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Board of Counselors Records, 1933-[ongoing]
9 boxes (3 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 30

Abstract:
Advisory committee to the Smith College Board of Trustees. Contains meeting minutes, memoranda, newspaper clippings and lists.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The first three series: General, Subject Files and Individuals are open without restrictions. The series on Annual Meetings and Committees are permanently closed and open only to the Board of Trustees, the staff in the Office of the President, and the professional staff in the College Archives.

Restrictions on use:

All rights are owned by Smith College and permission is required for publication beyond "fair use."

Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

The Board of Counselors was founded in 1950 by the Smith College Board of Trustees as an advisory committee. It was a revolving board made up of 25 members, originally either alumnae, their husbands, or fathers, who possessed some expertise and provided advice and opinions in specialized areas such as health, art, public relations, music, theatre, etc. Each counselor served on the board for five years, unless re-appointed. The Board of Counselors was divided into smaller committees which included: Afro-American Studies; Botanic Gardens; Campus School; Careers; Chapel; College Relations; Friends of the Library; Health Services; Multicultural Affairs; Museum; Nominating; Residence; School for Social Work; Science of Engineering; and Theatre. Each committee met once or twice a year. The Board of Trustees elected each committee chair and the general chair, who met annually in October at the time of the Trustees' meeting. The general chair of the Board of Counselors would then join the Board of Trustees meeting to report on the Board of Counselors' annual activity and advice.

Originally the Board of Counselors worked with the President of the College and the Board of Trustees in order to advise them in their duties of directing the college, as well as being available to the faculty for counsel and also worked with alumnae, friends of the college, and the general public to insure a wider understanding of college policies, plans, and needs. However, in 1998, the Board of Counselors stopped reporting to the Board of Trustees, and the position of general chair was discontinued. Instead, the committee chairs work more closely with department heads and senior staff members to serve the specific needs of each department. Committee chairs work with department heads to plan meetings as needed. The President makes all appointments to the Board of Counselors committees, including all committee chairs. Official committee correspondence, reports, and nominations for committee membership are channeled through the Office of the President. See the file titled History in Series I: General for an overview of the changes made to the counselors over the years.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The records of the Board of Counselors consist of three (3) linear feet of material. They are composed primarily of meeting minutes, memoranda, newspaper clippings and lists. The documents were created between 1933-1998 with the majority falling within 1950-1988. There are a few photographs in Series I. General as well as in the files of individual counselors in Series III. Individuals. The records provide a good overview of the history of the counselors and the type of work they performed. The procedure manual dating from 1957-1971 is particularly useful for information about how the group organized itself and the purpose of the various committees.


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

The first three series: General, Subject Files and Individuals are open without restrictions. The series on Annual Meetings and Committees are permanently closed and open only to the Board of Trustees, the staff in the Office of the President, and the professional staff in the College Archives.

Restrictions on use:

All rights are owned by Smith College and permission is required for publication beyond "fair use."

Preferred Citation

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

Board of Counselors Records, Box #, Smith College Archives.

History of the Collection

The records of the Board of Counselors came to the College Archives through various channels. Information about individual counselors and the activities of the group were collected by the staff in the archives over the years. In addition to that material, Rosemary Wilcox Dickerson '51, Chair of the Counselors from 1991-98, donated most of the annual meeting and committee materials (Accessions 98A-72, 00A-65). Material was also transferred from the Office of the President (Accession 00A-64).

Accruals:

Additions to these records arrive in the College Archives on a regular basis. Please contact the College Archives for the most up-to-date information.

Processing Information

Processed by Karen Eberhart and Valerie Love '02.


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. GENERAL
(1950-1998)
5 linear inches

This series includes historical information about the founding and operation of the Counselors. It also contains lists of the Counselors for nearly every year of their existence. Counselor lists can also be found in the Course Catalog. This series is open without restrictions.

By-Laws
1950

Box 1: folder 1
Chair Duties
1950,1990,n.d.

Box 1: folder 2
Committee Lists
1955-58, 1968-74, 1984-87

Box 1: folder 3
Correspondence
1950-1975

Box 1: folder 4
Correspondence
1987-1991

Box 1: folder 5
Counselor Lists
1951-78, 1980-85, 1987-92, 1995, 1997-98

Box 1: folder 6
History
1950-86, 1998

Box 1: folder 7
Mailings to Counselors
1951-60

Box 1: folder 8
Mission Statement
1987-88

Box 1: folder 9
News clippings
1951-57

Box 1: folder 10
Photographs
1960-65, n.d.

Box 1: folder 11
Procedures Manual
1957, 1966-71

Box 1: folder 12
Publications
1965, 1975, 1977, 1986, n.d.

Box 1: folder 13
Schedule
1979

Box 1: folder 14
SERIES II. SUBJECT FILES
(1972-1991)
2 linear inches

This series contains folders on subjects of concern to the college. Most of the topics center around the issue of diversity on campus. This series is open without restrictions.

Chapel
1986-91

Box 2: folder 1
Diversity
1990-91

Box 2: folder 2
Friends of the Library
1972, 1982

Box 2: folder 3
Lesbianism
1991-92

Box 2: folder 4
Multiculturalism
1990-91

Box 2: folder 5
Smith Design for Diversity
1988-89

Box 2: folder 6
SERIES III. INDIVIDUALS
(1933-1976)
3 linear inches

This series has a file for most of the individuals who served as counselors. The files consist of press releases announcing their election as a counselor and in some cases also a brief biographical sketch, curriculum vitae and/or a photograph. Lists of Counselors and their terms of service can be found in Series I, the College Archives card catalog under Counselors and in the Course Catalogs. These files are open without restrictions.

Abbot, Jere
1933-35, 1941, 1967

Box 2: folder 7
Anderson, Thomas D.
1962

Box 2: folder 8
Arnstein, Robert L.
1960, 1965

Box 2: folder 9
Averill, Janet White
1966

Box 2: folder 10
Baumgartner, Leona
1972

Box 2: folder 11
Bennet, Margaret Goldthwait
1960-65

Box 2: folder 12
Bloch, Jean Bowen
n.d.

Box 2: folder 13
Bodman, Herbert L., Jr.
n.d.

Box 2: folder 14
Bornholdt, Laura
1962

Box 2: folder 15
Bradley, Wilson, Jr.
n.d.

Box 2: folder 16
Byard, Margaret Mather
1967

Box 2: folder 17
Campbell, Marilyn Knapp
1973

Box 2: folder 18
Clark, Eleanor
c.1974

Box 2: folder 19
Comfort, Ethel
1963-65

Box 2: folder 20
deLaittre, John
n.d.

Box 2: folder 21
Deland, F. Stanton, Jr.
1967

Box 2: folder 22
Dryfoos, Orvil E.
1962-63

Box 2: folder 23
Fleming, Shirley
c.1975

Box 2: folder 24
Fulton, Joyce P.
1971

Box 2: folder 25
Gamble, Ted R.
1950

Box 2: folder 26
Gordon, Edward J.
1968-75

Box 2: folder 27
Greenleaf, Cynthia
c.1973

Box 2: folder 28
Griswold, Mary
1954, 1956

Box 2: folder 29
Henneman, Esther Ogden
1958

Box 2: folder 30
Hirschberg, Nell
c.1972

Box 2: folder 31
Hofer, Philip
1950

Box 2: folder 32
Holden, John A., Jr.
1965

Box 2: folder 33
Jakobson, Barbara
n.d.

Box 2: folder 34
Kelley, Peggy Clark
1961-66

Box 2: folder 35
Leab, Katharine Kyes
1971-72

Box 2: folder 36
Mason, Lucile
1964-66, 1976

Box 2: folder 37
May, Elizabeth Stoffregen
1963-65

Box 2: folder 38
Milliken, William G.
1967

Box 2: folder 39
Morris, Frank E.
1972-76

Box 2: folder 40
Niederman, James Corson
1978

Box 2: folder 41
O'Boyle, Nancy Millar
c.1974

Box 2: folder 42
Ostergaard, Ann
c.1974

Box 2: folder 43
Phelps, Edith Blakeslee
1962-65

Box 2: folder 44
Pitman, Helen S.
1965-66

Box 2: folder 45
Pollack, Mabel Frown
1963

Box 2: folder 46
Powers, Frances C.
1962-63

Box 2: folder 47
Rankin, Clara T.
n.d.

Box 2: folder 48
Reynolds, George S.
1950

Box 2: folder 49
Richmond, Eleanor Angle
1965, 1968

Box 2: folder 50
Robertson, Anne Tuck
c.1976

Box 2: folder 51
Scott, John Jay
1968

Box 2: folder 52
Smith, C. Cabanne
1955

Box 2: folder 53
Smith, Llewellyn P.
1970

Box 2: folder 54
Sosland, Morton I.
1972-73

Box 2: folder 55
Stair, Lois Harkrider
n.d.

Box 2: folder 56
Stookey, Elizabeth B.
n.d.

Box 2: folder 57
Sutton, Percy E.
n.d.

Box 2: folder 58
Tarlin, Janice
n.d.

Box 2: folder 59
Taylor, Nell Cochrane
n.d.

Box 2: folder 60
Thomas, Caroline Bedell
1962

Box 2: folder 61
Truman, Elinor
1972

Box 2: folder 62
Warburg, Frederick Marcus
1954-58

Box 2: folder 63
Weltman, Esther Ziskind
1966, n.d.

Box 2: folder 64
White, Paul Dudley
1950-55

Box 2: folder 65
Wing, Virginia
1964

Box 2: folder 66
Wright, Moorhead
1962

Box 2: folder 67
SERIES IV. ANNUAL MEETINGS
(1951-1997)
7.5 linear inches

Restrictions on access:

RESTRICTED

This series contains the agendas, minutes and supporting documentation for the counselors annual meetings. The files are permanently closed and open only to the Board of Trustees, President's Office staff and the professional staff in the College Archives.

Annual Meetings
1951-53

Box 3: folder 1
Annual Meetings
1954-56

Box 3: folder 2
Annual Meetings
1957-63

Box 3: folder 3
Annual Meetings
1965-69

Box 3: folder 4
Annual Meetings
1970-74

Box 3: folder 5
Annual Meetings
1975-79

Box 3: folder 6
Annual Meetings
1980-85

Box 3: folder 7
Annual Meetings
1986

Box 3: folder 8
Annual Meetings
1987-90

Box 3: folder 9
Annual Meetings
1991-92

Box 4: folder 1
Annual Meetings
1993-94

Box 4: folder 2
Annual Meetings
1995-96

Box 4: folder 3
Annual Meetings
1997

Box 4: folder 4
SERIES V. COMMITTEES
(1950-1994)
2 linear feet

Restrictions on access:

RESTRICTED

This series includes the files documenting the work of the committees. The files include agendas, minutes and supporting documentation. The files are permanently closed and open only to the Board of Trustees, President's Office staff and the professional staff in the College Archives.

Afro-American Studies
1968-70

Box 4: folder 5
Afro-American Studies
1971-74

Box 4: folder 6
Afro-American Studies
1975-88

Box 4: folder 7
Afro-American Studies
1989-91

Box 4: folder 8
Afro-American Studies, misc. related materials
n.d.

Box 5: folder 1
Botanic Gardens
1992

Box 5: folder 2
Campus and Day School
1971-75

Box 5: folder 3
Campus School
1976-88

Box 5: folder 4
Campus School
1988-91

Box 5: folder 5
Campus School
1992-94

Box 5: folder 6
Careers
1957-82

Box 5: folder 7
Chapel
1964-66

Box 5: folder 8
Chapel
1967-75

Box 5: folder 9
Chapel
1976-79

Box 6: folder 1
Chapel
1981-89

Box 6: folder 2
Chapel
1990-93

Box 6: folder 3
College Relations
1989-91

Box 6: folder 4
College Relations
1990-94

Box 6: folder 5
Committee Recommendations
1977-83

Box 6: folder 6
Executive
1969-70, 1974

Box 6: folder 7
Friends of the Library
1971-81

Box 6: folder 8
Friends of the Library
1982-87

Box 6: folder 9
Friends of the Library
1988-91

Box 7: folder 1
Friends of the Library
1992-94

Box 7: folder 2
Health and Infirmary
1950-75

Box 7: folder 3
Health and Infirmary 75 YEAR RESTRICTION
1959

Box 7: folder 4
Health Services
1977-91

Box 7: folder 5
Infirmary
1950-75

Box 7: folder 6
Multicultural
1992-93

Box 7: folder 7
Multicultural
1993-94

Box 7: folder 8
Museum
1971-88

Box 7: folder 9
Museum
1989-90

Box 7: folder 10
Museum
1990-93

Box 8: folder 1
Museum
1993-94

Box 8: folder 2
Museum
1995

Box 8: folder 3
Museum
n.d.

Box 8: folder 4
Music
1979, 1982, 1983

Box 8: folder 5
Nominating
c.1961-69

Box 8: folder 6
Nominating - Candidates
1954-55, 1970-80

Box 8: folder 7
Nominating - Candidates
1980-90

Box 8: folder 8
Nominating - Candidates
1990-93

Box 8: folder 9
Nominating - Reports
1955-70

Box 8: folder 10
Physical Education
1976-83

Box 8: folder 11
Planning
1957, 1971, 1975

Box 9: folder 1
Program
1957-58

Box 9: folder 2
Public Relations
1958

Box 9: folder 3
Residence and Recreation
1963

Box 9: folder 4
Residence
1975-80

Box 9: folder 5
Residence
1981-89

Box 9: folder 6
Residence
1991-93

Box 9: folder 7
School for Social Work
1976-92

Box 9: folder 8
Science and Engineering
1977-87

Box 9: folder 9
Summer Internship
1971, 1975

Box 9: folder 10
Teaching and Research on Women
1990

Box 9: folder 11
Theatre
1968-75

Box 9: folder 12
Theatre
1975-84

Box 9: folder 13
Theatre
1985-92

Box 9: folder 14

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Subjects
  • Smith College--Administration.
  • Smith College. Board of Counselors.


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