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Alice Dickinson papers

 Collection
Identifier: CA-MS-01188

Scope and Contents

These papers contain the work of Alice Dickinson while Professor of Mathematics and Dean of the College at Smith College and include personal papers, committee work, and Dean's Office material.

Dates of Materials

  • 1961 - 1977

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

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

Boxes 1 and 2 are RESTRICTED until 2072 due to student grades and SSN's. These boxes 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 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 (specialcollections@smith.edu) at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials in this collection may be governed by copyright. 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. 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

Alice Dickinson was Professor of Mathematics at Smith College from 1960-1986 and Dean of the College from 1973-1976. She received her A.B. from the University of Michigan in 1941, her M.A. from Columbia University in 1947, and her Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Michigan in 1952.

Dickinson helped develop the computer science program at Smith and began the Ada Comstock Scholars Program. She was also instrumental in getting English change ringing bells installed at the college in 1968. Changes are made in ringing the bells and a set of changes, called a peal, is determined according to mathematical principles. She died in 1987.

Extent

2.604 linear feet (3 containers)

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Alice Dickinson was Professor of Mathematics at Smith College from 1960-1986 and Dean of the College from 1973-1976. Her papers contain her work while Professor of Mathematics and Dean of the College at Smith College and include personal papers, class lists, teaching materials, examinations, committee work, correspondence, math department files, and Dean's Office material.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source unknown.
Title
Finding aid to the Alice Dickinson 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

  • 2020-01-17: Added boxes 1-3 and notes, updated extents and dates

Repository Details

Part of the Smith College Archives Repository

Contact:
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton MA 01063