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Anna Alice Cutler Papers, 1881-1957
2 boxes (10 linear inches)
Collection number: RG 42

Abstract:
Professor of Philosophy. Contains biographical material, correspondence, critiques, photographs 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
  • Instructor of Logic, 1893-95
  • Instructor, English Department, 1897 -99
  • Instructor of Philosophy, 1899-1902
  • Associate Professor of Philosophy, 1902- 05
  • Professor of Philosophy, 1905- 30
  • Philosophy Department Chair, 1924-1930

Anna Alice Cutler was born on January 24, 1864 in New Haven, Connecticut to Evarts and Ellen L. Knight Cutler. She was a member of the Smith College class of 1885 and, upon graduating from the college, taught classics at a private school in New Haven while working on her MA from Yale. During 1892-93, Cutler headed the Philosophy department at Rockford College. In 1893, Cutler was appointed instructor of Logic at Smith College, however she left to continue her graduate study, and received a Ph.D. from Yale in 1896. In 1897, Cutler returned to the Smith faculty to teach in the English department, then the Philosophy department, where she became an instructor, associate professor, full professor, and in 1924, chair of the department.

Cutler lived in Tyler House for the first 33 years of its existence, from 1897 until her retirement in 1930. She was the first director of Juniper Lodge, and established an endowment for it. In 1952, Cutler was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the college. She used 1929-1930 as a sabbatical year, before retiring after 25 years as a professor at the college in 1930. On retiring, she spent several months in Europe, before returning to New Haven, serving on the board of the Visiting Nurse Association, as well as on committees of the American Association of University Women. She spent 2 years as president of the Smith College Club of New Haven, and was a member of various church committees. Cutler died in the summer of 1957.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Anna Alice Cutler Papers are separated in to four series as follows:

  • Series I: Biographical Materials
    • This section consists of Cutler's birth certificate (copy), information from her studies at Yale University, information of the degrees obtained, promotions received and her retirement.
  • Series II: Correspondence
    • This section consists of five folders housing correspondence to and from other faculty members and one regarding the death of Harry Norman Gardner. The folders are filed alphabetically.
  • Series III: Publications
    • This sections contains a critique and four of Cutler's publications. The titles are:
      • Aesthetical Factors in Kant's Theory of Knowledge, 1898
      • Gist from Quackery, n. d.
      • The Pendulum, n. d.
      • Sense About Schools, n. d.
  • Series IV: Photographs
    • This part of the collection consists of one folder in box # 740 with photos dated from 1881 through 1915 and a large photo album in box # 739 dated 1885.

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:

Anna Alice Cutler Papers, Box #, Smith College Archives.

History of the Collection

The Anna Alice Cutler Papers were donated over a period of time to the Smith College Archives from a variety of sources.

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

Contents List
Photo Album
1885

Box 739
Biographical Materials
1864-1957

Box 740: folder 1
Notes and Trip Information
1916-1929

Box 740: folder 2
Correspondence: Margaret Storrs
1945-1957

Box 740: folder 3
Correspondence: Frances Luther Rich
1948

Box 740: folder 4
Correspondence: Hilda (Edwards) Hamlin
1956-57

Box 740: folder 5
Correspondence: William Allan Neilson
1929-1938

Box 740: folder 6
Correspondence: Eleanor E. Cutler
1909

Box 740: folder 7
Correspondence: Regarding the death of Harry Norman Gardner
1927

Box 740: folder 8
Critiques of Bestor I. Burnett
1954, n. d.

Box 740: folder 9
Degrees: A. M.
1889

Box 740: folder 10
Degrees: Ph.D.
1896

Box 740: folder 11
Degrees: Honorary
1952

Box 740: folder 12
Juniper Lodge
1924-25

Box 740: folder 13
Photographs
1881-1915

Box 740: folder 14
Publication: Aesthetical Factors in Kant's Theory of Knowledge
1898

Box 740: folder 15
Publication: Gist from Quackery
n. d.

Box 740: folder 16
Publication: The Pendulum
n. d.

Box 740: folder 17
Publication: Sense About Schools
n. d.

Box 740: folder 18
Promotions
1905, 1924

Box 740: folder 19
Retirement
1929

Box 740: folder 20
Yale University
1901, n. d.

Box 740: folder 21

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