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Helen Ashurst Choate papers, 1817-1997
0.833 linear feet (1 container)
Collection number: CA.MS.00045

Abstract:
Helen Ashurst Choate was a professor of botany at Smith College. Her papers contain biographical information, correspondence, clippings, notes, publications and other materials.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Smith College retains copyright of materials created as part of its business operations; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Smith College, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

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Biographical / Historical

Helen Ashurst Choate was born on August 29, 1882 in Irvington-on-Hudson, NY to Washington Choate and Grace Whitton Choate. She graduated from Smith College with the Class of 1904 and worked as a teacher at Greenwich Academy in Connecticut before returning to Smith on a trustee fellowship from 1908-1909. In 1909, studying under professor William F. Ganong, Choate received an M.A. from Smith and became an associate professor of botany, a position she held for 38 years until her retirement in 1947. In 1920, she received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Between 1934-1938 she served as class dean for the Class of 1938, and served as department chair for several years. Her field of research was plant physiology.

Choate was active in the work of the Edwards Congregational Church in Northampton, hospital aid, victory gardens, the Red Cross, and relief work. She was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, and Sigma Delta Epsilon, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Botanical Society of America, and the History of Science Society.

Choate died at the age of 75 on December 12, 1957 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, MA.

Scope and Contents

The Helen Ashurst Choate papers contain biographical information, including photographs and obituaries, correspondence, news clippings, notes, documents relating to making of books, bibliographies, and publications.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The papers are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Smith College retains copyright of materials created as part of its business operations; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Smith College, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Preferred Citation

Helen Ashurst Choate papers, College Archives, CA-MS-00045, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.

History of the Collection

Unknown


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
Biographical Information
1889-1997

Box 1: folder 1
Correspondence: A-Z
1903-1950

Box 1: folder 2
Correspondence: Clarke, Elizabeth Lawrence (1883)
1950

Box 1: folder 3
Correspondence: Cutler, Anna Alice (1885)
1950

Box 1: folder 4
Correspondence: Jones, Grace (Smith) (1894)
1950

Box 1: folder 5
Correspondence: Pillsbury, John H.
undated

Box 1: folder 6
Autographed letters from botanists
1908-1918

Box 1: folder 7
Bibliography
undated

Box 1: folder 8
Clippings from book dealer's catalogue
undated

Box 1: folder 9
Early American botanists
1912 undated

Box 1: folder 10
Familiar Lectures on Botany
1829

Box 1: folder 11
Herbals (Botany 11)
undated

Box 1: folder 12
Herbs
undated

Box 1: folder 13
History of botany (Botany 41)
1931 undated

Box 1: folder 14
History of botany: early herbals
undated

Box 1: folder 15
History of botany: notes
1910 undated

Box 1: folder 16
History of botany: timeline
undated

Box 1: folder 17
"History of the Botany Department": Draft
ca.a. 1950s

Box 1: folder 18
"History of the Botany Department": Final Copy
ca.a. 1950s

Box 1: folder 19
"History of the Botany Department": Notes
1940-1953 undated

Box 1: folder 20
"John Gerard: 1545-1612"
1925-1943

Box 1: folder 21
"Invention of Printing and Early Printed Books"
undated

Box 1: folder 22
"Journal of Hellenic Studies"
1927

Box 1: folder 23
Kurt Sprengel's History of Botany
1817

Box 1: folder 24
Lecture notes: A-H
undated

Box 1: folder 25
Magazine clippings and publication information
1915-1918 undated

Box 1: folder 26
Materials on Linnaeus and publications by the Linnean Society of London
1908-1930 undated

Box 1: folder 27
Plant reproduction clippings
undated

Box 1: folder 28
Pre-Aristotelian botany
1913 undated

Box 1: folder 29
Thornton College notes
undated

Box 1: folder 30
Theophrastus: Enquiry into Plants
undated

Box 1: folder 31
Science of botany: notes
undated

Box 1: folder 32
"Scientific Monthly" clippings
1928-1934

Box 1: folder 33
Woodcut book materials and articles
1931 undated

Box 1: folder 34
Miscellaneous and clippings
undated

Box 1: folder 35
Miscellaneous 1 & 2
undated

Box 1: folder 36-37
Miscellaneous publications and bibliographies
1920-1932

Box 1: folder 38
Publications by Choate
1912-1940

Box 1: folder 39

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