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Grace Hazard Conkling Papers, 1887-1992
4 boxes (1 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 42

Abstract:
Professor of English, poet. Contains biographical information, correspondence, 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

Grace Hazard was born on February 7, 1878 in New York to Christopher Grant Hazard and Frances Post Hazard. Having cultivated a skill and love for music from a young age, Conkling dreamed of devoting her life to music. After receiving a B.L. from Smith College in 1899, she spent a year teaching at the Graham School in New York before traveling to Europe where she studied music and languages in Germany and France, studying the organ with the illustrious Charles-Marie Widor. However, in her second year she fell ill from overwork and was forced to abandon the idea of music as a profession. She returned to the United States where she married Roscoe Platt Conkling in 1905 and moved to a remote ranch near Tampico, Mexico. Conkling cherished the time she spent there and Mexico is referred to in many of her poems.

After the birth of her second child, her husband deserted her and the children, and in 1914 she sued for divorce and accepted a teaching position at Smith College. It has been said that being a member of the Smith faculty was good for her creative side because Conkling soon became a very accomplished poet and had numerous books published by the time she retired in 1947.

Conkling's poetry and enthusiasm for teaching was recognized both by Smith and others in the academic community. Her poetry and short stories were published in numerous magazines including the Yale Review, Atlantic Monthly, and Harper's. She was also a member of the Poetry Society of America, the N.E. Poetry Society, the Author's Club of Boston, and the Women's University Club of New York. In 1930, Conkling was awarded an honorary MA from Smith College. She died on November 15, 1958 and was survived by her two daughters and three grandchildren.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The papers contain biographical information, correspondence, and publications by and about Grace Hazard Conkling.


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:

Grace Hazard Conkling Papers, 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.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
General
1918-1992

Box 727
Degrees
1930

Box 727
English Courses
n.d.

Box 727
Speeches and Lectures
1924-1933

Box 727
Roscoe Platt Conkling
1926

Box 727
"Mrs. Conkling's 'Junior' Year Abroad
n.d.

Box 727
Heidelberg University
1903

Box 727
Obituary & Memorial Service
1958

Box 727
Poetry Society of America
1915-1930

Box 727
Programs & Invitations
1903, n.d.

Box 727
Recommendations
1918

Box 727
Retirement
1946

Box 727
Score for Organ-original
n.d.

Box 727
Summer Schools
1929

Box 727
Photographs
n.d.

Box 727
Hilda Conkling (2 files)
n.d.

Box 727
Correspondence


Box 728
Abbott, Senda (Berenson)
1929

Box 728
Abbott, Jere
1936, 1948

Box 728
Andrews, J.W.
1905

Box 728
Arvin, Newton
1924

Box 728
Barnard, Frances Fenton
1925

Box 728
Blake, Helen P.
n.d.

Box 728
Blodgett, Benjamin
1899-1915

Box 728
Burton, Marion L.
1914

Box 728
Chase, Mary Ellen
1945

Box 728
Churchill, Alfred
1926, 1937

Box 728
Clark, Annetta I.
1945

Box 728
Conkling, Grace H.
1905, 1907, 1922, 1951, 1957

Box 728
Conkling, Grace H (to Sallie Simons)
1940, 1955-1958

Box 728
Dodd, Marion E.
1923, 1926, 1928, n.d.

Box 728
Dunn, Esther Cloudman
1923

Box 728
Eliot, Ethel Cook
1945

Box 728
Faulkner, Mary Waldron
1924

Box 728
Filsinger, Sara Teasdale
1916

Box 728
Fischer, Alfred Young
n.d.

Box 728
Ford, Harriet Bliss
1900-1930

Box 728
Frazier, Katharine
1924

Box 728
Galt, Clarace Eaton
1923

Box 728
Gray, Agnes Kendrick
n.d.

Box 728
Gray, William Dodge
n.d.

Box 728
Hanscom, Elizabeth D.
1925

Box 728
Hocking, William
1903

Box 728
Hoyt, Helen
n.d.

Box 728
Loller, Fanny S
1900-1905, 1917

Box 728
McAffee, Helen
1924

Box 728
McCallum, George B.
1925

Box 728
MacCracken, Henry N.
1914

Box 728
MacDowell, M.
1926

Box 728
Morrow, Elizabeth Cutter
1926

Box 728
Nebel, Charlotte
n.d.

Box 728
Newton, Charoline
1904

Box 728
Nicolson, Marjorie
n.d.

Box 728
Patch, Howard Rollin
1930

Box 728
Schinz, Albert
1922

Box 728
Peopold, Florence H.
n.d.

Box 728
Phelps, Ruth Shepard
1934

Box 728
Sleeper, Henry D.
1905

Box 728
Swett, Margery
1924

Box 728
Vorenkamp, Alphons
1932, n.d.

Box 728
Whicher, Harriet F.
1934

Box 728
Wilder, Charlotte
c1932

Box 728
Wolfrum, Philipp
1903

Box 728
Wolfrum, Regina
n.d.

Box 728
Wooley, Mary
n.d.

Box 728
Correspondence Home
1889-1901

Box 728.1
Publications


Box 729
General


Box 729
After Sunset


Box 729
Afternoons of April
1915

Box 729
Autumn Campus
n.d.

Box 729
A Beethoven Andante
n.d.

Box 729
Connecticut River-Early March
n.d.

Box 729
Corner of Massachusetts-Early Summer
n.d.

Box 729
Faculty Meeting
n.d.

Box 729
February Concert-Country Town
n.d.

Box 729
Flying Fish: A book of songs and sonnets
1926

Box 729
The Fountain, The Hermit Thrust, To Hilda and her Roses
n.d.

Box 729
Golden Roses
n.d.

Box 729
His Letter
n.d.

Box 729
Imagination and Children's Reading
1922, 1928

Box 729
Mallorca: November Hurricane
1928

Box 729
Mexico
n.d.

Box 729
Music School Beside a River
n.d.

Box 729
Nightingales of Flanders


Box 729
Postwar Planning
1946 Mar

Box 729
Retort Courteous
n.d.

Box 729
Rhymed Review
c1920

Box 729
BookScorpion-reviews
1923

Box 729
Studies in Modern Languages
1938

Box 729
Ship's Log
1924

Box 729
The Tree of Starlings
1965

Box 729
Tree for Music
1928

Box 729
Wilderness Songs
1920

Box 729
Witch and Other Poems
1929

Box 729
Poems, various
n.d.

Box 729
Scrapbook of Early Writings
1887-1905

Box 729

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Subjects
  • Conkling, Grace Hazard, 1878-1958.
  • Smith College--Faculty.


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