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Louise Stevens Bryant papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00024

Scope and Contents

The Louise Stevens Bryant Papers consist of personal and professional material. They include a typescript of Bequest from a Life (privately printed), a biography of Bryant written by her companion, Lura Beam, and excerpts from correspondence to Beam from Bryant. The collection also contains Bryant's diaries, notebooks, and professional reports concerning public health and social work issues; subject files; and correspondence, including letters from Havelock Ellis and others generated from Bryant's work negotiating the U.S. publication of Ellis's Studies in the Psychology of Sex." There is related material about Louise Stevens Bryant in the Smith College Archives. The Lura Beam Papers are housed in the Schlesinger Library at Harvard University.

Dates

  • 1885-1963

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

The papers are 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 (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

Copyright ownership of Louise Stevens Bryant's writings is unknown. Lura Beam's estate retains copyright for her biography, Bequest from a Life. Copyright to materials authored by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Biographical / Historical

Public health specialist, editor, and publicist Louise Stevens Bryant (1885-1956) received a B.S. from Smith College in 1908 and a PhD in Medical Science from the University of Pennsylvania. She promoted dispensary development and edited a pioneer medical study and publicity program in the field of human fertility. She was associated at various times with the Russell Sage Foundation, the Girl Scouts of America, the Pennsylvania School for Social Service and Health, and the War Industries Board. She was the American representative of Havelock Ellis and wrote books and many articles on applied psychology and maternal health. She was the editor and publicist of the United Hospital Fund and National Committee on Maternal Health, New York City, from 1923 to 1937, and publicist for the American Association of University Women from 1938 to 1952. Her other interests included art, poetry, and animals. In 1909, she married Arthur Bryant, whom she divorced in 1912. Her longtime companion was Lura Beam.

Extent

7 linear feet (14 boxes, 14 volumes)

Overview

Public health specialist; Editor; Publicist. Papers contain Bryant's diaries, notebooks, and professional reports concerning public health and social work issues; subject files; and correspondence from Havelock Ellis and others generated from Bryant's work arranging the U.S. publication of Ellis's Studies in the Psychology of Sex. Thre is also a typescript biography of Bryant written by her companion, Lura Beam, and excerpts from their correspondence.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into four series:
  1. I. BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS
  2. II. PERSONAL ACTIVITIES
  3. III. CORRESPONDENCE
  4. IV. PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
  5. OVERSIZE MATERIALS
  6. BOOKS ON SHELF

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Lura Beam donated the Louise Stevens Bryant Papers to the Sophia Smith Collection in 1962. The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection without any additional restrictions.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised by Jenn Smar and Burd Schlessinger, 2006
Title
Louise Stevens Bryant papers
Subtitle
Finding Aid
Date
2007
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

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
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Northampton MA 01063