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Florence Ada Cross Boughton papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00457

Scope and Contents

The Florence Ada Cross Boughton Papers contain 2 scrapbooks of programs for concerts by Florence Ada Cross Boughton, an accomplished concert pianist; 1 scrapbook of photographs, clippings and memorabilia pertaining to the life of Florence Ada Cross before her marriage in 1913 to Arthur Clennam Boughton; and 1 scrapbook pertaining to the life of Arthur Clennam Boughton. The scrapbooks contain many photographs, as well as extensive biographical and genealogical information provided by the donor. The remainder of the collection consists of correspondence, including letters written while the Boughtons lived in China from 1913 to 1915; diaries, including Florence Ada Cross's diary from 1901, when she was 15; financial information; obituaries, condolences and testimonials; programs for concerts that Florence attended in Europe during her sojourn there from 1907 to 1908; and information about China, the State of Kansas, and Boughton family history.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1833 - 1989


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

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works by the creator of this collection. Copyright to materials created 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.

Biographical / Historical

Florence Ada Cross was born in South West Hoosick, New York, the daughter of Emma Gifford Cross and Ebenezer Cross. She graduated from Hoosick Falls High School in1902, and studied piano in Paris and traveled in Europe from 1907 to 1908. She married Arthur Clennam Boughton in Nagasaki, Japan in 1913, and lived in Shanghai, China from 1913-15. The Boughtons had one child, Elizabeth Cross Boughton Noll, born in 1921. Florence Boughton was an accomplished concert pianist and performed extensively throughout her life.


8.167 linear feet (13 containers)

Language of Materials



Pianist; Musician. Scrapbooks contain many photographs, memorabilia, clippings and biographical and genealogical information; correspondence, including letters written while the Boughtons lived in China from 1913 to 1915; and diaries, including Florence Ada Cross's diary from 1901, when she was 15.


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

Donated by Elizabeth Boughton Noll, 2002 and 2007.

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 2007-S-0033, Boxes 1-6 renumbered as Boxes 7-12

Florence Ada Cross Boughton papers
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Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:13-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2021-07-15: Content description added from accession inventories

Repository Details

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

Neilson Library
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