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Adelaide Crapsey Papers, 1913-1977
1 box (.5 linear in.)
Collection number: RG 42

Abstract:
Instructor of English, poet. Contains biographical material, correspondence, and publications.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The collection is open to research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives.

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.

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Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Adelaide Crapsey was born on September 9, 1878 to Algernon Sidney and Adelaide Trowbridge Crapsey in Rochester, NY. She attended the Kemper Hall preparatory school in Kenosha, WI and graduated first in her class in 1897. Upon graduating, she entered Vassar College and matriculated with the class of 1901.

In 1903, Crapsey returned to Kemper Hall as a teacher of history and literature. In 1905 she studied at the School of Archeology in Rome, and following her return to the United States the next year, she became an instructor of history and literature in Miss Lowe's Preparatory School in Stamford, CT. However, her health was suffering from the effects of tuberculosis, and she was forced to stop teaching in 1908. She spent much of this time in Italy and England, working on her book, Analysis of English Metrics, which she considered her serious life work. Crapsey was also a talented poet, and invented her own metrical form, the cinquain. In 1911, Crapsey accepted a position as Instructor of Poetics at Smith College. In 1913 she became gravely ill and had to abandon her literary and academic work. She retreated to Saranac Lake in New York, where she died on October 8, 1914. She was 36 years old.

A book of poetry, Verse, was published posthumously by her parents in 1915 as well as the unfinished work A Study in English Metrics, in 1918.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Adelaide Crapsey Papers contain biographical materials, correspondence and publications spanning the career of Crapsey as a member of the English Department as Smith College.

This collection is organized into three series:


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

The collection is open to research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives.

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:

Adelaide Crapsey Papers, Box #, Smith College Archives.

History of the Collection

Processing Information

Processed by Gayla B. Spaulding.


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.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Series I: Biographical Materials



This section contains information of Crapsey's career, book reviews from the Irondequoit Press, Henrietta Post and the Brighton-Pittsford Post, all in written in 1977. There are additional articles from the Smith Monthly (1915) and the Smith Weekly (1914).

Biographical Materials
1914-1977

Box 731: folder 1
Series II: Correspondence



This folder contains typed copies of correspondence to and from Esther Leventhal from 1913-14. The original letters are housed in the University of Rochester Library.

Correspondence
1913-14

Box 731: folder 2
Series III: Publications



This folder contains the following publications by Adelaide Crapsey: Verse, 1915; Verse, reprint, 1938; and A Study in English Metrics, 1918.

Publications
1915, 1918 and 1938

Box 731: folder 3

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Subjects
  • Crapsey, Adelaide, 1878-1914.
  • Smith College--Faculty.


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