Scope and Contents
The Jacqueline Van Voris Papers consists of research materials for her unpublished manuscript "Quiet Victory: The WAVES in World War II," and for her published biography of Carrie Chapman Catt. Materials on the WAVES include correspondence, interview notes, and a typescript of the book. Materials on Carrie Chapman Catt include correspondence, tapes, and transcripts of interviews conducted circa 1974-1979 with Mildred Adams Kenyon, Mary Gray Peck Koehler, Mildred Scott Olmstead, Alice Loomis Clayton, Louisa K. Fast, and Mrs. J. G. Kellum. Many interviews were conducted with the help of Eleanor Flexner, and some of the correspondence is addressed to her. There are also photographs of suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt, primarily copies from the Iowa History Archives.
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Conditions Governing Access
The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection. Access to audiovisual materials may first require production of research copies.
Conditions Governing Access
Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections (firstname.lastname@example.org) at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright ownership of Jacqueline Van Voris's unpublished works is unknown. Copyright to materials authored by persons other than Jacqueline Van Voris 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
Jacqueline Van Voris was born to Victor and Genevieve Naggiar in Corsicana, Texas on November 11, 1922. She grew up in Arcata, California. During World War II, she instructed pilots on instrument flying as a Link Trainer with the WAVES for the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946. Van Voris received a BA in English from the University of California at Berkeley in 1948. In 1949 she married William Hoover Van Voris. They had two children, Alice Sessions and Richard. She received a Masters in education from Smith College in 1975, and later worked in various capacities for Smith College, including as an interviewer for admissions. She was the author of The Committee of Correspondence: Women with a World Vision and The Look of Paradise: A Pictorial History of Northampton, Massachusetts. She also wrote two biographies, Carrie Chapman Catt : A Public Life and Constance de Markievicz. College: A Smith Mosaic, was the result of interviews with alumnae for the Smith Centennial in 1977. She was also active as publications chair in the Northampton League of Women Voters. Van Voris died on January 29, 2010, at her winter home in Austin, Texas.
1 boxes (.5 linear feet)