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Susan Elizabeth Lyman papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00097

Scope and Contents

The Lyman papers consist primarily of material related to New York City history including her writings: New York: A Key To The City (1938); The Face Of New York (1954); and 100 New York Years. There is also a copy of Survey of Manuscript Collections in the New York Historical Society; compiled by S.E. Lyman (1941).

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1938-1976


Language of Materials


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

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

Susan Lyman was born in New York City November 18, 1905. She graduated from Smith College in 1929 and received a MA from Columbia University in 1933. She was curator of manuscripts at the Museum of the City of New York from 1939 to 1946 and member of the Educational Department of the museum from 1949 to 1959, developing the "Please Touch" room for children. She became a writer and authority on the history of New York City, publishing The Face of New York (1955); Here is New York; Young Folks New York (1960); and The Story of New York (1966). She also published Lady Historian: Martha J. Lamb in 1969. She was active for many years on behalf of Smith College, including chair and member of the Board of Counselors (1961-67), past president of the Pen and Brush and among the first women elders of Breck Presbyterian Church in New York City. She died in 1976 from injuries received in an automobile accident.


2.125 linear feet (3 containers)


Historian; Curator. Primarily research material and writings related to New York City history.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Susan Elizabeth Lyman, 1964-1965.



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Repository Details

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

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063