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Cherry Family papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00749

Scope and Contents

High school memorabilia books belonging to Marguerite (born c1901) and Ethel Cherry (born c1904); family photograph album and loose photographs; New Testament Bible with ancestry information; several lace christening caps.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1860 - 1969


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 they own copyright, Melissa Hansen has assigned the copyright of the Cherry Family'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 the Cherry Family, 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

The Cherry Family were farmers who lived in Litchfield, Illinois in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. According to family lore, John Dempsey Cherry lied about his age in order to fight for the Union in the Civil War in which his red hair drew sniper fire whenever he raised his head above the ground. He was wounded, returned home and died young.


0.667 linear feet (2 containers)

Language of Materials



The collection contains material related to the Cherry Family, including family photograph album and loose photographs, New Testament Bible with ancestry information, and several lace christening caps. Also included are high school memorabilia books belonging to Marguerite (born c1901) and Ethel Cherry (born c1904).


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.

Other Finding Aids

The collection has a container list that is available upon request by contacting

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was gifted by Melissa Hansen in 2015 and 2017.

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 2017-S-0009, Box 1 renumbered as Box 2



Finding aid to the Cherry Family papers
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Madison White
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2017-07-26T17:48:24-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2018-10-18: Updated to conform to DACS
  • 2021-07-01: Content description added from accession inventory

Repository Details

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

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063