Classes of 1941-1950 records
Scope and Contents
The Classes of 1941-1950 records consist of 56.437 linear feet of materials including notes, examinations, papers, correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, and songbooks created and collected by individual class members as well as records of their class as a whole made by class officers. Additionally these records include an array of reunion materials.
Dates of Materials
- Smith College. Class of 1941. (Organization)
- Smith College. Class of 1943. (Organization)
- Smith College. Class of 1942. (Organization)
- Smith College. Class of 1944. (Organization)
- Smith College. Class of 1945. (Organization)
- Smith College. Class of 1946. (Organization)
- Smith College. Class of 1947. (Organization)
- Smith College. Class of 1949. (Organization)
- Smith College. Class of 1950. (Organization)
- Smith College. Class of 1948. (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
Materials in the Smith College Archives are open for use, with the following exceptions: "Office Files," files of records created for the use of the administrative unit that created them, are closed to research for a period of 10 years following their creation. Student academic records, student disciplinary records, and all records containing FERPA-covered student information are closed during the lifetime of the student. Student records created 100 years or more ago are assumed to be about deceased students. In all cases, the College Archives will continue to provide public access to materials that were intended to be public at the time of their creation (press releases, publications, etc.)
Conditions Governing Use
Smith College retains copyright of materials created as part of its business operations; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. 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. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Smith College, 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
Smith College classes have been archiving their historical material by year since 1879. In addition to the more typical college experience, students from certain years of this particular class group, 1941 to 1950, contended with collateral effects of World War II as they went about their days on campus.
101.818 linear feet (140 containers)
Language of Materials
Smith College class officers and individual class members have been archiving their historical materials since 1879. Students from certain years in this class group, 1941 to 1950, experienced collateral effects of World War II as they went about their days on campus. These records consist of notes, examinations, papers, correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, and songbooks created and collected by individual class members as well as records of their class as a whole made by class officers. Additionally these records include an array of reunion materials.
This collection brings together ten record groups that are arranged chronologically, one per graduating class. However, since some materials are placed in a class record group based on when they were created, and not by whom, materials relelvant to a class may exist in more than one series.
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.
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
As a preservation measure, researchers must use digital copies of audiovisual materials in this collection. Please consult with Special Collections staff or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request the creation of and access to digital copies.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
A portion of these materials were transferred to College Archives in 2007, 2008, 2010-2012, 2015-2017. Whenever donation information for a particular set of material is known, it is included in the finding aid below. However, a majority of the material was not formally accessioned and its origins are not currently known.
Please note that prior to 2018, folder inventories were not always updated when new material was added to the collection. As a result, folder inventories may not be complete and folder numbers may be incorrect.
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.
- Ashmun, Candace McKee (Person)
- Finding aid to the Classes of 1941-1950 records
- Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- 2018-10-19: Finding aids for each class records were combined into this meta record, with additions from recent accessions
- 2018-11-28: Finding aid updated to include new box numbers, barcodes, locations
- 2019-12-12: Archival objects created for individual alumnae
- 2020-11-19: Mary Bishop box added and extent recalculated as part of College Archives Collection Control Project
- 2022-04-19: Added Accession 2020-A-0004
- 2022-04-25: Added Accession 2022-A-0048
- 2022-08-24: Added Accession 2022-A-0057
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