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Frances Carpenter Papers, 1917-1972
4 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 81

Abstract:
Children's author, Geographer, Author. The Carpenter Papers include correspondence; writings; original manuscripts of The Story of East Africa and South American Wonder Tales; radio talk transcripts on topics such as children's books and "women of the arts"; and five scrapbooks consisting of photographs, clippings, illustrations, bibliographies, reviews, and book jackets.

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:

Copyright ownership of Frances Carpenter's writings is unknown. Works published by Frances Carpenter prior to 1963 are most likely in the public domain. Copyright to unpublished materials and to materials authored by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns.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

Frances Carpenter was born in Washington, D.C. on April 30, 1890 to Joanna Condict and Frank G. Carpenter. She graduated from Smith College in 1912. Her father was a foreign correspondent and travelled extensively. Frances accompanied him on many of his travels as secretary and photographer. They co-authored several books including The Foods We Eat (1925), The Clothes We Wear (1926), and The Houses We Live In (1926). She also wrote Ourselves and Our City (1928), The Ways We Travel (1929), Tales of a Basque Grandmother (1930) Our Little Friends of Eskimo Land (1931) Our Neighbors Near and Far, An Elementary Geography (1932), and other books. In 1960 she edited a book of articles her father had written in the 1880s about life in Washington, D.C. entitled Carp's Washington (1960). She married W. Chapin Huntington, commercial attaché at the American Embassy in Paris. She was Vice President of the International Society of Woman Geographers, a Fellow of the Royal Geography Society of London, and President of the Smith College Alumnae Association and on the Smith College Board of Trustees. She died November 2, 1972.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Frances Carpenter Papers include correspondence (primarily with publishers); original manuscripts of The Story of East Africa and South American Wonder Tales; radio talk transcripts on topics such as children's books and "women of the arts"; and five scrapbooks consisting of photographs, clippings, illustrations, bibliographies, reviews, and book jackets.


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:

Copyright ownership of Frances Carpenter's writings is unknown. Works published by Frances Carpenter prior to 1963 are most likely in the public domain. Copyright to unpublished materials and 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:

Frances Carpenter Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

Frances Carpenter Huntington donated her papers to the Sophia Smith Collection from in 1965 and 1969.

Processing Information

Processed by Rachel Denham, 2009


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

Contents List
Correspondence



American Book Company
1950-55

Box 1: folder 1
Doubleday & Co.
1935-68

Box 1: folder 2
Follett Publishing Company
1968-69

Box 1: folder 3
McCormick-Mathers of American Book Company
1966-68

Box 1: folder 4
Junior Literary Guild
1930-55

Box 1: folder 5
Knopf, Washington D.C.
1957-58, n.d.

Box 1: folder 6
Red Cross
1934-59

Box 1: folder 7
Correspondence about writings



"African Wonder Tales"
1962-63

Box 1: folder 8
"Arabian Desert"
1930

Box 1: folder 9
"Basque Grandmother"
1928-42, n.d.

Box 1: folder 10
"Chinese Grandmother"
1936-59

Box 1: folder 11
"The Elephant's Bath Tub"
1962

Box 1: folder 12
"Horses and Heroes"
1950-66, n.d.

Box 1: folder 13
"Korean Grandmother"
1946-65, n.d.

Box 1: folder 14
"The Mouse Palace"
1963-64, n.d.

Box 1: folder 15
"Pocahontas and Her World"
1951-66

Box 1: folder 16
"Russian Grandmother"
1923-36, n.d.

Box 1: folder 17
"Seas and Ships" (Doubleday)
1958-60, n.d.

Box 1: folder 18
"South American Wonder Tales" (includes transcript)
1969

Box 1: folder 19
"The Story of East Africa" (includes transcript),
n.d.

Box 1: folder 20
"The Story of Korea"
1965-69

Box 1: folder 21
"Swiss Grandmother"
1939-41, n.d.

Box 1: folder 22
"Wonder Tales of Dogs and Cats"
1953-58, n.d.

Box 1: folder 23
Radio and TV Talks: transcripts
1942-48, n.d.

Box 1: folder 24
"Ladies of the Literary": transcript
1965

Box 1: folder 25
People from the Sky



Snapshot and cover
1972, n.d.

Box 2: folder 1
Manuscript
1971

Box 2: folder 2
Gallery proofs
n.d.

Box 2: folder 3
Illustrations by Betty Fraser
n.d.

Box 2: folder 4
Oversize materials



Binder of children's book covers and illustrations,
n.d.

Box 3: folder 1
Scrapbook
1917-31

Box 3: folder 2
Scrapbook
1928-40

Box 3: folder 3
Scrapbook
1942-62

Box 4: folder 1
Scrapbook
1962-72

Box 4: folder 2

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Subjects
  • Carpenter, Frances, 1890-1972
  • Carpenter, Frank G. (Frank George), 1855-1924
  • Children's literature--Authorship
  • Geographers--United States--Biography--Sources
  • Women authors, American--20th century--Biography--Sources
  • Women geographers--United States--Biography--Sources


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