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Office of the President Carol T. Christ files

Identifier: CA-MS-01186

Scope and Contents

These files consist of Carol T. Christ's daily calendar pages from 2003 to 2009, while she was Smith College president, as well as materials regarding her tenure on the Academy of Music Board of Trustees.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 2001 - 2009-01


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

A scholar of Victorian literature, Carol T. Christ was the 10th president of Smith College, serving from 2002 to 2013. In March 2017, she was named the 11th Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, the first woman to hold that position.

In 1966, Christ graduated with high honors in English from Douglass College, the women's college at Rutgers University. She received a MPhil. in 1969 and a Ph.D. in 1970 in English from Yale University. In 1970, Christ joined the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, and was chair of the English department from 1985 to 1988. In 1988, she was appointed dean of humanities, mathematics, and natural sciences. She also served as provost and dean of the College of Letters and Sciences. In 1994, she was appointed vice chancellor, assistant manager, and provost, and later became executive vice chancellor, at Berkeley.

Christ has published two books: The Finer Optic: The Aesthetic of Particularity in Victorian Poetry and Victorian and Modern Poetics. She also edited a Norton Critical Edition of George Eliot’s The Mill on the Floss and co-edited the Norton Anthology of English Literature and Victorian Literature and The Victorian Visual Imagination.


1.104 linear feet (3 containers)

Language of Materials



Carol T. Christ served as the 10th president of Smith College from 2002 to 2013. These files consist of her daily calendar pages from 2003 to 2009, as well as materials regarding her tenure on the Academy of Music Board of Trustees.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

As a preservation measure, researchers must use digital copies of audiovisual materials in this collection. Please consult with Special Collections staff or email to request the creation of and access to digital copies.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

These files were transfered to the College Archives by Carol T. Christ.

Finding aid to Carol T. Christ files
Minimum Finding Aid (Completed)
Ellice Yasner Amanna
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2020-03-02: Containers, description and barcodes added and finding aid created.

Repository Details

Part of the Smith College Archives Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063