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Livingston-Fulton Family Papers, 1874-1939 (Bulk: 1920-1939)
6 boxes (2.4 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 147

Abstract:
Collection consists primarily of the papers of Edith Livingston Crary Smith (1874-1938), author and poet. They document family matters and commentary on political and moral issues of the day. Material includes transcripts and other material pertaining to Smith's writings; also diaries and correspondence with her daughter, Katharine Smith Stevens and husband, Alpheus Dutton Smith.

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:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to unpublished materials created by Livingston-Fulton family members in the papers. Copyright to materials created 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 must be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use."

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Edith Livingston Crary Roberts Smith was born in Poughkeepsie, New York on March 24, 1874 to Rev. Robert Fulton Crary and Agnes Boyd Van Kleeck. She attended Lyndon Hall in Poughkeepsie and subsequently taught there before marrying Charles Henry Van Braam Roberts on June 3, 1896. They had four children: Charles Van Braam Roberts (died in infancy), Edith "Toots" Livingston Roberts, Katharine "Watty" Bruce Roberts, and Richard "Wops" Brook Roberts. Mary van Kleeck, whose papers are also housed in the Sophia Smith Collection, was Smith's first cousin.

Smith's talent as a writer was apparent early on, and she published her first poem in 1892. According to her granddaughter, Smith began writing in earnest in 1902 or 1903 in order to leave an unhappy marriage and support her three surviving children. Although she regained some measure of financial security when she married Alpheus Dutton Smith circa 1903 (he legally adopted her children), she continued to write for twenty-five years, until poor health curtailed her ability to do so in the last decade of her life. She primarily wrote poetry, "pot boiler" short stories, and household advice columns for such publications as American Home Monthly, Good Housekeeping, Harper's Bazaar, House Beautiful, Ladies' Home Journal, Munsey's Magazine, The North American Review and Women's Home Companion.

In addition to freelance writing, Smith also worked for a time under Dr. Richard Cabot in the social services department of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Her experience there led her to write a series of related articles, most notably "Unmarried Mothers: One Big Job for the Feminist Movement," published in Harper's in 1913.

Edith Livingston Smith died on October 24, 1938 en route from Florida to New York on board the S.S. Shawnee. She was buried at sea.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The papers consist mainly of correspondence and material pertaining to Edith Livingston Crary Smith's writings. From 1920 to 1938, she wrote every day to her daughter, Katharine "Watty" Smith Stevens. The letters refer to family matters and personal musings, as well as to Smith's writing process and both her own and Watty's efforts to market their work. In addition, Alpheus Dutton Smith wrote almost daily when he and Smith were apart. His letters include commentary on the political and moral issues of the day, as well as discussion of personal and domestic concerns. The typescripts of Smith's writings reveal much about how she edited and revised her work, and about the writing process in general. Much of the material is annotated and in many cases includes several different versions of the same piece. Smith used her given name for serious work and the following pseudonyms for material which she considered to be less serious: Louise Chamberlayne, Daphne Deane, Stella Knight, Mrs. Livingston, Marjorie March, Wanda Moore, Marion Oakes, A. Singer, and Livingston Smith.

Also included in the papers is material supplied by Smith's granddaughter, Barbara Stevens Weeks, who provided extensive information about the family, particularly regarding the correspondents and the people referred to in the letters. She also researched Smith's published writings, furnishing virtually all bibliographic information.


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:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to unpublished materials created by Livingston-Fulton family members in the papers. Copyright to materials created 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 must be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use."

Preferred Citation

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

Livingston-Fulton Family Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Northampton, Massachusetts

History of the Collection

Barbara Stevens Weeks donated the Edith Livingston Smith Papers to the Sophia Smith Collection in 1979, adding to them in 1995.

Processing Information

Processed by Burd Schlessinger, 1997.


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.

Series Descriptions
(1874-1939)
0.1 linear in.

(1919-36)
5 linear in.

14 diaries with daily entries.

(1885-1938)
10 linear in.

Letters, hand-written and typed. Some hand-written letters have typescripts. Donor's notes are located at the beginning of the series.

(1892-29)
1.1 linear ft.

Published writings cut from magazines, typescripts, booklet, scrapbook. Writings are arranged alphabetically by title. The donor's notes list the writings alphabetically, and also provide citations for published works. These are filed at the beginning of the Writings series, as well as before each sub-series.

Contents List
SERIES I. BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIAL
(1874-1939)


Chronology, obituary, newspaper clippings
1874-1938, n.d.

Box 1: folder 1
Genealogy
n.d.

Box 1: folder 2
Photographs
1883-1939, n.d.

Box 1: folder 3
SERIES II. DIARIES
(1919-36)


1919-36

Box 1: folder 4-8
SERIES III. CORRESPONDENCE
(1885-1938)


Notes on correspondence, compiled by donor
n.d.

Box 2: folder 9
To Santa Claus
n.d.

Box 2: folder 10
To and from family



To Alice Crary Sutcliffe
1885-1926

Box 2: folder 11-12
To Katharine "Watty" Smith Stevens



1913, 1920-31

Box 2: folder 13-26
1932-38

Box 3: folder 27-40
From Alpheus Dutton Smith
1912-33, n.d.

Box 3: folder 41-46
To and from other family members
1926-38, n.d.

Box 3: folder 47
From friends and associates



From Dr. Hugh Cabot
1933-38

Box 3: folder 48
From Dr. Richard Cabot
1923, n.d.

Box 3: folder 49
Third party



Alpheus Dutton Smith to Katharine "Watty" Smith Stevens
1923-38

Box 3: folder 50
Carol Hahn to Katharine "Watty" Smith Stevens
1926

Box 3: folder 51
Unidentified
1916, 1920

Box 3: folder 52
SERIES IV. WRITINGS
(1892-29)


List of published and unpublished works, compiled by donor
n.d.

Box 4: folder 53
Published works



Notes on books and short stories, compiled by donor
n.d.

Box 4: folder 54
Books



A Garden of Yesterday,
1921


Note:
Photocopy of book
n.d.

Box 4: folder 55
Typescript
n.d.

Box 4: folder 56
Short stories



List compiled by donor
n.d.

Box 4: folder 57
"A Garden of Yesterday"
1912

Box 4: folder 58
Typescripts and published stories cut from magazines
1905-20

Box 4: folder 59-97
Household advice articles



Notes compiled by donor
n.d.

Box 4: folder 98
Artist's proofs and published articles cut from magazines
1902-06, n.d.

Box 4: folder 99
"The Woman's Exchange"
1906-09

Box 4: folder 100
Social work articles



"Unmarried Mothers: One Big Job for the Feminist Movement"
1913

Box 4: folder 101
Typescripts and published articles cut from magazines
1913, 1920, 1923, n.d.

Box 4: folder 102
Poetry



List compiled by donor
n.d.

Box 4: folder 103
Notes and lists pertaining to poetry, by ELS
n.d.

Box 4: folder 104
Booklet, Current Mother Goose: Timely Rhymes for Helpful Tots
n.d.

Box 4: folder 105
Published poems cut from magazines
1892, 1902-21, n.d.

Box 4: folder 106
Typescripts, A-F


Box 4: folder 107-110
Typescripts, G-Y, untitled
n.d.

Box 5: folder 111-115
Musical scores
n.d.

Box 5: folder 116
Scrapbook, published poems cut from magazines, newspaper clippings
1892-96, 1904-07, n.d.

Box 5: folder 117
Account book for published works
1901-11

Box 5: folder 118
Poems by others, cut from magazines
n.d.

Box 5
Unpublished works



List of unpublished works, compiled by donor
n.d.

Box 5: folder 119
Books



According to Ma,
1910


Correspondence
1910-22

Box 5: folder 120
Typescript, clean copy
n.d.

Box 5: folder 121
Typescript, working copy
n.d.

Box 5: folder 122
Untitled manuscript
ca. 1910

Box 5: folder 123
Short stories: typescripts, B-U, unidentified fragments
n.d.

Box 6: folder 124-125
Household advice articles



List of household advice articles, compiled by donor
n.d.

Box 6: folder 126
Typescripts, A-V
n.d.

Box 6: folder 127-128
OVERSIZE MATERIALS



Note:

[Located in Oversize Box 7]

Published short stories and household advice articles cut from magazines
1902-09

Box 7

Search Terms
The following terms represent persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection. Use these headings to search for additional materials on this web site, in the Five College Library Catalog, or in other library catalogs and databases.

Subjects
  • Cabot, Hugh, 1872-1945
  • Cabot, Richard C. (Richard Clarke), 1868-1939
  • Mothers and daughters--United States--History--20th century--Sources
  • Smith, Edith Livingston Crary, 1874-1938
  • Women authors, American--20th century--Sources
  • Women poets, American--20th century--Sources


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