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Grace Stuart Papers, 1962-64
1 box (.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 157

Abstract:
Author and clergy member's spouse. This collection consists of Stuart's writings, including an unpublished, semi-autobiographical manuscript entitled, "The Minister's Wife". Also included are miscellaneous writings on being a dog owner and her experience as a college instructor. Other themes include experiences of women writers, the impact of World War II on English civilians outside of metropolitan areas and the experiences of Anglican clergy and their families.

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:

Copyright for writings by Grace Stuart is owned by her nephew and literary executor, Jon Glover. 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

Born Agnes Grace Croll in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, 1898. She studied first at the University of Sheffield where she received a degree in English Literature and French, circa 1919. She hoped to study to be a qualified teacher at Oxford University but this was delayed because of attacks of severe rheumatoid arthritis from which she had suffered from the age of 19. She took a post teaching English at a school in Manchester but it was not for her. She studied psychology but mainly through intense individual scholarship and contact with major figures in the field of psychology and psychoanalysis. She earned a living primarily through teaching for the Worker's Educational Association, writing and broadcasting. Much of her earnings went into subsidising the work of her husband and the life of the Unitarian Church.

First page of "Under the Paw" radio broadcast, London, 1962

First page of "Under the Paw" radio broadcast, London, 1962

She married Gordon L. Stuart, circa 1930. He became minister of the main Unitarian Church in Birmingham with a large and influential congregation and it is the influence and, in her view mis-used, wealth of the members of that church that is largely the subject of her unpublished manuscript, "The Minister's Wife."

Grace Stuart was prolific in a variety of genres including literary journalism (reviews) and children's stories that appeared in the press and in book form. She wrote four major books: The Achievement of Personality (London: Student Christian Movement Press, 1938); Conscience and Reason (London: George Allen and Unwin, 1951); Private World of Pain (London: George Allen and Unwin, 1953); and Narcissus (London: George Allen and Unwin, 1956). In the 1950s she gave regular broadcasts on BBC radio on what was then known as "The Home Service," now "Radio 4." She had a regular slot as part of a program called "Indian Summer" directed at the elderly and infirm.

She was a respected figure as a writer in the interdisciplinary fields of psychology and literary criticism with a strong leaning towards making her enormous knowledge relevant to personal and social issues. Her books were widely and positively reviewed in the national press and in relevant journals. There is a strong implicit sense of feminism throughout her life and in many ways it is also made explicit through her tireless belief in maintaining her personal independence despite her social situation and the terrible disability from which she suffered. Grace Stuart died in 1971. She had no children.

[Biographical information provided by Professor Jon Glover, nephew of Grace Stuart]

Scope and Contents of the Collection

This small collection consists of Stuart's writings from the 1960s, including an unpublished, semi-autobiographical manuscript entitled, "The Minister's Wife," and notes about trying to get it published. Also included are miscellaneous writings on being a dog owner and her experience as a college instructor. "The Minister's Wife" might be described as proto-feminist in that Stuart describes some frustration at the ways traditional gender ideology limited her without any explicit discussion about women's oppression as a larger structural and cultural phenomenon. The book also details the financial plight of the clergy and ways in which congregations oppress their ministers and their ministers' wives. Other major themes addressed by the collection include experiences of women writers, the impact of World War II on English civilians outside of metropolitan areas and the experiences of Anglican clergy and their families.


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:

Copyright for writings by Grace Stuart is owned by her nephew and literary executor, Jon Glover. 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 Stuart Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

Grace Stuart donated her papers to the Sophia Smith Collection from 1962 to 1964.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised 2002 by Gayla Spaulding, intern. Biographical note revised 2006.


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

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Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Miscellaneous: correspondence about dogs and article on teaching adult education classes,
1963

Box 1: folder 1
Broadcast: "Under the Paw,"
1962

Box 1: folder 2
"The Minister's Wife"



Restrictions and publishing trials,
1962

Box 1: folder 3
Original manuscript,
1962

Box 1
Revised manuscript,
1964

Box 1

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Subjects
  • Clergy--England--History--20th century
  • Dogs--Anecdotes
  • Spouses of clergy--England--Reminiscences
  • Stuart, Grace Croll, 1898-
  • Women authors, English--20th century--Sources


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