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Clara E. Laughlin papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00091

Scope and Contents

Papers include a small amount of personal and professional correspondence; manuscripts of articles and the travel series So You're Going To... books; manuscript of Laughlin's autobiography, Traveling Through Life (1934); radio talks on cruises and various travel programs; biographical writings on Sarah Bernhardt, Marshal Foch and James Whitcomb Riley; talks at the Chicago Art Institute on the Thorne Miniature American Rooms; clippings of reviews of published works and a column for the Hearst papers; memorabilia; photographs; and copies of some of her published books.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1903-1932


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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.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright ownership to Clara Laughlin's unpublished works is unknown. Copyright to other works may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns. 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

Clara Elizabeth Laughlin (1873-1941) was born in New York City and attended school in Chicago. She graduated from Chicago High School in 1890; did not attend college. She was literary editor for The Interior (Chicago) from age 18 for 10 years; and author of over 35 books. She contributed to many literary magazines and was a manuscript reader and literary advisor for several publishers. She gave weekly radio talks on travel for the Chicago Daily News station in the 1920s, and founded Clara Laughlin Travel Services, circa 1922, specializing in foreign travel advice for women. Laughlin published the travel series, So you're going to...; and edited the So You're Going news travel magazine. Other writings include biographies, historical subjects, novels, short stories, and plays.


4.583 linear feet (9 containers)


Author; Travel specialist; Journalist; Editor; Radio broadcaster. Papers include personal and professional correspondence; manuscripts and some published works of the "So You're Going To..." travel series, radio talks, and biographical writings on Sarah Bernhardt, Marshal Foch and James Whitcomb Riley; clippings; reviews; and photographs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Clara E. Laughlin Papers were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection by her nieces Mary Clara Laughlin and Betty Laughlin Sweeney in 1959.

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Repository Details

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

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063