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Elizabeth Deering Hanscom papers

Identifier: CA-MS-01128

Scope and Contents

The collection contains professional and personal correspondence to various recipients, photographs, news clippings about Elizabeth Deering Hanscom and copies of four of her books, including The Friendly Craft and Sophia Smith and the Beginnings of Smith College., as well as other writings.


  • 1892 - 1971


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

Elizabeth Deering Hanscom was born in Saco, Maine in 1866. She received a BA from Boston University in 1887, and in 1893, received an MA from the school. From 1887- 1889, she worked as a journalist. In 1894, she received a Ph.D. from Yale University, the first year that the school awarded the degree to women, and that same year she joined the Smith College faculty as a member of the English department, where she remained until 1932. In 1899, she introduced the study of American Literature to the college, which, along with 14th century English Literature, was her area of expertise. Hanscom edited and compiled American letters into two volumes, The Friendly Craft (1909), and The Heart of the Puritan (1917). Hanscom also co-wrote Sophia Smith and the Beginnings of Smith College with Helen F. Greene in 1925 for the 50th anniversary of the college. She died on February 2, 1960 in Weymouth, Massachusetts.


0.438 linear feet (1 container)


Elizabeth Deering Hanscom was a professor of English at Smith College. Her papers contain correspondence, news clippings, photographs, and publications by and about Professor Hanscom primarily regarding her professional life.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Elizabeth Deering Hanscom papers were donated to the College Archives by Elizabeth Deering Hanscom.
Finding aid to Elizabeth Deering Hanscom 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