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Helen Rees papers

Identifier: CA-MS-01144

Scope and Contents

The collection contains the papers of Helen Rees, including personal and professional correspondence, news articles related to her work, publications, awards, and resumes.


  • 1928 - 1989


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

Helen Rees was born in Denver, Colorado, in 1909 to Elmer Vincent Rees, a typographer for various news agencies, and Jennie V. Stoddard Rees. She graduated from East Denver High School and entered the University of Denver in 1925, where she graduated with her A.B. and her M.A. in 1929. Rees went on to Columbia University’s Teachers College during the summers while teaching in Denver public schools, and earned her Ph.D. in 1941. In 1945, Rees became director of the Smith Day School, but quickly became a professor of education and child study. In 1963, the Masters of Education in the Clarke School for the Deaf was established, and Rees soon became its director. She retired in 1971 and moved to Rockport on Cape Ann.


0.229 linear feet (1 container)


Contains awards, resumes, news clippings, publications and photographs from Helen Rees’ professional life as the Director of Master's of Education in the Clarke School for the Deaf.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source unknown.



Finding aid to the Helen Rees papers.
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Madison White
Description rules

Revision Statements

  • 2019-07-15: 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