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Helen Jeannette Peirce Papers, 1917-1982
1 box (.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 42

Abstract:
Alumnae, Professor, Spanish. Contains correspondence, photographs, photo album, and publications.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

All of the files are open to the public according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. In order to publish any material contained in the Helen J. (Helen Jeannette) Peirce Papers, permission must be obtained from the Smith College Archives.

Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Helen J. (Helen Jeannette) Peirce was born on July 15, 1898 in New Bedford Massachusetts. She attended Smith College and graduated as a member of the Class of 1921 with a major in Spanish and Portuguese. After graduation, Peirce spent a year in Spain on an exchange fellowship and later returned to teach Spanish and French at the East Providence High School in Rhode Island during the 1922-23 school year. In 1923, she joined the Smith College faculty as an assistant professor of Spanish, where she remained until her retirement in 1963.

Peirce was a faculty resident of Morrow House for many of her years at Smith and was active in both research and administration in addition to her teaching. She received her Master of Arts degree from Smith in 1928, completing her dissertation on "Aspects of the Personality of the Spanish King in Hispanic-Arabic Literature", and spent the 1940-41 and 1952-53 academic years at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Portugal, respectively, where she continued her studies. When not involved in her own academic pursuits, Peirce held several administrative positions at Smith College. She served as Class Dean for the classes of 1933 and 1939 and ran the Junior Year Abroad program in Spain and Mexico for several years. In addition, Peirce was the chairman of the Committee on Foreign Students during the 1953-54 academic year.

Upon retiring in 1963, Peirce was able to indulge her interest in photography and bird-watching in addition to teaching a class in Spanish at the YWCA and caring for her elderly mother. She died in 1982 at age eighty-four.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Helen Jeanette Peirce Papers cover 1917-1982. The majority of the materials are from 1923-1963, during Peirce's tenure at Smith. Types of materials in this collection include correspondence, photographs, albums, and publications. The photographs chronicle her undergraduate and faculty years as well as experiences abroad. Materials of special interest relate to her trips to Mexico and Spain during her time as a Spanish professor at Smith.


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

All of the files are open to the public according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. In order to publish any material contained in the Helen J. (Helen Jeannette) Peirce Papers, permission must be obtained from the Smith College Archives.

Preferred Citation

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

Helen Jeannette Peirce Papers, Box #, Smith College Archives.

History of the Collection

Processing Information

Processed by Abby Schlessinger.


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
General
1921-1982

Box 968
Correspondence
1934-1964

Box 968
Mexico
1944-1945

Box 968
Mexico
1948-1951

Box 968
Mexico, Photographs
1944-1949

Box 968
Photographs
1921-1964

Box 968
Photo Album, Undergraduate Years
1917-1921

Box 968
Photo Album, Faculty Years
1929-1949, n.d.

Box 968
Publications
1944, n.d.

Box 968
Spain
1933-1934

Box 968

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Subjects
  • Peirce, Helen J. (Helen Jeannette).
  • Smith College--Faculty.


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