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K. Frances Scott papers

Identifier: CA-MS-01149

Scope and Contents

The collection contains the professional papers of K. Frances Scott, including news clippings about her career, publications, research, speeches, awards, professional photographs and correspondence, syllabi, and biographies used for obituaries. The collection also contains some personal papers, largely made up of legal and financial documents.


  • 1924 - 1969


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

K. Frances Scott was born in Vincennes, Indiana, to Reverend Thomas S. and Lucy Kate (Shaw) Scott in 1890. She graduated from Wooster College with a Ph.B. in 1912 and received her M.D. in 1917 from Rush Medical College. She also attended courses at Harvard School of Education, M.I.T and Teachers College at Columbia University. Scott came to Smith in 1919 as Assistant Physician, a position she held until 1927 when she became Professor of Hygiene. During World War II, Scott was active at Smith and in the Northampton area as Co-chairman of Salvage for region II and Member of the Women’s Division for the Massachusetts Committee of Public Safety, as First Aid Instructor for the Civilian Defense Organization, and as a Red Cross Worker. During her time at Smith, she also published many articles and pamphlets on the health of students. She served as President of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Trustee of the national Council for Community Improvement, member of the American Public health Association, President of the American Student Health Association, and Chairman of the Committee on Health Instruction. Scott retired in 1955. In retirement, she continued in her interests of carpentry and photography. She died in 1971.


0.438 linear feet (1 container)


K. Frances Scott came to Smith in 1919 as Assistant Physician, a position she held until 1927 when she became Professor of Hygiene. She retired in 1955. Her papers contain legal and financial documents, news clippings, publications, research, speeches, awards, photographs, correspondence, syllabi, and biographies.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source unknown.
Finding aid to the K. Frances Scott papers
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Description rules

Revision Statements

  • 2019-07-18: Added legacy finding aid and published.

Repository Details

Part of the Smith College Archives Repository

Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton MA 01063