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Nancy Staver papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00207

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence, lecture notes, and publications

Dates of Materials

  • 1941 - 1989


Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

Materials in this collection may be governed by copyright. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. Researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Biographical Note

Nancy Staver was born in Englewood, New Jersey on 7 July 1913. She earned her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College in 1935 and a MSW from the Smith College School for Social Work in 1943. She worked at the Judge Baker Guidance Center in Boston from 1943-78, beginning there as a social worker and supervisor of trainees, and participating as chief investigator in a long-term research project on learning problems. In 1967, she was appointed Chief of Psychiatric Social Service there. In 1963-64, Staver took a leave of absence from the Judge Baker Guidance Center and performed similar functions at the Tavistock Clinic in London. She served as a research advisor at Smith College School for Social Work from 1954-1965 and again from 1978 through at least 1983. In 1981, Staver returned to the practice of social casework, taking a position at the Learning Center for Deaf Children in Framingham, Massachusetts. Staver has written many articles for psychiatric social work journals, mostly related to children's learning problems, and her writings have also been published in books of collected essays.


0.438 linear feet (1 container)

Language of Materials



Nancy Staver was a social worker, specializing in children's learning problems. The collection contains correspondence, lecture notes, and publications.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

As a preservation measure, researchers must use digital copies of audiovisual materials in this collection. Please consult with Special Collections staff to request the creation of and access to digital copies.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source unknown.

Finding Aid to the Nancy Staver papers
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Madison White
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Revision Statements

  • 2017-07-26T17:48:24-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2019-04-12: Added container list and updated finding aid.

Repository Details

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

Neilson Library
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