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Grace Nobili Papers, 1880-1953
3 boxes (1.25 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 114

Abstract:
Red Cross volunteer, World War I. Biographical material, clippings, photographs, scrapbooks, and a journal pertaining to Nobili's World War I service in Italy as a Red Cross volunteer and hospital worker for the YMCA. Also included are artwork; writings of her husband, Cavaliere Riccardo Nobili; photographs of John Burroughs, n.d.; and correspondence (1930s-50s). Correspondents include Bernard Berenson, Cecil Gould, Cecil Roberts, Frank Mather, and Ham Rosewell.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

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

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Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns.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
Grace and Ricardo Nobili in the garden of Dommus Amicorum, their home in Venice, undated

Grace and Ricardo Nobili in the
garden of Dommus Amicorum,
their home in Venice, undated

Grace Cleveland Porter Nobili was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Dodge Porter and the grand-niece of President Grover Cleveland. She served in Italy during World War I as a volunteer nurse with the Red Cross in an Italian hospital, and as Director of Recreation Sevices in Italian War Hospitals in Rome under the auspices of the YMCA. She wrote "Negro Folk Singing Games and Folk Games of the Habitants" and "Mammina Graziosa" (1916). Nobili received numerous awards and decorations from the Italian government for her war service. She married Florentine nobleman Cavaliere Riccardo Nobili in 1933. Owing to her extraordinary service to Italy, she was granted special permission to be buried next to her husband in the family chapel near Florence, a privilege not usually granted to Protestants.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection contains biographical material, clippings, photographs, scrapbooks, and a journal pertaining to Nobili's World War I service in Italy as a Red Cross volunteer and hospital worker for the YMCA. Also included are artwork; writings of her husband, Cavaliere Riccardo Nobili; photographs of John Burroughs, n.d.; and correspondence (1930s- 50s). Correspondents include Bernard Berenson, Cecil Gould, Cecil Roberts, Frank Mather, and Ham Rosewell.

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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.

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

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Grace Nobili Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

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Language
English
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


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Subjects
  • Berenson, Bernard, 1865-1959--Correspondence
  • Burroughs, John, 1837-1921--Photographs
  • Gould, Cecil Hellon Mouk, 1918- --Correspondence
  • Mather, Frank Jewett, 1868-1953--Correspondence
  • Nobili, Grace, 1870-1962
  • Roberts, Cecil, 1892- --Correspondence
  • Rosewell, Ham Gray, 1891- --Correspondence
  • World War, 1914-1918--War work--Italy--Red Cross
  • World War, 1914-1918--War work--Young Men's Christian Association
  • World War, 1914-1918--Women--Personal narratives, American


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