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Ethel Hale Freeman Papers, 1882-1960
3.125 linear feet (8 containers)
Collection number: CA.MS.00058

Abstract:
Alumnae, Instructor, drama. Collection contains correspondence, materials related to Lend-a-Hand Dramatic Club, class notes, plays, photographs, and memorabilia.

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

Ethel Hale Freeman graduated from Smith College in 1902. After graduation, she studied at the Art School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and received her M.A. from Smith in 1915. After some years spent serving as dramatic coach for the Wellesley Shakespeare Society and the Players of Newton, she came to Smith to teach elocution and modern drama from 1911 to 1917. She also taught spoken English and Shakespeare in a University extension course in Greenfield, Massachusetts. Between 1917 and 1925, Freeman taught English at the Lee School in Boston, and from 1924 to 1933, was an instructor at Dana Hall and Pine Manor in Wellesley. She was active in many forms of the arts, including music, sculpture, and the theater. Freeman died in Essex, Connecticut on February 26, 1963.

Scope and Contents

Much of the collection is from Freeman's time as a professor at Smith. The information regarding her personal life is largely confined to her correspondence with her family during two trips to Europe, the first in 1905-1906 and the second in 1908-1909. A large portion of the collection contains correspondence and materials documenting her involvement in various organizations, particularly the Lend-a-Hand Dramatic Club. Other materials include class notes, plays, photographs, memorabilia books, music scores, and sketches.

This collection is organized into five series:

  1. I. General
  2. II. Correspondence
  3. III. Class Notebooks
  4. IV. Memorabilia
  5. V. Lend-a-Hand Dramatic Club

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

Ethel Hale Freeman Papers, Smith College Archives, CA-MS-00058, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.

History of the Collection

Source unknown.

Processing Information

The Ethel Hale Freeman Papers were processed by Katrina Cokeng, '02, CDO Archival Intern in 1999-2000.


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. GENERAL



This series includes details about Freeman's Spoken English class at Smith, photographs, her undergraduate achievements, how she came to be appointed Instructor of Elocution, and some biographical information.

Appointment
1911-17

Box 796: folder 1
Biographical Data
1915-50

Box 796: folder 2
Drama Room
1913 1915

Box 796: folder 3
High School
1898

Box 796: folder 4
Jokes and Lampoons
1909 undated

Box 796: folder 5
Phi Beta Kappa Society
1917

Box 796: folder 6
Photographs
1900-02 undated

Box 796: folder 7
Religion Class Notes
1911-17

Box 796: folder 8
Sigma
undated

Box 796: folder 9
Sketches
undated

Box 796: folder 10
Spoken English - Examinations, etc.
1915-17

Box 796: folder 11
Spoken English - Lecture Notes
undated

Box 796: folder 12
Spoken English - Reports, Elocution
1911-17 undated

Box 796: folder 13
Series II. CORRESPONDENCE



This series is composed primarily of personal and professional correspondencelives, from her letters to her family during two early trips to Europe to her communications with people in the Smith College community (such as Presidents Seelye and Burton) and celebrities like Helen Keller. Also included in the series are letters from Freeman's aunt, Harriet E. Freeman, who accompanied her on two of her European trips, to various members of the Freeman family. The series also contains some newspaper articles and postcards.

Bonstelle, Jesse to EHF
1916-17

Box 797.1: folder 1
Burton, Marion L. to EHF
1911-17

Box 797.1: folder 2
Comstock, Ada L. to EHF
1917-18

Box 797.1: folder 3
Emerson, Ellen Tucker to EHF
1913 17

Box 797.1: folder 4
Freeman, Caroline from EHF
1905-1908

Box 797.1: folder 5
Freeman, Ethel Hale to Margaret Grierson
1940

Box 797.1: folder 6
Freeman, Harriet Clark from EHF
1905-1909

Box 797.1: folder 7-8
Round Robin letters: Freeman, Harriet E. to EHF
1906

Box 797.1: folder 8
Freeman, Helen Hunt from EHF
1905-1909

Box 797.1: folder 9
Ganong, William Francis to EHF
1915

Box 797.1: folder 10
Grenfell, Wilfred T. to EHF
1928-29

Box 797.1: folder 11
Hale, Ellen Day to EHF
1904

Box 797.1: folder 12
Hoyt, Hildegrade to EHF
1912

Box 797.1: folder 13
Kapp, Marie F. to EHF
1913

Box 797.1: folder 14
Keller, Helen to EHF
1902

Box 797.1: folder 15
Kiernan, George to M.L. Burton
1912

Box 797.1: folder 16
Libby to Miss Neeson
undated

Box 797.1: folder 17
McClellan, Katherine Elizabeth to EHF
1908 1912

Box 797.1: folder 18
Mendenhall, Thomas Corwin to EHF
1960

Box 797.1: folder 19
Newcomb, Edith Turner from EHF (Christmas carols)
1902-1947

Box 797.1: folder 20
Notman, Winifred to EHF
1913

Box 797.1: folder 21
Pomeroy, Helen Jackson to EHF
1912

Box 797.1: folder 18
re: portrait of Seelye, L. Clark, letter from LCS
1908 1910-11 undated

Box 797.1: folder 19
Shakespeare Memorial Theatre to EHF
1934

Box 797.1: folder 20
Smith, Mary P. Wells to EHF
1916

Box 797.1: folder 21
Wardwell, Eunice (Remington) to EHF
1913

Box 797.1: folder 22
Series III. CLASS NOTEBOOKS



Freeman's Class Notebooks document much of her undergraduate career at Smith. Some subjects, such as Dramatics and Zoology, also contain textbooks she used as well.

General
1899-1902

Box 798: folder 1
Dramatics
1899-1902

Box 798: folder 2
Literature
1899-1902

Box 798: folder 3
Literature (cont.)
1899-1902

Box 798: folder 4
Science - Zoology
1899-1902

Box 798: folder 5
Themes and Verse
1899-1902

Box 798: folder 6
Series IV. MEMORABILIA



The fourth series contains music scores composed by Freeman, photo albums, and a memorabilia book. The album contains dated and identified photographs, primarily of people. Freeman's memorabilia book contains student notes, cards, articles, ribbons, and even matchboxes.

MEMORABILIA BOOK


Box 799
Music Scores
1922-1939, undated

Box 800: folder 1
Music Scores (cont.)
1931 1953 undated

Box 800: folder 2
Photograph Album
1904-11

Box 800
Series V. LEND-A-HAND DRAMATIC CLUB



Freeman was heavily involved in the Lend-a-Hand Dramatic Club, an organization that promoted philanthropic interest in young people by getting them involved in the dramatic society, the profits of which went to charity. There are several notebooks of minutes from meetings. Almost all of the plays performed by the Club are contained in this series.

General



Characters
undated

Box 801: folder 1
Constitution and By-Laws
1910-1914, undated

Box 801: folder 2
Donations
1907-25

Box 801: folder 3
General
1903-28

Box 801: folder 4
Meetings
1911-1928, undated

Box 801: folder 5
Membership
1908

Box 801: folder 6
Minutes
1909-1928

Box 801: folder 7
Music Scores
undated

Box 801: folder 8
Photographs
undated

Box 801: folder 9
Publications
1907-1940

Box 801: folder 10
Reports - Annual
1902-1939

Box 801: folder 11
Reports - Treasurer's
1913-25

Box 801: folder 12
Shakespeare Trophies
1900 undated

Box 801: folder 13
Songs
1908

Box 801: folder 14
Plays, A-L



Adventures of Lady Ursula
1903

Box 802: folder 1
Alice at Smith
undated

Box 802: folder 2
As You Like It
1902

Box 802: folder 3
Beau Brummel
1921

Box 802: folder 4
Brer Rabbit
1926

Box 802: folder 5
Christmas Carol
1909 1914

Box 802: folder 6
Christmas Pageant
1920

Box 802: folder 7
Doctor of Alcantara
1916

Box 802: folder 8
Eight Cousins
1924

Box 802: folder 9
Fliveretta
1924

Box 802: folder 10
Galatea
1921

Box 802: folder 11
Gondoliers
1911

Box 802: folder 12
Gringoire
1907

Box 802: folder 13
Hamlet
1907

Box 802: folder 14
Heidi
1925

Box 802: folder 15
Iolanthe
1910

Box 802: folder 16
Land of Heart's Desire
1907

Box 802: folder 17
Little Lord Fauntleroy
1918

Box 802: folder 18
Little Men
1923

Box 802: folder 19
Little Women
1924

Box 802: folder 20
The Locket
1910

Box 802: folder 21
Love in a Garret
undated

Box 802: folder 22
Plays, M-Z



Master Skylark
1928

Box 803: folder 1
Midsummer Night's Dream
1905

Box 803: folder 2
Monsiere Beaucaire
1907 1920

Box 803: folder 3
H.M.S. Pinafore
undated

Box 803: folder 4
Naughty Little Princess
1912. 1921

Box 803: folder 5
Playboy of the Western World
1922

Box 803: folder 6
Prince and the Pauper
1919

Box 803: folder 7
Purple and Fine Linen
1917

Box 803: folder 8
Professor's Love Story
1910

Box 803: folder 9
Romeo and Juliet
1908

Box 803: folder 10
Ruddy Gore
1913

Box 803: folder 11
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
1920

Box 803: folder 12
Speed
undated

Box 803: folder 13
Taming of the Shrew
1904

Box 803: folder 14
Twelfth Night
1914

Box 803: folder 15
Workhouse Maid Rosalind
1915

Box 803: folder 16

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Subjects
  • Burton, Marion Le Roy, 1874-1925
  • Comstock, Ada Louise.
  • Freeman, Ethel Hale.
  • Grenfell, Wilfred Thomason, Sir, 1865-1940
  • Mendenhall, Thomas Corwin
  • Seelye, Laurenus Clark, 1837-1924.
  • Smith College Faculty.
  • Smith College--Students.


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