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Trudy Feiss papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00771

Scope and Contents

Personal papers, artworks, photographs, newspaper and magazine clippings. Particularly well represented are Feiss' time at Smith and her service in the Marines.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1935 - 2003


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, Alison Kriviskey (Feiss's niece and the donor of this collection) has assigned the copyright in Feiss'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 Feiss, 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

Gertrude "Trudy" Feiss was born in Cleveland, OH on June 19, 1919 to parents Edith Lehman and Paul Louis Feiss. After graduating from Shaker Heights High School, Feiss studied Art at Smith College from 1937 to 1941. While at Smith, she created cartoons and illustrations for student publications and eventually served as the art editor of the "Tatler" literary magazine. Feiss served in the Marine Corps during World War II. There she continued to flex her artistic muscles as an illustrator for training films and the creator of the serialized comic "P.F.C. Potts," which was published in "The Quantico Sentry." After briefly teaching at Western College for Women, Feiss received a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Cranbrook Academy of Arts, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Shortly afterward she began work in the children's book industry. Feiss was a long-time resident of Gramercy Park in New York and an active member of the Gramercy Stuyvesant Independent Democrats. She lived in New York City until her death in 2008.


3.063 linear feet (3 containers)

Language of Materials



The collection contains the personal papers, artworks, photographs, newspaper and magazine clippings of Gertrude "Trudy" Feiss, illustrator and artist. Particularly well represented are Feiss' time at Smith and her service in the Marines.


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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was gifted by Gertrude Feiss and Alison Feiss Kriviskey in 2016 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-0053, Box 1 renumbered as Box 3



Finding aid to the Trudy Feiss papers
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Madison White
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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