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John Morton Greene Papers, 1856-1930
8 boxes (41 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 10

Abstract:
Pastor of Sophia Smith, generally regarded as the originator of the idea of founding Smith College as a college for women. Papers contain biographical information, personal and professional correspondence, recollections, journals, manuscripts, photographs, and published works. There are also articles and clippings pertaining to his life, Sophia Smith, and the early history and founding of Smith College.

Terms of Access and Use: Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the John Morton Greene Papers must be requested from the Smith College Archives. When requesting material at the Smith College Archives, see the printed finding aid for specific instructions on completing the call slip.

Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

John Morton Greene, Sophia Smith's pastor, is generally regarded as the originator of the idea of founding Smith College as a college for women. Born in Hadley, Mass. on March 12, 1830, he was an 1853 graduate of Amherst College, which also granted him the A.M. in 1856 and D.D. in 1881. In 1857 he married Louisa Dickinson of North Amherst, an 1857 graduate of Mount Holyoke Seminary. In the same year, he was installed as the pastor at the Congregational church at Hatfield, where he remained for eleven years. In Hatfield he met Sophia Smith. In 1868 he was called to the pastorate at the Congregational Church at South Hadley, Mass. Two years later he went to the Eliot Congregational Church in Lowell, Mass., where he remained for thirty years. After retiring from regular pastoral duties in 1910, Greene assisted in the establishment of a mission in Maine. He died April 28, 1919.

John Morton Greene was a trustee of Smith College almost continuously from its founding in 1871 until his death. In addition, he served on the board of trustees of Mount Holyoke Seminary (now Mount Holyoke College), 1866-1875; and was president of the board of trustees at the French Protestant College in Springfield, 1885-1889. As advisor to Sophia Smith, he was also instrumental in the founding of Smith Academy in Hatfield, and acted in a similar capacity for Miss Rogers to found the Rogers Hall School in Lowell, where he acted as president of its board of trustees, 1892-1909. For over forty years he was one of the overseers of the charity fund at Amherst College.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The John Morton Greene Papers contain materials including biographical information, personal and professional correspondence, journals, manuscripts, photographs, and published works. There are also articles and clippings pertaining to his life, Sophia Smith, and the early history and founding of Smith College.


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

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the John Morton Greene Papers must be requested from the Smith College Archives. When requesting material at the Smith College Archives, see the printed finding aid for specific instructions on completing the call slip.

Preferred Citation

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

John Morton Greene Papers, Box #, Smith College Archives.

Additional Formats

The following information is also available online as part of the Five College Archives Digital Access Project

  • 1. General Correspondence, 1856-1917
  • 2. Personal Journal (entries written 1861-1876 only)
  • 3. "My Notes On Smith College," ca. 1910-1917 (A 129-page booklet of handwritten notes by John Morton Greene recording his recollections of the circumstances surrounding the founding of Smith College.)
  • 4. Scrapbook, 1860-1918 (A 100-page scrapbook consisting predominantly of newspaper clippings related to women's education and academic affairs at Smith College, with particular reference to Greene's role in the College's founding; also, some published articles related to women's education at other U.S. institutions.)
  • 5. Published Writings, 1875-1916 (Writings by JMG published in periodicals: Includes his "Early History of Smith College" [a 12-part series appearing in the Daily Hampshire Gazette, 1891-93], also correspondence related to it; a "Sketch of the Life and Character of Miss Sophia Smith"; "An Inside View of Smith College," published in a Lowell, Mass. newspaper in 1882; and other occasional pieces.)
  • 6. Louisa Dickinson Greene Papers, 1854-1881 (6 letters and 2 other writings by the wife of John Morton Greene.)
  • 7. Obituaries and Retrospectives on John Morton Greene, 1919-1930

History of the Collection

The materials were donated over a period of time by John Morton Greene and his daughter, Helen French Greene.

Processing Information

Processed by 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. Biographical Materials



Addresses: Centennial of the Birth of Sophia Smith
1853, 1896

Box 1: folder 1
Biography and Genealogy
1864-1997

Box 1: folder 2
Household Servants
1863

Box 1: folder 3
Obituaries, correspondence re: death of
1919, 1930

Box 1: folder 4
Rogers Hall School
1901-1919

Box 1: folder 5
General: Watch- see artifacts
n.d.

Box 1: folder 6
Greene, Louisa
1904

Box 1: folder 7
Photographs
1860, 1879, n.d.

Box 1: folder 8
Photographs: Portraits
1913, n.d.

Box 1: folder 9
Portrait: Clippings and Correspondence
1894-1938

Box 1: folder 10
Photograph: Emily Dickinson
n.d.

Box 1: folder 11
Professional Employment: Appleton St. Church, Lowell, MA
1870, 1879

Box 1: folder 12
Professional Employment: Eliot Church, Lowell, MA
1881-1948, n.d.

Box 1: folder 13
Professional Employment: Eliot Church, Lowell, MA: Sermons
1887-1909

Box 1: folder 14
Professional Employment: Enfield, CT Church
1866

Box 1: folder 15
Professional Employment: Hatfield: Congregational Church, Hatfield MA
1857-1925

Box 1: folder 16
Professional Employment: South Hadley: First Church, South Hadley, MA
1870

Box 1: folder 17
Smith Charities
1875

Box 1: folder 18
Sophia Smith: Excerpts from journals
1860-1911

Box 1: folder 19
Series II. Correspondence



Index


Box 2: folder 1
from: Burton, Marion LeRoy
1909-1918

Box 2: folder 2
to Alcott, Mr.
1881, 1883

Box 2: folder 3
from: Ames, Henrietta
1916

Box 2: folder 4
to: Brown, Nina Eliza, '82
1917

Box 2: folder 5
to: Caverno, Julia Harwood, '87
1916

Box 2: folder 6
to: Clark, Elizabeth (Lawrence), '83
1911

Box 2: folder 7
to: Clark, Josephine Adelaide, '80
1910, 1914

Box 2: folder 8
to: Cone, Kate (Morris), '79
1910

Box 2: folder 9
to: Dickinson, Mrs. (mother-in-law)
1886

Box 2: folder 10
to: Fuller, Grace P.
1910

Box 2: folder 11
to: Greene, Helen F., '91
1898-1905

Box 2: folder 12
from: Greene, Louisa Dickinson.(before marriage)
1856-57

Box 2: folder 13
from: Greene, Louisa Dickinson to others
1854-81

Box 2: folder 14
from: Greene, Louisa Dickinson to JMG
1866-75

Box 2: folder 15
to: Greene, Louisa Dickinson (wife)
1863, 1864, 1878, 1880

Box 2: folder 16
to: Greene, Louisa (daughter)
1864, 1895, 1899, 1902

Box 2: folder 17
from: Greene, Lulu (Louisa)


Box 2: folder 18
to: Greene, William (brother)
1853

Box 2: folder 19
from: Greene, William S.
1872

Box 2: folder 20
to: Hill, Edith Naomi, '03
1911, 1916

Box 2: folder 21
to: Hubbard, George W.
1868-1879

Box 2: folder 22
to: Jackson, Alice, '98
1904

Box 2: folder 23
to: Jordan, Mary Augusta
1911

Box 2: folder 24
to: Keyes, Bertha A.
1917

Box 2: folder 25
to: Mardus, Mrs.
1916

Box 2: folder 26
from: Mason, John W.
1894

Box 2: folder 27
from: Northrop, B.G.
1888

Box 2: folder 28
from: Noyes, Lucia (Clapp), '81
1917

Box 2: folder 29
to: Park, Edward A.
1979

Box 2: folder 30
to: Parker, Mrs. Henry
1906

Box 2: folder 31
from: Scott, Mary Augusta
1911

Box 2: folder 32
from: Seelye, L. Clark
1881-1918

Box 2: folder 33
to: Smith, Sophia
1869-70

Box 2: folder 34
to Tucker, Charlotte (Cheever)
1891-92

Box 2: folder 35
to Tyler, William S.
1873, 1882-84

Box 2: folder 36
from: Tyler, William S.
1875

Box 2: folder 37
from: Warner, Elisa A.
1882

Box 2: folder 38
from: Wells, D. W.
1893-1916

Box 2: folder 39
to: Whipple, Mrs. Shipman
1910

Box 2: folder 40
Series III. Journals



Journals
1883-1919

Box 3-4
Journal and scrapbook index
n.d.

Box 5: folder 1
Journal excerpts
1861-1917

Box 5: folder 2
Journals
1833-1919

Box 6
Series IV. Publications



Sketch of the Life and Character of Sophia Smith
1875

Box 7: folder 1
Early History of Smith College, Daily Hampshire Gazette
1891-93

Box 7: folder 2
Early History of Smith College, Correspondence
1881-1919

Box 7: folder 3
Early History of Smith College, Typescript
1891

Box 7: folder 4
Happy Wedlock
1900

Box 7: folder 5
Little Things for Little Folk, parts I-IV
1901

Box 7: folder 6
Little Things for Little Folk, parts V-VII
1901

Box 7: folder 7
Looking on the Bright Side
1901

Box 7: folder 8
Friendship
1865

Box 7: folder 9
Semi-Centennial of the Eliot Church, Lowell, MA
1881

Box 7: folder 10
Publications: General
1897

Box 7: folder 11
Inside View of Smith College
n.d.

Box 7: folder 12
Pub. Miscellaneous
1909

Box 7: folder 13
Series V. Scrapbook



Index


Box 8: folder 1
pages 1-10
1872

Box 8: folder 2
pages 11-20
1872-73

Box 8: folder 3
pages 21-30
1875-77

Box 8: folder 4
pages 31-40
1888

Box 8: folder 5
pages 41-50
1873-82

Box 8: folder 6
pages 51-60
1894-96

Box 8: folder 7
pages 61-70
1893-1913

Box 8: folder 8
pages 71-80
1896-1907

Box 8: folder 9
pages 81-90
1906-1916

Box 8: folder 10
pages 91- end
1866-79

Box 8: folder 11
Books pertaining to Smith College- addresses by Seelye, Tyler, etc.



Greene, John Morton: "My Notes on Smith College"
1883

Box 8: folder 12

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Subjects
  • Clergy--Massachusetts.
  • Congregational churches--Clergy.
  • Greene, John Morton, 1830-1919.
  • Greene, Louisa Dickinson, 1830-1881.
  • Smith College--Administration.

Contributors
  • Burton, Marion Le Roy, 1874-1925.
  • Greene, Helen French, 1868-
  • Greene, Louisa Dickinson, 1830-1881.
  • Hubbard, George W. (George Warner)
  • Seelye, Laurenus Clark, 1837-1924.
  • Smith, Sophia, 1796-1870.
  • Wells, Daniel White, 1842-


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