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Eleanor Terry Lincoln papers

Identifier: CA-MS-01134

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence with other scholars and publishers, course material, news clippings and pamphlets about major events, photographs, publications, and notes from Eleanor Terry Lincoln’s time as a Smith Faculty member.


  • 1926 - 1991


Conditions Governing Access

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

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

Eleanor Terry Lincoln was born in 1903 in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1925, and after a two year break to teach high school in Austin, MN, she went on to receive her M.A. at Radcliffe in 1929 and her Ph.D. from Yale in 1938. In 1934, Lincoln came to Smith College as a Professor of English, where she taught until her retirement in 1968. At Smith, Lincoln continued to foster her interest in 17th century literature, writing several books on the Pastoral movement. Outside the classroom, Lincoln filled several administrative positions, including class dean to 1943, 1944, and 1959, chair of the English Department (1960-1963), and as Chair for the Committee on Social Responsibility upon her retirement. After retirement, Lincoln wrote several books on Smith history, including Through the Grecourt Gates, as well as being active in Historic Northampton. She died suddenly in 1994.


0.667 linear feet (2 containers)


Eleanor Terry Lincoln was a Professor of English at Smith College from 1934 to 1968. Her papers contain correspondence, course material, news clippings, photographs, publications, and notes documenting her work at Smith.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source unknown.
Finding aid to the Eleanor Terry Lincoln papers
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Description rules

Revision Statements

  • 2019-07-15: Added legacy finding aid and published.

Repository Details

Part of the Smith College Archives Repository

Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton MA 01063