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Out But Not Down Club Records

Identifier: CA-MS-00314

Scope and Contents

The records of the club consist of memos, correspondence, photographs, treasurer's reports, meeting minutes, invitations, financial records, newsletters, officers lists, CVs of members, mailing lists, speeches, and information about the various speakers over the years.

Dates of Materials

  • 1952 - 1998


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 Out But Not Down Club (OBND) was the generous innovation created by Albert Blakeslee, Professor of Botany and Director of the Smith College Genetics Experiment Station, 1942-1954. When his wife Margaret Blakeslee died in 1947 he donated money to the college to create a memorial fund in her honor called "An Investment in Friendship." The memorial fund supports the activities of the OBND Club which primarily consist of several dinners each year featuring speakers on a wide variety of topics. Members of the Smith College faculty and administration who plan to continue living in the Northampton area are eligible for membership when they retire.


0.875 linear feet (2 containers)

Language of Materials



The records contain minutes, photographs, newspaper clippings, meeting minutes, membership directories, and reunion materials documenting the Out But Not Down Club's activities.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The records of the Out But Not Down Club have been donated over the years by the secretary of the club at the time.

The most recent donation was by Peter Rowe in 2002.

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 Out But Not Down Club Records
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Finding aid prepared by Karen Eberhardt, Sarah Lindblom.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
  • 2018-11-19: Finding aid updated as part of the College Archives Survey

Repository Details

Part of the Smith College Archives Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063