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Florence Homer Snow papers

Identifier: CA-MS-01153

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the professional and personal papers of Florence Homer Snow, from her time as a student at Smith College and her tenure as the first general secretary of the Smith Alumnae Association. Her student papers contain largely correspondence, materials about her various club memberships, and a few photographs from a photo album. Her professional papers include correspondence, news clippings, biographies, and photographs. The collection also contains some correspondence and other material from Snow’s retirement years.


  • 1904 - 1975


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

Florence Homer Snow is a member of the Smith College Class of 1904. As a student Snow was active in numerous clubs and committees, including Phi Kappa Psi, the Philosophical Society, the Telescopium Society, Der Deutsche Verein, Vox, the Banjo Club, the Junior prom Ushers, and the Preliminary Dramatics Committee. After graduating she spent only three years away from the college before returning in 1907 to become the first general secretary of the Alumnae Association. During her time as general secretary, Snow organized many major alumnae projects, including establishing the New York headquarters of the Smith College Relief Unit during World War I, directing the building of the Alumnae House in 1931-1938, organizing the first Alumnae College, and organizing the 75th anniversary celebrations for the college in 1950. She travelled to Smith clubs around the country, to Europe with the Smith College Chamber Singers, and with the first Junior Year Abroad group. Snow was also active in the American Alumni Association, and became president of the Organization in 1913 when it merged with the Association of Alumnae Secretaries. She retired in 1948, moving to Princeton, New Jersey, in 1958. She stayed active in the Smith Club there. Snow died in Princeton in 1975.


0.229 linear feet (1 container)


This collection contains correspondence, photographs, news clippings, and brochures documenting the life of Florence Homer Snow as a student at Smith College and as the first general secretary of the Smith Alumnae Association.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source unknown
Finding aid to Florence Homer Snow papers
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Ellice Amanna
Description rules

Revision Statements

  • 2019-07-18: Legacy finding aid updated and published

Repository Details

Part of the Smith College Archives Repository

Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton MA 01063