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Cambridge School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture Records, 1919-1986
15 boxes (9.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 60

Abstract:
Educational institution developed in association with Harvard University, and later affiliated with Smith College, as a Graduate School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Contains Alumnae Bulletins, sketches, bookplates, certificates, brochures, correspondence, examinations, photographs, reports, slides, and information on student careers.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives with the exception of student files which are restricted and closed to research use.

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

Historical Note

The School was founded in 1915 as the Cambridge School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, and was the first to produce women graduate training in these two professions, coordinated under a single faculty. Due to Harvard University's policy of a male institution, the school ran as a "little experiment" in the office of Henry Frost, professor of architectural design at Harvard University, with only nine to twelve students, all women. In 1924 it was incorporated under Massachusetts law as an educational institution. In 1934 the School was affiliated with Smith College as a Graduate School, retaining its own name and independent organization, but with the privilege of recommending its students to the College for the graduate degrees of Master in Architecture and Master in Landscape Architecture. Two years later the graduate degrees of Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Landscape Architecture were introduced, preceding the Master's degrees, which since that time have been granted for advanced work. In 1938 the School became actually a part of Smith College as its Graduate School in the two professions for which it prepares students, while the school itself was to remain in Cambridge.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Cambridge School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture Records are comprised of Alumnae Bulletins, sketches, bookplates, certificates, brochures, correspondence, examinations, photographs, reports, slides and information on student careers.

This collection is organized into four 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 with the exception of student files which are restricted and closed to research use.

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:

Cambridge School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture Records, Box #, Smith College Archives.

History of the Collection

The Cambridge School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture Records were donated by Dorothy May Anderson to the Smith College Archives.

Processing Information

Processed by Gayla Spaulding


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. BACKGROUND



Background contains information of examinations, exhibitions, faculty salaries, history of the school, photographs, reports and slides and books given to Smith College.

Examinations
1938-1942

Box 1: folder 1
Exhibitions
1929-1940, 1984

Box 1: folder 2
Faculty salaries
1941-42

Box 1: folder 3
History of School
1928-1973

Box 1: folder 4
Organization of school
1924-1945

Box 1: folder 5
Photographs
1935-1978, n.d.

Box 1: folder 6
Report on the plan for Smith College
1942

Box 1: folder 7
Report to the President of Smith College
1938-1941

Box 1: folder 8
List: slides and books given to Smith College
1942-46

Box 1: folder 9
SERIES II. ALUMNAE



Alumnae contains information on the work of former students.

General
1919-1941

Box 1: folder 10
Baily, Jane Luce
1921

Box 1: folder 11
Christiansen, Abby
1977-79, n.d.

Box 1: folder 12
Cunningham, Mary Parsons
1973-1980

Box 1: folder 13
Greely, Rose Ishbel
1998

Box 1: folder 14
Jones, Elizabeth Dickerman
n.d.

Box 1: folder 15
Kirkwood, Grace Hight
1986

Box 1: folder 16
McPhearson, Bertha Mather
1993

Box 1: folder 17
Norcross, Katherine Brooks
1976-1978

Box 1: folder 18
Power, Ethel B.
n.d.

Box 1: folder 19
Whitmore, Frances
1933

Box 1: folder 20
Williams, Beatrice
1982

Box 1: folder 21
Board of Trustees (Cambridge School): minutes
1924-1945

Box 1: folder 22-23
Miscellaneous
1935-1986

Box 1: folder 24
SERIES III. CORRESPONDENCE



Correspondence is comprised of general and course-related correspondence.

General



Nicolson, Marjorie H.
1933-1940

Box 2: folder 1
Ford, Harriet Bliss (trustee)
1935

Box 2: folder 2
President Neilson
1926-1938

Box 2: folder 3-4
Presidents Neilson/Morrow/Davis
1939-1940

Box 2: folder 5
President Davis
1941-42

Box 2: folder 6-7
From alumnae
1942

Box 2: folder 8
Note:

[See also File of correspondence-Trustees, Eleanor Raymond]

From trustees
1942

Box 2: folder 9
Correspondence re: courses



Koch, Kate Ries
1927-1940

Box 2: folder 10
booklet: course info
1920-21

Box 2
Larkin, Oliver W.
1936-1940

Box 2: folder 11
Putnam, Karl L.
1934-1941

Box 2: folder 12
Van Der Poel, Priscilla (Paine)
1940

Box 2: folder 13
SERIES IV. PUBLICATIONS



Publications consists of Alumnae Bulletins, architectural sketches by alumnae, bookplates, certificates, Alumnae Bulletin publications and school bulletins.

Alumnae Bulletins
1928-1937

Box 3
Small, untitled architectural sketch
n.d.

Box 3
Alumnae Bulletins
1938

Box 4
Bookplates
n.d.

Box 4: folder 1
Certificates
1940, n.d.

Box 4: folder 2
Brochures
1932-39, n.d.

Box 4: folder 3
Note:

[See also Slides]

Alumnae Bulletin publications
1939-1942, 1978

Box 4: folder 4
School bulletins
1916-1941

Box 4: folder 5-6
Student transcripts
1920-1946

Box 5
Note:

[These records are restricted and closed to research use. Please see the reference archivist for more information.]

Student files
1916-1946

Box 6
Note:

[These records are restricted and closed to research use. Please see the reference archivist for more information.]


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Subjects
  • Architecture--Study and teaching (Higher)--Massachusetts --Cambridge.
  • Cambridge School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
  • Landscape architecture--Study and teaching (Higher --Massachusetts--Cambridge.
  • Smith College--History--Sources.


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