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Katharine Geddes Papers, 1917-1919
1 box (.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 62

Abstract:
Relief worker, World War I. The Katharine Geddes Papers are contained in a scrapbook compiled from her service as a Red Cross relief worker in France during World War I. Included are photographs, correspondence, postcards, clippings, maps, memorabilia, reports, and lists. Many of the items are written by, or relate to, relief worker Zorah W. Bowman who served with Geddes. Correspondence and reports provide rich details of their work with wounded soldiers and prisoners of war in France and Germany. There are also letters and photographs sent from grateful soldiers (in English and French).

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:

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
Katharine R. Geddes (center, with knapsack) with escaped American prisoners, undated

Katharine R. Geddes (center, with knapsack)
with escaped American prisoners, undated

Katharine R. Geddes (1887-1939) of Toledo, Ohio, served as a relief worker for the American Red Cross during World War I in France. She was the sister of Laura Geddes Miller (Smith class of 1907) and Florence Geddes Loomis (class of 1913). No additional biographical information is available.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Katharine Geddes Papers are contained in a scrapbook compiled from her service as a Red Cross relief worker in France during World War I. Included are photographs, correspondence, postcards, reports, lists, clippings, maps, memorabilia, and citations. Many of the items are written by, or relate to, relief worker Zorah W. Bowman who served with Geddes and was also from Toledo. Correspondence and reports provide rich details of their work with wounded soldiers and prisoners of war in France and Germany. There are also letters and photographs sent from grateful soldiers (in English and French). The photographs and postcards include scenes of France and Germany during the war, particularly Paris, plus relief workers, and soldiers they worked with. Loose inserts from the scrapbook have been removed to separate folders.


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:

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:

Katherine Geddes Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, MA

History of the Collection

The Katherine Geddes Papers were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection in 1978 by Casey Miller (Smith class of 1940), daughter of Katherine's sister Laura Casey Geddes Miller (class of 1907).

Processing Information

Processed by Jennifer Smar (intern), 2003.


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 and French
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Scrapbook,
1917-19

Box 1: folder 1
Loose items removed from scrapbook



Correspondence,
1918-19

Box 1: folder 2
Reports,
1918-19

Box 1: folder 3
Clippings and maps,
1918-24

Box 1: folder 4
Photographs and memorabilia,
1918-19

Box 1: folder 5
Medals


Box 1: folder 6

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Subjects
  • Bowman, Zorah W.
  • Geddes, Katharine R.
  • World War, 1914-1918--War work--France--Sources
  • World War, 1914-1918--War work--Red Cross--Sources


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