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Authors collection

Identifier: SSC-MS-00443

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.


  • 1845-1986

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

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 ( 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

Permission to publish quotations for publication beyond "fair use" must be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection.


4.75 linear feet (12 boxes, 4 volumes)


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:

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).

Additions to the Collection

Periodic additions to the collection are expected and may not be reflected in this finding aid..
Authors collection
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Katie Kowinski
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
  • 2005-09-23: mnsss176 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02-5c.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:12-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.

Repository Details

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

Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton MA 01063