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Smith Club of Cambridge Records

 Collection
Identifier: CA-MS-00114

Scope and Contents

Types of material in the Smith Club of Cambridge records include by-laws; club procedures; correspondence; fundraising; invitations and programs; membership and officers; minutes of executive committee meetings, annual meetings, and club meetings; photographs; publicity; treasurer's reports, and planning materials from wine-tasting parties. Notable correspondents include Presidents Thomas C. Mendenhall and Jill Ker Conway.

Dates of Materials

  • 1939 - 2006
  • Majority of material found within 1951 - 1980

Creator

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

The Smith Club of Cambridge, one of the oldest of the College's many community clubs was started in 1922 and has several hundred members. The purpose of the Alumnae Association and all of its alumnae clubs is to "'further the well-being of the College and its graduates by increasing the interest of members in the College and in each other.'" The contribution of funds to the Smith College Scholarship Fund and to the Alumnae Fund is one of the main responsibilities of the Alumnae Clubs. In the past, the Cambridge branch has raised funds through book sales, telethons, and rummage sales. Perhaps the most popular and lucrative fundraiser is the annual wine-tasting party which has occurred each May for almost the entire history of the Club. The Cambridge Smith Club as well as clubs which represent Andover-Merrimack, Arlington-Belmont-Waltham, Boston, Concord-Lexington-Lincoln, North Shore, South Shore, Southeast, Wellesley, and Winchester are all part of the Boston League of Smith College Clubs.

Extent

1.313 linear feet (3 containers)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Smith Club of Cambridge, Massachusetts records documents the activities of one of the oldest of the College's many community clubs. Types of material include by-laws; club procedures; correspondence; fundraising; invitations and programs; membership and officers; photographs; publicity; and planning materials from wine-tasting parties, the most popular and lucrative fundraiser of the Club. Notable correspondents include Presidents Thomas C. Mendenhall and Jill Ker Conway.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Smith Club of Cambridge donated their records to the Smith College Archives from 1939 to 1991.

Related Material

- 90. Alumnae Association

Processing Information

Processed by Tamara Wiener 2000.

Processing Information

Please note that prior to 2018, folder inventories were not always updated when new material was added to the collection. As a result, folder inventories may not be complete and folder numbers may be incorrect.

Title
Finding aid to Smith Club of Cambridge Records
Status
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Author
Tamara Wiener 2000
Date
2003
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
  • 2005-09-23: manosca114 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02-5c.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
  • 2018-11-27: Finding aid updated as part of the College Archives Survey

Repository Details

Part of the Smith College Archives Repository

Contact:
Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063