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Scope and Contents

This series comprises the bulk of the collection, and is arranged first by generation and then alphabetically by last name. Spouses follow directly after the member of the Ames and Butler families to whom they are, or were, married. Correspondence in this series is voluminous and is filed primarily by author. However, the papers of some individuals contain both outgoing and incoming correspondence, when the total volume of a correspondent's papers did not warrant a discrete subseries for that person. In addition to correspondence, this series contains biographical and financial information and, particularly in the papers of Blanche Butler Ames, Blanche Ames Ames and Pauline Ames Plimpton, extensive files about their writings. The papers of Blanche Ames Ames richly document the early years of the Massachusetts Birth Control League and related organizations; files pertaining to her suffrage activities, including the cartoons in the Art subseries, are also noteworthy. Related materials about most individuals in this series are located in SERIES I. FAMILY HISTORY, SERIES II. REAL ESTATE, and SERIES IV. PHOTOGRAPHS; further information about civil, cultural, military and political issues of interest to Adelbert Ames may be found in SERIES V. CLIPPINGS.

Dates of Materials

  • (1812-2012)

Conditions Governing Access

From the Collection:

This collection is open for research use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Language of Materials



This series is arranged first by generation and then alphabetically by last name.

Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

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