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Susan Elizabeth Lyman Papers, 1938-1976
2 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 97

Abstract:
Historian; Curator. Primarily research material and writings related to New York City history.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

NOTE: This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns.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
Susan Lyman representing the Museum of the City of New York on a New York City television show, with host Walter Hurlihy, 1950

Susan Lyman representing the Museum of the
City of New York on a New York City
television show, with host Walter Hurlihy, 1950

Susan Lyman was born in New York City November 18, 1905. She graduated from Smith College in 1929 and received a MA from Columbia University in 1933. She was curator of manuscripts at the Museum of the City of New York from 1939 to 1946 and member of the Educational Department of the museum from 1949 to 1959, developing the "Please Touch" room for children. She became a writer and authority on the history of New York City, publishing The Face of New York (1955); Here is New York; Young Folks New York (1960); and The Story of New York (1966). She also published Lady Historian: Martha J. Lamb in 1969. She was active for many years on behalf of Smith College, including chair and member of the Board of Counselors (1961-67), past president of the Pen and Brush and among the first women elders of Breck Presbyterian Church in New York City. She died in 1976 from injuries received in an automobile accident.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Lyman papers consist primarily of material related to New York City history including her writings: New York: A Key To The City (1938); The Face Of New York (1954); and 100 New York Years. There is also a copy of Survey of Manuscript Collections in the New York Historical Society; compiled by S.E. Lyman (1941).

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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.

NOTE: This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, 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:

Susan Elizabeth Lyman Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection


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
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Lamb, Martha J. (Martha Joanna), 1829-1893
  • Lyman, Susan Elizabeth
  • New York (N.Y.)--History--Sources


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