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Susan Allen Toth papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00553

Scope and Contents

The Susan Allen Toth Papers consist of published copies of Toth's books, as well as drafts, notes, proofs, galleys, articles, essays, and correspondence related to her books Blooming, Ivy Days, and other writings. Included are letters from readers, many Smith alumnae and faculty, of Ivy Days. Photographs of Toth and her family are also included. There are explanatory notes and commentary by Toth, as well as some re: Toth's mother (contentious) and Ivy Days (filed with finding aid).

Dates of Materials

  • 1978 - 2006


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 she owns copyright, Toth has retained copyright in her works donated 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 Toth, 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

Susan Allen Toth was born and grew up in Ames, Iowa. She graduated from Smith College in 1961, from the University of California at Berkeley in 1963 with an M.A. in English, and from the University of Minnesota in 1969 with a Ph.D. From 1969 to 1998 she was professor of English at Macalester College in Minnesota. Toth has written three memoirs: Blooming: A Small Town Girlhood (1981), Ivy Days: Making My Way Out East (1984), and How to Prepare for Your High School Reunion and Other Midlife Musings (1988). She has also written a series of books on England: My Love Affair with England (1992), England as You Like It (1995), England for All Seasons (1997), and Victoria, the Heart of England: A Journey of Discovery (1999). Her other books include Reading Rooms (1991) and A House of One's Own: An Architect's Guide to Designing the House of Your Dreams (1991), co-authored with her husband, architect James Stageberg. Toth's essays, stories and reviews have appeared in many newspapers and magazines across the United States.


3.688 linear feet (4 containers)

Language of Materials



The collection consists of the professional papers of Susan Allen Toth, author of nonfiction essays and books, including Blooming and Ivy Days.


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.

Other Finding Aids

One or more content listings to individual accessions in this collection are available for download. Links can be found in the description of the individual accessions.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was gifted by Susan Allen Toth in 2006 and 2012.

Processing Information

Starting in September 2022, Smith College Special Collections will be renumbering many boxes to eliminate duplicate numbers within collections in order to improve researcher experience. The following changes will be made in this collection: Accession 2012-S-0041, Box 1 renumbered as Box 4

Finding aid to the Susan Allen Toth papers
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Madison White
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2017-07-26T17:48:24-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2018-10-15: Updated to conform to DACS
  • 2021-07-20: Content description added from accession inventory

Repository Details

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

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063