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Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson Papers, 1903-1940
3 boxes (1.25 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 143

Abstract:
Author; Travel writer; Feminist; Suffragist; and Relief worker, World War I. Includes printed material, correspondence, published writings and typescripts, memorabilia, notes, photographs, and organization files. Information relating to the International Council of Women, the National Council of Women, and the Montessori Education Association of New York.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

The copyright owner of this collection is unknown. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note
Flyer for the First International Book Exhibit assembled for the International Conclave of Women Writers, 1933

Flyer for the First International Book Exhibit assembled
for the International Conclave of Women Writers, 1933

Grace Gallatin was born in Sacramento, California on January 28, 1872. In 1888 she began writing articles for San Francisco newspapers under the pen name of Dorothy Dodge, and in 1892 graduated from Packer Collegiate Institute, in Brooklyn, NY. She married Ernest Thompson Seton in 1896, a founder of the Boy Scouts of America. Their daughter Ann (known as 'Anya') was born in 1904. Active for women's rights, Grace Seton served as vice president and president of the Connecticut Woman's Suffrage Association (1910-20), was president of Pen and Brush (1898-1939), and with her husband, helped to organize the Girl Pioneers (later the Camp Fire Girls) in 1910. During World War I, she organized and directed a women's motor unit to aid soldiers in France. She was President of the National League of Pen Women from 1926 to 1928 and from 1930 to 1932. She helped organize an international conference of women writers at the Century of Progress Exposition in 1933 and arranged an exhibit of 3,000 books by women, which later became the core of the Biblioteca Femina at Northwestern University. In the 1920s and 1930s Seton visited Japan, China, Indochina, Hawaii, Egypt and Latin American and later wrote books about her travels, including A Woman Tenderfoot (1900) and A Woman Tenderfoot in Egypt (1923), Chinese Lanterns (1924), Yes, Lady Saheb (1925). Seton divorced in 1935. In the 1940s she followed Yogananda, traveling to his ashrams. She died in Palm Beach, Florida, March 19, 1959.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection includes biographical articles and clippings, correspondence, published writings and typescripts, memorabilia, notes, photographs, and organization files. Correspondence (1903-40) pertains to her travels, publications, and involvement in feminist and social organizations. Organizational files include minutes, agendas and reports relating to the International Council of Women (1915-26),the National Council of Women, and the Montessori Education Association of New York. Her work for the International Writers Conclave (Chicago, 1933) brought occasional correspondence from women authors around the world. Typescripts of articles and addresses including an essay on Chinese medicine and information on Dr. Mary Stone, medical missionary, China (n.d.). Material related to her world travels includes writings, correspondence, travel literature, maps and notes. Individuals represented include May Wright Sewall, Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman, Lena Madesin Phillips, and Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin.


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

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

The copyright owner of this collection is unknown. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

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

Grace Thompson Seton Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

Grace Seton-Thompson donated her papers to the Sophia Smith Collection from 1948 to 1950.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised in 2002 by Gayla Spaulding, intern.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email Reference Form: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/emailform.html
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Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Biographical Materials



Contents


Box 1: folder 1
Newspaper clippings,
1933-40

Box 1: folder 2
Writings and speeches,
n.d.

Box 1: folder 3
Memorabilia,
1932-40, n.d.

Box 1: folder 4
Famous American Authors: Writer's Conclave,
1933

Box 1: folder 5-7
International Council of Women: Book exhibit,
1933

Box 1: folder 8
Correspondence,
1931-33

Box 1: folder 9
Photographs,
1933, n.d.

Box 1: folder 10
Suffrage



Biblioteca Femina,
1933-83

Box 1: folder 11
Czecho-Slovak Benefit,
1940

Box 1: folder 12
International Council of Women: Writer's Conclave,
1934

Box 1: folder 13
International Council of Women, Paris,
1934

Box 2: folder 1
Montessori Educational Association,
1915-16

Box 2: folder 2
National Council of Women, United States,
1931-35

Box 2: folder 3
Suffrage: general,
1915

Box 2: folder 4
Travel



Maps,
n.d.

Box 2: folder 5
Travel brochures,
1930

Box 2: folder 6
Travel reports and pamphlets,
1929

Box 2: folder 7
Asia Magazine--Dutch East Indies Number,
1923

Box 2: folder 8
Australia (Cromer, Spiritualist literature),
1928

Box 3: folder 1
British Isles,
1938

Box 3: folder 2
China: clippings and notes,
1929-31

Box 3: folder 3-5
England and Paris,
1932

Box 3: folder 6
Far East: clippings, memorabilia and notes,
1930-31

Box 3: folder 7-9
Hawaii,
1930

Box 3: folder 10
Java, Sumatra, Singapore and Bali,
1930

Box 3: folder 11-12
Books on Shelf



Woman Tenderfoot in Egypt,
1923



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Subjects
  • Boyle, Kay, 1902-
  • China--Description and travel--Sources
  • Feminists--United States--History--20th century
  • Freeman, Mary Eleanor Wilkins, 1852-1930
  • Indonesia--Description and travel--Sources
  • International Council of Women--History--Sources
  • Montessori Educational Association
  • National American Woman Suffrage Association--History--Sources
  • National Council of Women of the United States--History--Sources
  • Phillips, Lena Madesin
  • Seton-Thompson, Grace Gallatin
  • West (U.S.)--Description and travel--Sources
  • Wiggin, Kate Douglas Smith, 1856-1923
  • Women authors, American--20th century--Sources
  • Women hunters--History--20th century--Sources
  • Women travelers--History--20th century--Sources


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