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Grace Harriet Spofford Papers, 1795-1974 (Bulk: 1935-1954)
23 boxes (12.25 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 150

Abstract:
Teacher; Musician; Music administrator. Papers include correspondence, diaries, memorabilia, speeches, writings, sheet music, photographs, and subject files on women in music. There are also a large number of files on organizations and conferences (primarily music-related), including the Music School of the Henry Street Settlement, the International Music Council of UNESCO, and the International Council of Women and National Council of Women.

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Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns.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
Elizabeth Couler and Grace Spofford in Atlantic City, 1918

Elizabeth Couler and Grace Spofford in Atlantic City, 1918

Grace Spofford was born in 1887 in Haverhill, MA. She studied piano from age seven and entered Mt. Holyoke College in 1905, transferring after one year to Smith College. After receiving an A.B. from Smith in 1909, Spofford taught piano at Heidelberg College in Tiffin, OH, and gave recitals in small towns in the midwest. In 1912, she went to Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD, where she studied piano and organ, taught piano, wrote music criticism for the Baltimore Evening Sun, and published A Guide for Beginners in Piano Playing (1916) with her lifelong friend Elizabeth Coulson. An injury combined with a love of administrative work led to jobs as Executive Secretary at Peabody (1917-24) and first Dean of the newly established Curtis Institute of Music (1924-31) in Philadelphia. After moving to NY in 1931, she worked as Associate Director of the NY College of Music, Executive Secretary of Layman's Music Courses, and manager of the Curtis String Quartet. In 1935 Spofford became Director of the Music School of the Henry Street Settlement where she worked to de-professionalize music and encourage widespread participation in music "shared as a common experience of life." After her retirement in 1954, Spofford represented the U.S. at many national and international music and music education conferences, was a delegate to the International Music Council of UNESCO, and served on the International and National Councils of Women. She died in 1974.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

TThe Grace Spofford Papers consist of biographical material, correspondence, diaries, business papers (mostly financial), memorabilia, speeches, writings, sheet music, photographs, organization files, and subject files. The bulk of the material is the files on organizations (primarily music-related) for which and with which Spofford worked. There are also a large number of subject files on women in music including biographical files on individual women musicians. Though there is one item dated 1795, the bulk of the materials are dated from 1935 to 1954.


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

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Grace Harriet Spofford Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection


Additional Information
Contact Information
Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

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

Container List



Biography


Box
Sarah and Harry H. Spofford: clippings and obituaries,
1918-21

Box 1: folder 1
Elizabeth Coulson: articles, obituaries, photographs,
ca. 1865-1972

Box 1: folder 2
Passports and birth certificate,
1887-1969

Box 1: folder 3
Genealogy


Box 1: folder 4
Biographical material,
1906-74

Box 1: folder 5
Clippings,
1928-69

Box 1: folder 6
Smith College: commencement book,
1909

Box 1: folder 7
Baby's journal,(Grace Spofford's)
1887

Box 1
Elizabeth Coulson scrapbook,
1895-1905

Box 1
Photographs



Photograph album: Smith College


Box 1
Grace Spofford


Box 1
Alone,
1909, n.d.

Box 2: folder 1
With groups,
1918-66

Box 2: folder 2
Henry Street Settlement,
1936-37, n.d.

Box 2: folder 3
Director's Conference,
1953

Box 2: folder 4
Brussels,
1953

Box 2: folder 5
Miscellaneous,
1919-66

Box 2: folder 6
Unidentified,
1953, n.d.

Box 2: folder 7
Framed photographs: Harry and Sarah Spofford (3); Elizabeth Coulson (1)


Box 2
Photo album: from Parent's Association of the Music School of Henry Street Settlement,
1954

Box 2
2 photo albums,
n.d.

Box 2
Diaries



1898-1939

Box 3
1941-72

Box 3a
Business papers



Correspondence,
1933-49, 1970

Box 4: folder 1
Insurance and miscellaneous documents,
1932-67

Box 4: folder 2-3
Cancelled checks,
1947-53

Box 4: folder 4-5
Federal income tax returns,
1942-52, 1966

Box 4: folder 6
Correspondence



Letters of recommendation and introduction,
1912-60

Box 5: folder 1
Outgoing


Box 5
1924-71

Box 5: folder 2-3
Lillian Wald,
1936-40

Box 5
Incoming



A-B,
1931-68, n.d.

Box 5: folder 5
Dorothy S. Ainsworth,
1959

Box 5: folder 6
Marian Anderson,
1959

Box 5: folder 7
Derek Bok,
1970-71

Box 5: folder 8
Mary L.C. Bok,
1926-30

Box 5: folder 9
Styles Bridges,
1957

Box 5: folder 10
C,
1931-72

Box 5: folder 11
Grace Coolidge,
n.d.

Box 5: folder 12
Aaron Copeland,
1954-67

Box 5: folder 13
Elizabeth Coulson,
1929-40, n.d.

Box 5: folder 14
D,
1931-69

Box 5: folder 15
Judith Dvorkin,
1958

Box 5: folder 16
E-F,
1931-72

Box 5: folder 17
Geraldine Farrar,
1937-38

Box 5: folder 18
Kirsten Flagstad,
1939

Box 5: folder 19
G,
1924-70

Box 5: folder 20
George Gershwin,
1937

Box 5: folder 21
Peggy Glanville-Hicks,
n.d.

Box 5: folder 22
Morton Gould,
1946

Box 5: folder 23
H-I,
1927-71

Box 6: folder 1
J-K,
1931-71

Box 6: folder 2
Jacob Javits,
1970

Box 6: folder 3
Olga Koussevitzky (Mrs. Serge),
1955-73

Box 6: folder 4
L,
1953-60

Box 6: folder 5
Fiorello LaGuardia,
1934

Box 6: folder 6
Miscellaneous (unidentified),
1940-73

Box 6: folder 7
M,
1932-73

Box 6: folder 8
Newbold Morris,
1945

Box 6: folder 9
Robert Moses,
1955

Box 6: folder 10
George Murphy,
1970

Box 6: folder 11
N-O,
1931-61

Box 6: folder 12
Richard Neuberger,
1958

Box 6: folder 13
Lawrence O'Brien,
1963

Box 6: folder 14
P-O,
1945-69

Box 6: folder 15
Claiborne Pell,
1970

Box 6: folder 16
R,
1927-71

Box 6: folder 17
Fritz Reiner,
1954

Box 6: folder 18
S,
1931-73

Box 6: folder 19
Harold Schonberg,
1971

Box 6: folder 20
Leopold Stokowski,
1927-54

Box 6: folder 21
Eleanor Steber,
1955

Box 6: folder 22
Gladys Swarthout,
1955

Box 6: folder 23
T,
1930-60

Box 6: folder 24
V-Z,
1943-73

Box 6: folder 25
Lillian D. Wald,
1935-39

Box 6: folder 26
Walter Bruno,
1948

Box 6: folder 27
Efrem and Mary Curtis Zimbalist,
1941-56

Box 6: folder 28
Memorabilia



Trips


Box 6
Europe,
1964

Box 7: folder 1
Middle East,
1966

Box 7: folder 2
Memories of the Gripsolm Cruise to the Lands of the Vikings and Russia,
1943

Box 7
Awards and Citations,
1951-69

Box 7: folder 3
Autograph book,
1927-31

Box 7
Writings



Articles and clippings,
1934-69

Box 7: folder 4
"Thoughts of a Musicologist,"
1969

Box 7: folder 5
Speeches



1924-66, n.d.

Box 8: folder 1
"On international understanding,"
1954

Box 8: folder 2
Notes



Radio talks,
1937

Box 8: folder 3
New York Leisure Time Commission,
n.d.

Box 8: folder 4
1917-73, n.d.

Box 8: folder 5-6
Pamphlets and blank postcards,
1921-72

Box 9
Printed music scores,
1916-41, n.d.

Box 10
Wisdom in Miniature or the Young Gentleman and Lady's Pleasing Instructor,
1795

Box 10
Organizations



American International Music Fund, Inc.,
1958

Box 11: folder 1
Asian Music Circle,
1959

Box 11: folder 2
Beekman Hill Neighbors,
1930-35

Box 11: folder 3
Cleveland Music School Settlement,
1956-72

Box 11: folder 4
Committee of Correspondence,
1954

Box 11: folder 5
Federal Music Project,
1936-46

Box 11: folder 6
Folk Festival Council of New York,
1933-34

Box 11: folder 7
Foreign Service Institute,
1955-57

Box 11: folder 8
Fortnightly Music Club of Cleveland,
n.d.

Box 11: folder 9
Curtis Institute of Music



Articles and clippings,
1928-39

Box 12: folder 1
Forms,
1924-30

Box 12: folder 2
Concert programs, invitations and miscellaneous,
1924-31

Box 12: folder 3
Catalogs,
1924-49

Box 12
Recital and concert programs,
1925-31

Box 13
Overtones,(monthly publication)
1929-37

Box 14
Henry Street Settlement


Box 14
Music School


Box 14
Memorabilia and printed material,
1939-54

Box 15: folder 1
Clippings,
1935-53

Box 15: folder 2
Calendars,
1945-53

Box 15: folder 3
Commencement,
1943-53

Box 15: folder 4
Publicity,
1938-50

Box 15: folder 5
Twenty-fifth anniversary,
1925

Box 15: folder 6
Annual reports,
1935-52

Box 15: folder 7
"Bulletin,"
1954

Box 15: folder 8
Programs,
1931-62

Box 15: folder 9
Retirement,
1952

Box 15: folder 10
School of Drama, Playhouse,
1937-50

Box 15: folder 11
Unfinished Business, a firsthand account of the former director of the Henry Street Settlement by Helen Hall, New York,[on shelf]
1971

Box 15
International Conference on The Role of Music in the Education of Youth and Adults,
1953

Box 16: folder 1
International Congress for Professional Education of Musicians,
1953

Box 16: folder 2
International Council of Women



Music competitions for women musicians,
1958-66

Box 16: folder 3
Standing Committee on the Arts and Letters


Box 16
Reports,
1955-69

Box 16: folder 4
Questionnaires,
1958-64

Box 16: folder 5
International Music Conference,
1953-68

Box 16: folder 6
International Music Council,
1951-68

Box 16: folder 7
International Society for Music Education,
1957-58

Box 16: folder 8
Julliard School,
1942-69

Box 17: folder 1
Katherine Gibbs School,
1949-59

Box 17: folder 2
Koussevitzky Music Foundation,
n.d.

Box 17: folder 3
Layman's Music Course, Inc.,
1934-35

Box 17: folder 4
Mu Phi Epsilon,
1958-74

Box 17: folder 5
Municipal Art Committee, City of New York,
1932-39

Box 17: folder 6
Municipal Broadcasting Station Subcommittee,
1935-36

Box 17: folder 7
Music Education Conference,
1931

Box 17: folder 8
Music Educators National Conference,
1953

Box 17: folder 9
Music for Youth, Japan,
1958, n.d.

Box 17: folder 10
Musicians Club of New York,
1972

Box 17: folder 11
Musicians Emergency Aid of New York,
1932

Box 17: folder 12
National Advisory Council on Radio in Education,
1930-35

Box 17: folder 13
National Arts Club,
1962-72

Box 17: folder 14
National Arts Guild,
1967

Box 17: folder 15
National Council of Women



Printed material,
1953-64

Box 18: folder 1
Music Committee


Box 18
Concerts and lectures,
1957-64

Box 18: folder 2
Radio broadcasts,
1951-65

Box 18: folder 3
Reports and minutes,
1953-64

Box 18: folder 4
Miscellaneous,
1956-62

Box 18: folder 5
National Federation of Music Clubs,
1958-69

Box 18: folder 6
National Federation of Settlements



General,
1940, n.d.

Box 18: folder 7
Music Division,
1926-48

Box 18: folder 8
National Guild of Community Music Schools,
1946-72

Box 19: folder 1
National Music Council,
1954-72

Box 19: folder 2
National Recreation Association,
1941, n.d.

Box 19: folder 3
National Youth Administration,
1939-41

Box 19: folder 4
Neighborhood Music Schools, Inc.,
1949

Box 19: folder 5
New York Association of Music School Settlements,
1931-43

Box 19: folder 6
New York City Music Council,
1945

Box 19: folder 7
New York College of Music,
1934-52

Box 19: folder 8
New York Federation of Music Clubs,
1968-72

Box 19: folder 9
New York State Board of Education,
1950, n.d.

Box 19: folder 10
Peabody Institute



Miscellaneous,
1912-71

Box 20: folder 1
Publications,
1938-71

Box 20: folder 2
People to People, Music Committee,
1957-58

Box 20: folder 3
Philharmonic Symphony Sociey of New York,
1933-57

Box 20: folder 4
Philippine Women's University,
1963-65

Box 20: folder 5
Pipers Guild of America,
1941

Box 20: folder 6
Radio Institute of the Audible Arts,
1934-35

Box 20: folder 7
Rural Music Schools Association,
1949-53

Box 20: folder 8
Smith College



Club of New York, Class of
1909, 1954-70

Box 20: folder 9
Board of Counselors, Music Committee,
1950-58

Box 20: folder 10
Society of Women Musicians,
1954

Box 20: folder 11
Turtle Bay Music School,
1945

Box 20: folder 12
Unitarian Church of All Souls, N.Y.,
1969-73

Box 21: folder 1
United Nations,
1951, n.d.

Box 21: folder 2
UNESCO,
1956-57

Box 21: folder 3
United Nations Conference (International House),
1956-57

Box 21: folder 4
United Neighborhood Houses,
1942-43, n.d.

Box 21: folder 5
Women United for the United Nations,
1967

Box 21: folder 6
Women's Alliance,
1968

Box 21: folder 7
Works Progress Administration,
1934-43

Box 21: folder 8
World Association for Adult Education,
1931

Box 21: folder 9
Young Audiences,
n.d.

Box 21: folder 10
YWCA,
1934, n.d.

Box 21: folder 11
Subjects



Kennedy Center,
1967

Box 22: folder 1
Music


Box 22
Asia,
1952-58, n.d.

Box 22: folder 2
Clippings,
1915-58

Box 22: folder 3
Veterans/War effort,
1942-45

Box 22: folder 4
Youth,
1944-51, n.d.

Box 22: folder 5
Music Education, Philippines,
1955-63

Box 22: folder 6
Music, USA,
1964

Box 22: folder 7
Radio,
1930-51

Box 22: folder 8
Recreation,
1942-58

Box 22: folder 9
Women,
1928-61

Box 22: folder 10
Young People's Concert,
1964

Box 22: folder 11
Women in music,
1914-57

Box 23: folder 1
Composers,
1959-69

Box 23: folder 2
Esther Ballou,
n.d.

Box 23: folder 3
Joyce Barthelson,
1963-68

Box 23: folder 4
Gena Branscome,
1962

Box 23: folder 5
Mabel Wheeler Daniels,
1961, n.d.

Box 23: folder 6
Emma Lou Diemer,
1964-68

Box 23: folder 7
Judith Dvorkin,
n.d.

Box 23: folder 8
Vivian Fine,
1963, n.d.

Box 23: folder 9
Elizabeth Gest,
n.d.

Box 23: folder 10
Peggy Glanville-Hicks,
1954-64, n.d.

Box 23: folder 11
Elizabeth Gould,
n.d.

Box 23: folder 12
Mary Howe,
1955-64

Box 23: folder 13
Wanda Landowska,
1960

Box 23: folder 14
Frances McCollin,
n.d.

Box 23: folder 15
Elizabeth Lutyens and Elizabeth Maconchy,
1963

Box 23: folder 16
Florence Jepperson Madeson,
n.d.

Box 23: folder 17
Ursula Mamlok,
1965

Box 23: folder 18
Dorothy Mayner,
1969

Box 23: folder 19
Bernice Morrison Morris,
n.d.

Box 23: folder 20
Carolyn Allen Perera,
1963

Box 23: folder 21
Julia Perry,
n.d.

Box 23: folder 22
Jean Reti-Forbes,
1967, n.d.

Box 23: folder 23
Philippa Schulyer,
1960

Box 23: folder 24
Netty Simons,
n.d.

Box 23: folder 25
Julia Smith,
1968

Box 23: folder 26
Louise Talma,
1963

Box 23: folder 27
Ninon Vallin,
1972

Box 23: folder 28
Mme. Vengerova,
n.d.

Box 23: folder 29
Elinor Remick Warren,
n.d.

Box 23: folder 30
Mary Weaver,
n.d.

Box 23: folder 31
Vally Weigl,
1949-58

Box 23: folder 32
OVERSIZED MATERIALS



Scrapbooks,
1909-31, 1922-24

Box
Santayana, George, tr.: "The Music Of The Spheres"


Flat file

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Subjects
  • Female friendship--United States--History--20th century--Sources
  • Henry Street Settlement (New York, N.Y.)
  • International Council of Women--History--Sources
  • National Council of Women of the United States--History--Sources
  • Social settlements--New York (State)--New York--History--Sources
  • Spofford, Grace Harriet, 1888-1974
  • Women composers--United States--Biography--Sources
  • Women musicians--United States--Biography--Sources
  • Women--Societies and clubs--United States--History--Sources


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