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Mary J. Oates papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00706

Scope and Contents

The Mary J. Oates papers primarily document Oates's professional career and include correspondence with colleagues, publlishers and editors; writings by Oates and others; presentations at conferences and meetings; course syllabi; research grant materials; book reviews; honors and awards; encyclopedia entries, and a few photographs. Subject themes include women and catholicism, the Catholic Church and philanthropy, and U.S. economics.

Dates of Materials

  • 1962-2010

Creator

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

Mary J. Oates retains copyright during her lifetime. To the extent that she owns copyright,Oates has assigned the copyright in her works to Smith College at the time of her death; 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 Oates, 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

Mary Josephine Oates was born in Boston in 1935, the daughter of Thomas F. Oates and Mary F. Folan, both Irish immigrants. The oldest of six children, she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph in Boston in 1952, just after her high school graduation. After teaching in a parochial elementary school for a few years, Oates attended Catholic University of America from which she earned a B.A. in economics, summa cum laude, in 1963. She then went on to Yale University where she earned a Master's in economics in 1964 and a PhD in 1969. Her dissertation became the basis of her first book, The Role of the Cotton Textile Industry in the Economic Development of the American Southeast: 1900-1940(1975). She began her college teaching career in 1967 in the Department of Economics at Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts. She taught at Boston College from 1974 to 2005. Since the early 1970s, Oates'scholarship has focused on the study of women, especially Catholics, in American social and economic history. She is the author or editor of several books, including Higher Education for Catholic Women: An Historical Anthology (1987), ed., and The Catholic Philanthropic Tradition in America (1995). Oates has also published numerous articles in both scholarly journals and anthologies.

Extent

5.854 linear feet (6 containers)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Since the early 1970s, Mary J. Oates's scholarship has focused on the study of women, especially Catholics, in American social and economic history. She is the author or editor of several books, including Higher Education for Catholic Women: An Historical Anthology (1987), ed., and The Catholic Philanthropic Tradition in America (1995). Oates has also published numerous articles in both scholarly journals and anthologies.The Mary J. Oates papers primarily document Oates's professional career and include correspondence with colleagues, publlishers and editors; writings by Oates and others; presentations at conferences and meetings; course syllabi; research grant materials; book reviews; honors and awards; encyclopedia entries, and a few photographs. Subject themes include women and catholicism, the Catholic Church and philanthropy, and U.S. economics.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection by Mary J. Oates in 2012.

Related Materials

Interview in Living U.S. Women's History Oral History Project (closed until Nov. 16, 2025)

Title
Finding aid to Mary J. Oates 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.

Repository Details

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

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