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F. Warren Wright Papers, 1890-1966
11 boxes (5.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 42

Abstract:
Professor, classics. Contains biographical data, Classical Association of New England bulletins, correspondence, diaries, educational records, lectures, photographs, publications and research.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

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

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish any material from the F. Warren Wright papers must be secured from the Smith College Archives.

Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Frederick Warren Wright was born in Middletown, Rhode Island to the Reverend William Arter Wright and Sarah Elizabeth Longley Wright on March 8, 1885. He had one older sister named Bertha. He earned his A.B. in Classics from Wesleyan University in 1906, his A.M. from Harvard in 1908 and his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1910. His dissertation was titled "Studies in Menander." In 1915 Professor Wright married Louise Marion Fisher, a graduate of Vassar and of Teachers' College, Columbia University. Mrs. Wright taught physical education at Smith and was the director of the day school.

Professor Wright was always an educator, but his first job, when he was not engaged in his studies at Wesleyan or Harvard, was as a reporter for the Chautauqua Daily in New York. His first position in a school was as the Assistant Principal of a high school in Portland, Connecticut, and then as a lecturer in Latin at Bryn Mawr. Professor Wright came to Smith in 1911 as an Instructor in Latin. He was made assistant professor in 1914, associate professor in 1920 and professor in 1937. In 1942 he was appointed Chair of the Classics Department. Professor Wright also served as Marshal between 1925 and 1947 and as a member of the Board of Admissions from 1934 until his retirement in 1953.

Professor Wright's scholarly interest concerned ancient drama and theater, and he published a number of articles, and one book, titled Cicero and the Theater (1931), on this topic. His articles were published in the Classical Journal, Journal of Classical Philology, Classical Weekly and the American Journal of Philology. He traveled extensively throughout Europe and the Mediterranean for his research of ancient theater sites. Professor Wright was also a member of several professional organizations including the Archaeological Institute of America, the American Classical League, the Classical Association of New England, the American Association of University Professors, the Classical Society of the American Academy in Rome, the Association Guillaume Bude, The Socratic Literary Society and Phi Beta Kappa. He was also a member of the Hampshire County Red Cross and the Northampton Kiwanis Club.

Professor Wright died on July 31, 1966.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Wright Papers amount to approximately 5.5 linear feet, and include biographical data, Classical Association of New England bulletins, correspondence 1879-1953, diaries, educational records, Kiwanis Club material, lectures, photographs, publications and research, Smith College records, speeches and war service. Of these 5.5 feet, 1.5 feet is composed solely of letters between Professor Wright and his mother, Sarah Longley Wright between the years of 1894 and 1938. The Wright Papers also include files on William Arter Wright, Sarah Longley Wright and Louise Marion Fisher Wright. Among Louise Wright's files are sketch books, letters and photographs.


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

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

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish any material from the F. Warren Wright papers must be secured from the Smith College Archives.

Preferred Citation

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

F. Warren Wright Papers, Box #. Smith College Archives.

History of the Collection

The F. Warren Wright Papers came to the college as a series of donations from Professor Wright, and from his Estate.

Processing Information

Processed by Elizabeth Kates.


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
General


Box 1: folder 1
Association of Begatees of Clergy


Box 1: folder 2
Biographical Data


Box 1: folder 3
Classical Assoc. of New England
1902-1936

Box 1: folder 4
Classical Assoc. of New England
1938-1949

Box 1: folder 5
Classical Assoc. of New England
1950-1955

Box 1: folder 6
Classical Assoc. of New England
1956-1959

Box 1: folder 7
Diaries
1931-1951

Box 1: folder 8
Diaries
1964-1966

Box 1: folder 9
Education



Ontario Public School


Box 2: folder 1
Riverside Public Schools
1891-[1899]

Box 2: folder 2
Jamestown Business College
1890

Box 2: folder 3
Jamestown High School
Dec. 20, 1901

Box 2: folder 4
Chaffey College
1897-1964

Box 2: folder 5
Wesleyan University
1902-1964

Box 2: folder 6
Harvard University
1907-1908

Box 2: folder 7
Princeton University
1908-1913

Box 2: folder 8
Italy
1931-1933

Box 2: folder 9
Kiwanis Club
1934-1963

Box 2: folder 10
Lectures
Apr. 18, 1927

Box 2: folder 11
Leonard Discussion Group
1935-1943

Box 2: folder 12
Northampton Tercentenary
1954

Box 2: folder 13
1960

Box 2: folder 14
Obituaries
1966

Box 2: folder 15
Retirement
1953

Box 3: folder 1
Smith College
1911-1952

Box 3: folder 2
Speeches
1930-1952

Box 3: folder 3
War Service
1918-1942

Box 3: folder 4
Wright, Louise (Fisher)
1906-1947

Box 3: folder 5
sketchbook belonging to L.F.W.
1914

Box 3
sketchbook belonging to L.F.W.
1946-1948

Box 3
Wright, Sarah (Longley)


Box 3: folder 6
Wright, William Arter


Box 3: folder 7
Correspondence



Correspondence - General


Box 4: folder 1
Abott, Senda (Berenson)
n.d.

Box 4: folder 2
Collins, Elizabeth & Frank
1962-1964

Box 4: folder 3
Dean, Sidney Norton
1942-1943

Box 4: folder 4
Fisher, Charles Irving
1915-1924

Box 4: folder 5
Freeman, Frank & Bertha
1903-1953

Box 4: folder 6
Freeman, John & Evelyn
1930-1963

Box 4: folder 7
Freeman, T. Fred & Daniel Roy
1897-1943

Box 4: folder 8
Ganong, William Frances
Mar. 24, 1933

Box 4: folder 9
Heidel, W. A.
1908-1933

Box 4: folder 10
McCann, William Sharp & Gertrude (Fisher)
1956-1965

Box 4: folder 11
Meyerhoff, Howard Augustus
Sep. 18, 1944

Box 4: folder 12
Neilson, Elizabeth (Muser)
1946

Box 4: folder 13
Patch, Howard Rollin
1926

Box 4: folder 14
Penner, Albert J.
Mar. 12, 1934

Box 4: folder 15
Rankin, Frances (Freeman)
c.1937-1964

Box 4: folder 16
Ransom, Pearl E.
1941-1947

Box 4: folder 17
Richardson, Mary Lilias
Mar. 16, 1914

Box 4: folder 18
Rooke, Margaret LeBreton
Mar. 15, 1925

Box 4: folder 19
Shields, Emily Ledyard
Mar. 11, 1947

Box 4: folder 20
Turlington, Bayly
1958-1965

Box 4: folder 21
Wilder, Inez (Whipple)
Sep. 8, 1926

Box 4: folder 22
Wright, F. Warren (copies of letters sent out)
1959-1964

Box 4: folder 23
Wright, Louise Fisher (to and from)
1914-1915

Box 4: folder 24
Wright, Louise Fisher (to and from)
1916-1930

Box 4: folder 25
Wright, Louise Fisher (to and from)
1931-1949

Box 4: folder 26
Wright, Louise Fisher (to and from)
1950-1963

Box 4: folder 27
Wright, Sarah (Longley)



1894-1898

Box 5: folder 1
1899-1901

Box 5: folder 2
1902-1903

Box 5: folder 3
1904

Box 5: folder 4
1905

Box 5: folder 5
1906

Box 5: folder 6
1907-1908

Box 5: folder 7
1908-1909

Box 6: folder 1
1910

Box 6: folder 2
1911

Box 6: folder 3
1912-1913

Box 6: folder 4
1914

Box 6: folder 5
1915

Box 6: folder 6
1916

Box 6: folder 7
1917-1918

Box 7: folder 1
1919-1920

Box 7: folder 2
1921-1923

Box 7: folder 3
1924-1925

Box 7: folder 4
1926-1927

Box 7: folder 5
1928-1929

Box 7: folder 6
1930-1931

Box 7: folder 7
1932-1938

Box 7: folder 8
Photographs



1880-1900

Box 8: folder 1
1901-1910

Box 8: folder 2
1911-1920

Box 8: folder 3
1921-1930

Box 8: folder 4
1931-1940

Box 8: folder 5
1941-

Box 8: folder 6
Photographs - Fisher family
n.d.

Box 8: folder 7
Photographs - Wright, William Arter and Sarah (Longley)
c.1901-1915

Box 8: folder 8
Six photograph albums
1910-1923

Box 9
Two photograph albums
c.1920; c.1950

Box 10
Publications, General
1911-1962

Box 11: folder 1
Fashions in Girls' Names at Smith College
1954

Box 11: folder 2
Research - ancient theaters



A-E


Box 11: folder 3
G-Z


Box 11: folder 4
England and Spain


Box 11: folder 5
France


Box 11: folder 6
Italy


Box 11: folder 7

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Subjects
  • Smith College--Faculty.
  • Wright, Frederick Warren, 1885-
  • Wright, Louise Fisher.
  • Wright, Sarah Longley.

Contributors
  • Classical Association of New England.
  • Wright, Louise Fisher.
  • Wright, Sarah Longley.


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