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Edith Mae Shaw Racine papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00731

Scope and Contents

Personal papers that include primarily letters from Racine to her daughter, Doris Racine McLelland; also includes family genealogy and photographs.

Dates of Materials

  • 1911 - 2013

Creator

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, Janice Racine Norris has assigned the copyright of Racine's 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 Racine, 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

Edith Mae Shaw Racine was born in Dover, Maine, the daughter of Fred A. Shaw and Annie Harmon Shaw. At the age of 18 she married John O. Racine and both of them would work in Brown's Mill, owned by the American Woolen Company, in Dover for the next several decades as they raised their family of five children. One of those children, Doris, moved to Boston in 1929, working in various clerical positions during the Great Depression. In 1940 Doris Ravine married George McLennan and they would soon move to Braintree, just outside of Boston, where they raised their family. The frequent letters Edith wrote to her daughter Doris over almost four decades provide a glimpse into family life during the first half of the twentieth century, mother/daughter relationships, and the impact of the Great Depression on ordinary people.

Extent

0.229 linear feet (1 container)

0.000736 Gigabytes

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The collection contains personal papers of Edith May Shaw Racine, a homemaker and mother in Maine, that include letters from Racine to her daughter, Doris Racine McLelland, family genealogy and photographs. The frequent letters Edith wrote to her daughter Doris over almost four decades provide a glimpse into family life during the first half of the twentieth century, mother/daughter relationships, and the impact of the Great Depression on ordinary people.

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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was gifted by Janice Racine Norris in 2014.

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.

Title
Finding aid to the Edith Mae Shaw Racine papers
Status
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Author
Madison White
Date
2018
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.
  • 2018-10-15: Updated to conform to DACS
  • 2020-06-23: Description added for born-digital content.

Repository Details

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

Contact:
Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063