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Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection, 1814-2005 (ongoing)
9 boxes; 3 volumes (3 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 226

Abstract:
This collection documents various aspects of the daily lives and activities of both famous and unknown women from diverse backgrounds. Materials include biographical sketches, correspondence, diaries, genealogies, photographs, memoirs, memorabilia, scrapbooks, and travel journals. A few well-known figures represented in the correspondence include Susan B. Anthony, Alice Stone Blackwell, Edward Hale, Julia Ward Howe, Frances Willard, Booker T. Washington, and Madame Chiang Kai-shek. Also included is a photo of Harriet Beecher Stowe; and autographed quotations by William Lloyd Garrison, Isabella Beecher Hooker, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The collection is open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

Materials in this collection may be protected by copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy all copyright holders. 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

Scope and Contents of the Collection
Pages from Clara M. Reed's Dresden travel journal, September 1890

Pages from Clara M. Reed's Dresden travel journal, September 1890

The Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection consists of biographical sketches, correspondence, diaries, genealogies, photographs, photograph albums, memoirs, memorabilia, postcards, scrapbooks, and travel journals dating from 1814 to 1987. This material documents various aspects of the daily lives and activities of women from diverse backgrounds. This collection is made up of individual items or groups of items that are too small to stand on their own as separate collections, but are otherwise unrelated.

About half of the collection dates from the nineteenth century and consists primarily of correspondence, diaries, and unpublished memoirs from unknown, or little known, women. Also included are a few letters from well-known figures such as Susan B. Anthony, Alice Stone Blackwell, Alice Morse Earle, Edward Everett Hale, Julia Ward Howe, and Frances Willard; a photo of Harriet Beecher Stowe; and autographed quotations by William Lloyd Garrison, Isabella Beecher Hooker, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

The twentieth century material is more varied. In addition to correspondence, diaries and memoirs, it includes many photographs (both loose and in albums), some genealogical material, and other miscellaneous memorabilia. Well-known figures represented in the correspondence include Booker T. Washington and Madame Chiang Kai-shek. The letters of Ellen Downes, a Naval secretary, written from Japan, Washington D.C., and Moscow between 1937 and 1948, are accompanied by photos and are very descriptive. A family photo album belonging to a woman identified only as "Gertrude" contains many interesting photographs, including some of Native Americans and some of cross-dressed women, taken in California, Albuquerque, and Canada, circa 1905 to 1913.


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

The collection is open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

Materials in this collection may be protected by copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy all copyright holders. 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:

Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

Multiple donors have contributed to this collection.

Accruals:

Periodic additions are expected.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised 2010. Introductory text by Kate Weigand. Recent additions may not be reflected in the finding aid.


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
URL: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Lillie Mae Bernice Alston, 1931-: memoir of her childhood in Mississippi,
1972

Box 1: folder 1
Lucinda Andrus: commonplace book,
1837-40

Box 1: folder 2
Mason Daniel Barrett

[See Box 8]



Box 1
Cornelia Middagh Birdsall, 1835- : memoir of life in Brooklyn and Quebec Province,
[?]-1861

Box 1: folder 3
Alice H. Burbank

[See Box 9]



Box 1
Joan Brumley Cooper: scrapbook

[See Box 3]



Box 1
Clara E. Cotter: commonplace book,
1850-56

Box 1: folder 4
Ellen Downes: letters

[See Box 3]



Box 1
Alice Morse Earle: correspondence,

[See also Books on Shelf]

1900-10, n.d.

Box 1: folder 5
Annie C.S. Fenner: Scrapbook

[See Box 4]



Box 1
Carolyn Galbraith



Correspondence



to friends from Grenfell Mission, Labrador,
1926-27, n.d.

Box 1: folder 6
from teachers and students at Grenfell Mission, Labrador,
1926-35

Box 1: folder 7
Photographs and memorabilia,
1920-27, n.d.

Box 1: folder 8
Martha Diman Gardner: Diaries,
1816-1892

Box 1: folder 9
Ophelia Hoefling Gleason: memoir, photographs (mostly photocopies), and memorabilia,
1896-

Box 1: folder 10
Louise (Dodge) Goodwin, Household Account Book,
1914-1917

Box 1: folder 11
Amanda Harwood Ferry Hall, memoir, begun 1906, and related material
1828-1916?:

Box 1: folder 12
Julia Ward Howe: letters to Eliza Middleton,
5 Mar 1838; and 1 Feb and 4 Mar 1839

Box 1: folder 13
Lucy Hunting [?]: Diary of a Girl,
1887

Box 1: folder 14
H. Louise Johnson: book of quotes and diary,
circa 1960

Box 2: folder 1
Janet Krogh: Scrapbook

[See Box 6]



Box 2
Fanny H. Lackey: commonplace book, circa
1863-85

Box 2: folder 2
Levi Lamb: commonplace book, circa
1835-42

Box 2: folder 3
Harriet McNeil: correspondence,

(includes one 1849 letter from Ely to Harriet Burchard)

1814-19

Box 2: folder 4-5
Hedwig Meerman: letters to Margaret St. Julien Childs, and NACHRICHTEN (newsletter),
1981-87

Box 2: folder 6
Sarah Parkhurst: letters to her husband, William H. Parkhurst,
Apr-Oct 1846

Box 2: folder 7
Marian Prior: "In the Office" (typescript), and photographs


Box 2: folder 7a
Katie Putnam: diary,
1863

Box 2: folder 8
Clara M. Reed: European travel journals (2 vols.),
Jun-Oct 1890

Box 2: folder 9
Mrs. L.C. Robinson: letters and notes on religious religion,
1850-62

Box 2: folder 10
Adaline Shaw: letter to Daniel Shaw,
28 May 1848

Box 2: folder 11
Genevieve Bowen Shaw: correspondence (annual Christmas letters), biographical information, memorabilia, and photographs, circa
1916-62

Box 2: folder 12
Lucille Tillinghad, personal account book,
1930-35

Box 2: folder 13
Mary Ulery, diary exerpt,
1867

Box 2: folder 14
Westerberg, Lila Ansell, Peace Corp Correspondence (Ghana),
1964-1966

Box 2: folder 15
Joan Brumley Cooper: scrapbook of cross-U.S. trip,
1928

Box 3
Ellen Downes: letters to Leila Wilson and Downes' mother from Japan, Washington, DC, and Moscow,
1938-48

Box 3
Annie C.S. Fenner: scrapbook of original correspondence and published version of Rules for Good Living (WCTU,
1895)

Box 4
Anonymous family photographic album


Box 5
Janet Krogh (Smith 1934): World War II Scrapbook,
1943-1945

Box 6
Flynn, Hulda Rees: Psychologist and Social Activist, Smith 1931


Box 7
Biographical information, articles, and correspondence,
1938-2005

Box 7: folder 1
FBI file,
circa 1943-71

Box 7: folder 2-5
Mason Daniel Barrett: correspondence
1927-45

Box 8
Alice H. Burbank: correspondence to Esma W. Brown re: travel in Italy
1938-39

Box 9
BOOKS ON SHELF



Earle, Alice Morse, Customs and Fashions in Old New England
(1893)


Home Life in Colonial Days
(1900)


The Sabbath in Puritan New England
(1891)



Search Terms
The following terms represent persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection. Use these headings to search for additional materials on this web site, in the Five College Library Catalog, or in other library catalogs and databases.

Subjects
  • Europe--Description and travel--Sources
  • Anthony, Susan B. (Susan Brownell), 1820-1906--Correspondence
  • Blackwell, Alice Stone, 1857-1950--Correspondence
  • Chiang, May-ling Soong, 1897- --Correspondence
  • Earle, Alice Morse, 1851-1911
  • Family--United States--History--19th century--Sources
  • Hale, Edward Everett, 1822-1909--Correspondence
  • Howe, Julia Ward, 1819-1910--Correspondence
  • New England--Social Life and Customs--19th century--Sources
  • Recipes--History--Sources
  • United States--Description and travel--Sources
  • Washington, Booker T., 1856-1915--Correspondence
  • Willard, Frances Elizabeth, 1839-1898--Correspondence
  • Women--Religion--History--Sources
  • Women--United States--History--19th century--Sources
  • Women--United States--History--20th century--Sources


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