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Louise Stevens Bryant Papers, 1885-1963
14 boxes; 14 volumes (7 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 24

Abstract:
Public health specialist; Editor; Publicist. Papers contain Bryant's diaries, notebooks, and professional reports concerning public health and social work issues; subject files; and correspondence from Havelock Ellis and others generated from Bryant's work arranging the U.S. publication of Ellis's Studies in the Psychology of Sex. Thre is also a typescript biography of Bryant written by her companion, Lura Beam, and excerpts from their correspondence.

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 ownership of Louise Stevens Bryant's writings is unknown. Lura Beam's estate retains copyright for her biography, Bequest from a Life. Copyright to materials authored by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. 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
Louise Stevens Bryants' publicity photo for Girl Scouts, 1919-23

Louise Stevens Bryants' publicity
photo for Girl Scouts, 1919-23

Public health specialist, editor, and publicist Louise Stevens Bryant (1885-1956) received a B.S. from Smith College in 1908 and a PhD in Medical Science from the University of Pennsylvania. She promoted dispensary development and edited a pioneer medical study and publicity program in the field of human fertility. She was associated at various times with the Russell Sage Foundation, the Girl Scouts of America, the Pennsylvania School for Social Service and Health, and the War Industries Board. She was the American representative of Havelock Ellis and wrote books and many articles on applied psychology and maternal health. She was the editor and publicist of the United Hospital Fund and National Committee on Maternal Health, New York City, from 1923 to 1937, and publicist for the American Association of University Women from 1938 to 1952. Her other interests included art, poetry, and animals. In 1909, she married Arthur Bryant, whom she divorced in 1912. Her longtime companion was Lura Beam.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Louise Stevens Bryant Papers consist of personal and professional material. They include a typescript of Bequest from a Life (privately printed), a biography of Bryant written by her companion, Lura Beam, and excerpts from correspondence to Beam from Bryant. The collection also contains Bryant's diaries, notebooks, and professional reports concerning public health and social work issues; subject files; and correspondence, including letters from Havelock Ellis and others generated from Bryant's work negotiating the U.S. publication of Ellis's Studies in the Psychology of Sex." There is related material about Louise Stevens Bryant in the Smith College Archives. The Lura Beam Papers are housed in the Schlesinger Library at Harvard University.


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 ownership of Louise Stevens Bryant's writings is unknown. Lura Beam's estate retains copyright for her biography, Bequest from a Life. Copyright to materials authored by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. 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:

Louise Stevens Bryant Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

Lura Beam donated the Louise Stevens Bryant Papers to the Sophia Smith Collection in 1962. The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection without any additional restrictions.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised by Jenn Smar and Burd Schlessinger, 2006


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

Contents List
SERIES I. BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS



Contents


Box 1: folder 1
Marriage certificate and divorce papers,
1908-12

Box 1: folder 2
Photographs,
1867-1956

Box 1: folder 3
Smith College: photograph, booklet, and invitation,
1908

Box 1: folder 4
University of Pennsylvania: correspondence and booklets,
1912-14

Box 1: folder 4a
Memorial gifts and keepsakes,
1930-56

Box 1: folder 5
Miriam Stevens (mother),
1908-36

Box 1: folder 6
Illness: medical reports, charts, and insurance policy,
1917-26

Box 1: folder 7
Louise Stevens Bryant Fellowship,
1963-64

Box 1: folder 8
Passport and related material,
1931-37

Box 1: folder 9
Childhood: poem and correspondence,
1889-92

Box 1: folder 10
Social Security: card and award,
1939-52

Box 1: folder 11
Obituary,
1956

Box 1: folder 12
Funeral materials,
1936-63

Box 1: folder 13
Memorials: receipts and programs,
1956-60

Box 1: folder 14
Last Will & Testament,
1925-53

Box 1: folder 15
Animal pictures,
1919-55

Box 1: folder 16
Family history: notes and family tree,
1957

Box 1: folder 17
Correspondence with Lura Beam,
1922-38

Box 1: folder 18
Bequest from a Life by Lura Beam



Typescript,
n.d.

Box 1: folder 19
Reviews and correspondence,
1960-64

Box 1a: folder 20
Permissions,
1962

Box 1a: folder 21
Williams & Wilkins Co., and Waverly Press,
1962-66

Box 1a: folder 22
Distribution,
1963-66

Box 1a: folder 23
Manuscripts and proofs,
1960-63

Box 1a
Personal memorabilia

[see also Oversize Material]




American Museum of National History,
1935

Box 2: folder 24
Books: description by Lura Beam,
1962

Box 2: folder 25
Note:
Contribution receipts,
1953-56

Box 2: folder 26
Church,
1945-57

Box 2: folder 27
Humorous pieces,
1910-28

Box 2: folder 28
Myths of Plato,
1907

Box 2: folder 29
Paintings and sculpture clippings,
1949-53

Box 2: folder 30
Poetry,
1828-1953

Box 2: folder 31
Clippings,
1945-54

Box 2: folder 32
Prose clippings,
1929-56

Box 2: folder 33
Vacations: photographs and postcards,
1923-60

Box 2: folder 34
SERIES II. PERSONAL ACTIVITIES



Clippings



Animals,
1935-56

Box 3: folder 35
Birds,
1936-55

Box 3: folder 36
Buildings,
1938-55

Box 3: folder 37
Children,
1936-55

Box 3: folder 38
Landscapes and flowers,
1938-56

Box 3: folder 39
Men,
1937-56

Box 3: folder 40
Negroes,
1936-56

Box 3: folder 41
Obituaries,
1931-54

Box 3: folder 42
Paintings, photography, and cartoons,
1937-56

Box 3: folder 43
Poetry,
1921-34

Box 3: folder 44
Reptiles and insects,
1948-55

Box 3: folder 45
Sculpture,
1922-56

Box 3: folder 46
War,
1942-56

Box 3: folder 47
Women,
1938-56

Box 3: folder 48
Notebooks



"Psychology of Social Work, Principles and Techniques of Case Work, and Public Health and Hygiene,"
1915-17

Box 4
Education course,
1907

Box 4
Physiology course,
1913-14

Box 4
Calendar: A Calendar of Good Thoughts to Companion Every Day,
n.d.


Diaries,
1921-55, n.d.

Box 5
SERIES III. CORRESPONDENCE



Aronovici, Dr. Carol,
1941-44

Box 6: folder 49
Ayres, Colonel Leonard (Dr. May Ayres, Mrs. Randolph Burgess),
1911-43

Box 6: folder 50
Blank, Dr. Fritz,
1940-45

Box 6: folder 51
Bryant, Arthur,
1904-14

Box 6: folder 52
Bucky, Dr. Gustav,
1941-43

Box 6: folder 53
Bucky, Frida Sarsen,
1941-42

Box 6: folder 54
Carleton, Baldwin,
1939-56

Box 6: folder 55
Carleton, Ernest,
1938-54

Box 6: folder 56
Carleton, Dr. Spencer,
1933-54

Box 6: folder 57
Churchill, Alfred Vance



Building a Collection,
1941-42

Box 6: folder 58
Mid-western,
1944-51

Box 6: folder 59
German songs,
1941-43

Box 6: folder 60
Churchill, Marie,
1953-55

Box 6: folder 61
Cyon, Fran?oise Lafitte,
1935-54

Box 6: folder 62
Dickinson, Dr. Robert L.,
1928-50

Box 6: folder 63
Ellis, Havelock,
1934-39

Box 6: folder 64-67
F.A. Davis Co.,
1934-35

Box 6: folder 68
Emerson Books,
1935-46

Box 6: folder 69
Ishill, Joseph,
1936-54

Box 6: folder 70
McFarlane, Ward, McFarlane Inc.,
1935

Box 6: folder 71
Random House: Bennett Cerf,
1934-39

Box 6: folder 72
Virginia Quarterly Review,
1939-42

Box 6: folder 73
Miscellaneous,
1936-39

Box 6: folder 74
Elwyn, Dr. Adolf,
1936-42

Box 8: folder 75
Fay, Harriet,
1933-42

Box 8: folder 76
Furse, Katherine Dame,
1939-52

Box 8: folder 77
Guy, Gerda,
1945-56

Box 8: folder 78
Hartman, Dr. Carol,
1935-54

Box 8: folder 79
Hirschberg, Dr. Alexandre,
1942-53

Box 8: folder 80
Hillyer, Marion,
1936-38

Box 8: folder 81
Hine, Lewis & Sara,
1930-41

Box 8: folder 82
Hodson, Mrs. Cora,
1939-56

Box 8: folder 83
Kent, Elizabeth & Frederick,
1914-46

Box 8: folder 84
Kerr, Rose,
1921-45

Box 8: folder 85
Kopp, Dr. Marie,
1940

Box 8: folder 86
Lord, Isabel Ely,
1940-54

Box 8: folder 87
Nourse, Charlotte, Constance, and Mary,
1938-59

Box 8: folder 88
Norton, Grace Fallow,
n.d.

Box 8: folder 89
Patients - referrals to doctors,
1921-54

Box 8: folder 90
Schaffner, Alice & Arthur,
1937-56

Box 8: folder 91
Simonson, Ethel Bruce,
1923-55

Box 8: folder 92
Miscellaneous,
1914-56

Box 8: folder 93
Re: Betsy Ross (dog),
1938-50

Box 8: folder 94
Letters of condolence,
1956

Box 8: folder 95
SERIES IV. PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES



Notes



"The Precardial Arteries of Squalus Acanthias,"
1908-11

Box 9: folder 96
"Dante and a World Empire,"
1908

Box 9: folder 97
"Nietzche,"
n.d.

Box 9: folder 98
Philosophy II paper,
n.d.

Box 9: folder 99
"Postural Patterns,"
1936-37

Box 9: folder 100
"Special Class for Defectives,"
1908

Box 9: folder 101
Mabel Ellsworth Todd



Correspondence,
1920-37

Box 9: folder 102
Published writings,
1920-27

Box 9: folder 103
National Committee on Maternal Health,

[see also Box 12]

1932-34

Box 9: folder 104
Miscellaneous pamphlets and publications,
1923-31

Box 9



Girl Scouts,

[see also Box 11]

1921-23

Box 9a: folder 105
Correction,
1915-63

Box 9a: folder 106
School feeding,

[see also Box 10, Box 12 and Books on Shelf]

1910-13

Box 9a: folder 107
Miscellaneous,
1910-18

Box 9a: folder 108
Nutritional Survey of Washington School Children,
1913-18

Box 10
Subjects



American Association of University Women



Correspondence,
1940-50

Box 11: folder 109
Exhibitions,
1947-50

Box 11: folder 110


Box 11: folder 111
Job hunting


Box 11: folder 112
U.S. Army


Box 11: folder 113
World food supply


Box 11: folder 114
World War I


Box 11: folder 115
Health and hygiene



Articles, topics for


Box 12: folder 116
Eyestrain in childhood


Box 12: folder 117
Maternal mortality


Box 12: folder 118
Malnutrition and incidence of disease among school children


Box 12: folder 119
Medical inspection in the public schools


Box 12: folder 120
Mothers' Assistance Fund, Pennsylvania


Box 12: folder 121
National Committee on Maternal Health

[see also Box 9]



Box 12: folder 122
Psychological Clinic, University of Pennsylvania


Box 12: folder 123
School feeding

[see also Box 9 and Box 10]



Box 12: folder 124
School feeding in Europe


Box 12: folder 125
Sterility


Box 12: folder 126
Work history


Box 12: folder 127
Records in social service


Box 13: folder 128
Social Work



Abortion


Box 13: folder 129
Central Bureau of Planning and Statistics


Box 13: folder 130
Committee on Dispensary Development


Box 13: folder 131
Hospital Social Service


Box 13: folder 132
Municipal Court of Philadelphia


Box 13: folder 133
Organization


Box 13: folder 134
Philadelphia Conference on Illegitimacy


Box 13: folder 135
Publication


Box 13: folder 136
Studies: reports and articles


Box 13: folder 137
Unstable diabolic blood pressure and feeblemindedness


Box 13: folder 138
Weekly reports


Box 13: folder 139
OVERSIZE MATERIALS



Girls' House of Refuge, Philadelphia: photograph album,
1908-09

Box 14
A Child's Primer of Natural History by Oliver Herford,
1899

Box 15
BOOKS ON SHELF



By Louise Stevens Bryant



Better Doctoring - Less Dependency: A Study of the Relations Between Medical and Non-medical Agencies With Special Reference to Clinic and Family Services,
1927


Municipal Court of Philadelphia: Report,
1915


School Feeding: Its History and Practice at Home and Abroad,
1913


By others



Campward Ho!: A Manual for Girl Scout Camps by Girl Scouts, Inc.,
1920


Clinics, Hospitals, and Health Centers by Michael M. Davis,
1927


Fourth International Congress on School Hygiene: Transactions: Vol. V: Papers,
1913


Human Sex and Anatomy by Robert Latou Dickinson,
1933


Human Sterility: Causation, Diagnosis and Treatment by Samuel Raynor Meaker, M.D.,
1934


Scouting for Girls: Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts, Girl Scouts, Inc.,
1920


Seventy Birth Control Clinics by Caroline Hadley Robinson,
1930


Songs For Our Darlings, edited by Uncle Willis,
1889


The Special Class For Backward Children by Lightner Witmer,
1911


Time of Ovulation in Women by Carl G. Hartman,
1936


The War With Germany: A Statistical Summary by Leonard P. Ayres,
1919



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Subjects
  • Beam, Lura Ella, 1887-
  • Birth control--United States--History--Sources
  • Bryant, Louise Stevens, 1885-1956
  • Children--Health and hygiene--United States--History--20th century--Sources
  • Ellis, Havelock, 1859-1939
  • Eugenics--United States--History--Sources
  • Female friendship--United States--History--20th century--Sources
  • Maternal health services--United States--History--Sources
  • Public health--History--Sources
  • Social work administration--History--Sources
  • Women in the professions--United States--History--20th century--Sources

Contributors
  • Beam, Lura Ella, 1887-


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