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Norma H. Stauffer papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00615

Scope and Contents

In depth, sometimes daily, accounts (in letters to home) of Norma's work at the YWCA during the early 1920's, into World War II and through very significant years of civil rights efforts. She held positions as teacher and staff member in Honolulu, Denver, Cleveland, Grand Rapids, Chicago, and Minneapolis from 1919 to 1963. Some printed material is included in her papers.


  • 1919-1987


Conditions Governing Access

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

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 ( 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

To the extent that they own copyright, Norma H. Stuaffer and her heirs have 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 Norma H. Stauffer, 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

Norma H. Stauffer was born on March 8, 1897 in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, to Henry and Francis (Davis) Stauffer. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin she joined the staff of the YWCA working in Honolulu, Hawaii, and Denver, Cleveland, Minneapolis, and Chicago. She died June 4, 1992, in Alameda, California.


0.25 linear feet (1 container)


Norma H. Stauffer worked as both teacher and staff member at the YWCA in Honolulu, Denver, Cleveland, Grand Rapids, Chicago, and Minneapolis from 1919 to 1963. Her papers include correspondence to family members, about daily life and work, and printed material.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The YWCA donated these papers. Date unknown.
Finding aid to the Norma H. Stauffer papers
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
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Revision Statements

  • 2017-07-26T17:48:24-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2019-06-18: Updated finding aid and published.

Repository Details

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

Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton MA 01063