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Marion Elza Dodd papers, 1895-1969
1.667 linear feet (4 containers)
Collection number: CA.MS.00055

Abstract:
Alumnae, founder of the Hampshire Book Shop, writer, Professor, History and Art of the Book. Contains biographical materials, photographs, correspondence, documents related to the Hampshire Bookshop (predecessor to the Grecourt Bookstore), and writings.

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

Marion Elza Dodd was born in 1883 in Glen Ridge, NJ, to Charles T. and Rebecca Northall Dodd. Her grandfather, Moses Dodd, was the founder of Dodd, Mead Publishing Co., and many uncles and cousins were also book collectors, editors, and publishers. She received a B.A. from Smith College in 1906 and attended Columbia University Library School from 1908-1909. Dodd then co-founded the Hampshire Bookshop (the predecessor to the Grecourt Bookstore) with Mary Byers (Smith '08) on April 7, 1916. She also co-founded the National Association of College Bookstores in 1923 and became the first woman to receive an honorable fellowship of the American Booksellers Association in 1925. Dodd was a member of the Executive Board of American Booksellers' Association for 25 years, where she was the first woman officer. She served as secretary, and was the third Vice President. While living in Northampton, Massachusetts with Esther Dunn, Dodd published under the Hampshire Bookshop, and wrote prefaces, book reviews, and articles for publications such as Yankee Magazine, Publisher's Weekly, and Atlantic Monthly. She also taught a course in bookselling at Columbia University Library School during the summers of 1930-1931, and for four years taught a course for Smith College at the Hampshire Bookshop on the History and Art of the Book. She received an honorable M.A. from Smith College in 1936, and retired with honors as president and manager of Hampshire Bookshop in 1951, but served as Chairman of the Board there from 1951-1957. She died on March 16, 1961 in Northampton at the age of 78.

Scope and Contents

The Marion Elza Dodd Papers contain biographical information, photographs, correspondence, publications, notes, catalogs, and publicity material. Of particular extent and interest are two sections: Hampshire Bookshop and Book Lover's Trail of New England. Hampshire Bookshop materials include store catalogs, fliers, newspaper advertisement clippings, and notes from store meetings. Items related to The Book Lover's Trail of New England, a series of articles written by Dodd about local authors, include most, if not all, of her research materials for each article. Here researchers can find detailed information, organized by state, on numerous local New England authors who wrote in the early 20th century.


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

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Marion E. Dodd Papers, Box #, Smith College Archives, CA-MS-00055, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.

History of the Collection

The materials were donated over a period of time by Marion E. Dodd and acquired after her death by Smith College Archivist, Margaret Storrs Grierson.


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
Biographical
1906-61

Box 1694: folder 1
Photographs
1895-1936

Box 1694: folder 2
Corr. from Harold Nicolson
1934-36 undated

Box 1694: folder 3
Corr. to Gordon Potter
1940-60

Box 1694: folder 4
Corr. from Vita Sackville-West
1933-39

Box 1694: folder 5
Hampshire Bookshop- General
1921-51 undated

Box 1694: folder 6
Publicity
1941-48

Box 1694: folder 7
Photographs
1916-46 undated

Box 1694: folder 8
Book Cartoons
1938 undated

Box 1695: folder 1
Publicity, Book lists
1936-69 undated

Box 1695: folder 2
Publicity, Book lists, Christmas lists, Staff
1924-51 undated

Box 1695: folder 3
Book Lover's Trail of New England
1900-37

Box 1695: folder 4
Book Lover's Trail of New England
1938

Box 1695: folder 5
Book Lover's Trail of New England
1939

Box 1695: folder 6
Book Lover's Trail of New England - Discarded Material
1939

Box 1695: folder 7
Yankee Magazine Articles - Along New England's Book Trails
1938-39

Box 1696: folder 1
Connecticut
1926-39

Box 1696: folder 2
Maine
1936-38

Box 1696: folder 3
Maine Miscellaneous
1938

Box 1696: folder 4
Connecticut Yankee - Maine article
1938

Box 1696: folder 5
General Massachusetts
1938-39

Box 1696: folder 6
Maine Miscellaneous
undated

Box 1696: folder 7
Massachusetts Authors
1937-38

Box 1696: folder 8
New Hampshire
1938

Box 1697: folder 1
Rhode Island
1935-38

Box 1697: folder 2
Vermont
1937-38

Box 1697: folder 3
Miscellaneous
1910-46

Box 1697: folder 4

Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Booksellers and bookselling--Massachusetts--Northampton.
  • Bookstores--Massachusetts--Northampton.
  • Dodd, Marion E., d. 1961.
  • Dodd, Marion E., d. 1961.
  • Hampshire Bookshop.
  • Smith College--Students.


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