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Ethel Hale Freeman Papers, 1882-1917
8 boxes (3.675 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 42

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

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Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the Ethel Hale Freeman Papers must be requested from the Smith College Archives. Official Smith correspondence and documents are copyrighted by the Smith College Archives. Provenance and copyright ownership of materials is unknown and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

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. Although she grew up in West Newton, she spent many happy summers on her old farm in Ashfield. Freeman died in Essex, Connecticut on February 26, 1963.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Ethel Hale Freeman Papers span a period from 1882 to 1917. Much of the material is from her 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. The folders are arranged alphabetically by subject, and the collection is composed of correspondence, class notes, plays, photographs, memorabilia books, and other general items such as music scores and sketches.


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

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the Ethel Hale Freeman Papers must be requested from the Smith College Archives. Official Smith correspondence and documents are copyrighted by the Smith College Archives. Provenance and copyright ownership of 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:

Ethel Hale Freeman Papers, Box #, Smith College Archives.

History of the Collection

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 Archives
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: nyoung@smith.edu
URL: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/archives
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Series I. GENERAL



The first series, General, contains miscellaneous information on Freeman's life. This includes details about her Spoken English class at Smith, photographs, her undergraduate achievements, how she came to be appointed Instructor of Elocution, and some tidbits of biographical information. It appears that she was very interested in dramatics and theater, two programmes from productions she attended are in the collection, which explains why she taught Elocution. Elocution is what later evolved to be the Theater Department here at Smith. Thus, Freeman was essentially one of the pioneers in that area.

Appointment
1911-17

Box 1: folder 1
Biographical Data
1915-50

Box 1: folder 2
Drama Room
1913, 1915

Box 1: folder 3
High School
1898

Box 1: folder 4
Jokes and Lampoons
1909, n.d.

Box 1: folder 5
Phi Beta Kappa Society
1917

Box 1: folder 6
Photographs
1900-02, n.d.

Box 1: folder 7
Religion Class Notes
1911-17

Box 1: folder 8
Sigma
n.d.

Box 1: folder 9
Sketches
n.d.

Box 1: folder 10
Spoken English - Examinations, etc.
1915-17

Box 1: folder 11
Spoken English - Lecture Notes
n.d.

Box 1: folder 12
Spoken English - Reports, Elocution
1911-17, n.d.

Box 1: folder 13
Series II. CORRESPONDENCE



The second series is composed primarily of Correspondence between Freeman and various people. A mix of personal and formal letters, handwritten and typed, can be found. Her correspondance covers both her personal and professional lives, 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 2: folder 1
Burton, Marion L. to EHF
1911-17

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

Box 2: folder 3
Emerson, Ellen Tucker to EHF
1913, 17

Box 2: folder 4
Freeman, Caroline from EHF
1905-1908

Box 2: folder 5
Freeman, Ethel Hale to Margaret Grierson
1940

Box 2: folder 6
Freeman, Harriet Clark from EHF
1905-1909

Box 2: folder 7-8
Round Robin letters: Freeman, Harriet E. to EHF
1906

Box 2: folder 8
Freeman, Helen Hunt from EHF
1905-1909

Box 2: folder 9
Ganong, William Francis to EHF
1915

Box 2: folder 10
Grenfell, Wilfred T. to EHF
1928-29

Box 2: folder 11
Hale, Ellen Day to EHF
1904

Box 2: folder 12
Hoyt, Hildegrade to EHF
1912

Box 2: folder 13
Kapp, Marie F. to EHF
1913

Box 2: folder 14
Keller, Helen to EHF
1902

Box 2: folder 15
Kiernan, George to M.L. Burton
1912

Box 2: folder 16
Libby to Miss Neeson
n.d.

Box 2: folder 17
McClellan, Katherine Elizabeth to EHF
1908, 1912

Box 2: folder 18
Mendenhall, Thomas Corwin to EHF
1960

Box 2: folder 19
Newcomb, Edith Turner from EHF (Christmas carols)
1902, 1925-27, 1947

Box 2: folder 20
Notman, Winifred to EHF
1913

Box 2: folder 21
Pomeroy, Helen Jackson to EHF
1912

Box 2: folder 18
re: portrait of Seelye, L. Clark, letter from LCS
1908, 1910-11, n.d.

Box 2: folder 19
Shakespeare Memorial Theatre to EHF
1934

Box 2: folder 20
Smith, Mary P. Wells to EHF
1916

Box 2: folder 21
Wardwell, Eunice (Remington) to EHF
1913

Box 2: folder 22
Series III. CLASS NOTEBOOKS



Freeman's Class Notebooks document much of her undergraduate career at Smith. Her notes appear to be neat and clearly labeled. Some subject, such as Dramatics and Zoology, contain not only her notes but the textbooks she used as well. For her dramatics class, she read The Adventure of Lady Ursula, a book that also contains pictures of characters in costumes. Freeman has minimal class notes for this subject. A lot of her notes are from her literature classes, and these are meticulously organized into different notebooks, each lecture beginning on another page. Freeman's Zoology notes are less well organized, and this folder also contains the book she used in class. For her Themes and Verse class, the stack of loose-leaf papers she took notes on seem to have just been bundled together, a contrast to the neat notebooks she kept for Literature.

General
1899-1902

Box 3: folder 1
Dramatics
1899-1902

Box 3: folder 2
Literature
1899-1902

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

Box 3: folder 4
Science - Zoology
1899-1902

Box 3: folder 5
Themes and Verse
1899-1902

Box 3: folder 6
Series IV. MEMORABILIA



The fourth series contains music scores composed by Freeman, photo albums, and a very large Memorabilia book. Most of the musical scores are in notebooks, while others are on loose sheets of paper. These are labeled with the title of the piece, but some appear to be messy and look like drafts. The album contains a great number of photographs, all of which have the names of the people in the photo and the date listed at the bottom. Most of the photos are of people, although there are a few of scenery. Freeman's memorabilia book appears to be a very large compilation of mementos and keepsakes from her college years. Notes, cards, articles, ribbons, and even matchboxes are all included. There is no apparent order to all these objects, but they all appear to have personal meaning to Freeman herself. It gives one insight into the numerous activities she participated in while a Smith College student.

MEMORABILIA BOOK


Box 4
Music Scores
1922, 1923, 1935,1936, 1939, n.d.

Box 5: folder 1
Music Scores (cont.)
1931, 1953, n.d.

Box 5: folder 2
Photograph Album
1904-11

Box 5
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 go to charity. Examples of charities the organization has donated to are the Boston Floating Hospital, Blind Babies Home, Hale Endowment Fund, and Boston Normal School. A list of the Club's receipts and expenses reveal that most of the plays performed make a profit of over $500. There are also several notebooks of minutes from meetings. Almost all of the plays performed by the Club are contained in this series. While not all plays have copies of the scripts available, most have copies of the programs and some even have articles on it. This is obviously a project Freeman devoted much of her time to, being one of the founders of the organization.

General



Characters
n.d.

Box 6: folder 1
Constitution and By-Laws
1910, 1912, 1914, n.d.

Box 6: folder 2
Donations
1907-25

Box 6: folder 3
General
1903-28

Box 6: folder 4
Meetings
1911-18, 1925, 1928, n.d.

Box 6: folder 5
Membership
1908, 1910, 1912, 1915

Box 6: folder 6
Minutes
1909-11, 1914-15, 1922-28

Box 6: folder 7
Music Scores
n.d.

Box 6: folder 8
Photographs
n.d

Box 6: folder 9
Publications
1907, 1913, 1915, 1916, 1922-29, 1936, 1940

Box 6: folder 10
Reports - Annual
1902, 1907, 1912-13, 1922, 1929, 1939

Box 6: folder 11
Reports - Treasurer's
1913-25

Box 6: folder 12
Shakespeare Trophies
1900, n.d.

Box 6: folder 13
Songs
1908

Box 6: folder 14
Plays, A-L



Adventures of Lady Ursula
1903

Box 7: folder 1
Alice at Smith
n.d.

Box 7: folder 2
As You Like It
1902

Box 7: folder 3
Beau Brummel
1921

Box 7: folder 4
Brer Rabbit
1926

Box 7: folder 5
Christmas Carol
1909, 1914

Box 7: folder 6
Christmas Pageant
1920

Box 7: folder 7
Doctor of Alcantara
1916

Box 7: folder 8
Eight Cousins
1924

Box 7: folder 9
Fliveretta
1924

Box 7: folder 10
Galatea
1921

Box 7: folder 11
Gondoliers
1911

Box 7: folder 12
Gringoire
1907

Box 7: folder 13
Hamlet
1907

Box 7: folder 14
Heidi
1925

Box 7: folder 15
Iolanthe
1910

Box 7: folder 16
Land of Heart's Desire
1907

Box 7: folder 17
Little Lord Fauntleroy
1918

Box 7: folder 18
Little Men
1923

Box 7: folder 19
Little Women
1924

Box 7: folder 20
The Locket
1910

Box 7: folder 21
Love in a Garret
n.d.

Box 7: folder 22
Plays, M-Z



Master Skylark
1928

Box 8: folder 1
Midsummer Night's Dream
1905

Box 8: folder 2
Monsiere Beaucaire
1907, 1920

Box 8: folder 3
H.M.S. Pinafore
n.d.

Box 8: folder 4
Naughty Little Princess
1912. 1921

Box 8: folder 5
Playboy of the Western World
1922

Box 8: folder 6
Prince and the Pauper
1919

Box 8: folder 7
Purple and Fine Linen
1917

Box 8: folder 8
Professor's Love Story
1910

Box 8: folder 9
Romeo and Juliet
1908

Box 8: folder 10
Ruddy Gore
1913

Box 8: folder 11
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
1920

Box 8: folder 12
Speed
n.d.

Box 8: folder 13
Taming of the Shrew
1904

Box 8: folder 14
Twelfth Night
1914

Box 8: folder 15
Workhouse Maid Rosalind
1915

Box 8: folder 16

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Subjects
  • Freeman, Ethel Hale.
  • Smith College Faculty.
  • Smith College--Students.

Contributors
  • Burton, Marion Le Roy, 1874-1925
  • Comstock, Ada Louise.
  • Grenfell, Wilfred Thomason, Sir, 1865-1940
  • Mendenhall, Thomas Corwin
  • Seelye, Laurenus Clark, 1837-1924.


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