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Doris Silbert papers

Identifier: CA-MS-01151

Scope and Contents

Materials include student files, such as notebooks, as well as professional files, which contain correspondence, news clippings, publications, professional photographs, ID cards, musical programs, and course notes. The collection also contains a number of memorials, obituaries, and the program to her memorial service.

Dates of Materials

  • 1919 - 1984


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

Doris Silbert was born in Buffalo, New York, in 1901 to Herman and Helena (Slonim) Silbert. She graduated from Barnard College in 1923 and joined the Smith music faculty the same year. Silbert earned her M.A. from Smith in 1925. At Smith, Silbert became an accomplished pianist and harpsichordist. She taught art history, and wrote several articles on the subject for the Monthly Musical Record, the Musical Quarterly, and Collier’s Yearbook. In 1960, Silbert became dean of the college, a position she held until she returned to teaching in 1965. Silbert retired from Smith in 1967, living several years in Northampton before her death in 1984, after a short illness.


1.313 linear feet (2 containers)

Language of Materials



Professor of music and dean at Smith College. Contains musical programs, ID cards, correspondence, student notebooks, news clippings, photographs, publications, course notes, and memorials from her life.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The bulk of the collection was donated by Adrienne Auerswald in 1986. Some material is from other sources.

Finding aid to the Doris Silbert papers.
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Madison White
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2019-07-22: Added legacy finding aid from word document, added missing box, updated to conform to current standards

Repository Details

Part of the Smith College Archives Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063