Alice Gorton Hart papers
Scope and Contents
In a letter to the Sophia Smith Collection in 1983 Hart described her journal: "It spans a great deal of philosophical change in women's lives ... [the] impact of the women's movement on a well educated normal wife/mother in a conservative environment who read, wrote, raged and changed." Her undergraduate life at Smith is well documented, reflecting an active social life with many male friends and much dating. There are several class notebooks, some papers she wrote, college event programs, memorabilia, and photographs included in the collection. These provide an excellent insight into life at Smith in the 1950s. Although Alice Gorton was at Smith at the same time as Sylvia Plath, with the exception of some clippings and articles about Plath, there is no indication that the two knew each other.
Hart's later journals document her life as wife and mother and her struggle to come to terms with the constraints of her life. They provide an intimate view of her sometimes troubled marriage; a close relationship with her parents, especially her mother; and strong friendships with both men and women. She also recorded some of her dreams. The journals are intimate and personal. Among the subjects she explored were women's spirituality, the feminist movement and the raising of feminist consciousness, poetry, and daily life. The 1957 journal (page 11) contains a letter from Aldous Huxley. Entries made during the last six months of her life document her struggle with terminal illness.
- Hart, Alice Gorton (Person)
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Copyright to materials authored by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. 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
She put aside her dreams of graduate school when she met George Hart, whom she married in September 1954. They had two sons, David and Andrew. George Hart's career in forestry took them to Michigan, West Virginia, New Hampshire and finally Logan, Utah. There Alice received an M.A in English from Utah State University in 1970. She taught part time in the English department for many years. She was also a technical writer for various academic publications. During this period she grew as a sensitive poet, artist, and writer. In January 1987 she was diagnosed with esophageal cancer and died six months later on June 2, 1987.
6 boxes (2.5 linear feet)
- I. Journals
- II. Publications
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Additions to the Collection
- Cancer--Patients--20th century--Diaries
- Family--United States--20th century
- Female friendship
- Female friendship--United States--20th century
- Hart, Alice Gorton
- Hart, Andrew
- Hart, Frances and David
- Housewives--United States--20th century--Diaries
- Marriage--United States--20th century
- Poets, American--20th century--Diaries
- Significant others
- Smith College--Students--History--Sources
- Women poets
- Women--United States-Diaries
- Alice Gorton Hart papers
- Finding Aid
- Susan Boone
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
- Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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