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Frank G. Carpenter papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00029

Scope and Contents

The Frank Carpenter papers consist of biographical material and letters from thirteen women in response to a survey conducted by Carpenter. Topics include women in Congress, women in the military, women and work, marriage, and suffrage. The collection also includes some interesting original correspondence from well-known women's rights leaders.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1887 - 1924


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials in this collection may be governed by copyright. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. Researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Biographical / Historical

Frank G. Carpenter, journalist, author, photographer, and world traveler, was born in Mansfield, Ohio in 1855. Following his graduation from the University of Wooster in Ohio in 1877, Carpenter began working for the Cleveland Leader and in 1882 he became the Washington, D.C. correspondent for that newspaper and had a regular column entitled "Carp's Washington." He also wrote for the American Press Association and the New York World. In 1888 and 1889 he financed a trip around the world with his "travel letters" submitted to Cosmopolitan Magazine and twelve syndicated publications.

In 1883 Carpenter married Joanna Condict and they had two children. The family resided in the Washington, D.C. area. After her graduation from Smith College, their daughter Frances Carpenter accompanied her father, as his secretary and photographer, in his travels which continued throughout his career.

Frank Carpenter was a fellow of the National Geographic Society and published many articles and books on geography, some co-authored with Frances Carpenter. Together they also compiled an impressive collection of over 15,000 images (later donated by France Carpenter to the Library of Congress). Frank Carpenter died in 1924 in Nanking, China, during his third trip around the world.


0.229 linear feet (1 container)

Language of Materials



Frank G. Carpenter was a journalist, author, and travel writer. The collection includes biographical material and letters from 13 women in response to a survey conducted by Frank Carpenter. Topics include women in Congress, women in the military, women and work, marriage, and suffrage. Includes some interesting original correspondence from well-known women's rights leaders.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Frances Carpenter Huntington donated her father's papers along with her own papers to the Sophia Smith Collection from in 1965 and 1969.

Related Materials

Frances Carpenter (daughter) Papers, Sophia Smith Collection

Books on famous women donated by Frances Carpenter Huntington to the SSC (some have been transferred to Neilson Library)

The Frank and Frances Carpenter photograph collection, Library of Congress:

The Frances Carpenter Collection of scrapbooks, Library of Congress

Finding aid to the Frank G. Carpenter papers
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Finding aid prepared by Rachel Denham
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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.
  • 2019-03-21: Pencil edits from paper made and updated finding aid.

Repository Details

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

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063