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Clara E. Laughlin Papers, 1903-1932
8 boxes (5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 91

Abstract:
Author; Travel specialist; Journalist; Editor; Radio broadcaster. Papers include personal and professional correspondence; manuscripts and some published works of the "So You're Going To..." travel series, radio talks, and biographical writings on Sarah Bernhardt, Marshal Foch and James Whitcomb Riley; clippings; reviews; and photographs.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

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

Restrictions on use:

Copyright ownership to Clara Laughlin's unpublished works is unknown. Copyright to other works 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

Clara Elizabeth Laughlin (1873-1941) was born in New York City and attended school in Chicago. She graduated from Chicago High School in 1890; did not attend college. She was literary editor for The Interior (Chicago) from age 18 for 10 years; and author of over 35 books. She contributed to many literary magazines and was a manuscript reader and literary advisor for several publishers. She gave weekly radio talks on travel for the Chicago Daily News station in the 1920s, and founded Clara Laughlin Travel Services, circa 1922, specializing in foreign travel advice for women. Laughlin published the travel series, So you're going to...; and edited the So You're Going news travel magazine. Other writings include biographies, historical subjects, novels, short stories, and plays.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Papers include a small amount of personal and professional correspondence; manuscripts of articles and the travel series So You're Going To... books; manuscript of Laughlin's autobiography, Traveling Through Life (1934); radio talks on cruises and various travel programs; biographical writings on Sarah Bernhardt, Marshal Foch and James Whitcomb Riley; talks at the Chicago Art Institute on the Thorne Miniature American Rooms; clippings of reviews of published works and a column for the Hearst papers; memorabilia; photographs; and copies of some of her published books.


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.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright ownership to Clara Laughlin's unpublished works is unknown. Copyright to other works 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:

Clara E. Laughlin Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

The Clara E. Laughlin Papers were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection by her nieces Mary Clara Laughlin and Betty Laughlin Sweeney in 1959.

Processing Information

This collection has not been fully processed.


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

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Fax: (413) 585-2886

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Language
English

Contents List
Contents


Box 1: folder 1
Biographical material
1913-1925, n.d.

Box 1: folder 2
Photographs
1907-1910, n.d.

Box 1: folder 3
Correspondence



Outgoing
1921, n.d.

Box 1: folder 4
Incoming, A-Z
1913-58

Box 1: folder 5
Clippings



The Heart of Her Highness
1917

Box 1: folder 6
Miscellaneous
1903-41

Box 1: folder 7
Writings



Radio talks



Cruises (typescripts)
1925

Box 1: folder 8
Travel (typescripts)
1925

Box 1: folder 9
Manuscript
n.d.

Box 1: folder 10-11
Articles



Chicago Gordon Club
1915

Box 2: folder 1
Chicago's social conditions
1917-18

Box 2: folder 2
Child psychology, 191


Box 2: folder 3
France and Medal of Honor Notification
1923

Box 2: folder 4
Girls
n.d.

Box 2: folder 5
"Men Are Like That"
n.d.

Box 2: folder 6
"Quits Crime to Go Straight And Makes Good As Promised"
1919?

Box 2: folder 7
Miscellaneous
1917-40

Box 2: folder 8-9
Robert Lusk case
1917

Box 2: folder 10
Biography



Sarah Bernhardt
1918, n.d.

Box 2: folder 11
James Whitcomb Riley
1916, n.d.

Box 2: folder 12
Marshall Ferdinand Foch (includes correspondence)
1918-19

Box 2: folder 13
Serial: "The Winds of Waynesburg"
n.d.

Box 2: folder 14
Short stories
n.d.

Box 2: folder 15
"Miniature American Rooms,"
1941-1944

Box 2: folder 16-17
Manuscripts



"So You're Going to Europe" (Ladies Home Journal)


Box 3: folder 1
So You're Going to Italy



Last draft


Box 3: folder 2
Proofs


Box 3: folder 3
Original manuscript


Box 3: folder 4-5
Italy


Box 3: folder 6
Germany, Austria


Box 4: folder 1
Scotland


Box 4: folder 2-4
Spain


Box 4: folder 5
So You're Going to the Mediterranean


Box 5
Traveling Through Life (autobiography)
1934

Box 5
So You're Going to Paris


Box 6: folder 2-6
French pamphlets


Box 6
Where It All Comes True


Box 6
In France


Box 7: folder 1
In Italy


Box 7: folder 2
In Scandinavia


Box 7: folder 3
In Switzerland


Box 7: folder 4
So You're Going South
n.d.

Box 7
The Golden Fleece
n.d.

Box 8: folder 1
The Ruby Drops of Ninon
n.d.

Box 8: folder 2
Travels in England
n.d.

Box 8
Books (by Clara Laughlin)



Everybody's Birthright: A Vision Of Jeanne d'Arc, New York
1914

Box 8
Everybody's Lonesome, London
1911

Box 8
The Martyred Towns Of France, New York
1919

Box 8
Reminiscences Of James Whitcomb Riley, New York
1916

Box 8
So You're Going To Germany And Austria, Boston
1930

Box 8
So You're Going To Scandinavia, London
1938

Box 8
So You're Going To The Mediterranean!, Boston
1935

Box 8
So You're Going To Travel, Boston
1938

Box 8
Stories Of Authors' Loves, London
1905

Box 8
The Work-A-Day Girl, New York
1913

Box 8

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Subjects
  • Authors, American--20th century--Biography--Sources
  • Businesswomen--United States--Biography--Sources
  • Chicago (Ill.)--History--Sources
  • Europe--Description and travel--Sources
  • Europe-Guidebooks--Sources
  • Laughlin, Clara E. (Clara Elizabeth), 1873-1941
  • Mediterranean region--Description and travel--Sources
  • Tourism--United States--History--20th century--Sources
  • Travel agents--United States--Biography--Sources
  • Travel writers--Biography--Sources
  • Voyages and travels--History--20th century--Sources
  • Women editors--United States--Biography--Sources
  • Women owned business enterprises--United States--History--Sources
  • Women travelers--History--20th century--Sources


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