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Frances Ticknor papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00266

Scope and Contents

The Frances Porter Ticknor Papers consist of three linear inches (1 document box) of correspondence, photographs, printed material, and memorabilia. They consist primarily of approximately 75 letters she wrote home to her family from Europe, Lebanon, and Egypt, 1945-1948. They describe her life and work overseas with the YWCA. In addition there are letters (arranged alphabetically) to her from friends, 1940-90; reports to the YWCA, 1938, 1947; printed material about YWCA activities, 1939-47; and staff rosters, 1938-42. There are 39 photographs of her travels, the World Christian Youth Conference (1939) and YWCA World Council Meeting (1938).

Dates of Materials

  • 1938-1990

Creator

Language of Materials

English.

Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection without any added restrictions.

Conditions Governing Access

Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections (specialcollections@smith.edu) at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.

Conditions Governing Use

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the papers of Frances Porter Ticknor. 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."

Biographical / Historical

Frances Porter Ticknor was born July 19, 1912 in New Prague, Minnesota to Allen Harold and Edith Knowlton Porter. The family moved to Champaign, Illinois, where her father ran a bakery business. Following graduation from the University of Illinois in 1934, with a major in sociology and a minor in psychology, she did case work for emergency relief in Champaign-Urbana, IL. From 1935 to 1940 she was Girl Reserve Secretary and Camp Director for the YWCA in Rochester, Minnesota. In that capacity she attended the YWCA World Council Meeting in Muskoka, Ontario, Canada, in 1938 and also visited European YWCA camps in Belgium and the Netherlands as guest and visiting leader. She was YWCA delegate to the first World Christian Youth Conference in Amsterdam in 1939. Between 1940 and 1945, Ticknor served as YWCA Secretary for work with younger girls and as a camp director. Immediately after World War II she went abroad to help recovery in Belgium under the auspices of the National Board of the YWCA, which included three years work in Lebanon and Egypt. In 1948 she married Winton A. Ticknor and became a full time homemaker. They had five children and from 1955 onward lived in Lancaster, OH. She died June 12, 2007.

Extent

1 boxes (.25 linear feet)

Overview

YWCA overseas official. The collection consists primarily of approximately 75 letters Ticknor wrote home to her family from Europe, Lebanon, and Egypt, describing her life and work overseas with the YWCA. In addition there are letters from friends; reports to the YWCA; and 39 photographs of her travels.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into three series:
  1. I. Biography
  2. II. Correspondence
  3. III. YWCA

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Frances Porter Ticknor Papers were a gift of Ticknor in 1989 and 1991.

Processing Information

Processed by Susan Boone, 1991.
Title
Frances Ticknor papers
Subtitle
Finding Aid
Author
Susan Boone
Date
2003
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
  • 2005-09-23: mnsss69 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02-5c.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:23-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.

Repository Details

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

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