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Helen Ashurst Choate Papers, 1817-1957
1 box (.4 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 42

Abstract:
Professor of Botany. Contains biographical information, correspondence, clippings, notes, and publications.

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:

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
  • Smith College Teaching Fellow, 1908-1909
  • Associate Professor of Botany, 1909-1947
  • Class Dean for the Class of 1938, 1934-1938
  • Associate Professor Emeritus, 1947-1957

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 she also served as department chair for several years. Her field of research was plant physiology.

Choate was active with 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 of the Collection

The Helen Ashurst Choate collection contains biographical information, including photographs and obituaries, correspondence, news clippings, notes, documents relating to book making, 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:

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:

Helen Ashurst Choate, Box #, Smith College Archives.

History of the Collection


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: nyoung@smith.edu
URL: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/archives

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.
n.d.

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

Box 1: folder 7
Bibliography
n.d.

Box 1: folder 8
Clippings from book dealer's catalogue
n.d.

Box 1: folder 9
Early American botanists
1912, n.d.

Box 1: folder 10
Familiar Lectures on Botany
1829

Box 1: folder 11
Herbals (Botany 11)
n.d.

Box 1: folder 12
Herbs
n.d.

Box 1: folder 13
History of botany (Botany 41)
1931, n.d.

Box 1: folder 14
History of botany: early herbals
n.d.

Box 1: folder 15
History of botany: notes
1910, n.d.

Box 1: folder 16
History of botany: timeline
n.d.

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

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

Box 1: folder 19
"History of the Botany Department": Notes
1940-1953, n.d.

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

Box 1: folder 21
"Invention of Printing and Early Printed Books"
n.d.

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
n.d.

Box 1: folder 25
Magazine clippings and publication information
1915-1918, n.d.

Box 1: folder 26
Materials on Linnaeus and publications by the Linnean Society of London
1908-1930, n.d.

Box 1: folder 27
Plant reproduction clippings
n.d.

Box 1: folder 28
Pre-Aristotelian botany
1913, n.d.

Box 1: folder 29
Thornton College notes
n.d.

Box 1: folder 30
Theophrastus: Enquiry into Plants
n.d.

Box 1: folder 31
Science of botany: notes
n.d.

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

Box 1: folder 33
Woodcut book materials and articles
1931, n.d.

Box 1: folder 34
Miscellaneous and clippings
n.d.

Box 1: folder 35
Miscellaneous 1 & 2
n.d.

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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