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Biography Collection, 1771-1995 (Bulk: 1920-1970)
17 boxes; 10 volumes (6.25 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 393

Abstract:
This collection consists of biographical material on both famous and lesser-known women and men. For the most part, there is only a small amount of material on each individual. Materials typically include published and unpublished biographical sketches, books, correspondence, diaries, genealogies, photographs, and published and unpublished writings.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The collection is open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

Material in this collection may be protected by copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy all copyright holders. 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

Scope and Contents of the Collection
Portrait of Kitty Merion, 1911

Portrait of Kitty Merion, 1911

This collection consists of biographical material related to both well-known and unknown women and men whose lives spanned the years from 1771-1970s. Notable individuals represented include Mary McLeod Bethune, Bernard Baruch, Lizzie Borden, Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby (The Ladies of Llangollen), Tennessee Claflin Cook, Grace Coolidge, Angela Davis, Mary Daly, Hannah Dustin, Dorothy Gish, Julia Ward Howe, Anne Hutchinson, Mother Jones, Helen Keller, Florynce Kennedy, Joan Little, Eleanor Roosevelt, Alice Roosevelt Longworth, Florence Luscomb, Rosa Luxemburg, Marie Antoinette, Margaret Mead, Pauli Murray, Anna Lord Strauss, Rose Pastor Stokes, Annie Sullivan Macy, and Victoria Woodhull.

For the most part, there is only a small amount of material on each individual. Files are organized alphabetically by name. Materials typically include published and unpublished biographical sketches, books, correspondence, diaries, genealogies, newspaper clippings, photographs, and published and unpublished writings. The files of individuals such as Lizzie Borden and Angela Davis also include legal documents. Davis' file (the largest in the collection) also contains memoranda, postcards, political buttons, leaflets, petitions, newsletters, trial bulletins, press releases, and political cartoons which document the movement organized to agitate for a fair trial and freedom for Davis and other political prisoners.

Some lesser-known individuals include interesting and significant material as well, such as Ferdinanda Wesselhoeft's personal letters in German detailing daily life in the United States during the period 1842-1886; the letters and journals of Anna Green Winslow and Mary Hutchinson Parmele dating from the 1770s and 1780s; and correspondence to Ethel Clyde from such famous individuals as Pearl Buck, Albert Einstein, Helen Keller, Pauli Murray, Norman Thomas, Mary van Kleeck, Margaret Sanger, and A.J. Muste. Finally the collection contains a small number of collected biographies including those that document the lives of women associated with Princeton University, White House brides, "women who wanted to be men," and living daughters of presidents.

Files arranged alphabetically by name.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The collection is open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

Material in this collection may be protected by copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy all copyright holders. 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:

Biography Collection, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, MA

History of the Collection

Materials in this subject collection were either purchased or given to the Sophia Smith Collection by various donors.

Accruals:

Periodic additions to collection are expected.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised in 2002 by Jessica Lawson, intern. Introductory text by Kate Weigand. Recent additions may not be reflected in the finding aid.


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
SERIES I. INDIVIDUALS



Adams, Hannah

[see Books on Shelf]




Adams, Mary (Newbury): letter to Theo Tilton,
1869

Box 1: folder 1
Andrews, Nellie


Box 1: folder 2
Anthony, Susan B.


Box 1: folder 2a
Ayers, Agnes


Box 1: folder 3
Baczek, Genevieve


Box 1: folder 4
Bailey, Anne


Box 1: folder 5
Barakat, Layyah


Box 1: folder 6
Baruch, Bernard M.: letter to F. B. Sampson


Box 1: folder 7
Bary, H. Valeska


Box 1: folder 8
Bedinger, Caroline L.


Box 1: folder 9
Bellaway, Madge


Box 1: folder 10
Belmont, Margaret Andrews


Box 1: folder 11
Berenson, Mary (Smith) Costelloe


Box 1: folder 12
Bethune, Mary McLeod


Box 1: folder 13


Box 1: folder 14
Bingham, Millicent Todd


Box 1A: folder 1
Bissell, Emily


Box 1A: folder 2
Bordon, Lizzie


Box 1A: folder 3
Borgese, Elizabeth Mann


Box 1A: folder 4
Breamer, Sylvia


Box 1A: folder 5
Brent, Evelyn


Box 1A: folder 6
Brent, Margaret


Box 1A: folder 7
Brian, Mary


Box 1A: folder 8
Bronson, Betty


Box 1A: folder 9
Butler, Lady Eleanor (and Sarah Ponsonby) "Ladies of Llangollen"


Box 1A: folder 10
Cannon, Annie Wells


Box 2: folder 1
Carroll, Anna Ella

[see Books on Shelf]



Box 2: folder 2
Carter, Mary


Box 2: folder 3
Chace, Elizabeth Buffum


Box 2: folder 4
Chaplin, Charlie


Box 2: folder 5
Clarke, Bertha M. [See next box]



Clark, Olive Cleaveland


Box 2: folder 6
Clyde, Ethel [See separate box]



Coburn, Helen Galvin Smith: diary from Europe,
1870

Box 2: folder 7
Commander, Lydia Kingsmill


Box 2: folder 8
Cook, Tennessee Claflin, Lady,
1845-1923

Box 2: folder 9
Coolidge, Grace G. to M. G. Smith


Box 2: folder 10
Corey, Esther


Box 2: folder 11
Cotton, Sallie Southall


Box 2: folder 12
Crane, Caroline Bartlett


Box 2: folder 13
Clarke, Bertha M.


Box 2A: folder 1



Biographical Information


Box 2B: folder 1
Correspondence


Box 2B: folder 2
Birth Control


Box 2B: folder 3
Organizations


Box 2B: folder 4
Davis, Angela



Articles,
1969-70

Box 2C: folder 1
Miscellaneous printed material
1970-71, n.d.

Box 2C: folder 2
National Committee to Free Angela Davis; Frameup,
1972

Box 2C: folder 3
National United Committee to Free Angela Davis: Statements, newsletters, printed material,
1970-71

Box 2C: folder 4
New York Committee to Free Angela Davis,
1970-71

Box 2C: folder 5
Pamphlets


Box 2C: folder 6
Political cartoons


Box 2C: folder 7
Clippings,
1969-76, n.d.

Box 2D: folder 1-8
Daly, Mary


Box 3: folder 1
Daniel, Bebe


Box 3: folder 2
D'Arusmont, Francess Wright


Box 3: folder 3
Daw, Majorie


Box 3: folder 4
Deland, Margaret


Box 3: folder 5
Deloria, Ella C.


Box 3: folder 6
Dickey, Sarah A.


Box 3: folder 7
Dietrich, Irene E.


Box 3: folder 8
Denton, Elizabeth H. Foote


Box 3: folder 9
Drysdale, Robert and Bessie


Box 3: folder 10
Dustan, Hannah


Box 3: folder 11
Ferguson, Miriam ("Ma")


Box 3: folder 12
Fitzgerald, Zelda and Scottie


Box 3: folder 12aa
Flexner, Eleanor


Box 3: folder 12a
Fox, Ruth May


Box 3: folder 13
Fransisco, Ethel B.


Box 3: folder 14
Garfield, Eleanor Borton


Box 4: folder 1
Garfield, Lucretia Rudolph


Box 4: folder 2
Gaylord, Katherine


Box 4: folder 3
George, Zelma Watson


Box 4: folder 4
Gish, Dorothy


Box 4: folder 5
Grant, Fidelia


Box 4: folder 6
Green, Ann Jeanette


Box 4: folder 7
Greenbie, Marjoire Barstow


Box 4: folder 8
Griffin, Coriane


Box 4: folder 9
Gundrada de Warenne


Box 4: folder 10
Harding, Florence Kling,
1860-1925

Box 4: folder 11
Harris, Erna P.: Journalist, political activist,
1986-90

Box 4: folder 12
Holmes, Julia Archibald


Box 4: folder 13
Hooker, Isabella Beecher


Box 4: folder 14
Howe, Julia Ward


Box 4: folder 15
Hutchinson, Anne


Box 4: folder 16
Hyman, Libbie Henrietta


Box 4: folder 17
Ingersoll, Marion Crary


Box 4: folder 18
Inglis, Agnes Anne


Box 4: folder 19
Jarvis, Anna Bailey


Box 4: folder 20
Jekyll, Gertrude


Box 4: folder 21
Jones, Mary Harris


Box 4: folder 22
Karsten, Eleannor Daggett


Box 4: folder 23
Kasson, Maria


Box 4: folder 24
Kato, Shidzue


Box 4: folder 25
Kaufman, Shirley


Box 4: folder 26
Kayden, Sandra


Box 4: folder 27
Keller, Helen


Box 4: folder 28
Kennedy, Florynce


Box 4A: folder 1
Knowlton, Charles


Box 4A: folder 2
La Marr, Barbara


Box 4A: folder 3
Laughlin, Gail


Box 4A: folder 4
Lee, Lela


Box 4A: folder 5
Leiser, Clara


Box 4A: folder 6
Little, Joan


Box 4A: folder 7
Livermore, Mary Ashton Rice


Box 4A: folder 8
Longworth, Alice (Roosevelt)


Box 4A: folder 9
Lord-Heinstein, Lucile


Box 4A: folder 10
Lowell, Josephine Shaw

[see Books on Shelf]




Lumbard, Elizabeth T.


Box 4A: folder 11
Luscomb, Florence H.


Box 4A: folder 12
Luxemburg, Rosa


Box 4A: folder 13
Lyon, Ben


Box 4A: folder 14
McAvoy, May


Box 4A: folder 15
Marie Antoinette, Queen Consort of Louis XVI


Box 4A: folder 16
Marion, Kitty


Box 4A: folder 17
Mead, Lucia Ames


Box 4A: folder 18
Mead, Margaret


Box 4A: folder 19
Mills, Harriet May


Box 4A: folder 20
Milton, Mary Powell


Box 4A: folder 21
Morgan, Agnes


Box 4A: folder 22
Montagu, Elizabeth


Box 4A: folder 23
Moore, Sarah: poem and lock of hair,
1841

Box 4A: folder 24
Murray, Mae


Box 4A: folder 25
Murray, Pauli


Box 4A: folder 26
Myers, Carmel


Box 4A: folder 27
Nation, Carry Amelia (Moore)


Box 5: folder 1
Nickerson, Edith Child

[See Books on Shelf]




Norrie, Margaret


Box 5: folder 2
Parmele, Mary Hutchinson: Journal (unpublished), [see also note in finding aid file]
1782-84

Box 5: folder 3



Pickford, Mary


Box 5: folder 4
Pinkham, Lydia Estes


Box 5: folder 5
Pollard, Marie Antoinette


Box 5: folder 6
Posner, Henriette



Correspondence from her,
1934

Box 5: folder 7
Correspondence to her from John Haynes Holmes
1933-56

Box 5: folder 8
Correspondence to her from Orlo Price, ; David Phys Williams, ; and Barbara Young,
1933 1953-54 1933

Box 5: folder 9
Prevost, Marie


Box 5: folder 10
Pringle, Aileen


Box 5: folder 11
Pringle, Julia


Box 5: folder 12
Ralston, Esther


Box 5: folder 13
Rama Rau, Dhanvanthi [see separate box]



Rhoudda, Viscountess


Box 5: folder 14
Ripley, Mrs. (Samuel)

[See Books on Shelf]




Robinson, Helen Josephy


Box 5: folder 15
Roland, Ruth


Box 5: folder 16
Roosevelt, Edith Kermit


Box 5: folder 17
Roosevelt, Eleanor [see separate box]



Rama Rau, Dhanvanthi: An Inheritance (manuscript)


Box 5A
Roosevelt, Eleanor: correspondence, reports, articles, books, pamphlets, [unprocessed --see separate list]
1924-73

Box 5b



Salmon, Lucy Maynard


Box 6: folder 1
Sanville, Florence


Box 6: folder 2
Sayre, Ruth Buxton


Box 6: folder 3
Scattergood, Margaret


Box 6: folder 4
Scranton, Katherine M. Smith


Box 6: folder 5
Skeffington, Hanna Sheehy


Box 6: folder 6
Silkwood, Karen


Box 6: folder 7
Slocum, Frances

[See Books on Shelf]




Smith, Amy Grinnell


Box 6: folder 8
Smith, Lydia A.


Box 6: folder 9
Smith, Mary Byers


Box 6: folder 10
Strauss, Anna Lord


Box 6: folder 11
Stokes, Rose Pastor


Box 6: folder 12
Sullivan, (Macy) Anne


Box 6: folder 13
Sumter, Natalie

[See Books on Shelf]




Swanson, Gloria


Box 6: folder 14
Sweet, Blanche


Box 6: folder 15
Talmadye, Constance


Box 7: folder 1



Thoburn, Isabella


Box 7: folder 2
Thompson, Betty


Box 7: folder 3
Vickery, Alice


Box 7: folder 4
Votey, Constance


Box 7: folder 5
Warren, Cornelia


Box 7: folder 6
Webster, Elizabeth H.


Box 7: folder 7
Wesselhoeft, Ferdinanda Emilie


Box 7: folder 8
Whitton Collection


Box 7: folder 9
Willard, Harriet Jane


Box 7: folder 10
Williams, Fannie Barrier


Box 7: folder 11
Willmarth, Mary Howes


Box 7: folder 12
Wills, Frances


Box 7: folder 13
Wilson, Elizabeth Millar


Box 7: folder 14
Wilson, Lois


Box 7: folder 15
Winslow, Anna Green


Box 7: folder 16
Windsor, Wallis Warfield


Box 7: folder 17
Woodhull, Victoria Clafin

[See also Books on Shelf]




General


Box 7: folder 18
"Humanitarian Money: The Unsolved Riddle," by Victoria Woodhull, 1892


Box 7: folder 18b
Yaggy, Laura Reed

[See Oversize material]




SERIES II. COLLECTED BIOGRAPHIES AND BIBLIOGRAPHIES



Collected biographies


Box 8: folder 1
Collected biographies: clippings


Box 8: folder 2
Living daughters of U.S. Presidents,
1967

Box 8: folder 3
Bibliographies


Box 8: folder 4
OVERSIZE MATERIALS



Yaggy, Laura Reed: photocopies of biographical sketch, photographs, correspondence and clippings (spiral bound),
circa 1901-84

Box 9
Victoria Woodhull: Champion of Humanity,
May 2 and 16, 1874

Flat File
BOOKS ON SHELF

[Note: additional published biographies are in the Browsing collection in SSC/CA Reading Room and the Staff Library-listed in card catalog]




A Memoir of Miss Hannah Adams, Hannah Adams,
1832


Mrs. Louise E. Bettons,
n.d.


A Military Genius: Life of Anna Ella Carrol, Sarah Ellen Blackwell,
1891


A Review of Pierce's Administration, Anna Ella Carroll,
1856


The Union of the States, Anna Ella Carroll,
1856


Horse Sense, Ethel Clyde (2 copies),
1969


What About You?, Theodore Schroeder, edited with introduction by Ethel Clyde,
1951


Rachel Dumont; A Brave Little Maid Revolution, Mary Westbrook,
1884


The Philanthropic Work of Josephine Shaw Lowell, William R. Stewart,
1911


Once Upon a Time and To-day, Mand Nathan,
1933


Grace and Remembrance: My Grandmother Edith Child Nickerson, Nancy Child Perry,
1981


Memoirs of Mrs. Ruth Patten, William Patten,
1834


Mrs. Samuel Ripley, R.W. Emerson,
1877


Seasons of a Woman's Life, Alice S. Rossi,
1983


The Ever-Widening Circle, E.S. Russell,
1983


Frances Slocum of Miami Lodge, Joseph Allen Minturn,
1928


The Transatlantic Smiths, Robert Allerton Parker



Fifteen Letters of Nathalie Sumter, introduction and notations by Mary Virginia Saunders White,
1942


Memoirs of Mrs. Sarah Tappan,
1834


Love and Money: Grandmothers' Strategies with Spouses and Bosses, edited by Terisa E. Turner (Umass Amherst Women's Studies Dept.),
1990


The Queens of American Society, Mrs. Ellet,
1887


American Lady of the Manor, Bredon's Norton: The Later Life of Victoria Woodhull Martin, 1901-1927, Owen Stinchcombe,
2000


The Human Body the Temple of God: or, The Philosophy of Sociology, by Victoria Claflin Woodhull (Mrs. John Biddulph Martin) and Tennessee C. Claflin (Lady Cook),
1890



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Subjects
  • Baruch, Bernard M. (Bernard Mannes), 1870-1965
  • Bethune, Mary McLeod, 1875-1955
  • Borden, Lizzie, 1860-1927
  • Buck, Pearl S. (Pearl Sydenstricker), 1892-1973
  • Butler, Eleanor, Lady, 1738 or 9-1829
  • Coolidge, Grace Goodhue, 1879-1957
  • Daly, Mary, 1928-
  • Davis, Angela Yvonne, 1944-
  • Duston, Hannah Emerson, b. 1657
  • Flexner, Eleanor, 1908-
  • Gish, Dorothy
  • Howe, Julia Ward, 1819-1910
  • Hutchinson, Anne Marbury, 1591-1643
  • Jones, Mother, 1843?-1930
  • Keller, Helen, 1880-1968
  • Kennedy, Florynce, 1916-
  • Little, Joan
  • Longworth, Alice Roosevelt, 1884-1980
  • Luscomb, Florence, 1887-
  • Luxemburg, Rosa, 1871-1919
  • Marie Antoinette, Queen, consort of Louis XVI, King of France, 1755-1793
  • Mead, Margaret, 1901-1978
  • Murray, Pauli, 1910-
  • Ponsonby, Sarah, 1754 or 5-1831
  • Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962
  • Stokes, Rose Pastor, 1879-1933
  • Strauss, Anna Lord, 1899-1979
  • Sullivan, Annie, 1866-1936
  • Woodhull, Victoria C. (Victoria Claflin), 1838-1927

Contributors
  • Sophia Smith Collection


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