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Thomas Dublin papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00689

Scope and Contents

Personal and professional correspondence, teaching and research materials, project files, published articles and books, teaching awards, and grant applications.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1947 - 2012


Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

To the extent that he owns copyright, Thomas Dublin has retained copyright, until his death, in his works donated to Smith College. Upon his death, 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 Thomas Dublin, 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

Thomas Dublin was born in Norwalk, Connecticut. His parents, Amos Dublin, a life insurance manager, and Louise Goldschmidt Dublin, a homemaker, raised their family in Westport, CT. He earned his B.A. at Harvard University in 1968 and his Ph.D. at Columbia University in 1977. During this time, his daughters were born, Sascha in 1970 and Sonya in 1974. His dissertation would become his first published book, the pathbreaking Women at Work: The Transformation of Work and Community in Lowell, Massachusetts, 1826-1860. Dublin would continue to be a leader in the burgeoning field of US women's labor history with the publication of Farm to Factory: Women's Letters, 1830-1860 (1981) and Transforming Women's Work: New England Lives in the Industrial Revolution (1994). He has also focused on immigration history and ethnic studies as well as more recently published work on the decline of the American coal industry. Dublin taught at the University of California, San Diego from 1977 until 1988 where his courses included US Women's History as well as Urban and Ethnic History. In 1988, he married women's historian Kathryn Kish Sklar and the two then went on to SUNY Binghamton as Distinguished Professors. Together, they founded the Center for the Historical Study of Women and Gender and in 1997 became pioneers in the Digital Humanities when they launched their Web site, Women and Social Movements. For his contributions to the field, Dublin has received numerous awards and fellowships over the years and, as of 2012, is still teaching an online class for SUNY Binghamton while also having more time in semi-retirement for "hiking and backpacking in the wilderness."


49.833 linear feet (47 containers)

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Thomas Dublin has been a leader in the field of US women's labor history while also focusing on immigration history and ethnic studies. He and his wife founded the Center for the Historical Study of Women and Gender. The collection contains personal and professional correspondence, teaching and research materials, project files, published articles and books, teaching awards, and grant applications.


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.

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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 Thomas Dublin, 2011-2012.

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. The following changes were made in this collection: Accession 2012-S-0061, Box 1 renumbered as Box 47

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Revision Statements

  • 2017-07-26T17:48:24-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2019-03-13: Finding aid updated to current standards and published

Repository Details

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

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063