Dorothy Marsh papers
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 of Materials
- Marsh, Dorothy (Person)
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
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.
1.542 linear feet (4 containers)
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.
This collection is organized into two series:
- BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS
- 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.
- Budapest (Hungary) -- Description and travel
- Chapnick, Max
- Europe -- Description and travel
- International Executive Service Corps
- Marsh Tours, Inc. (New York, N.Y.)
- Marsh, Dorothy
- New York Women's Council
- Tourism -- United States -- 20th century
- Travel agents -- United States
- Travelers' writings
- Women travelers -- 20th century
- Women-owned business enterprises -- United States
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American
- World War, 1939-1945 -- War work -- Red Cross
- Dorothy Marsh papers
- Finding Aid
- Finding aid prepared by Kelsey Radwilowicz, student assistant.
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