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Leo Weinstein papers

Identifier: CA-MS-01157

Scope and Contents

This collection contains Leo Weinstein’s professional papers, including the syllabi and exams from his courses, several professional photographs, and news articles about his career and his death.


  • 1970 - 1999


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

Leo Weinstein was born in New York City in 1921. He received his bachelors degree in chemistry and biology at Brooklyn College, but after serving in the infantry during World War I, Weinstein’s interests turned to government. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago, where he taught for several years before joining the faculty of Smith College in 1952. Weinstein was a widely popular lecturer, teaching constitutional history. The department grew from just 13 students to over 100 under his guidance. He was named a Rockefeller Fellow in 1960 and 1961. He also held a visiting professorship at the University of Massachusetts and at Yale University. Weinstein retired in 1991 and was named Ester Cloudman Dunn Professor Emeritus of Government. He died in 1999 in Cape Cod Hospital and was survived by his wife, Susan Weinstein, and their two children, Robert Weinstein and Ruth Weinstein Becker.


0.229 linear feet (1 container)


Leo Weinstein was a history professor at Smith College. This collection contains course material, news clippings, and photographs from Leo Weinstein’s professional papers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source unknown
Finding aid to Leo Weinstein papers
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Ellice Amanna
Description rules

Revision Statements

  • 2019-07-23: Legacy finding aid updated and published

Repository Details

Part of the Smith College Archives Repository

Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton MA 01063