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Mina Kirstein Curtiss Papers, 1915-1983 (Bulk: 1918-1945)
2.708 linear feet (4 containers)
Collection number: CA.MS.00047

Abstract:
Class of 1918, Professor of English, author. Collection contains biographical material, correspondence, examinations, lectures, publications, and student papers.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

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

Mina Kirstein was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1896 and spent her childhood growing up in Rochester, New York, with her parents, Louis E Kirstein, a merchant, her mother Rose Stein and brothers Lincoln and George Kirstein. In 1912 the family returned to Boston where her father was the director of Filene's department store. Mina was educated at home and came to Smith College where in 1918 she received a B.A. In 1920 she was awarded the M.A. from Columbia University. She returned to Smith College to teach English and remained here until 1934. Between 1935 and 1938 she worked for the Mercury Theatre of the Air in New York City, with Orson Welles and John Houseman, as a researcher and promoter of the theatre. She continued to write throughout her career, publishing a book about her marriage and the early death of her husand Henry Tomlinson Curtiss in 1927 called The Midst of Life. She wrote several radio programs in the 1930s, translated Proust, and wrote a biography of Georges Bizet in the 1940s. A visit to Russia in 1962 resulted in a biography of the Russian ballerina Anna Ivanovna. In the 1970s she wrote Other People's Letters: A Memoir which chronicled her interest in Proust. She supplemented her craft of writing with book reviews and editorials for newspapers. She returned to teach at Smith College in the early 1940s, then again as a visiting lecturer, giving courses in the art of biography.

She was an Associate Professor of English at Smith between 1920-1934, left the College only to return to teach between 1940-1945. She was a Visiting Professor of English Language and Literature in 1976.

Mina Kirstein Curtiss was 89 years old when she died in Bridgeport, Connecticut on October 31, 1985 after a long illness.

Scope and Contents

The papers contain biographical information, correspondence, examinations, lectures, publications and student papers of Mina Kirstein Curtiss documenting her career as a professor of English at Smith College.


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

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

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

Mina Kirstein Curtiss Papers, Smith College Archives, CA-MS-00047, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.

History of the Collection

Source unknown.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
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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
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Biographical Information


Box 736: folder 1
Student Papers for English 11a class
1922 May

Box 736: folder 2-3
Faculty Appointment cards
1920-1941

Box 736: folder 4
Lecture Notes for Biography Course
undated

Box 736: folder 5
Undergraduate Essays
1917 undated

Box 736: folder 6-7
Undergraduate Examinations
undated

Box 736: folder 8
Undergraduate Lecture Notes
undated

Box 736: folder 9
Grades
1915-1918

Box 736: folder 10
War Service
1918-1919

Box 736: folder 11
Correspondence



Aaron, Daniel
1943 1971

Box 737: folder 12
Alderman, Edwin A.
1928-1930

Box 737: folder 13
Blount, Victoria
1923

Box 737: folder 14
Bradshaw, Margaret B.
1928

Box 737: folder 15
Broad, Margaret
1920

Box 737: folder 16
Chase, Mary Ellen
1940-1949

Box 737: folder 17
Cheever, Louisa
1928

Box 737: folder 18
Churchill, Vieno (Kajander)
1941

Box 737: folder 19
Comstock, Ada Louise
1920 1932

Box 737: folder 20
Crouse, Dorothy B.
1922

Box 737: folder 21
Davis, Hallie Flanagan
1943

Box 737: folder 22
Davis, Herbert J.
1940 1944

Box 737: folder 23
Dunn, Elizabeth Irwin
1942

Box 737: folder 24
Dunn, Esther Cloudman
1931 1940

Box 737: folder 25
Dunn, Esther Cloudman
1943 1945

Box 737: folder 26
Ferber, Edna
1924

Box 737: folder 27
Fisher, Alfred Y.
1943-1944

Box 737: folder 28
Flanner, Janet
1949

Box 737: folder 29
Green, Shirley
1941

Box 737: folder 30
Harris, Rose Marie
1933

Box 737: folder 31
Heinlein, Virginia
1918 undated

Box 737: folder 32
Hill, Charles J.
undated

Box 737: folder 33
Hoyt, Helen
1920

Box 737: folder 34
Jordan, Mary Augusta
1918-1930 1933

Box 737: folder 35
Kelly, Donald C.
1976

Box 737: folder 36
Knopf, Alfred A.
1936

Box 737: folder 37
Kuhn, Samuel L.
1918-1919

Box 737: folder 38
Laurence, Hilda
1945

Box 737: folder 39
Lewis, Mary Delia
1920

Box 737: folder 40
Lewis, Nell Battle
1918

Box 737: folder 41
Lincoln, Eleanor T.
1945

Box 737: folder 42
Lindgren, Ethel John
1924 1933

Box 737: folder 43
Linley, Sarah Isabel
1922-1923

Box 737: folder 44
Luch, Emily Lenore
1953

Box 737: folder 45
McBride, Mary Margaret
undated

Box 737: folder 46
McEldowny, Genevieve
192?

Box 737: folder 47
McLaughlin, Mignon
undated

Box 737: folder 48
Malone, Isabel (Gardner)
1945

Box 737: folder 49
Mehrtens, Ruth Beatrice
1941

Box 737: folder 50
Mencken, Henry L.
1936

Box 737: folder 51
Michael, Virginia Mae
1942-1943

Box 737: folder 52
Miller, Marcella
1923-1924

Box 737: folder 53
Neilson, Elizabeth (Muser)
undated

Box 737: folder 54
Nicolson, Marjorie Hope
1940

Box 737: folder 55
Patch, Howard
1942

Box 737: folder 56
Potter, Olive Elizabeth
1923

Box 737: folder 57
Powell, Frances
undated

Box 737: folder 58
Rice, Richard Ashley
1920-1923 1928

Box 737: folder 59
Riggs, Margaret Mary
1941 1944

Box 737: folder 60
Rubins, Marian
1920

Box 737: folder 61
Russell, Doris Aurelia
1933

Box 737: folder 62
Smith, Elizabeth (Olmsted)
1935

Box 737: folder 63
Spectorsky, Miriam Lenore
1922-1923

Box 737: folder 64
Stapleton, Katharine Laurence
1933

Box 737: folder 65
Tildsley, Kathleen
1923

Box 737: folder 66
West, Rebecca
1978

Box 737: folder 67
Whitman, Sarah
1918

Box 737: folder 68
Wilder, Charlotte Elizabeth
undated

Box 737: folder 69
Wright, Polly
1928

Box 737: folder 70
Yeadon, Henry
1918

Box 737: folder 71
Yoerg, Elizabeth Ann
1941-1942

Box 737: folder 72
Publications



Bibliography


Box 738: folder 73
"Chosen," in Massachusetts Review
1983 Summer

Box 738: folder 74
Letters Home
1944

Box 738: folder 75
The Midst of Life
1933

Box 738: folder 76
The Midst of Life, manuscript


Box 738.1
Olive, Cypress and Palm
1930

Box 738: folder 77

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Subjects
  • Chase, Mary Ellen, 1887-1973.
  • Comstock, Ada Louise.
  • Curtiss, Mina Kirstein, 1896-
  • Ferber, Edna, 1887-1968.
  • Flanagan, Hallie, 1890-1969.
  • Knopf, Alfred A., 1892-1984.
  • Nicolson, Marjorie Hope, 1894-
  • Smith College--Faculty.
  • Smith College--Students.
  • West, Rebecca, Dame, 1892-


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