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Dorothy Marsh papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00100

Scope and Contents

The Marsh Papers include correspondence, printed material, articles, photographs, and memorabilia relating to the career of Dorothy Marsh as a travel executive. Some material concerns her sister, Marjorie Marsh Enfield, her partner in Marsh Tours, Inc. Highlights of the collection include correspondence and reports from Dorothy's work as a Red Cross teacher in Budapest, 1925, and as Regional Director of Red Cross Service Clubs during World War II. There is a wealth of material on Marsh Tours, Inc., as well as some on the New York Women's Council and International Executive Service Corps. The photographs in Series I include images of Dorothy and her sister, Marjorie Marsh Enfield; Marsh Tours parties in various countries from, circa 1928-59; the Marsh Tours' Paris office; and American Red Cross activities (one with General De Gaulle during World War II).

Dates

  • 1911-1973

Creator

Language of Materials

English, Hungarian

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 for this collection is unknown. 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

Dorothy Marsh was born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1899. In 1927 she established Marsh Tours, Inc. in New York City with her sister Marjorie Marsh Enfield. The agency specialized in college tours and student travel. They later opened offices in London and Paris. Marsh was the travel advisor to Smith College to Europe, Asia, and other regions, handling arrangements for Junior Year Abroad trips, and other groups. During World War II, Marsh volunteered at the American Hospital in Paris for the French Red Cross. She served as the regional director of Red Cross Service Clubs with the Overseas Task Force manager and was stationed in North Africa, France, and Germany. She volunteered with the International Executive Service Corps (an "executive Peace Corps" to underdeveloped nations) in Bangkok in 1970, and East Malaysia in 1971. Her other accomplishments included embarking upon a special teaching mission for Red Cross in Budapest from 1925 to 1926; managing the American Women's Club in Paris from 1926 to 1927; being secretary to Air Attache, U.S. Embassy, Paris, 1923 to 1934; and membership in the New York Women's Council from 1959 to 1969. Dorothy Marsh died in 1979.

Extent

4 boxes (1.5 linear feet)

Overview

Travel specialist and tour guide; and Red Cross official, World War II. The Collection includes correspondence, printed material, press articles, photographs, and memorabilia relating to Marsh's travel agency, Marsh Tours, Inc. Also correspondence and reports from Dorothy's work as a Red Cross teacher in Budapest, 1925, and as Regional Director of Red Cross Service Clubs during World War II; and material on the New York Women's Council and International Executive Service Corps.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into two series:
  1. BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS
  2. PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Dorothy Marsh (Smith College class of 1921) donated her papers to the Sophia Smith Collection from 1971 to 1977.
Title
Dorothy Marsh papers
Subtitle
Finding Aid
Author
Finding aid prepared by Kelsey Radwilowicz, student assistant.
Date
2008
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)
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:14-04:00: 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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