Scope and Contents
This collection consists of Caroline Bain's personal papers including travel journals, correspondence, photographs and other biographical materials. Of special note are the letters Bain wrote to her parents while she was working for the Civil Aeronautics Board in Washington, DC, 1944-1945.
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.
Conditions Governing Access
Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections (firstname.lastname@example.org) at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.
Conditions Governing Use
To the extent that she owned copyright, Caroline Dwight Bain's heirs 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 Caroline Dwight Bain, 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.
Archival consultant and loyal Smith College alumna, Caroline (Carol) Bush Dwight was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1922, the only child of Henry Williams Dwight and Margaret Cooper Dwight. Until the age of twelve, she lived in Cambridge, attending the Buckingham School (now the Buckingham, Browne and Nichols School) where she would later serve as a trustee and director of development. In 1934, Dwight and her parents moved to Stockbridge, Massachusetts when her father became president of the Housatonic National Bank. She graduated from the Baldwin School in 1940 and Smith College in 1944.
Given the demands of World War II on the home front, Smith students were then encouraged to take summer classes so as to accelerate their graduation date. This Carol Dwight did, finishing her course work a semester early. By February of 1944 she and Smith classmate, Harriet (Hatty) Hulbert Ball, were living in a fourth-floor walkup in Arlington, Virginia; Dwight worked at the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) and also volunteered at the local USO. In the fall of 1945, she left the CAB and took a position with the Red Cross in Boston for a few months before starting as box office manager for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, what she would later refer to as"her dream job."
In 1949, Carol Dwight married Sherwood E. (Joe) Bain and a year later they bought the house in Cambridge, Massachusetts where they lived until 2009, raising two sons and a daughter there. Carol Bain was an active volunteer and club member. When her youngest child started college, Bain returned to college, too, earning her Master's degree in history from Tufts University in 1978. She then did archival consulting for a variety of Boston area institutions including the Massachusetts Historical Society and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Bain was a loyal Smith alumna, serving as president of the Friends of Smith College Libraries and for many years supported an annual travel-to-collections grant, named in her honor, at the Sophia Smith Collection and Smith College Archives. An avid world traveler and a breeder of purebred dogs, Carol Dwight Bain lived a full life until her death in Exeter, New Hampshire in 2015 at the age of ninety-two.
2.75 linear feet (3 boxes (2 record cartons and 1 full-size legal box))
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