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Dorothy Marsh Papers, circa 1911-1973
4 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)

Abstract:
Travel specialist and tour guide; and Red Cross official, World War II. The Collection includes correspondence, printed material, press articles, photographs, and memorabilia relating to Marsh's travel agency, Marsh Tours, Inc. Also correspondence and reports from Dorothy's work as a Red Cross teacher in Budapest, 1925, and as Regional Director of Red Cross Service Clubs during World War II; and material on the New York Women's Council and International Executive Service Corps.

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 for this collection is unknown. 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
Dorothy Marsh in Thailand, 1970

Dorothy Marsh in Thailand, 1970

Dorothy Marsh was born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1899. In 1927 she established Marsh Tours, Inc. in New York City with her sister Marjorie Marsh Enfield. The agency specialized in college tours and student travel. They later opened offices in London and Paris. Marsh was the travel advisor to Smith College to Europe, Asia, and other regions, handling arrangements for Junior Year Abroad trips, and other groups. During World War II, Marsh volunteered at the American Hospital in Paris for the French Red Cross. She served as the regional director of Red Cross Service Clubs with the Overseas Task Force manager and was stationed in North Africa, France, and Germany. She volunteered with the International Executive Service Corps (an "executive Peace Corps" to underdeveloped nations) in Bangkok in 1970, and East Malaysia in 1971. Her other accomplishments included embarking upon a special teaching mission for Red Cross in Budapest from 1925 to 1926; managing the American Women's Club in Paris from 1926 to 1927; being secretary to Air Attache, U.S. Embassy, Paris, 1923 to 1934; and membership in the New York Women's Council from 1959 to 1969. Dorothy Marsh died in 1979.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Marsh Papers include correspondence, printed material, articles, photographs, and memorabilia relating to the career of Dorothy Marsh as a travel executive. Some material concerns her sister, Marjorie Marsh Enfield, her partner in Marsh Tours, Inc. Highlights of the collection include correspondence and reports from Dorothy's work as a Red Cross teacher in Budapest, 1925, and as Regional Director of Red Cross Service Clubs during World War II. There is a wealth of material on Marsh Tours, Inc., as well as some on the New York Women's Council and International Executive Service Corps. The photographs in Series I include images of Dorothy and her sister, Marjorie Marsh Enfield; Marsh Tours parties in various countries from, circa 1928-59; the Marsh Tours' Paris office; and American Red Cross activities (one with General De Gaulle during World War II).

This collection is organized into two series:


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 for this collection is unknown. 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:

Dorothy Marsh Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

Dorothy Marsh (Smith College class of 1921) donated her papers to the Sophia Smith Collection from 1971 to 1977.


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
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Language
English, Hungarian

Contents List
SERIES I. BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS



Contents


Box 1
Biographical writings,
1945-73

Box 1: folder 1
Obituary,
1979

Box 1: folder 2
Passports,
1941-76

Box 1: folder 3
Articles written by Marsh,
1929-68

Box 1: folder 4
Articles about Dorothy and Marjorie Marsh,
circa 1915-70

Box 1: folder 5
Memorabilia: invitations, maps, menus and miscellaneous items,
1929-74

Box 1: folder 6
Miscellaneous articles,
1924-72

Box 1: folder 7
Awards,
1885-1946

Box 1: folder 8
New York State Distinguished Achievement Award, "Salute to Women": programs and correspondence,
1962-66

Box 1: folder 9
Awards: American Society of Travel Agents Rosenbluth award,
1973-75

Box 1: folder 10
Photographs(?)-70
1911

Box 1: folder 11
Correspondence



To Dorothy Marsh (largely professional),
1915-76

Box 1: folder 12
From Dorothy Marsh (Marsh Tours and miscellaneous),
1948-71

Box 1: folder 13
Miscellaneous,
1923-67

Box 1: folder 14
SERIES II. PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES



Employment agreements and miscellaneous documents,
1923-45

Box 2: folder 1
Paris American Players: correspondence,
1929-72

Box 2: folder 2
American Red Cross, World War II



Correspondence,
1942-46

Box 2: folder 3
Reports (Casablanca, Capri, South France, Overseas task force),
1943-45

Box 2: folder 4
Playground course, Hungary (Ligue des Societes de la Croix - Rouge)



Correspondence,
1924-26

Box 2: folder 5
Introductory speech, lesson plans and final report,
1924

Box 2: folder 6
Manual (in Hungarian),
1925

Box 2: folder 7
American Women's Club of Paris: letters to Dorothy Marshy (house manager),
1927

Box 2: folder 8
New York Women's Council



Correspondence



From Marsh,
1959-69

Box 2: folder 9
To Marsh (including Nelson Rockefeller and Jane Todd),
1959-69

Box 2: folder 10
Pamphlets, reports, newsletters and miscellaneous items,
1959-1969

Box 2: folder 11
VIP Tour
1965


Correspondence,
1964-66

Box 2: folder 12-13
Itineraries, publicity and miscellaneous correspondence


Box 2: folder 14
Florence Floods: Travel Industry Relief Fund



Correspondence



From Dorothy Marsh,
1966-67

Box 2: folder 15
To Dorothy and Marjorie Marsh,
1966-67

Box 2: folder 16
Publicity and miscellaneous correspondence,
1966-67

Box 2: folder 17
International Executive Service Corps



Pamphlets, articles and news,
1967-72

Box 3: folder 1
Correspondence,
1971-75

Box 3: folder 2
Malaysia



Correspondence,
1971-72

Box 3: folder 3
Reports, articles and pamphlets,
1964-75

Box 3: folder 4
Thailand



Correspondence and mementos,
1970-72, n.d.

Box 3: folder 5
Reports, pamphlets, and articles,
1970

Box 3: folder 6
Marsh Tours, Inc.



Itineraries,
1941-68

Box 4: folder 1
Business tours,
1959-64

Box 4: folder 2
Profit sharing plan and insurance,
1961-65

Box 4: folder 3
Promotion,
1950

Box 4: folder 4
Traveling information,
1951-67

Box 4: folder 5
Spring vacation tours,
1955-67

Box 4: folder 6
Staff meetings, memoranda, and instructions,
1951-65

Box 4: folder 7
Pamphlets,
1929-68

Box 4: folder 8
Dorothy Marsh's personal pamphlets,
1948-68

Box 4: folder 9
Theatre tours,
1933-74

Box 4: folder 10
Workshop in international understanding,
1949-77

Box 4: folder 11
American Society of Travel Agents Inc. (ASTA)



Miscellaneous,
1962-76

Box 4: folder 12
Southwest chapter meeting,
1958

Box 4: folder 13
Pamphlets and list of members,
June 1951

Box 4: folder 13
"A Pictorial Record of the 21st Annual Convention of the American Society of Travel Agents, Paris, October 21st-27th, 1951",
1951

Box 4: folder 13
South Africa picture book,
1956

Box 4: folder 14
Miscellaneous pamphlets,
1948-73

Box 4: folder 15

Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Budapest (Hungary)-Description and travel-Sources
  • Businesswomen-United States-Biography-Sources
  • Europe-Description and travel-Sources
  • International Executive Service Corps-History
  • Marsh Tours, Inc. (New York, N.Y.)-History-Sources
  • Marsh, Dorothy, 1899-1979
  • New York Women's Council-History
  • Tourism-United States-History-20th century-Sources
  • Travel agents-United States-Biography-Sources
  • Women owned business enterprises-United States-History
  • Women travelers-History-20th century-Sources
  • World War, 1939-1945-War work-Red Cross
  • World War, 1939-1945-Women-Personal narratives, American


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