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Hampshire Bookshop records

Identifier: MRBC-MS-00025

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence from many of the authors the Bookshop sponsored in its lecture series and friends of the store including Martha Gilbert Bianchi, Grace Coolidge, Elizabeth A. Drew, Dorothy Canfield Fisher, Alfred A. Knopf, Christopher Morley, Elizabeth Morrow and Hugh Walpole. There are photographs of the store and the authors, ephemera, book and gift catalogs and a file of The Book Scorpion, a publication that it issued eriodically. There are scrapbooks containing newspaper and magazine clippings about the store and its advertisements. Also a file of magazine articles on the store. There is a bound manuscript entitled "After ten years : stray pages of recollections, compiled by the present staff of the Hampshire Bookshop, " Northampton, Mass., 1926.

Dates of Materials

  • 1916 - 1971
  • 1916 - 2015


Conditions Governing Access

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

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

The Hampshire Bookshop was founded and operated by Marion Dodd, Smith College Class of 1906 (1882-1961) and Mary Byers Smith, Smith College Class of 1908 (1885-1983) in Northampton, Mass. It served the Northampton community and Smith College as bookstore and publisher and issued over 40 titles, local natural histories, keepsakes and pamphlets. In addition, it brought to Northampton over 100 writers of national and international repute during its operations including Bennett Cerf, G. K. Chesterton, Padraic Colum, Dorothy Canfield Fisher, Robert Frost, Amy Lowell, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Christopher Morley, Vita Sackville-West, Carl Sandburg, Hugh Walpole and William Butler Yeats.


7.292 linear feet (10 containers)

Language of Materials



The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by the writer. The remainder of the collection is unprocessed.

Other Finding Aids

A list of correspondence in the collection is available in the Smith College Special Collections.

Finding aid to Hampshire Bookshop records
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Ellice Amanna
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2019-10-30: Finding aid updated to current standards and published.
  • 2019-11-15: Box level inventories added

Repository Details

Part of the Mortimer Rare Book Collection Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063