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Upton family papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00164

Scope and Contents

The Upton Family papers consist of biographical material, club records, correspondence, diaries, memorabilia, photographs, and writings. Included are correspondence, diaries, and notes by Cornelia Upton which document her extensive travels (1876-1905), as well as correspondence from missionaries in a variety of locations (1899-1927). The lives of Margaret and Eleanor Upton are documented through the records of the "Quier Kyds" (1897-1900), a children's club in Providence, RI, to which they belonged; as well as Eleanor's line-a-day diaries (1896-1920, 1924-26) and her dissertation, "Guide to Sources of English History, 1603-1660."

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1853 - 1971


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

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

Cornelia A. Babcock Upton was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1854 and graduated from Providence, Rhode Island High School in 1874. In 1882 she married Winslow Upton, professor of astronomy at Brown University. The couple had two daughters, Eleanor and Margaret (see below). Upton's "chief interest" was the Auxiliary Board of Missions of the Episcopal Church. Following the death of her husband in 1931, she lived with her daughter Eleanor in New Haven, Connecticut; she died there in 1941.

Eleanor Stuart Upton was born in Lebanon Springs, New York in 1886. She graduated from Smith College in 1909, obtained an M.A. from Brown University in 1910, and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1930. Between 1910 and 1914 she worked for a variety of social welfare organizations in Boston and Providence; as a tutor from 1914-16; and as a librarian at the John Carter Brown Library in Providence from 1916-21. She became an assistant librarian at Yale University in 1921 and was a cataloger at the Forbes Library in Northampton, Massachusetts from 1952 to 1962. She died in Hadley, Massachusetts, in 1974.

Margaret Frances Upton was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1890. She graduated from Smith College in 1912, obtained an M.A. from Brown University in 1914, and a Ph.D. from Yale University in 1925. She taught science and bacteriology on the secondary and undergraduate level, and worked as a lab technician and research assistant, primarily at St. Luke's Hospital in Newburgh, New York and at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Massachusetts. She died in Hadley Massachusetts in 1967.


2.438 linear feet (7 containers)

Language of Materials



The Upton Family papers include materials created by Cornelia Babcock Upton and Winslow Upton, and their two daughters, both graduates of Smith College. This collection includes correspondence, diaries, and notes by Cornelia Upton documenting her travels in America, Hawaii, Alaska, Africa, and the Far East. Bacteriologist Margaret Upton and librarian Eleanor Upton's papers include documents of a children's club in Providence, RI, to which they belonged.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Eleanor and Margaret Upton, 1967-1972.

Related Material

Additional material on Eleanor and Margaret Upton is located in the Smith College Archives.



Finding aid to Upton family papers
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  • 2019-07-03: Finding aid updated with box list, description and republished in accordance with current standards

Repository Details

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

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063