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Mary Lois James Valentine cards collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MRBC-MS-00192

Scope and Contents

A collection of commercial Valentines (84 cards) received by M. Lois James between 1881 and 1911. Most are unmarked George Whitney valentines from Worcester, Mass.; five from 1894-1899 are by Ernest Nister (Bavaria and New York); one undated (Buster Brown) by Raphael Tuck & Sons (New York and London).

Dates of Materials

  • approximately 1881-approximately 1911


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 ( 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

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

Mary Lois James came to Smith College from Syracuse, N.Y. and graduated with the Class of 1904. She completed the M.A. at Smith in 1906 and served as an assistant in zoology at the College for a year. Subsequently she opened an inn on Bedford Terrace in Northampton that she called the Alumnae House. In 1922 she purchased property in Goshen, Mass. and developed the Whale Inn, furnished it with antiques and served meals. She died on Dec. 13, 1958 in Northampton.


1 boxes

Language of Materials



Mary Lois James graduated from Smith College with the Class of 1904, completed the M.A. at Smith in 1906, and served as an assistant in zoology at the College for a year. The collection includes 84 Valentine cards received by M. Lois James between 1881 and 1911.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift; Estate of M. Lois James, Smith College Class of 1904, 1960.
Finding aid to Mary Lois James Valentine cards collection
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
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Revision Statements

  • 2019-10-25: Updated legacy finding aid and published.

Repository Details

Part of the Mortimer Rare Book Collection Repository

Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton MA 01063