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Pease family papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00285

Scope and Contents

The Pease Family papers span the years 1861-1974 and contain biographical and genealogical material, particularly about the Hanna family; personal and professional correspondence; writings and lectures; memorabilia; photographs; teaching materials; and subject files, including research material for the Negro Communities Project. Writings include research materials for several of Jane Pease's books, including Black Utopia and They Who Would be Free. Also included are records of Jane and William Pease's campus committee work.

Dates of Materials

  • 1861 - 2016

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

To the extent that they own copyright, Margaret Pease Carels, Barbara Pease Stuart, Jane H. Pease and William H. Pease have retained copyright until 50 years after their death, in their works donated to Smith College. After that period, copyright in these works will transfer to Smith College. Copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. 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. For those few instances beyond fair use, or which may regard materials in the collection not created by Margaret Pease Carels, Barbara Pease Stuart, Jane H. Pease and William H. Pease , 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

Jane Hanna Pease (1929-2016) and William Henry Pease (1924-2013) were scholars who published widely onn the anti-slavery movement. She graduated from Smith College in 1951 and went on to earn her Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in 1969. She taught history at the Emma Willard School from 1955 to 1964 and at the University of Calgary from 1964 to 1979, when she was appointed professor of history at the University of Maine, Orono. Her research interests also included nineteenth century American social history and antebellum urban history. William Henry Pease (1924-2013) researched and wrote on American reform movements and American social and intellectual history. He graduated from Williams College in 1947 and earned his Ph.D. at the University of Rochester in 1955. He taught English and History at the Northfield Mount Herman School from 1948 to 1951 and then taught history at the Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute from 1955 to 1964. He taught at the University of Calgary from 1964 to 1968, when he was appointed professor of history at the University of Maine, Orono.

Extent

28.5 linear feet (17 boxes. Other materials in the collection: small cardboard box and 2 rolls of diplomas on shelf.)

0.000028 Gigabytes

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Jane Hanna Pease (1929-2016) and William Henry Pease (1924-2013) were scholars who published widely on the anti-slavery movement. Jane Pease's research interests also included nineteenth century American social history and antebellum urban history. Henry Pease's research interests included American reform, and American social and intellectual history. Jane Pease graduated from Smith College in 1951 and went on to earn her Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in 1969. She taught history at the Emma Willard School from 1955 to 1964 and at the University of Calgary from 1964 to 1979, when she was appointed professor of history at the University of Maine, Orono. William Pease graduated from Williams College in 1947 and earned his Ph.D. at the University of Rochester in 1955. He taught english and history at the Northfield Mount Herman School from 1948 to 1951 and taught history at the Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute from 1955 to 1964. He taught at the University of Calgary from 1964 to 1968, when he was appointed professor of history at the University of Maine, Orono. His research interests include American reform, and American social and intellectual history.

The Pease Family papers contains biographical and genealogical material; personal and professional correspondence; writings and lectures; memorabilia; photographs; teaching materials; and subject files, including research material for the Negro Communities Project. Writings include research materials for several of Jane Pease's books, including Black Utopia and They Who Would be Free.

Arrangement

This collection has been added to over time in multiple "accessions." An accession is a group of materials received from the same source at approximately the same time. Note that in most cases, container numbers start over at 1 with each new accession.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

This collection contains materials received from the donor in digital form that are not currently available online. Please consult with Special Collections staff to request access to this digital content.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Pease family papers were donated by Margaret Pease Carels, Barbara Pease Stuart, Jane H. Pease and William H. Pease from 1984 to 2016.

Related Materials

Books available in 5 College libraries: The Antislavery Argument; Bound with Them in Chains; The Fugitive Slave Law and Anthony Burns; Ladies, Women, and Wenches; They Who Would Be Free

Processing Information

The contents of computer media in this collection has been copied to networked storage for preservation and access; the original directory and file structure was retained and file lists were created.
Title
Pease family papers
Status
Minimum Finding Aid (Completed)
Author
Ellice Amanna
Date
2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2017-07-26T17:48:24-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2020-06-17: Description added for born-digital content.

Repository Details

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

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