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Smith Centennial Study Oral History Project, 1970-75
24 boxes (12 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 12

Abstract:
The Smith Centennial Study was a an oral history project for Smith College's centennial celebration. The project culminated with the publication of the book, College: A Smith Mosaic. The purpose of the study was to provide a source of information about the importance of education in women's lives. Smith alumnae were interviewed, their observations were recorded on tape and the tapes were transcribed. The collection includes clippings, reports to the National Endowment for the Humanities, transcripts and correspondence with participants in the study, general correspondence, annotated and published copies of the book, College: A Smith Mosaic.

Terms of Access and Use: Restrictions on use:

The Archives has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright. Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the papers must be requested from the College Archives.

Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

The Smith Centennial Study, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, was a project that President Mendenhall asked Jacqueline Van Voris to undertake in 1970 as an oral history project for Smith College's centennial celebration. Ms. Van Voris dedicated over four years to the project, which culminated with the publication of the book, College: A Smith Mosaic, which she submitted as partial fulfillment of requirements for her MA in Education in 1975. The purpose of the study was to provide a source of information about the importance of education in women's lives. Smith alumnae were interviewed, their observations were recorded on tape and the tapes were transcribed. The interviews were informal conversations conducted in a manner designed to extract pertinent information. The questions were designed to stimulate conversation and to keep the focus on the respondent. Phrasing of the questions encouraged the respondent's frank appraisal of her education. Questions typically asked included: "Why did you decide to go to Smith? Was it your idea? What was your academic preparation? What courses did you study? What are your remembrances of Smith? What is your general assessment of the education you received? How could college have helped you more? Have your views on education changed over the years since your graduation? Have you ever felt discriminated against because you are a woman?"

The interviews were conducted and recorded from 1971-74. The book, College: A Smith Mosaic, was published in February, 1975 and lists of respondents were sent to the Directory of Oral History Collections for inclusion in that directory.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Smith Centennial Study Oral History Project collection is comprised of news clippings, reports to the National Endowment for the Humanities, transcripts and correspondence with participants in the study, general correspondence, annotated and published copies of the book, College: A Smith Mosaic, interview statistics and transcript excerpts by subject.


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

The Archives has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright. Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the papers must be requested from the College Archives.

Preferred Citation

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

Smith Centennial Study Oral History Project, Box #, Smith College Archives.

History of the Collection

Processing Information

Processed by Gayla Spaulding


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. BACKGROUND.



This series contains six boxes of background information on the genesis and history of the project including an alphabetical list of participants in the project, notes, memoranda, interview suggestions, information on trips taken to interview respondents, the book prospectus, instructions to transcribers, reports, proposals and general correspondence.

Alphabetical list of participants in study and College
1970s

Box 1: folder 1
Special events and people
n.d.

Box 1: folder 2
Genesis and history of the study
1975/Jan/31

Box 1: folder 3
Appendix A: The beginning of the study,notes and memoranda
1971

Box 1: folder 4
Appendix B: Interview suggestions,occupation charts
1971

Box 1: folder 5
Appendix C: Random sample
1971

Box 1: folder 6
Appendix D: Three major trips
1971

Box 1: folder 7
Appendix E: Study statement and suggested questions
1973

Box 1: folder 8
Appendix F: File guide for clipping transcripts
1973

Box 1: folder 9
Appendix G: Study on coeducation
1974

Box 1: folder 10
Appendix H: Book prospectus
1974

Box 1: folder 11
Appendix I: Permission to quote
1974

Box 1: folder 12
Appendix J: Book introduction, notes,references, original typescript
1974

Box 1: folder 13
Appendix K: Final interview report
1975

Box 1: folder 14
Appendix L: Notes on quoting and suggested citation form
1974

Box 1: folder 15
Appendix M: Study statement for prospective respondents
1971-73

Box 1: folder 16
Appendix N: Instructions to transcribers
1975

Box 1: folder 17
Appendix O: Preface, samples of restriction forms
1971-74

Box 1: folder 18
Appendix P: Example of edited page corrected by respondent
n.d.

Box 1: folder 19
Summary of interviews
1972/Jul/25

Box 1: folder 20
Newspaper clippings
1973, 1977

Box 1: folder 21
List of respondents
1973

Box 1: folder 22
Friends of the Library project announcement
1970

Box 2: folder 1
National Endowment for the Humanities grant: application, budget reports and correspondence
1971-72

Box 2: folder 2
National Endowment for the Humanities grant: application, budget reports and correspondence
1973-74

Box 2: folder 3
First year report
1972/Jan/4

Box 2: folder 4
21 month report, grant renewal proposal
1972/Sept/22

Box 2: folder 5
Second year report, interview addendum
1973

Box 2: folder 6
Report of respondents for Oral History Directory, interview list
1973/Jul/12

Box 2: folder 7
Third year report
1974/Mar

Box 2: folder 8
Bicentennial commission
1974/Oct/17

Box 2: folder 9
Final interview report
1975/Jan/31

Box 2: folder 10
General correspondence



A - D
1971-75

Box 2: folder 11-14
Mary Jo Deering
1972-75

Box 2: folder 15
E - M
1971-75

Box 2: folder 16-24
New York Times Oral History
1971-73

Box 2: folder 25
O - W
1971-75

Box 2: folder 26-31
Alumnae letter re: College
1975

Box 2: folder 32
List of respondents used in book with late changes
n.d.

Box 3: folder 1
Hardcover copy of College: A Smith Mosaic
1975

Box 3
Annotated copy of manuscript


Box 3
Introduction and contents
n.d.

Box 3: folder 2
Chapter 1
n.d.

Box 3: folder 3
Chapter 2
n.d.

Box 3: folder 4
Chapter 3
n.d.

Box 3: folder 5
Chapter 4
n.d.

Box 3: folder 6
Chapter 5
n.d.

Box 3: folder 7
Chapter 6
n.d.

Box 3: folder 8
Chapter 7
n.d.

Box 3: folder 9
Interview statistics



Year of graduation
n.d.

Box 4
Interviews completed, declined
n.d.

Box 5
Further suggestions
n.d.

Box 6
SERIES II. TRANSCRIPTS AND CORRESPONDENCE WITHPARTICIPANTS.



This series consists of twelve boxes of correspondence and transcripts with and by the interview respondents. These are filed alphabetically.

Ainsworth, Dorothy
1971-75

Box 7: folder 1-2
Abbott, Sidney
1971-75

Box 7: folder 3-4
Ackerman, Barbara Hulley
1971-75

Box 7: folder 5-6
Adams, Jean Congdon
1971-75

Box 7: folder 7-8
Allen, Sally Vance
1971-75

Box 7: folder 9-10
Arnstein, Margaret
1971-75

Box 7: folder 11-12
Bagg, Sarah Robinson
1971-75

Box 7: folder 13-14
Barber, Maragret DeRonde
1971-75

Box 7: folder 15-16
Beede, Virginia Stearns
1971-75

Box 7: folder 17-18
Bell, Kathleen
1971-75

Box 7: folder 19-20
Benson, Lucy Wilson
1971-75

Box 7: folder 21-22
Billings, Marian
1971-75

Box 7: folder 23-24
Bishop, Harriet Broughton
1971-75

Box 7: folder 25-26
Bodman, Ellen Diggs
1971-75

Box 8: folder 1-2
Boyd, Gertrude Lyford
1971-75

Box 8: folder 3-4
Boyden, Margery Davis
1971-75

Box 8: folder 5-6
Brewer, Vivian Lenon
1971-75

Box 8: folder 7-8
Bunce, Elizabeth T.
1971-75

Box 8: folder 9-10
Carey, Margaret Chase
1971-75

Box 8: folder 11-12
Carleton, Alicia Skinner
1971-75

Box 8: folder 13-14
Cerf, Cornelia
1971-75

Box 8: folder 15-16
Chester, Ruth
1971-75

Box 8: folder 17-18
Child, Julia McWilliams
1971-75

Box 8: folder 19-20
Chisolm, Elizabeth Wisner
1971-75

Box 8: folder 21-22
Coburn, Judith
1971-75

Box 8: folder 23-24
Council, Dorothy
1971-75

Box 8: folder 25-26
Cunningham, Priscilla
1971-75

Box 9: folder 1-2
Curtiss, Mina Kirstein
1971-75

Box 9: folder 3-4
Curd, Nancy Israel
1971-75

Box 9: folder 5-6
Dalrymple, Bernice Barber
1971-75

Box 9: folder 7-8
Dalton, Dorothy Upjohn
1971-75

Box 9: folder 9-10
de Forest, Charlotte
1971-75

Box 9: folder 11-12
Denis, Edna Weathers
1971-75

Box 9: folder 13-14
de Rond, Marion
1971-75

Box 9: folder 15-16
de Scheweinitz, Dorethea
1971-75

Box 9: folder 17-18
Dixon, Mary N.
1971-75

Box 9: folder 19-20
Dodge, Bickley Smith
1971-75

Box 9: folder 21-22
Driscoll, Cynthia Brackett
1971-75

Box 9: folder 23-24
Elmendorf, Laura Gundlach
1971-75

Box 10: folder 1-2
Enbutsu, Sumiko Fujiwara
1971-75

Box 10: folder 3-4
England, Elyse
1971-75

Box 10: folder 5-6
Fast, Laura Kimball
1971-75

Box 10: folder 7-8
Fauver, Eugenie Lamb
1971-75

Box 10: folder 9-10
Fernbloom, Deborah Heller
1971-75

Box 10: folder 11-12
Forrester, Margretta Van Evera
1971-75

Box 10: folder 13-14
Frantz, M/ Alison
1971-75

Box 10: folder 15-16
Friedan, Betty Goldstein
1971-75

Box 10: folder 17-18
Garcia, Victoria
1971-75

Box 10: folder 19-20
Garrett, Joyce Finley
1971-75

Box 10: folder 21-22
Gates, Sylvia Breed
1971-75

Box 10: folder 23-24
Gould, Isabella R.
1971-75

Box 10: folder 25-26
Glover, Virginia Dougherty
1971-75

Box 10: folder 27-28
Gray, Marguerite Kiley
1971-75

Box 10: folder 29-30
Green, Constance McLaughlin
1971-75

Box 11: folder 1-2
Greeves, Sara Gribbon
1971-75

Box 11: folder 3-4
Grierson, Margaret Storrs
1971-75

Box 11: folder 5-6
Guitar, Mary Anne
1971-75

Box 11: folder 7-8
Gulliver, Adelaide Cromwell
1971-75

Box 11: folder 9-10
Haas, Carolyn Buhai
1971-75

Box 11: folder 11-12
Hall, L. Louise
1971-75

Box 11: folder 13-14
Hamlin, Hilda Edwards
1971-75

Box 11: folder 15-16
Harnish, Jerene Appleby
1971-75

Box 11: folder 17-18
Haruta, Setsuko Ohara
1971-75

Box 11: folder 19-20
Haynes, Euphemia Lofton
1971-75

Box 11: folder 21-22
Heath, Barbara Honeyman
1971-75

Box 11: folder 23-24
Heath, Gloria W.
1971-75

Box 11: folder 25-26
Heller, Jane Harris
1971-75

Box 11: folder 27-28
Hill, Edith N.
1971-75

Box 11: folder 29-30
Hill, Justina
1971-75

Box 12: folder 1-2
Hirschberg, Nell
1971-75

Box 12: folder 3-4
Hodgkinson, Laura Cabot
1971-75

Box 12: folder 5-6
Hoffman, Betty Hannah
1971-75

Box 12: folder 7-8
Holloway, Martha Aldrich
1971-75

Box 12: folder 9-10
Holmberg, Ruth Sulzberg
1971-75

Box 12: folder 11-12
Howard, Katherine Graham
1971-75

Box 12: folder 13-14
Hull, Anne Dalrymple
1971-75

Box 12: folder 15-16
Jackson, leontine Palmer
1971-75

Box 12: folder 17-18
Kaller, Nancy Israel
1974

Box 12: folder 19
Note:
Katzen, Sally
1971-75

Box 12: folder 20-21
Kelley, Florence
1971-75

Box 12: folder 22-23
Kelley, Peggy Clark
1971-75

Box 12: folder 24-25
Kenyon, Dorothy
1971-75

Box 12: folder 26-27
Kimball, Elizabeth McGrew
1971-75

Box 12: folder 28-29
Kodama, Kayoko Saito Ma
1971-75

Box 12: folder 30-31
Lauren, Barbara
1971-75

Box 13: folder 1-2
Lee, Stella Garrett
1971-75

Box 13: folder 3-4
Lindsay, Dorothy Crydenwise
1971-75

Box 13: folder 5-6
Lord, Mary Pillsbury
1971-75

Box 13: folder 7-8
Lyman, Elizabeth Reed
1971-75

Box 13: folder 9-10
Lyman, Susan E.
1971-75

Box 13: folder 11-12
Malan, Diana Lockard
1971-75

Box 13: folder 13-14
Mandel, Abby Evarts
1971-75

Box 13: folder 15-16
Mansfield, Portia
1971-75

Box 13: folder 17-18
May, Elizabeth Stoffregen
1971-75

Box 13: folder 19-20
Mead, Genevieve Nichols
1971-75

Box 14: folder 1-2
Means, Helen Hotchkin
1971-75

Box 14: folder 3-4
Mensel, Mary
1971-75

Box 14: folder 5-6
Millbank, Helen Kirkpatrick
1971-75

Box 14: folder 7-8
Mills, Elise Ackley
1971-75

Box 14: folder 9-10
Minus, Nancy Dewitt
1971-75

Box 14: folder 11-12
Moodey, Hannah
1971-75

Box 14: folder 13-14
Moore, Eudorah Morse
1971-75

Box 14: folder 15-16
Morgan, Constance Morrow
1971-75

Box 14: folder 17-18
Mulherin, Page Oxnard
1971-75

Box 14: folder 19-20
Nakamura, Kyoko Motomochi
1973

Box 14: folder 21
Neely, Rachel Schlesinger
1971-75

Box 14: folder 22-23
Notestein, Ada Comstock
1971-75

Box 14: folder 24-25
O'Connell, Joan Landers
1971-75

Box 14: folder 26-27
O'Connor, Jessie Lloyd
1971-75

Box 14: folder 28-29
Olmstead, Mildred Scott
1971-75

Box 14: folder 30-31
Parker, Rachel Neeley
1971-75

Box 15: folder 1-2
Peet, Azalia
1971-75

Box 15: folder 3-4
Picker, Jean Sovatkin
1971-75

Box 15: folder 5-6
Plimpton, Pauline Ames
1971-75

Box 15: folder 7-8
Plumb, Cynthia
1971-75

Box 15: folder 9-10
Plumb, Faith Conant
1971-75

Box 15: folder 11-12
Pratt, Annis Vilas
1971-75

Box 15: folder 13-14
Raskin, Judith
1971-75

Box 15: folder 15-16
Reed, Helen Appleton
1971-75

Box 15: folder 17-18
Reagan, Nancy Davis
1971-75

Box 15: folder 19-20
Reynolds, Barbara Fisher
1971-75

Box 15: folder 21-22
Rich, Frances L.
1971-75

Box 15: folder 23-24
Rigby, Eleanor Grant
1971-75

Box 16: folder 1-2
Rodgers, Kathryn
1971-75

Box 16: folder 3-4
Rosenfield, Nancy Schulkind
1971-75

Box 16: folder 5-6
Royon, Betty
1971-75

Box 16: folder 7-8
Sampson, Myra
1971-75

Box 16: folder 9-10
Sasaki, Miyoko
1971-75

Box 16: folder 11-12
Scales, Laura Lord
1971

Box 16: folder 13
Schwartz, Felice Nierenberg
1971-75

Box 16: folder 14-15
Seton, Cynthia Propper
1971-75

Box 16: folder 16-17
Smith, Leigh Berrien
1974

Box 16: folder 18
Smith, Mary Byers
1971-75

Box 16: folder 19-20
Snow, Florence E.
1971-75

Box 16: folder 21-22
Spahr, Margaret
1973

Box 16: folder 23
Stair, Lois Harkriden
1971-75

Box 16: folder 24-25
Steeper, Nancy Cook
1974

Box 16: folder 26
Steinem, Gloria
1971-75

Box 17: folder 1-2
Stemple, Jane Yolen
1971-75

Box 17: folder 3-4
Stevenson, Eleanor Bumstead
1971-75

Box 17: folder 5-6
Stevenson, Nancy Anderson
1971-75

Box 17: folder 7-8
Stocks, Esther H.
1971-75

Box 17: folder 9-10
Straus, Ellen Sulzberger
1971-75

Box 17: folder 11-12
Stuard, Susan Mosher
1971-75

Box 17: folder 13-14
Stuntz, Florence Waters
1971-75

Box 17: folder 15-16
Swainbank, Louise Robinson
1971-75

Box 17: folder 17-18
Switkay, Mary Eckman
1974

Box 17: folder 19
Thomas, Carolyn Bedell
1974

Box 17: folder 20
Thompson, Margaret Cook
1974

Box 17: folder 21
Treuhaft, Elizabeth Martin
1971-75

Box 17: folder 22-24
Varnedoe, Lilla Train
1971-75

Box 17: folder 25-26
Vena, Carolyn Willis
1975

Box 18: folder 1
von Klemperer, Elizabeth Gallaher
1971-75

Box 18: folder 2-3
Wagner, Jacquelyn Rennie
1971-75

Box 18: folder 4-5
Waller, Anne Thomson
1971-75

Box 18: folder 6-7
Waller, Sydney
1971-75

Box 18: folder 8-9
Watters, Hyla Stowell
1971-75

Box 18: folder 10-11
Webster, Kate Belcher
1971-75

Box 18: folder 12-13
Weiss, Nancy
1971-75

Box 18: folder 14-15
Wilson, Jean Strachan
1971-75

Box 18: folder 16-17
Wilson, Mary Lou Sweig
1971-75

Box 18: folder 18-19
Wintersteen, Bernice McIhenny
1971-75

Box 18: folder 20-21
Wolfs, Mary L.
1971-75

Box 18: folder 22-23
Wright, Kathryn
1971-75

Box 18: folder 24-25
Wulfing, Shirley Thomas
1971-75

Box 18: folder 26-27
SERIES III. TRANSCRIPT EXCERPTS BY SUBJECT.



This series consists of six boxes of transcript excerpts by subject. Subjects include activities, Alumnae Association, coeducation, curriculum, financing college, minority group reactions, people, places, rules, social mores, social work, vocations, volunteerism and women's education to name some. These are also filed alphabetically.

File guide to clipped transcripts
1973

Box 19: folder 1
Transcripts


Box 19
Not clipped/partially clipped
1974

Box 19: folder 2
Clipped and filed
1971-72

Box 19: folder 3
Activities
1897-1973

Box 19: folder 4-5
Alumnae Association
n.d.

Box 19: folder 6
Board of Trustees and other college committees
n.d.

Box 19: folder 7
Coeducation
1972-74, n.d.

Box 19: folder 8-9
Continuing education
n.d.

Box 19: folder 10
The college
1950, n.d.

Box 19: folder 11
The college
1897-1949

Box 20: folder 1-2
Curriculum
1897-1973

Box 20: folder 3-9
Education
1897-1973

Box 20: folder 10-11
Effects of outside events
n.d.

Box 21: folder 1
Events brought to the college
n.d.

Box 21: folder 2
Feminist movement
1897-1973

Box 21: folder 3-7
Financing college
n.d.

Box 21: folder 8
Houses at the college
n.d.

Box 21: folder 9
Minority group reactions
n.d.

Box 21: folder 10
Other colleges
n.d.

Box 22: folder 1
People at the college
n.d.

Box 22: folder 2
Places
n.d.

Box 22: folder 3
Responsibility of using education
n.d.

Box 22: folder 4
Rules at the college
n.d.

Box 22: folder 5
Social mores
n.d.

Box 22: folder 6
Social work
n.d.

Box 22: folder 7
Sophia Smith
n.d.

Box 22: folder 8
Southern Mountain Workship Program
n.d.

Box 22: folder 9
Special projects at Smith: Institute for the Coordination of Women's Interests and Council of Industrial Studies
n.d.

Box 22: folder 10
Vocations
1897-1929

Box 22: folder 11-12
Vocations
1930-1974

Box 23: folder 1-4
Volunteerism
1897-1949

Box 23: folder 5-8
Volunteerism
1950-1974

Box 24: folder 1-2
W.A.V.E.S.
n.d.

Box 24: folder 3
Why Smith?
1897-1973

Box 24: folder 4-9
Women's education
n.d.

Box 24: folder 10
SERIES IV. AUDIOVISUAL.



This series consists of cassette recording of participant interviews.

Cassette recordings of participant interviews


Box 24

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Subjects
  • College, a Smith mosaic.
  • Smith College.

Contributors
  • Van Voris, Jacqueline.


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