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Jacqueline Van Voris papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00166

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The Jacqueline Van Voris Papers consists of research materials for her unpublished manuscript "Quiet Victory: The WAVES in World War II," and for her published biography of Carrie Chapman Catt.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.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1944-1987


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Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections. Final, edited transcripts are open for research, but certain interviews have restrictions. Please refer to specific interviews regarding these restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

To the extent that she owns copyright, Jacqueline Van Voris has retained copyright in her works donated to Smith College. Copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. 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. For those few instances beyond fair use, or which may regard materials in the collection not created by Van Voris, 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

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.


0.438 linear feet (1 container)


Biographer and Historian. This small collection primarily contains research materials for Van Voris's books. Included are audio tapes and transcripts of oral history interviews conducted with Mildred Adams Kenyon, Mary Gray Peck Koehler, Mildred Scott Olmstead, Alice Loomis Clayton, and Louisa K. Fast, some with related correspondence and other materials, such as photographs of suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt. Also included is Van Voris's typed, unpublished manuscript "Quiet Victory: The Waves in World War II" and associated research interviews.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

As a preservation measure, researchers must use digital copies of audiovisual materials in this collection. Please consult with Special Collections staff or email to request the creation of and access to digital copies.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Jacqueline Van Voris Papers were donated by Van Voris to the Sophia Smith Collection beginning in 1989.

Related Material

The Smith College Archives contain the records of the Smith Centennial Study Oral History Project, including complete transcripts, as well as a copy of College: A Smith Mosaic. Neilson Library holds copies of Van Voris' other works. The Sophia Smith Collection contains a number of oral histories conducted by Van Voris in various collections, including the Dorothea De Schweinitz and Louise De Schweinitz (Darrow) Papers, the Katharine Edith Brand Papers, the Elmina Rose Lucke Papers, the Margaret Sanger Papers, the Jessie Lloyd O'Connor Papers, and the Gloria Steinem Papers, and the Committeee of Correspondence Records.

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Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:16-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2021-08-05: Updated web access, access, and use notes for each interview.

Repository Details

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

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063