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Laurie Worcester (Lucy Lawrence Chauncey) Papers, 1943-1995
5 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 80. Class of 1952.

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

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the documents must be requested from the Smith College Archives. Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Provenance and copyright ownership of other materials is unknown and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

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 of the Collection

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 Smith College Archives houses other items related to Laurie Worcester that are not kept among the Laurie Worcester Papers. Laurie Worcester is in a photograph taken with members of the Student Council, located in that file. In addition, reference to Lauire can be found in Alumnae Trust Nominees for 1965.

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."

The collection 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. Because many of the letters were dated only by the day of the week, each piece has been reviewed carefully for evidence of chronology. The use of the perpetual calendar has helped place the collection in chronological order. However, the researcher must be aware that the order is not definitive.

"Letters from Smith" are arranged in 12 folders. Each folder contains documents for a three-month period. Correspondence from Laurie's freshman year are in folders 1-3, her sophomore year in folders 4-6, her junior year in folders 7-9, and her senior year in folders 10-12. A newspaper clipping from the fall of 1952, featuring Laurie's return to Smith College, will be found in folder 12."

This collection is organized into three series:


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

The papers are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the documents must be requested from the Smith College Archives. Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Provenance and copyright ownership of other 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:

Laurie Worcester (Lucy Lawrence Chauncey) Papers, Box #, Smith College Archives.

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 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. BIOGRAPHY



General File 1
1947-1995

Box 1: folder 1
General File 2
n.d.

Box 1: folder 2
SERIES II. PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE



"Letters from Smith" inventory


Box 1: folder 3
Letters freshman year
1948, Sept. - Dec.

Box 1: folder 4
Letters freshman year
1949, Jan. - Mar.

Box 1: folder 5
Letters freshman year
1949, Apr. - Jun.

Box 1: folder 6
Letters sophomore year
1949, Sept. - Dec.

Box 1: folder 7
Letters sophomore year
1950, Jan. - Mar.

Box 1: folder 8
Letters sophomore year
1950, Apr. - May

Box 1: folder 9
Letters junior year
1950, Sept. - Dec.

Box 1: folder 10
Letters junior year
1951, Jan. - Mar.

Box 1: folder 11
Letters junior year
1951, Apr. - Jun.

Box 1: folder 12
Letters senior year
1951, Sept. - Dec.

Box 1: folder 13
Letters senior year
1952, Jan. - Mar.

Box 1: folder 14
Letters senior year
1952, Apr. - Jun, Sept.

Box 1: folder 15
SERIES III. LECTURE NOTES



Lecture Notes - Art 11 (1)
1949-1950

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

Box 2
Lecture Notes - Art History (1)
1949-1950

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

Box 2
Lecture Notes - Brearly School (1)
1943-1948

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

Box 2
Lecture Notes - Brearly School (3)
1943-1948

Box 3
Lecture Notes - Ancient Drama
1950-1951

Box 3
Lecture Notes - English 21
1948-1949

Box 3
Lecture Notes - English 39b, 4176
1949-1952

Box 3
Lecture Notes - French
1948-1949

Box 3
Lecture Notes - Geology
1949-1950

Box 3
Lecture Notes - Government
1951-1952

Box 3
Lecture Notes - History 11 (1)
1948-1949

Box 4
Lecture Notes - History 11 (2)
1948-1949

Box 4
Lecture Notes - Hist. Ancnt Nr Estrn Hist.
1949-1950

Box 4
Lecture Notes - History 411b
1950-1951

Box 4
Lecture Notes - History French Revolution
1951

Box 4
Lecture Notes - History 322a, 38b
1951-1952

Box 4
Lecture Notes - History 45a, 46b
1951-1952

Box 4
Lecture Notes - Hist. Tudor Stewart Ren.
1950-1951

Box 4
Lecture Notes - Hist. Medieval History
n.d.

Box 4
Lecture Notes - Historiography
1950-1951

Box 5
Lecture Notes - Historiography Comp. Exam
1950-1951

Box 5
Lecture Notes - Maps
n.d.

Box 5
Lecture Notes - Religion 11
1949-1950

Box 5
Lecture Notes - Religion 32b
1949-1950

Box 5
Lecture Notes - Sociology (1)
1949-1950

Box 5
Lecture Notes - Sociology (2)
1949-1950

Box 5
Lecture Notes - Outlines for Comprehensives
1951

Box 5

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


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