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Florence Bascom Papers, 1870-1971 (Bulk: 1875-1940)
17 boxes (7 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 12

Abstract:
Geologist, Professor. The papers include biographical information, photographs, scrapbooks, sketchbooks, writings, memorabilia, financial records, and extensive personal and professional correspondence. Correspondents include Elaine Goodale Eastman, Annie Peck, Gifford Pinchot, Isabel Fothergill Smith, M. Carey Thomas, and Charles R. Van Hise. Correspondence from the Goldschmidt family is in German with English translation. Her writings include published and unpublished geology articles re: Pennsylvania, Maine, and Massachusetts. The papers also contain speeches, U.S. Geological Survey reports, verse, and photographs, which include pictures taken on geological expeditions to western and southwestern U.S. and Mexico.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

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
Florence Bascom, Heidelberg, 1907

Florence Bascom, Heidelberg, 1907

Florence Bascom was born in Williamstown, Massachusetts in 1862. She received both her B.S. (1882) and A.M. (1887) from the University of Wisconsin, where her father, John Bascom, was president. In 1893 she became the first woman to receive a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University and the first woman to receive a Ph.D. in geology. She taught at Rockford College and Ohio State University before teaching her first geology course at Bryn Mawr in 1895 as a reader in geology, and was a Professor of Geology from 1906 to 1928. Bascom introduced the undergraduate major in geology at Bryn Mawr, and eventually made it a graduate program of national reputation. Bascom was the first woman elected to the U.S. Geological Survey, for the mid-Atlantic Piedmont area. She was associate editor of American Geologist from 1896 to 1905 and was also the first woman elected as a Fellow of the Geological Society of America in 1894, and in 1930, she was named vice-president. Florence Bascom died in 1945.

For a more detailed biography, see Notable American Women, 1607-1950; a biographical dictionary. Edited by Edward T. James and Janet Wilson James (Cambridge, Mass., Belknap Press, 1971).

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The papers include biographical information, photographs, scrapbooks, sketchbooks, writings, memorabilia, financial records, and extensive personal and professional correspondence. Correspondents include Elaine Goodale Eastman, Annie Peck, Gifford Pinchot, Isabel Fothergill Smith, M. Carey Thomas, and Charles R. Van Hise. Correspondence from the Goldschmidt family is in German with English translation. Her writings include published and unpublished geology articles re: Pennsylvania, Maine, and Massachusetts. The papers also contain speeches, U.S. Geological Survey reports, verse, and photographs, which include pictures taken on geological expeditions to western and southwestern U.S. and Mexico.


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 without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

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:

Florence Bascom Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

The Florence Bascom Papers were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection in 1976 by Isabel Fothergill Smith, who was a student of Florence Bascom and inherited her house along with its contents. She donated additional biographical materials in 1981, after publishing The Stone Lady: A Memoir of Florence Bascom.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised by Jennifer Smar, 2005.


Additional Information
Contact Information
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Language
English; German

Contents List
SERIES I. BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS AND GENEALOGY



Contents


Box 1: folder 1
Bascom/Curtiss family



Invitation, correspondence, pamphlets, and marriage certificate,
1921-39

Box 1: folder 2
Curtiss, Frederic Haines. A Genealogy of the Curtiss Family (Boston,
1903)

Box 1
Harris, Edward Doubleday. A Genealogical Record of Thomas Bascom, and his Descendants (Boston,
1870)

Box 1
Florence Bascom



Clippings and articles,
1935-39

Box 1: folder 3
Reminiscences by Florence Bascom and others: articles and notes,
1877-1945

Box 1: folder 4
Notes by Isabel F. Smith,
1888-1936

Box 1: folder 5
Clippings and articles,
1877-1959

Box 1: folder 6-7
Other Family



George Bascom (brother): clippings and correspondence,
1932-37

Box 1: folder 8
Emma Curtiss Bascom (mother): clippings, pamphlet, and notes,
1916

Box 1: folder 9
SERIES II. PHOTOGRAPHS AND MEMORABILIA



Florence Bascom,
n.d.

Box 2: folder 1
Florence Bascom in groups,
n.d.

Box 2: folder 2
Bascom family,
n.d.

Box 2: folder 3
Friends,
n.d.

Box 2: folder 4
Animals,
n.d.

Box 2: folder 5
"Topping" and other houses,
n.d.

Box 3: folder 1
Expeditions,
n.d.

Box 3: folder 2
Miscellaneous,
n.d.

Box 3: folder 3
Unidentified,
n.d.

Box 3: folder 4
Photograph albums (9),
1877-1909

Box 4-5
Framed photographs,
n.d.

Box 6
Scrapbooks, address books, guestbook, and diary,
ca. 1900-33

Box 7
SERIES III. BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL MATERIALS



Correspondence



Miscellaneous,
1894-1940

Box 8: folder 1
Peabody, Houghteling & Co.,
1927-40

Box 8: folder 2
Financial fraud,
1940

Box 8: folder 3
TIAA,
1928-34

Box 8: folder 4
Contracts,
1895-1914

Box 8: folder 5
Tax documents,
1914-40

Box 8: folder 6
Business documents,
1927-39

Box 8: folder 7
SERIES IV. CORRESPONDENCE



From Florence Bascom to



Family,
1915-37

Box 9: folder 1
Mira Dock,
1901-35

Box 9: folder 2
Goldschmidts,
1906-40

Box 9: folder 3
Isabel F. Smith,
1928-43

Box 9: folder 4
M. Carey Thomas,
1903-16

Box 9: folder 5
Others,
1898-1941

Box 9: folder 6
From Emma Bascom (mother) to Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Chadbourne,
1868-69

Box 10: folder 1
From family



Emma Bascom,
1878-90

Box 10: folder 2-3
John Bascom (father) (includes typed transcripts),
1883-1910

Box 10: folder 4-7
George Bascom (brother),
1936-37

Box 10: folder 8
Jean Bascom (sister),
1941

Box 10: folder 9
Nell Bascom (sister-in-law),
1924-30

Box 10: folder 10
Cousins,
1894-1934

Box 10: folder 11
From non-family, personal



A (includes Jane S. Atwill re: Elaine Eastman),
1929-35

Box 11: folder 1
B,
1911-39

Box 11: folder 2
C-D,
1893-1935

Box 11: folder 3
Clark, Robert,
1934-41

Box 11: folder 4
E-F,
1914-40

Box 11: folder 5
Eastman, E.G.,
1930-40

Box 11: folder 6
G,
1911-40

Box 11: folder 7
Goldschmidt, Victor (includes English translation),
1907-38

Box 11: folder 8-9
H-I,
1911-34

Box 11: folder 10
J-K,
1911-39

Box 11: folder 11
L,
1896-1941

Box 11: folder 12
M,
1912-40

Box 11: folder 13
N-P (includes Annie Peck),
1904-39

Box 12: folder 1
Porter, Mary,
1914-40

Box 12: folder 2-3
R,
1911-40

Box 12: folder 5
S,
1911-41

Box 12: folder 6
Smith, Isabel Fothergill,
1934-41

Box 12: folder 7
T,
1913-33

Box 12: folder 8
U-V,
1931-37

Box 12: folder 9
W,
1908-40

Box 12: folder 10
Wyckoff, Dorothy (includes watercolor painting),
1923-41

Box 12: folder 11
Unidentified,
1921-37

Box 12: folder 12
Professional



A,
1892-1912

Box 13: folder 1
B,
1894-1930

Box 13: folder 2
Berkey, C.,
1913-41

Box 13: folder 3
C,
1894-1935

Box 13: folder 4
Clark, William,
1900-17

Box 13: folder 5
Crosby, W.O.,
1898-1912

Box 13: folder 6
D,
1896-1934

Box 13: folder 7
Dale, T. Nelson,
1896-1935

Box 13: folder 8
Diller, J.S.,
1890-1910

Box 13: folder 9
Durden, Henry,
1896

Box 13: folder 10
E,
1904-12

Box 13: folder 11
F,
1894-1940

Box 13: folder 12
G,
1897-1934

Box 13: folder 13
H,
1896-194

Box 13: folder 14
Hayes, O. M.,
1903-11

Box 13: folder 15
I,
1911-21

Box 13: folder 16
Department of the Interior,
1900-20

Box 13: folder 17
J,
1907-39

Box 13: folder 18
K,
1894-1937

Box 13: folder 19
Keith, Arthur,
1905-15

Box 13: folder 20
L,
1896-1934

Box 14: folder 1
M,
1896-1940

Box 14: folder 2
Miller, B.L.,
1912-39

Box 14: folder 3
N-O,
1899-1907

Box 14: folder 4
P,
1897-1939

Box 14: folder 5
Park, Marion,
1928-38

Box 14: folder 6
Pinchot, Gifford,
1929-30

Box 14: folder 7
R,
1897-1940

Box 14: folder 8
S,
1897-1937

Box 14: folder 9
Smith, G.O.,
1897-1914

Box 14: folder 10
Stose, G.W.,
1899-1912

Box 14: folder 11
T,
1896-97

Box 14: folder 12
Thomas, M. Carey,
1894-1922

Box 14: folder 13
U,
1894-1910

Box 14: folder 14
U.S. Geological Survey,
1913-16

Box 14: folder 15
V,
1898-1907

Box 14: folder 16
Van Hise, Charles R.,
1894-1905

Box 14: folder 17
W,
1894-1922

Box 14: folder 18
Watson, E.H.,
1934-37

Box 14: folder 19
Wherry, E.T.,
1908-14

Box 14: folder 20
Willis, Bailey,
1896-1931

Box 14: folder 21
Wright, F.E.,
1896-1912

Box 14: folder 22
Miscellaneous,
1898-1931

Box 14: folder 23
Miscellaneous,
1886-1963

Box 15: folder 1-5
SERIES V. WRITINGS



High school and college papers,
1876-80

Box 16: folder 1
Pamphlets and bibliography,
1913-37

Box 16: folder 2
Pamphlets,
1896-1926

Box 16: folder 3-4
Articles and clippings,
1896-1934

Box 16: folder 5
U.S. Geological Survey: press releases, reports, and itinerary (presumed to be by Florence Bascom),
1915-36

Box 16: folder 6
Speeches,
1922-38

Box 16: folder 7
Unpublished writings,
1923-28

Box 16: folder 8
Verse,
1932

Box 16: folder 9
Notes,
n.d.

Box 16: folder 10
SERIES VI. ORGANIZATIONS, HONORS, AND AWARDS



Certificates and pamphlets,
1900-39

Box 17: folder 1
Phi Beta Kappa: pamphlets, clippings, and certificates,
1896-1904

Box 17: folder 2
Honors, awards, and certificates,
1875-1926

Box 17: folder 3
Testimonial for Florence Bascom: articles, telegrams, and correspondence,
1928

Box 17: folder 4
SERIES VII. INDIVIDUALS AND SUBJECTS

[see also CORRESPONDENCE]




Blake, Sue Avis: verse and photograph,
n.d.

Box 17: folder 5
Butler, Anna Bates: articles,
1905

Box 17: folder 6
Eastman, Elaine Goodale: correspondence, verse, and clippings,
1928-38

Box 17: folder 7
Goldschmidt, Victor: pamphlet and correspondence,
1908-12

Box 17: folder 8
Ogilvie, Ida: correspondence, clippings, and articles,
1928-40

Box 17: folder 9
Thomas, M. Carey: cards, pamphlets, and correspondence,
1899-1922

Box 17: folder 10
Maps,
1892

Box 17: folder 11
Women's rights: pamphlets and clippings,
1975-82

Box 17: folder 12
Memorabilia



Class list and verse,
n.d.

Box 17
Eye glasses in cases (3 pairs),
n.d.

Box 17
Correspondence, verse, and cards,
1897

Box 17: folder 13
The Stone Lady: A Memoir of Florence Bascom



Clippings and correspondence,
1975-82

Box 17: folder 14
Photographs (photocopies),
n.d.

Box 17: folder 15
Copy of The Stone Lady: A Memoir of Florence Bascom by Isabel Fothergill Smith (Bryn Mawr College,
1981)

Box 17
OVERSIZED MATERIALS



Photographs,
1939

Flat File
Embroidered Bascom coat of arms,
n.d.

Flat File
Degree certificates,
1877-1915

Flat File
Paintings,
1931

Flat File

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Subjects
  • Bascom, Florence, 1862-1945-Correspondence
  • Bascom family
  • Curtiss family
  • Eastman, Elaine Goodale, 1863-1953
  • Geologists--United States--Biography--Sources
  • Geology--Pennsylvania
  • Geology--Study and teaching (Higher)--History--Sources
  • Peck, Annie S. (Annie Smith), 1850-1935--Correspondence
  • Pinchot, Gifford, 1865-1946--Correspondence
  • Smith, Isabel Fothergill, 1890-
  • The stone lady : a memoir of Florence Bascom / by Isabel Fothergill Smith--Sources
  • Thomas, M. Carey (Martha Carey), 1857-1935--Correspondence
  • Van Hise, Charles Richard, 1857-1918--Correspondence
  • Women geologists--United States--Biography--Sources
  • Women scientists--United States--Biography--Sources
  • Women--Suffrage--United States--History--Sources


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