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Adelaide Crapsey Papers, 1913-1977
0.208 linear feet (1 container)
Collection number: CA.MS.00050

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

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

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

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:

  1. I. Biographical Materials
  2. II. Correspondence
  3. III. Publications

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

Adelaide Crapsey Papers, Smith College Archives, CA-MS-00050, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.

History of the Collection

Source unknown.

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 1938

Box 731: folder 3

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


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