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Lynn Hoffman papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00426

Scope and Contents

The collection consists primarily of professional correspondence; writings by Hoffman and by others; case files; conference and workshop materials; and subject files pertaining to family therapy, Hoffman's specialty in the field of social work. Files concerning publication of her book, Family Therapy: An Intimate History (2002), are also included.

Dates of Materials

  • 1964 - 2008
  • Majority of material found within 1990 - 2001


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use with the following restrictions on access:

Researchers must sign an Access Agreement Form, agreeing to protect confidentiality, before using this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works by the creator of this collection. Copyright to materials created by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Biographical / Historical

Lynn Hoffman was born Grace Lynn Baker in Paris, France on 10 Sep 1924, the daughter of Donald Baker and Ruth Reeves. She graduated magna cum laude from Radcliffe College in 1946 and later earned a master's degree in social work at Adelphi University. She was an internationally known lecturer on family therapy and the author of several books on the subject, including Foundations of Family Therapy; Family therapy: And Intimate history; and Exchanging Voices. Hoffman was particularly interested in applying postmaodern ideas and formats to teaching , writing, therapy and consulting. She was an adjunct faculty member multiple colleges and universitiesm including in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at St. Joseph College, West Hartford, CT. Lynn Hoffman died December 21, 2017.


18.646 linear feet (18 containers)


Social worker. The collection consists primarily of professional correspondence; writings by Hoffman and by others; case files; conference and workshop materials; and subject files.


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 papers were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection by Lynn Hoffman, 2001-2009.

Processing Information

Processed by Burd Schlessinger, 2001

Processing Information

Starting in September 2022, Smith College Special Collections will be renumbering many boxes to eliminate duplicate numbers within collections in order to improve researcher experience. A full crosswalk of old to new numbers is available.

Lynn Hoffman papers
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Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:19-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2021-07-15: Content description added from accession inventories

Repository Details

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

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063