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Margaret Kemp papers

Identifier: CA-MS-01131

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the student and professional papers of Margaret Kemp, including class notes from her time as a Smith student, as well as professional and personal correspondence, photographs, and publications from her years as a professor. Of special interest is an album Kemp created documenting the history of Smith's Botany Department.


  • 1914 - 1963


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

Margaret Kemp graduated from Smith College in 1922. She completed her graduate work first at Radcliffe, where she received her M.A. in Botany in 1923, and then in 1941 she received a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. Kemp came to Smith as a professor of Botany in 1927, where she lectured and researched rare cone-bearing plants in North America. She amassed a large Kodachrome collection of plants that she used in her teaching. Kemp was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, and the Botanical Society of America. She retired in 1961 for health reasons and died in 1963 in Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.


1.875 linear feet (3 containers)


Margaret Kemp was a scholar and professor of Botany at Smith College and a member of the Smith Class of 1922. Her papers contain correspondence, news clippings, publications, photographs, and class notes from her student and professional life.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source unknown
Finding aid to Margaret Kemp papers
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Ellice Amanna
Description rules

Revision Statements

  • 2019-25-16: Legacy finding aid updated and published

Repository Details

Part of the Smith College Archives Repository

Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton MA 01063