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Frances Mossiker papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00109

Scope and Contents

The Frances Mossiker papers consist of correspondence 1961-71; writings, 1961-83; undated photographs of Mossiker; photographic reproductions of paintings, for use in her books; notes for broadcasts and speeches, 1961-62; awards, 1961; newspaper clippings, 1960-69; reviews, 1961; and publicity, 1961-65.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1957 - 1971


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for 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

Frances (Fanny) Sanger Mossiker was born on 9 April 1906. She was a non-graduating member of Smith College, Class of 1927, where she earned Phi Beta Kappa in her junior year. She also studied at Barnard and the Sorbonne. She married Dallas businessman Jacob Mossiker in 1926 and settled with him in Texas. Mossiker had a life-long interest in 17th and 18th century France and wrote several biographies and works of historical fiction with that as the backdrop: The Queen's Necklace (1961), Napoleon and Josephine: A Biography of a Marriage (1964), The Affair of the Poisons (1969), More Than a Queen (1971), and Madame de Sevigne (1983). In 1961, she won two awards for The Queen's Necklace: the Carr Collins Award for best non-fiction book by a Texas author, and an award from Theta Sigma Phi, the National Fraternity for Women in Journalism. She won the Carr Collins Award again in 1964 for Napoleon and Josephine. She also published several translations. Frances Mossiker died on 9 May 1985.


2.292 linear feet (6 containers)

Language of Materials



Frances Mossiker was a novelist. Papers include correspondence; writings; photographs and illustrations for her books; notes for broadcasts and speeches; awards; newspaper clippings; reviews; and publicity.

Other Finding Aids

OCLC Number: 51656781

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Frances Mossiker, 1969-1971.

Related Material

Additional papers of Frances Mossiker are at the University of Texas and Boston University.

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Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:15-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2019-04-02: Added box list and updated finding aid.

Repository Details

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

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