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Pauline Avery Crawford papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00379

Scope and Contents

Numerous unpublished manuscripts, as well as some published material by and about Pauline Avery Crawford whose writing career focused especially on the impact of World War II as seen through the eyes of an American living in Paris throughout the war.

Dates of Materials

  • 1902 - 1997


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The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works by the creator of this collection.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

Pauline Avery Crawford was born in Cortland, NY on 8 Aug 1890, the daughter of a Methodist minister. Educated at Goucher College, she taught for a year before her 1913 marriage to John Raymond Crawford, an archaeology professor at Columbia and Lafayette Colleges; together, they had two sons, William (b. 1915) and Jack (b. 1921). She and her husband separated in the mid-1920s (he later committed suicide in 1929) and she and her two sons went to Europe. As an American living in Paris from 1926 until her death in 1952, Crawford wrote for English-speaking publications, reporting on the Paris scene for, first Vogue magazine, then the International Herald Tribune where she documented the impact of World War II in verse and prose, including her own column, "Our Times in Rhyme" (1946-51). After several years of failing health, including the loss of a leg after a botched operation in 1931, Crawford died in Paris 14 Jan 1952.


2.167 linear feet (2 containers)

Language of Materials



Artist; Poet; Columnist. Published and unpublished writings by Crawford, an American living in Paris during World War II.


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 William Avery Crawford in 1998 and 1999 and by Charles L. Robertson in 2001.

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 2001-S-0033, Box 1 renumbered as Box 2

Pauline Avery Crawford 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.
  • 2021-07-30: Content description added from accession inventory

Repository Details

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

Neilson Library
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Northampton MA 01063