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Krystyna Jaworowska papers

 Collection
Identifier: CA-MS-01174

Scope and Contents

The Krystyna Jaworowska papers consist of the material Jaworowska amassed as a member of the Physics and Astonomy Departments at Smith College from 1967 to 1987. Included are papers and lab experiments she read for research (some dating back to the nineteenth century), department files, photographs, star charts, correspondence, Smith College Observatory Notices (SCON), and extensive listings of women astronomers.

Dates of Materials

  • 1855 - 1998

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use with following restrictions on access:

Box #26 is RESTRICTED due to student grades and must be screened by an archivist for student records before being used by researchers. Please contact the archives a minimum of two weeks in advance of your visit for access.

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

The Last Ballad of Rubin Stacy

"Krystyna Jaworowska received her education at the University of Warsaw, Poland, concentrating in meteorology and working for many years after that in research and management at the Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology in Warsaw. Among her activities in the region were Baltic Sea and North Sea cruises, satisfying a lifelong love of sailing that was renewed in 1985 when she participated in the Five College Coastal and Marine Sciences program cruise on the research ship Rambler.

Coming to the U.S. in 1964, first to Cornell University, then the University of Indiana, Jaworowska arrived at Smith in 1967. She initially served as Head of House in Talbot House, a post she held until 1974. She contacted Catalyst, an organization devoted to securing appropriate employment for well-educated individuals newly arrived to the U.S. Her search came to the attention of Smith's president, Thomas Mendenhall, and she received an appointment as assistant in the department of physics.

Her association with the department of astronomy began in 1971. Between 1976 and 1983 she taught Astronomy Through Photography, guiding some 200 students to discovery of celestial wonders and the potential of the camera for capturing them. The best results of these efforts appeared under Mrs.Jaworowska's guidance in booklets distributed as the Smith College Observatory Notices.

No astronomical subject drew more attention from Jaworowska than solar eclipses. She viewed no fewer than nine total eclipses of the sun, traveling to sites as distant as Kenya, Indonesia, and Siberia. She gave many delightful astronomical talks to school and community groups, all spiced with wit and enthusiasm." - Smith Alumnae Quarterly, Summer 1987

Following retirement in 1987, she continued as a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club, Zonta International, and the League of Women Voters. She served as a Board member of the Commonwealth Opera and as an aide to refugees from her native Poland. She died on November 15, 2009, shortly after her 92nd birthday.

Extent

15.208 linear feet (60 containers)

Language of Materials

English

Italian

German

Abstract

Krystyna Jaworowska joined the Smith community in 1967, sortly after coming to the U.S. from Poland. She became a departmental assistant first in physics and then in astronomy, and later an instructor and teaching associate in the Astronomy Department. Her collection includes papers and lab experiments she read for research (some dating back to the nineteenth century), department files, photographs, star charts, correspondence, Smith College Observatory Notices (SCON), and extensive listings of women astronomers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source unknown.

Title
Finding aid to the Krystyna Jaworowska papers
Status
Minimum Finding Aid (Completed)
Author
Scott Biddle
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2020-09-03: Added accession 10A-043, updated finding aid

Repository Details

Part of the Smith College Archives Repository

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