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Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00618

Scope and Contents

The Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz papers include writings by Horowitz, correspondence, and materials pertaining to published books, teaching, and professional engagements. Writings include proofs, drafts, and research materials for articles and books; high school, college, and graduate school essays; M.A. thesis and doctoral dissertation; and reviews of writings by others. Teaching materials include graduate student papers, teaching files, lecture notes and course packets, syllabi, and course notes. Other professional materials include correspondence; photographs; documents pertaining to speaking engagements, including drafts of lectures; most recent CV; and grant proposals and projects. Also included are VHS tapes of Helen Horowitz lectures, PBS History Detectives, Alumnae Achievements Dinner and Our Grandmother's Legacy by Scarlet Riley.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1908 - 2016


Conditions Governing Access

At the direction of the donor this collection is closed during the donor's lifetime unless donor grants permission for access. In case of incapacitation, Power of Attorney may grant permission.

Conditions Governing Use

To the extent that she owns copyright, Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz has assigned the copyright in her works to Smith College; however, 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 instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz, 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

Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz was born in Shreveport, Louisiana on Jan. 31, 1942, to David Lefkowitz, Jr. a rabbi at Temple B'nai Zion, Shreveport and Leona Atlas Lefkowitz, rebbetzin, tutor in math, informal college counselor, civic worker, community board member, and housewife. Helen received her B.A. from Wellesley College in 1963, and her American Studies Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1969. She continued learning at MIT, Union College, Scripps College, and the University of Southern California, where she taught before coming to Smith College, where she has been the Sydenham Clark Parsons Professor of History. Horowitz is the author of the following books: Culture and the City: Cultural Philanthropy in Chicago from the 1880s to 1917 (1976); Campus Life: Undergraduate Cultures from the End of the Eighteenth Century to the Present (1988); Alma Mater: Design and Experience in the Women's Colleges from Their Nineteenth-Century Beginnings to the 1930s (1993); The Power and Passion of M. Carey Thomas (1994); Rereading Sex: Battles Over Sexual Knowledge and Suppression in Nineteenth-Century America (a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History in 2003); and The Flash Press: Sporting Male Weeklies in 1840s New York (2008), co-authored with Patricia Cline Cohen and Timothy Gilfoyle. She was co-editor of Love Across the Color Line: The Letters of Alice Hanley to Channing Lewis (1996); and editor of Landscape in Sight: J.B. Jackson's America (1997), and Attitudes toward Sex in Antebellum America (2006). Horowitz enjoys working in a number of fields that connect her interest in American history with women's studies, landscape studies, architecture, education, biography, sexual representation, law, and medicine. She is married to fellow historian, Daniel Horowitz; the couple have two children, Benjamin and Sarah.


23.229 linear feet (26 containers)

1.248 Gigabytes

Language of Materials



Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz is a professor emerita of History and American Studies at Smith College and a writer, whose research ranges over a number of areas: urban life, cultural philanthropy, women, higher education, biography, sexuality, sexual representation, censorship, intimate life, understandings of health and illness, understanding of the landscape, and tourism. Papers include writings by Horowitz, correspondence, and materials pertaining to published books, teaching, and professional engagements.


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.

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.

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

Donated by Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz, 2007-2017.


Periodic accruals to collection are expected.

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. Some CDs were unable to be copied. See the log files linked in the container list for more details.

Processing Information

Between September 2022 and February 2023, Smith College Special Collections renumbered many boxes to eliminate duplicate numbers within collections in order to improve researcher experience. A full crosswalk of old to new numbers is available.

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Revision Statements

  • 2017-07-26T17:48:24-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2018-12-17: Finding aid updated to current standards and published
  • 2020-06-22: Description added for born-digital content.
  • 2021-06-16: Content description added from accession inventories

Repository Details

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

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063