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Katherine Gabel papers, 1959 - 1985
1 half document box ( .25 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 60

Abstract:
Alumna. Dean of the School for Social Work. Contains news clippings, photographs and publications documenting the professional life of Katherine Gabel, Class of 1959.

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:

Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Copyright to materials created by other individuals may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission must be obtained from the Smith College Archives to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use."

Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note
Katherine Gabel, Dean of the School for Social Work (1976-1985)

Katherine Gabel, Dean of the School for Social Work (1976-1985)

Born April 9, 1938 in Rochester, New York, Gabel graduated from Columbia School for Girls in 1955. She entered Smith College in 1955, during which time she lived in Wilder House. After graduating in 1959 with a degree in Sociology and Anthropology she went on to earn her M.S.W. from Simmons School of Social Work with a focus on psychiatric social work. In 1967 she earned her Ph.D. in Criminology from Syracuse University and her J.D. from Albany Law School in 1970.

From 1970 until 1976, she worked as the Superintendent of the Arizona Girls School, an institution for juvenile detention and rehabilitation. Because of her work there, she was appointed as Rally Day speaker in 1972. She later received the Smith College Medal in 1976.

Appointed the Dean of the Smith School for Social Work in 1976, she devoted her energy to enlarging and widening the curriculum, diversifying the applicant pool, and securing grants money for the school. In 1985 she was appointed president of the floundering Pacific Oaks College and Children's School, leading the school to meet accreditation standards and find financial security.

In 2000 she left the college to become the West Regional Director for the Casey Family Programs, a non-profit that works to reduce the need for foster care. In 2004 she became the West Regional Director of Lambda Legal, a firm that works for the protection of rights for the LGBTQ community. Although she retired in 2008 she remains active in the LGBTQ community. In 2013 she and longtime partner Dr. Eunice Shatz married in Fresno, California.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection contains a book as well as photographs and news releases relating to her career in general and her tenure at the Arizona Girl's School in detail.

Organization of the collection

The collection is arranged into two categories: papers and publications.


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:

Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Copyright to materials created by other individuals may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission must be obtained from the Smith College Archives to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use."

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Katherine Gabel papers, Box #, Smith College Archives

History of the Collection

The Katherine Gabel papers were created by Katherine Gabel (Class of 1959) and donated to the College Archives.

Processing Information

Processed by 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
various professional papers
1957 - 1985

Box 1: folder 1
Legal Issues of Female Inmates
1982

Box 1: folder 2

Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Gabel, Katherine
  • Sexual minorities
  • Smith College. School for Social Work.
  • Social advocacy
  • Social work administration
  • Social work education

Genre terms
  • newsclippings
  • press releases
  • publications (document genre)


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