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Alice Fordyce Papers, 1967-1991
3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 272

Abstract:
Foundation executive; Philanthropist; Public relations specialist. Papers include personal correspondence, organization records, speeches, and an interview. The collection focuses on Fordyce's volunteer and philanthropic work with the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, the American Cancer Society, the National Organization for Rare Disorders, and others.

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:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to Alice Fordyce's unpublished works. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." Copyright to materials authored by others may be owned by those individuals 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

Alice Woodard Fordyce was born in Watertown, Wisconsin in 1905. She was the sister of Mary Lasker and graduated from Smith College in 1928 after spending her junior year in France studying at the University of Grenoble and the Sorbonne. She married architect Allmon Grant Fordyce in 1939 and they had one son, James Woodard Fordyce. Alice Fordyce's first job after graduating was as Assistant Director of Fashion Publicity at Lord and Taylor. In 1933 she became Assistant Director of Public Relations for the Rockefeller Center, a position she would hold until 1940. Fordyce was additionally involved in a number of medical and social organizations. She was Executive Vice President of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation and organized the annual Albert Lasker Medical Research Awards. She also served on a number of advisory boards and committees such as the information committee of the American Cancer Society, the National Organization for Rare Diseases as well as committees for the New York Health and Planning Advisory Committee, the National Council on Drugs and the American Museum in Britain. Fordyce was also a high-ranking member of the National Association for the Southern Poor and the American Impact Foundation. She was a founding member of the National Museum for Women in the Arts. Alice Fordyce died in 1992 in New York City.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Alice Fordyce Papers include personal correspondence, organization records, speeches, and an audio recording of an interview conducted by Sophia Smith Collection Director Susan Grigg in 1991. The collection focuses primarily on Fordyce's volunteer work and membership in such organizations as The American Museum in Britain, the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, the American Cancer Society, the National Organization for Rare Disorders, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the National Association for Southern Poor, the John E. Fogarty International Center Advisory Board, and the American Impact Center. Files for these organizations include general mailings, direct correspondence, mailing lists, fiscal reports, press releases and clippings. There are also files pertaining to Dr. Robert Newman of the Beth Israel Medical Center and methadone treatment, as well as a file on an exchange trip between U.S. and Chinese scientists in 1977.


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:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to Alice Fordyce's unpublished works. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." Copyright to materials authored by others may be owned by those individuals 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:

Alice Fordyce Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

Alice Fordyce donated her Papers to the Sophia Smith Collection in 1991.

Processing Information

Preliminary Processing done by Annie-Sage Whitehurst, Fraenkel intern, 2009.


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

Contents List
Biographical Material



Resume, clippings, short biography
n.d.

Box 1: folder 1
Interview with Susan Grigg: two audio cassette tapes and transcript
1991

Box 1: folder 2
Personal correspondence
1984-89

Box 1: folder 3
Speeches by and about Fordyce
1967-90

Box 1: folder 4
Organizations



American Cancer Society
1976-89

Box 1: folder 5
ACS's exchange trip to China
1977

Box 1: folder 6
American Impact Foundation
1984-89

Box 1: folder 7-8
American Museum in Britain
1972-90

Box 1: folder 9
Eyebank for Sight Restoration
1986-90

Box 1: folder 10
John E. Fogerty International Center Advisory Board
1985-90

Box 2: folder 11
Miscellaneous committee affiliations



New York State Health Planning Advisory Council
1970

Box 2: folder 12
National Council on Drugs
1982


ICCR press releases
1991

Box 2: folder 13
National Association for the Southern Poor
1988-90

Box 2: folder 14
National Museum of Women in the Arts
1983-90

Box 2: folder 15
Billie Holladay: correspondence and clippings
1983-90

Box 2: folder 16
New York State Council on Mental Hygiene Planning
1976-78

Box 2: folder 17
NORD Research Advisory Council
1986-88

Box 2: folder 18-19
NORD Research Advisory Council
1989

Box 3: folder 20
Royal Society of Medicine
n.d.

Box 3: folder 21
Beth Israel Hospital (methadone clinic) and Robert Newman



Correspondence and clippings
1988-89

Box 3: folder 22-23
Methadone treatment: clippings and list of clinics
1987-88

Box 3: folder 24

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Subjects
  • Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation
  • American Cancer Society -- History -- Sources
  • Drug addiction -- Treatment
  • Fordyce, Alice, 1905-1992
  • Newman, Robert G.
  • Public relations -- Social service -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Women executives -- United States -- Biography -- Sources
  • Women philanthropists -- United States -- Biography -- Sources


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