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Grace Alma Preston papers

Identifier: CA-MS-01143

Scope and Contents

The collection contains papers related to the professional and student experience of Grace Alma Preston, including her graduation photographs, her academic publications, correspondence, and news clippings about her career and death. The collection also contains a medical record book by Preston, keeping record of her daily activities in the clinic.


  • 1882 - 1896


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

Grace Alma Preston was born in Somerville, MA, in 1860. She graduated from Smith in 1882 and decided to pursue a career as a Missionary Physician. She received her A.M. with highest academic honors from Boston University in 1882, and then received her M.D. from the College of Women in New York City in 1890. Dr. Preston gave up her dream to do missionary work in 1891, when she came to Smith College as the resident physician and a consulting physician for Dickinson Hospital. Preston resigned her position in 1893, and left for Colorado Springs in an attempt to find a better climate for her failing health. However, her health continued to fail, and she moved to Pasadena, CA in 1896, where she died in the same year.


0.229 linear feet (1 container)


Grace Alma Preston was a physician and a member of the Smith College class of 1882. Her papers contain photographs, news clippings, publications, and a medical record book.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source unknown.
Finding aid to the Grace Alma Preston papers.
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Madison White
Description rules

Revision Statements

  • 2019-07-11: Added legacy finding aid from word document, updated to conform to current standards

Repository Details

Part of the Smith College Archives Repository

Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton MA 01063