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Myra M. Sampson Papers

Identifier: CA-MS-00311

Scope and Contents

Collection contains correspondence, clippings, obituaries, field notes, and various reports regarding Smith College faculty and alumnae. Also included in the collection are materials relating to her stay at Cold Spring Harbor and her tenure working for the Red Cross. In addition, there are also photographs of Sampson herself, and of various renowned scientists.

Dates of Materials

  • 1888 - 1984


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

Myra Sampson was born on January 31, 1887 in Fall River, Massachusetts. Sampson received her Ph.B. from Brown University, and both her M.D. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. A member of the Smith College faculty from 1909 to 1955, Sampson was a professor of Zoology and became Chairman of the Committee on Graduate Study. With an interest in bacteriology and physiology, Sampson was an expert on nutrition and Vitamin A, and directed a research project determining the effect on the thyroid gland of an excess or deficiency of calcium. Not only was Sampson involved with the college, she served on the Northampton Board of Health from 1947-1950, and conducted fatigue tests for the U.S. Navy during World War II. Sampson also researched overseas, and conducted experiments at the Dunn Nutritional Laboratory in Cambridge, England and at the Lister Foundation in London. Sampson passed away February 29, 1984 in Northampton, Massachusetts.


0.667 linear feet (2 containers)

Language of Materials



Professor of Zoology. Contains correspondence, clippings, notes, reports, and photographs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Myra M. Sampson papers were donated to the Smith College Archives from a number of sources.

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.

Finding aid to the Myra M. Sampson Papers
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Finding aid prepared by Maris Schwarz.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
  • 2018-11-12: Containers added and finding aid updated as part of College Archives survey

Repository Details

Part of the Smith College Archives Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063