folder 5
Photographs
1959 - 1964

Box 1: folder 6
Scrapbook
1942 - 1950

Box 1: folder 7

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Subjects
  • Smith College Student Government Association
  • Smith College--Alumnae Association
  • Smith College--Class of 1920


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