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William Dodge Gray papers

Identifier: CA-MS-01127

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence, photographs, publications, notebooks, and lecture notes from William Dodge Gray’s time working at Smith, from 1907-1946. The collection also contains several news clippings and obituaries documenting Gray’s later years after retiring from Smith.


  • 1913 - 1958


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

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

William Dodge Gray was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, on May 6, 1878 to Lucy Dodge and Daniel Lewis Gray. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1900 with an A.B and went on to be principal of Springdale High School in Arkansas, before entering Cornell in 1902. Gray received his M.A from Cornell in 1903 and his Ph.D. from Cornell in 1907. In 1907, Gray became Instructor of History and Latin, where he could pursue his interest in Classical history and Archeology. He wrote many articles on Classical History and Archaeology. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the American Historical Association, the American Philological Association, the Archaeological Institute of America and Chairman of the History Department. Gray retired in 1946. He died in 1958, at the age of 80, after a long illness. He was survived by his wife, Henrietta Seelye ’98, and their three daughters, Henrietta Gray McBee ’35, Marian Gray Warren ’38 and Lucy Gray Martin ’38.


1.75 linear feet (3 containers)


William Dodge Gray was a scholar and professor of History and Latin at Smith College. These papers contain correspondence, photographs, publications, notes and news clippings documenting his education and career.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source unknown
Finding aid to William Dodge Gray papers
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Ellice Amanna
Description rules

Revision Statements

  • 2019-07-11: Legacy finding aid updated and published

Repository Details

Part of the Smith College Archives Repository

Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton MA 01063