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Elisabeth Telling papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00160

Scope and Contents

The Elisabeth Telling Papers include extensive correspondence (1902-36) with her family describing her travels; diaries (1902-65); photographs and slides; writings; and her artwork. Her writings include published articles and her unpublished manuscript, "An Artist In Guatemala." Notable correspondents include playwright Stuart Walker, Sophia Smith Collection Director Margaret Storrs Grierson, sculptor Alice Morgan Wright, and artist Robert Eskridge.

Dates of Materials

  • 1902-1965

Creator

Language of Materials

English.

Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection without any additional restrictions.

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 (specialcollections@smith.edu) 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

The copyright owner of unpublished works by Elisabeth Telling is unknown. Copyright for works by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Biographical / Historical

Elisabeth Telling was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1892. She graduated from Smith College in 1904 and studied at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts from 1904 to 1905. Telling was a member of the Society of Women Geographers and traveled extensively in Europe, Central America, the Far East, Southeast Asia, Peru, and Haiti. She specialized in portraits of children and people in their native costume. Her artwork has been exhibited across the country and she published several articles about her travels.

Extent

9 boxes (3.5 linear feet)

Overview

Artist, Traveler, Ethnographer. The Elisabeth Telling Papers include extensive correspondence (1902-36) with her family describing her travels; diaries (1902-65); photographs and slides; writings; and her artwork. Her writings include published articles and her unpublished manuscript, "An Artist In Guatemala." Notable correspondents include playwright Stuart Walker, Sophia Smith Collection Director Margaret Storrs Grierson, sculptor Alice Morgan Wright, and artist Robert Eskridge.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into four series:
  1. I. BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS
  2. II. WRITINGS AND ARTWORK
  3. III. CORRESPONDENCE
  4. IV. SLIDES
  5. OVERSIZED MATERIALS

Arrangement

NOTE: This collection has not been fully processed; therefore:
  1. The container list may not be completely accurate.
  2. Although some materials may not be arranged in a logical order, please do not rearrange items or folders.
  3. Locations of materials are subject to change when the collection is fully processed at a later date.
  4. Some fragile items may not be protected in proper archival enclosures and should be handled with extreme care.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Elisabeth Telling donated her papers to the Sophia Smith Collection in 1980. Additional papers were transferred from the Smith College Archives in 1981.

Related Material

There is additional material relating to Elisabeth Telling in the Smith College Archives Student files.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised by Margaret Jessup, 2005.
Title
Elisabeth Telling papers
Subtitle
Finding Aid
Date
2005
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:13-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.

Repository Details

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

Contact:
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton MA 01063