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Lamont-Corliss Family papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00089

Scope and Contents

The Lamont-Corliss Family Papers extensive files of Florence and Thomas Lamont's social, family, and philanthropic correspondence, writings (manuscripts), speeches, photographs, memorabilia, and clippings. There is also material related to Florence Lamont's interest in and concern for international peace, philosophy, and poetry. Family material consists of childhood writings, diaries, correspondence, letters to mother, husband, children, employees, relative to family news, trips abroad, domestic items, address books, guest lists, passports, photographs, genealogical material, privately-printed family history, obituaries, letters of condolence, tributes. A considerable amount of Smith College (1889- 1894) includes correspondence with family and friends, lecture notes, notebooks, invitations, programs, valentines, photographs. Philanthropic papers consist of correspondence about contributions, especially with Smith College, associations for poetry and philosophy, organizations for international understanding, and charities in New York, New Jersey, and Florida. Philosophic and literary papers include correspondence with literary figures, published and unpublished manuscripts and speeches on world peace, poetry, and philosophy. There are a small number of photographs, mostly of family. Correspondents of note include Thomas William Lamont, 1870-1948; John Masefield, 1878-1967; Jan Christiaan Smuts, 1870-1950 (photocophies); Arnold Toynbee, Lamont family; and Corliss Lamont, 1916- 1965. Topics include philosophy, philanthropy, Smith College, literature, socialism, United Nations.

Dates

  • 1875 - 2007

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections. Collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be somewhat difficult to use.

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 (specialcollections@smith.edu) 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Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns.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

Florence Haskell Corliss was born Englewood, NJ in 1873. She graduated from Smith College in 1893, and received an M.A. in Philosophy from Columbia University. She married Thomas W. Lamont, banker and CEO of J.P. Morgan and Co. in 1895 and they had 4 children. She was interested in philanthropic activities, especially those related to education and international affairs/peace. She served as a Smith College trustee from 1911-25. She also supported the New School for Social Research and, in 1948, donated 150 acres in Palisades, NY to Columbia University for the establishment of The Center for Geography Studies. Lamont was a supporter of the League of Nations and the United Nations. She served on the board for League of Nations Association and the Executive Committee of the American Asssociation for the United Nations until her death in 1952. She also served on various committees of foreign policy associations and was active in NY literary circles. Her friends included Robert Frost, John Masefield, and H.G. Wells. In addition to her philanthropic work Lamont wrote and published stories, poetry and articles, and contributed to the Journal of Philosophy. She also travelled frequently in Europe, Asia, Mexico.

Extent

25 boxes (10 linear feet)

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Philanthropist; Pacifist; Poet; and Philosopher. Papers document Florence Haskell Corliss and Thomas Lamont's family, social life, and philanthropic work. Topics include philosophy, philanthropy, Smith College, literature, socialism, United Nations. Materials include correspondence, writings (manuscripts), childhood writings, speeches, diaries, genealogical material, photographs, memorabilia, and clippings.

Arrangement

This collection has been added to over time in multiple "accessions." An accession is a group of materials received from the same source at approximately the same time. Note that in most cases, container numbers start over at 1 with each new accession.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was gifted by Florence Haskell Corliss between 1965 and 2010.
Title
Finding aid to the Lamont-Corliss Family papers
Status
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Date
2006
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:17-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2018-10-25: Updated to conform to DACS
  • 2010-10-17: Inventory to processed portion of collection imported.

Repository Details

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

Contact:
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