Livingston-Fulton family papers
Scope and Contents
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.
Dates of Materials
- Majority of material found within 1920-1939
- Livingston family (Family)
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
Biographical / Historical
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.
6 boxes (2.4 linear feet)
- I. Biographical
- II. Diaries
- III. Correspondence
- IV. Writings
- Oversize Materials
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Cabot, Hugh, 1872-1945
- Cabot, Richard C. (Richard Clarke), 1868-1939
- Fulton Family
- Livingston family
- Livingston-Fulton Family
- Mothers and daughters -- United States -- 20th century
- Smith, Edith Livingston Crary, 1874-1938
- Weeks, Barbara Stevens Roberts
- Women authors
- Women authors, American -- 20th century
- Women poets
- Women poets, American -- 20th century
- Livingston-Fulton family papers
- Finding Aid
- Burd Schlessinger
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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