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Barbara van Patten papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: SSC-MS-00224

Scope and Contents

Barbara van Patten's papers consist solely of material documenting her year-long honeymoon through Europe, Asia, and Africa in 1932-33. The papers contain van Patten's diaries from the trip (originals and a later photocopied bound volume), photo negatives, and two photo albums .

Dates of Materials

  • 1932-1933


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

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works by the creator of this collection. Copyright to materials created by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Biographical / Historical

Barbara van Patten was born in Camden, New Jersey on October 30, 1907 and grew up in Glen Ridge. She graduated from the Emma Willard School in 1926 and, after spending her junior year in France, she graduated from Smith College in 1930. She married lawyer Charles van Patten in 1932 and the two went on year-long honeymoon to Europe, Asia, and Africa. She was an extremely active member of the Women's Committee of Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital, and served several terms as its chair. She died in 1975.


1.083 linear feet (1 container)


Traveler. This collection consists of diaries and photo albums documenting the van Patten's year-long honeymoon through Europe, Asia, and Africa in 1932-33.

Barbara van Patten papers
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Repository Details

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

Neilson Library
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