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Helen Russell papers

Identifier: CA-MS-01147

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the professional papers of Helen Russell, including official correspondence and news clippings about her career and professional life, photographs, and speeches, largely from her time as dean of students at Smith College.


  • 1925 - 1993


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 Access

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

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 Russell was born in Champaign, Illinois, in 1914. She earned her B.A. in english from the University of Illinois, her M.A. in physical education from Wellesley College, and, in 1943, earned her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Illinois. Before joining the Smith College faculty as a professor of physical education in 1944, she taught for several years at the University of Wisconsin. By 1948 Russell was associate director of Smith's physical education department and in 1954 she was appointed dean of students. She retired in 1979. After retirement, Russell continued volunteering at local charities, including United Way. The American Red Cross awarded her the Clara Barton Award for her work for that organization. Helen Russell died in 2005.


0.438 linear feet (1 container)


This collection contains news clippings, speeches, photographs, notes, and correspondence of Helen Russell, former professor of physical education and dean of students at Smith College.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source unknown
Finding aid to Helen Russell papers
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Ellice Amanna
Description rules

Revision Statements

  • 2019-07-19: Legacy finding aid updated and published

Repository Details

Part of the Smith College Archives Repository

Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton MA 01063