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Laurie Worcester papers, 1943-1995
2.083 linear feet (5 containers)
Collection number: CA.MS.00069

Abstract:
Smith graduate. Contains articles, photographs, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and lecture notes.

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

Lucy Lawrence "Laurie" Worcester came to Smith in 1948. She had previously attended the Brearly School, a prestigious girls school in Manhattan. She was elected president of Student Council and served as class president from 1952-1957. She wrote and edited the Tenth Reunion Yearbook. Laurie was elected director of the Alumnae Association, and served on a committee formed to revise sections of the association's bylaws as well as the editorial board of the Smith Alumnae Quarterly.

After graduating from Smith, Laurie was on the editorial staff of Time, Inc., and later taught history at Miss Fine's School in Princeton. In 1954 she married Henry Chauncey, president of Educational Testing Service. They had four daughters: Susan, Caroline, Deborah, and Sarah.

From 1955-1970, Laurie and Henry Chauncy lived in an 18th century farmhouse on Rosedale Road in Princeton, New Jersey. The house was later converted into a Guest House and became part of the Henry Chauncey Conference Center in 1973. On May 3, 1976, the house was renamed Laurie House in honor of Laurie Worcester Chauncy.

Scope and Contents

The Laurie Worcester papers consist of approximately two and one half linear feet. The collection includes such biographical material as articles, photographs, and newspaper clippings. The bulk of the collection consists of a series of letters Laurie wrote to her family during her years at Smith, as well as notebooks and exams from her time at Smith. The collection of letters consists of 167 documents written between the years 1948-1952. These include 92 letters, 59 postcards, 9 telegrams, 6 newspaper clippings, and 1 commencement publication. A description of the content of these letters, written by Henry Chauncey, is included in the Series Description. In addition to the letters from Laurie, there is a bound book of letters received after her death.

The class notebooks span four years and represent a diverse selection of classes, including: Art, Art History, Ancient Drama, English, French, Geology, Government, History, Historiography, Religion, and Sociology. The notebooks are organized by subject matter and then by date. In addition, there is a collection of notes from Laurie's time at Brearly School, prior to her matriculation at Smith.

The following is an introduction to the collection written by Laurie Worcester's husband, Henry Chauncy:

"Laurie wrote home quite regularly throughout her four years at Smith-certainly more than most students then or now. The letters, being to her family, report very personally and in considerable detail on what she had been doing and what lay ahead. They provide a picture of an active person of wide-ranging interests who had an extremely full and rewarding college life. The letters give a picture of what college was like in the post-World War II period and they give some insight into a remarkable person. Laurie was energetic and enthusiastic, interested in other people, with a lively sense of humor and a quick wit. She was greatly concerned with the life of the College in all its aspects: academic, extracurricular, and even athletic-though no star. She used to comment that she was the last person to make the lacrosse team at the very end of her senior year.

In other areas she was more successful. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in her junior year and was President of the Student Council in her senior year. Fortunately, Laurie's mother kept her letters-in a large box which I was given after her death. Since in most cases the letters were not in their original envelopes and were not in any order, and since Laurie ordinarily dated her letters only by the day of the week, it has been difficult to arrange them in chronological order. Some letters, on closer scrutiny, may be found out of place. Order, in any case, does not seem to be of highest importance. Each letter speaks for itself and gives a vignette of like at Smith and a snapshot of the author."

This collection is organized into three series:

  1. I. Biography
  2. II. Personal Correspondence
  3. III. Lecture Notes.

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:

Laurie Worcester papers, Box #, Smith College Archives, CA-MS-00069, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.

History of the Collection

The materials in the Laurie Worcester collection were given to the College Archives in 1978 by her husband, Henry Chauncey.

Processing Information

Processed by Jill Boncek.


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. Biography



General
1947-1995

Box 2183: folder 1
General
undated

Box 2183: folder 2
Series II. Personal Correspondence



"Letters from Smith" inventory


Box 2183: folder 3
Letters freshman year
ca.1948 Sept. - Dec.

Box 2183: folder 4
Letters freshman year
1949 Jan. - Mar.

Box 2183: folder 5
Letters freshman year
1949 Apr. - Jun.

Box 2183: folder 6
Letters sophomore year
ca.1949 Sept. - Dec.

Box 2183: folder 7
Letters sophomore year
1950 Jan. - Mar.

Box 2183: folder 8
Letters sophomore year
1950 Apr. - May

Box 2183: folder 9
Letters junior year
ca.1950 Sept. - Dec.

Box 2183: folder 10
Letters junior year
1951 Jan. - Mar.

Box 2183: folder 11
Letters junior year
1951 Apr. - Jun.

Box 2183: folder 12
Letters senior year
ca.1951 Sept. - Dec.

Box 2183: folder 13
Letters senior year
1952 Jan. - Mar.

Box 2183: folder 14
Letters senior year
1952 Apr. - Jun Sept.

Box 2183: folder 15
Series III. Lecture Notes



Lecture Notes - Art 11 (1)
1949-1950

Box 2184
Lecture Notes - Art 11 (2)
1949-1950

Box 2184
Lecture Notes - Art History (1)
1949-1950

Box 2184
Lecture Notes - Art History (2)
1949-1950

Box 2184
Lecture Notes - Brearly School (1)
1943-1948

Box 2184
Lecture Notes - Brearly School (2)
1943-1948

Box 2184
Lecture Notes - Brearly School (3)
1943-1948

Box 2185
Lecture Notes - Ancient Drama
1950-1951

Box 2185
Lecture Notes - English 21
1948-1949

Box 2185
Lecture Notes - English 39b, 4176
1949-1952

Box 2185
Lecture Notes - French
1948-1949

Box 2185
Lecture Notes - Geology
1949-1950

Box 2185
Lecture Notes - Government
1951-1952

Box 2185
Lecture Notes - History 11 (1)
1948-1949

Box 2186
Lecture Notes - History 11 (2)
1948-1949

Box 2186
Lecture Notes - Hist. Ancnt Nr Estrn Hist.
1949-1950

Box 2186
Lecture Notes - History 411b
1950-1951

Box 2186
Lecture Notes - History French Revolution
1951

Box 2186
Lecture Notes - History 322a, 38b
1951-1952

Box 2186
Lecture Notes - History 45a, 46b
1951-1952

Box 2186
Lecture Notes - Hist. Tudor Stewart Ren.
1950-1951

Box 2186
Lecture Notes - Hist. Medieval History
undated

Box 2186
Lecture Notes - Historiography
1950-1951

Box 2187
Lecture Notes - Historiography Comp. Exam
1950-1951

Box 2187
Lecture Notes - Maps
undated

Box 2187
Lecture Notes - Religion 11
1949-1950

Box 2187
Lecture Notes - Religion 32b
1949-1950

Box 2187
Lecture Notes - Sociology (1)
1949-1950

Box 2187
Lecture Notes - Sociology (2)
1949-1950

Box 2187
Lecture Notes - Outlines for Comprehensives
1951

Box 2187

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Subjects
  • Brearley School--Students.
  • Smith College--Students.
  • Worcester, Laurie.


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