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Grace Harriet Spofford papers, 1795-1974 (Bulk: 1935-1954)
23 boxes (12.25 linear feet)
Collection number: SSC.MS.00150

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:

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

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Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns.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. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

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Biographical / Historical

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

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:

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

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. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Preferred Citation

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

Grace Harriet Spofford Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 00150, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

Initial accessions were received on the following dates: 1960-1975. Additional items were added in 2018.


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.

Contents List
Grace Harriet Spofford papers
1795-1974 (bulk 1935-1954)


Biography



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, 1887 (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 undated

Box 2: folder 1
With groups
1918-66

Box 2: folder 2
Henry Street Settlement
1936-37 undated

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 undated

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
undated

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 undated

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
undated

Box 5: folder 12
Aaron Copeland
1954-67

Box 5: folder 13
Elizabeth Coulson
1929-40 undated

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
undated

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 undated

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
undated

Box 8: folder 4
1917-73 undated

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

Box 9
Printed music scores
1916-41 undated

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
undated

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, 1929-37 (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, 1971 [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
undated

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 undated

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 undated

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 undated

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 undated

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 undated

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 undated

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
undated

Box 21: folder 10
YWCA
1934 undated

Box 21: folder 11
Subjects



Kennedy Center
1967

Box 22: folder 1
Music


Box 22
Asia
1952-58 undated

Box 22: folder 2
Clippings
1915-58

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

Box 22: folder 4
Youth
1944-51 undated

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
undated

Box 23: folder 3
Joyce Barthelson
1963-68

Box 23: folder 4
Gena Branscome
1962

Box 23: folder 5
Mabel Wheeler Daniels
1961 undated

Box 23: folder 6
Emma Lou Diemer
1964-68

Box 23: folder 7
Judith Dvorkin
undated

Box 23: folder 8
Vivian Fine
1963 undated

Box 23: folder 9
Elizabeth Gest
undated

Box 23: folder 10
Peggy Glanville-Hicks
1954-64 undated

Box 23: folder 11
Elizabeth Gould
undated

Box 23: folder 12
Mary Howe
1955-64

Box 23: folder 13
Wanda Landowska
1960

Box 23: folder 14
Frances McCollin
undated

Box 23: folder 15
Elizabeth Lutyens and Elizabeth Maconchy
1963

Box 23: folder 16
Florence Jepperson Madeson
undated

Box 23: folder 17
Ursula Mamlok
1965

Box 23: folder 18
Dorothy Mayner
1969

Box 23: folder 19
Bernice Morrison Morris
undated

Box 23: folder 20
Carolyn Allen Perera
1963

Box 23: folder 21
Julia Perry
undated

Box 23: folder 22
Jean Reti-Forbes
1967 undated

Box 23: folder 23
Philippa Schulyer
1960

Box 23: folder 24
Netty Simons
undated

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
undated

Box 23: folder 29
Elinor Remick Warren
undated

Box 23: folder 30
Mary Weaver
undated

Box 23: folder 31
Vally Weigl
1949-58

Box 23: folder 32
OVERSIZED MATERIALS



Scrapbooks
1909-31 1922-24

Box 24
Santayana, George, tr.: "The Music Of The Spheres"


Box 24
Photograph, diplomas, and certificates
undated 1904-1952

Flat file drawer 9

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Subjects
  • Barko, Dorothy
  • 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
  • Spofford, Grace Harriet
  • 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

Genre terms
  • Business records
  • Ephemera
  • Sheet music
  • Speeches
  • Writings
  • correspondence
  • diaries
  • photographs


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