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Geneviève Saint-Pierre papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00137

Scope and Contents

The Geneviève Saint-Pierre Papers include writings, clippings, publications, and photographs. The writings include travel journals (in French) and notes from a hunting expedition in the Western U.S. in 1907, her travels in Canada, and a trip to Sydney, Australia in 1928. Photographic images include scenes of Ecuador (1899), the Grand Canyon and the American west, and Mexico. Letters from Saint-Pierre to Sophia Smith Collection Director Margaret Storrs Grierson (1947-62) include some biographical information. Published writings include articles by Breton author René Leroux (pseud. Meven Mordiern); Breton publications: Almanak ar Breizad (1943) and Iverzon gwelet gant Eur Vretonez (1933), with a French translation by Saint-Pierre; and a French novel about the Incas entitled Les Emerudes de L'Inca (1923) by Vefa (Geneviève) de Saint-Pierre and F. De Saint-Pierre. The writings are primarily in French and Breton languages. There is also a typescript of translations into French by Saint-Pierre of Breton texts by Maodez Glanndour, including his poems "Imram," "Milc hwid rear Serrnoz," Sonennou berr," and "Feuilles défachées."

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1904-1962


Language of Materials

English, French, Breton

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

Copyright ownership of the papers is unknown. Copyright to materials authored by persons other than Saint-Pierre may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. 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

Geneviève Saint-Pierre, a notable traveler and hunter, was born in Breton, France in 1872. She traveled to Quito, Ecuador on horseback in 1899, hunted moose in "the wilds of Canada" and wild boar in the Yuma territory of Arizona, California, and Mexico; went up the Peace River in Alberta, Canada, in 1908, and journeyed to Sydney, Australia in 1928. Saint-Pierre also wrote articles and a book, and published excerpts from her journals. She also translated works from the Breton language to French in order to promote her native language and culture of Brittany.


0.438 linear feet (1 container)


French travel writer and hunter. Papers include travel notes and photographs from Equador, Mexico, Western U.S., and Australia. Also correspondence, autobiographical note, and published writings. Most material is in French and Breton languages.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Geneviève Saint-Pierre donated her papers to the Sophia Smith Collection circa 1948. Breton texts by Maodez Glanndour, with typescript translations by Saint-Pierre, were donated to Neilson Library in 1947 and transferred to the SSC in 2007.

Processing Information

Processed by Jo O'Hanley, 2007.

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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