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Mary Isabel Ellis Basten papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00665

Scope and Contents

This collection consists primarily of the courtship letters of Mary Isabel Ellis and Austin Slausen Basten, who married in 1912, as well as the former's diaries from 1905 through 1922 and part of 1926. There is also correspondence that post-dates the marriage and some letters from friends and other family members, as well as photographs, scrapbooks, memorabilia, writings, and biographical information.

[NOTE: The contents list for this collection is not online. Contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you would like one sent to you.]

Dates

  • 1837-2004

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

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

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works of Mary Basten in this collection.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

Biographical / Historical

Mary Isabel Ellis ("Mibs") was born in New York City to Isabel Fitch Ellis and Wesley Ellis. She graduated from Kingston Academy in Kingston, New York in 1905. After teaching for a year in a one-room schoolhouse in Kripplebush, New York to help finance her college education, she entered Emerson College in 1906. Emerson was a three-year college at the time and she graduated in 1909, majoring in English and dramatics. She then taught at the Bloomsburg State Normal School in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania until marrying Austin Basten, in 1912. Austin Basten was a businessman who worked with various firms until starting his own business. The couple had three children: Louis Bevier, David Ellis,and Mary Esther. They lived in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Hartford, Connecticut and Indiana before retiring to Lynchburg, Virginia. Basten did some writing, including a brief account of having seen the Panama Canal under construction, and gave occasional talks on various topics; she was also active in local garden clubs. In 1972, the couple moved to their daughter's home in Old Greenwich, Connecticut.

Extent

8 boxes (8 linear feet)

Overview

Teacher; Homemaker. Collection consists primarily of the courtship letters of Mary Isabel Ellis and Austin Slausen Basten, who married in 1912, as well as the former's diaries from 1905 through 1922 and part of 1926. There is also correspondence that post-dates the marriage and some letters from friends and other family members, as well as photographs, scrapbooks, memorabilia, writings, and biographical information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Papers of Mary Isabel Ellis Basten were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection by her granddaughter, Jean Krogh (Smith 1969) in 2010 and 2011.

Related Materials

The Smith College Archives holds materials relating to daughter Mary Basten Krogh (Class 1943)

Processing Information

Accessioned by Burd Schlessinger, January 2011
Title
Mary Isabel Ellis Basten papers
Subtitle
Finding Aid
Date
2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding Aid Written In English

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)
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:21-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.

Repository Details

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

Contact:
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