Scope and Contents
The Authors Collection is comprised of bibliographies of women writers, both from the U.S. and abroad; general files on women authors by country; and files on individual authors and poets. In a few cases there are typescripts of an author's works, photographs, biographical information, newspaper clippings, and some reviews. The collection dates approximately from 1845 to 1976. Individual authors represented include Louisa May Alcott, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Willa Cather, Emily Dickinson, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Tillie Olsen, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Virginia Woolf, among others. There is one complete manuscript, How to Make Love to a Man in Five Languages, by Doris Lilly. A substantial section on Margaret Mitchell includes newspaper clippings, magazine articles, and correspondence about Mitchell, the publication of Gone With the Wind, the release of the movie, and efforts of the Atlanta Smith Club to raise money for Margaret Mitchell scholarships to send Georgia women to Smith. Correspondence includes letters from Mitchell to Julia Collier Harris and her husband Julian Harris (circa 1936-47), both newspaper editors who, together, received the Pulitzer Prize in journalism for their editorials in the Columbus (Georgia) Enquirer-Sun against the Ku Klux Klan.
Dates of Materials
- Creation: 1845-1986
- Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History (Organization)
Language of Materials
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
Permission to publish quotations for publication beyond "fair use" must be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection.
4.417 linear feet (13 containers)
The Authors Collection contains small amounts of material on a number of women writers from the U.S. and abroad. Types of materials include biographical writings, articles, reviews, newspaper clippings, and other printed materials. There are also some letters, manuscripts and photographs. A large portion of the collection relates to author Margaret Mitchell, and her book and the movie, Gone With the Wind. Other authors represented include Louisa May Alcott, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Willa Cather, Doris Lilly, Emily Dickinson, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Tillie Olsen, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Virginia Woolf.
This collection is organized into four series:
- I. GENERAL
- II. COUNTRIES
- III. INDIVIDUAL AUTHORS
- IV. POETRY
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Materials in this subject collection were either purchased or given to the Sophia Smith Collection by various donors. Portions of the Margaret Mitchell materials were purchased and presented to the Sophia Smith Collection by Frank Neely and Rachel Schlesinger Neely (Smith class 1907).
- Authors collection
- Finding Aid
- Katie Kowinski
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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- Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
- 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
- 2005-09-23: mnsss176 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02-5c.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
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