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Lamont-Corliss Family papers, 1883-1975
25 boxes (10 linear feet)
Collection number: SSC.MS.00089

Abstract:
Philanthropist; Pacifist; Poet; and Philosopher. Papers document Florence Haskell Corliss and Thomas Lamont's family, social life, and philanthropic work. Topics include philosophy, philanthropy, Smith College, literature, socialism, United Nations. Materials include correspondence, writings (manuscripts), childhood writings, speeches, diaries, genealogical material, photographs, memorabilia, and clippings.

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. Collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be somewhat 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Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns.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.

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Biographical / Historical

Florence Haskell Corliss was born Englewood, NJ in 1873. She graduated from Smith College in 1893, and received an M.A. in Philosophy from Columbia University. She married Thomas W. Lamont, banker and CEO of J.P. Morgan and Co. in 1895 and they had 4 children. She was interested in philanthropic activities, especially those related to education and international affairs/peace. She served as a Smith College trustee from 1911-25. She also supported the New School for Social Research and, in 1948, donated 150 acres in Palisades, NY to Columbia University for the establishment of The Center for Geography Studies. Lamont was a supporter of the League of Nations and the United Nations. She served on the board for League of Nations Association and the Executive Committee of the American Asssociation for the United Nations until her death in 1952. She also served on various committees of foreign policy associations and was active in NY literary circles. Her friends included Robert Frost, John Masefield, and H.G. Wells. In addition to her philanthropic work Lamont wrote and published stories, poetry and articles, and contributed to the Journal of Philosophy. She also travelled frequently in Europe, Asia, Mexico.

Scope and Contents

The Lamont-Corliss Family Papers extensive files of Florence and Thomas Lamont's social, family, and philanthropic correspondence, writings (manuscripts), speeches, photographs, memorabilia, and clippings. There is also material related to Florence Lamont's interest in and concern for international peace, philosophy, and poetry. Family material consists of childhood writings, diaries, correspondence, letters to mother, husband, children, employees, relative to family news, trips abroad, domestic items, address books, guest lists, passports, photographs, genealogical material, privately-printed family history, obituaries, letters of condolence, tributes. A considerable amount of Smith College (1889- 1894) includes correspondence with family and friends, lecture notes, notebooks, invitations, programs, valentines, photographs. Philanthropic papers consist of correspondence about contributions, especially with Smith College, associations for poetry and philosophy, organizations for international understanding, and charities in New York, New Jersey, and Florida. Philosophic and literary papers include correspondence with literary figures, published and unpublished manuscripts and speeches on world peace, poetry, and philosophy. There are a small number of photographs, mostly of family. Correspondents of note include Thomas William Lamont, 1870-1948; John Masefield, 1878-1967; Jan Christiaan Smuts, 1870-1950 (photocophies); Arnold Toynbee, Lamont family; and Corliss Lamont, 1916- 1965. Topics include philosophy, philanthropy, Smith College, literature, socialism, United Nations.


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. Collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be somewhat 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:

Lamont-Corliss Family Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, SSC-MS-00089, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

The collection was gifted by Florence Haskell Corliss between 1965 and 2010. The accession numbers not listed in this finding aid are "no accession number" (1965-1990), 90S-6, and 91S-91.


Additional Information
Contact Information
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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
Other Finding Aids

This online finding aid currently provides detailed description of only the most recent additions to this collection. Additional materials are described in unpublished lists that can be sent to you upon request by contacting specialcollections@smith.edu

Contents List
2002-S-0008. Cunningham, Priscilla, Florence Haskell Corliss Lamont correspondence
ca.1883-1951
0.5 linear feet

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Cunningham, Priscilla

2002-S-0008. Letters from"an Italian beau," from poet Robert Nichols, Rose Scheiderman, Ellizabeth Cutter Mortow and others
1893-1951

Box 1
2003-S-0040. Cunningham, Priscilla, Materials related to Priscilla Cunningham, Eleanor Lamont Cunningham and Charles Cunningham, Corliss Lamont
1932-2003
0.5 linear feet(1 box)

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Cunningham, Priscilla

2003-S-0040. Correspondence: Corliss Lamont to Priscilla Cunningham
1958-1977

Box 1
2003-S-0040. Condolences regarding death of Eleanor Lamont Cunningham
1961 May

Box 1
2003-S-0040. Joyce Greenfell to Cunningham Family
1963-1979

Box 1
2003-S-0040. Correspondence: Eleanor Lamont Cunningham to Florence Corliss Lamont
1949

Box 1
2003-S-0040. Correspondence: Russell Banks, Joan Fontaine, Marilyn Horne, Douglas Dillon, Isaac Stern, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Barbara Bush
1986-2003

Box 1
2003-S-0040. Marriage of Eleanor Lamont-Charles Cunningham: clippings, photographs
1932

Box 1
2003-S-0040. Photograph: Eleanor Lamont Cunningham and Priscilla Cunningham
ca.circa 1938

Box 1
2003-S-0040. Smith College notes, essays: Eleanor Lamont Cunningham
No date

Box 1
2003-S-0040. Smith College Yearbook: Eleanor Lamont Cunningham
1932

Box 1
2003-S-0074. Cunningham, Priscilla, Correspondence to Priscilla Cunningham and miscellaneous materials
1931-1994
0.25 linear feet

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Cunningham, Priscilla

2003-S-0074. Esther Lowell Burnett Cunningham correspondence
1954-1956

Box 1
2003-S-0074. Book: "Three Houses: A Narrative
1955

Box 1
2003-S-0074. Clippings, correspondence related to Thomas C. Mendenhall
1958

Box 1
2003-S-0074. Correspondence: Priscilla Cunningham and Elinor Gregory
1957-1958

Box 1
2003-S-0074. Photograph: Eleanor Lamont
1931

Box 1
2003-S-0074. Sarah Peck Meyer correspondence, resume
1969-1994

Box 1
2005-S-0020. Cunningham, Priscilla, Priscilla Cunningham diaries and Smith College materials
1946-1956
0.5 linear feet(1 box)

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Cunningham, Priscilla

2005-S-0020. Smith College exams and notes
1955-1956

Box 1
2006-S-0051. Cunningham, Priscilla, Priscilla Cunningham: photographs and correspondence
1916-1972
0.5 linear feet

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Cunningham, Priscilla

2006-S-0051. Childhood photographs
No date

Box 1
2006-S-0051. Correspondence from family members
1918-1972

Box 1
2008-S-0071. Cunningham, Priscilla, Materials related to Paul Roche, Eleanor Allen Lamont Cunningham and Priscilla Cunningham
1915-2007
1 linear feet(1 box)

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Cunningham, Priscilla

2008-S-0017. Paul Roche correspondence, poems and related materials
(bulk 1964-2007)

Box 1
2008-S-0017. Eleanor Allen Lamont Cunningham photo album
ca.circa 1915

Box 1
2008-S-0071. Priscilla Cunningham correspondence and miscellaneous materials
(bulk 1983-2006)

Box 1
2009-S-0069. Cunningham, Priscilla, Materials related to Florence Haskell Corliss Lamont, Thomas W. Lamont and Smith College
1892-1971
0.25 linear feet(1 box)

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Cunningham, Priscilla

2009-S-0069. Photographs of Florence Haskell Corliss Lamont
1971, undated

Box 1
2009-S-0069. Photograph of Thomas W. Lamont
undated

Box 1
2009-S-0069. Smith College scrapbook
ca.circa 1893

Box 1
2009-S-0069. Smith College sketchbook
ca.circa 1892-1893

Box 1
2010-S-0076. Cunningham, Priscilla, Smith College art notebooks of Priscilla Cunningham
1956-1969
0.75 linear feet(2 boxes)

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Cunningham, Priscilla

2010-S-0076. Priscilla Cunningham Smith College history of art notebooks
1956-1969

Box 1
General

Smith College Study SAbroad courses taught by Professor Clarence Kennedy and taken by Priscilla Cunningham

2010-S-0076. Priscilla Cunningham, Smith College history of art notebooks
1956-1969

Box 2
General

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Subjects
  • American Association for the United Nations--History--Sources
  • Authors, American--20th century--Biography--Sources
  • China--Description and travel--Sources
  • Corliss family
  • Corliss family
  • Cunningham, Priscilla
  • Europe--Description and travel--Sources
  • Japan--description and travel--Sources
  • Lamont family
  • Lamont, Corliss and Thomas W. Austin
  • Lamont, Corliss, 1902-
  • Lamont, Corliss, 1902- --Correspondence
  • Lamont, Florence Haskell Corliss, 1873-1952
  • Lamont, Florence Haskell Corliss, 1873-1952
  • Lamont, Thomas, 1870-1916
  • Lamont, Thomas, 1870-1916--Correspondence
  • Lamont-Corliss family
  • League of Nations
  • Masefield, John, 1878-1967--Correspondence
  • Mexico--Description and travel--Sources
  • Peace movements--History--20th century--Sources
  • Philanthropists--United States--History--Sources
  • Poets, American--19th century--Biography--Sources
  • Smith College--Students--History--Sources
  • Smuts, Jan Christiaan, 1870-1950--Correspondence
  • Toynbee, Arnold, 1852-1883--Correspondence
  • United States--Intellectual life--20th century--Sources
  • Women and peace--History--20th century--Sources
  • Women philosophers--United States--Biography--Sources
  • World War, 1914-1918--Protest movements--Sources

Genre terms
  • Books
  • Brochures
  • Genealogies
  • Notes
  • Pamphlets
  • Phonograph records
  • Speeches
  • Writings
  • Yearbooks
  • clippings
  • correspondence
  • diaries
  • memorabilia
  • photographs
  • scrapbooks


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