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Alice Weld Tallant papers, 1896-1958
1 box (.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 158

Physician, Settlement house worker, Relief worker, World War I. Small collection related to Tallant's medical career at Joy Settlement and St. Martha's House, Philadelphia, and in France during World War I.

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:

Permission to cite the papers for quotations or for publication beyond "fair use" must be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Alice Weld Tallant was born in Boston on 14 July 1875. She attended private schools, and earned her A.B. from Smith College in 1897 and her M.D. from Johns Hopkins in 1902. She did graduate work at the hospital of the New York Lying-In Society and later at the Charite Hospital in Berlin. She interned and assisted at New England Hospital for Women and Children in Boston from 1902 to 1905. Tallant worked as "Examiner for Gymnasium and Lecturer in Hygiene" at Bates College from 1903 to 1904. She was Professor of Obstetrics at the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania and Obstetrician-in-Chief at College Hospital from 1905 to 1923. From 1922-28, she was an obstetrician at the Philadelphia General Hospital. She went overseas with the Smith College Relief Unit in World War I, serving from July 1917 until February 1918. While there, she served in the 6th French army military evacuation hospital and was awarded the Croix de Guerre in 1918. In 1922, she wrote a textbook on obstetrical nursing.

From 1905 until her death in 1958, Tallant practiced obstetrics at the Woman's Hospital in Philadelphia. In addition to these responsibilities, throughout her life she worked in other hospitals and institutions in Philadelphia, including the Baby's Hospital from 1924 to 1942. Tallant also served as physician and social worker at the Joy Settlement from 1928 to 1938, and contributed her time and expertise to the Girls' House of Refuge from 1906 to 1950, first as visiting physician and then as consulting physician. Alice Weld Tallant died 31 May 1958.

Scope and contents of the collection

The papers include a small amount of material related to her medical career after graduation from Johns Hopkins University in 1902, at Joy Settlement and St. Martha's House, Philadelphia; and more extensive documentation of her work in France during World War I, both as Director of Smith College Relief Unit, and later in a French Army Hospital. Letters (1902-1957) to and from Tallant include those of her grandmother, playwright Alice Brown, and Sophia Smith Collection Director, Margaret Storrs Grierson. Also included are biographical materials, photographs, radio scripts, memorabilia, and tributes from the French government and citizens.

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:

Permission to cite the papers for quotations or for publication beyond "fair use" must be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection.

Preferred Citation

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

Alice Weld Tallant Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts.

History of the Collection

Alice Weld Tallant donated her papers to the Sophia Smith Collection circa 1947 to 1959.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised by Jennifer Smar, 2005.

Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

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


Contents List


Box 1: folder 1

Alice Brown to the Anthony family,

Box 1: folder 2
Miscellaneous from AWT (including accounts of relief work in France),

Box 1: folder 3-4
Alice Brown to AWT,

Box 1: folder 5
AWT to Margaret Grierson,

Box 1: folder 6
Biographical material, clippings, and memorabilia
1912-58, undated

Box 1: folder 7

Smith College Relief Unit and medical relief work: correspondence, reports, photographs and memorabilia, [see also folder 3]

Box 1: folder 8-10
American Committee for Devastated France: correspondence, testimonials, medals and citations (including Croix de Guerre),

[See also Oversized materials]


Box 1: folder 11-13
Radio scripts,
1848, 1950

Box 1: folder 14
Philadelphia County Medical Society: plaque, invitation, photograph and testimonials,

Box 1: folder 15
Writings by AWT: reprints and articles,

Box 1: folder 16
Johns Hopkins Medical School: correspondence,

[See also Awards and Oversized materials]


Box 1: folder 17

Box 1: folder 18
Photographs, [see also folder 8]
1897-1920s, undated

Box 1: folder 19

Box of medals

Box 1
Johns Hopkins University: Fifty Year Alumnus medal

Box 1

Johns Hopkins University medical diploma,

Flat File
Americain pour les regions devastees de la France: licenses and certificate,

Flat File

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.

  • Smith College. Relief Unit--History--Sources
  • Social settlements--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia--History--Sources
  • Tallant, Alice Weld, 1875-1958
  • Women physicians--Pennsylvania--Biography--Sources
  • World War, 1914-1918--Medical care--France
  • World War, 1914-1918--War work--France

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