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Addie Genevieve Stockwell papers

Identifier: CA-MS-00316

Scope and Contents

The bulk of letters are from 1910 to 1912. The letters are mostly between Stockwell and her parents. There are also several letters (including wedding invitations) from other family members, some during the summer from Smith friends. There also correspondence from Stockwell's roommate Ruth Benjamin, Class of 1912. Letters post-1912 are mostly from former students, but there is correspondence with her family as well.

The letters deal with a wide variety of topics. They provide a picture of daily life at home and at college, including descriptions of what Stockwell and her friends in Hubbard House did for fun and her worries about exams and spending money. She mentions Smith traditions such as Mountain Day, the Junior Frolic and Glee Club Concerts, and important individuals such as President Laurenus C. Seelye. Several of the letters also discuss topics of broader historical interest, including a detailed description of her work as a nurse in a New York City Hospital during the 1918 Flu Epidemic, letters from friends serving in World War I, and others which describe the anxieties of the war. She also mentions attending suffragist meetings and seeing an exhibition on child abuse put on by Hull House.

The collection also contains memorabilia from Stockwell's years at Smith, including a commencement program, tuition bill, calling cards, and photographs.

Index to Letters

Academy of Music
Classroom Atmosphere
9/27/1911, 10/22/1911, 2/29/1912, 3/7/1912
Class Elections
Child Welfare Exhibition (Hull House)
3/7/1912, 2/11/1912, 2/29/1912
Cushing House
10/10/1910, 2/1911
Dental Problems
4/25/1909, 12/15/1910, 4/21/1911
4/28/1909, 5/21/1909, 5/26/1909, 6/9/1909, 12/15/1911, 1/12/1912, 2/2/1912, 11/23/191?
Financial Problems
5/14/1909, 5/17/1909, 6/4/1909, 6/8/1909, 6/9/1909, 11/1/1910, 10/5/1911, 10/6/1911, 10/21/1911, 3/15/1911, 3/16/1911, 3/20/1911, 3/30/1911, 4/24/1911, 1/12/1912, 2/2/1912
Flu Epidemic
7/7/1918, 9/6/1918, 10/13/1918, 10/20/1918
Gardiner House
Glee Club
3/24/1911, 12/15/1911, 3/7/1912
Hubbard House
11/23/191?, 8/4/1910, 10/10/1910, 2/27/1911, 9/24/1911, 12/4/1911, 2/2/1912, 2/11/1912, 3/7/1912
Jordan House
Junior Frolic
Low Grade Notice
Mountain Day
Mountain Climbing
3/27/1911, 5/22/1911, 10/1/1911
Permission to Drive with Men
Physics Club
11/1/1910, 2/14/1911, 3/16/1911, 5/4/1911, 10/30/1911
President Marion Le Roy Burton
3/4/1911, 9/6/1910, 11/1/1910, 11/27/1911
President Laurenus C. Seelye
10/22/1911, 3/4/1912
Ocular Problems
12/13/1910, 1/9/1911, 2/14/1911, 3/5/1911, 5/4/1911, 5/10/1911
Rally Day
2/19/1911, 3/4/1911
Scarlet Fever
Senior Dramatics
3/15/1911, 3/4/1912
Teaching Jobs
1/12/1912, 1/15/1912, 2/2/1912, 2/8/1912, 2/11/1912, 5/17/1920, 5/28/1920, 1/17/1937
Uncle Tom's Cabin
World War I
5/6/1917, 1/8/1918, 7/21/1918, 7/22/1918, 8/1918, 8/1918

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1904 - 1937


Conditions Governing Access

The records are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives without any additional restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

To the extent that they own copyright, the Stockwell family has assigned the copyright of Stockwell's works to Smith College; 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 Stockwell, 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

Addie Genevieve Stockwell was born on November 7, 1889 in West Simsbury, Connecticut to Addie G. Dennison and Samuel F. Stockwell. She attended Simsbury and Hartford schools. She graduated from Smith College in 1912 and went on to hold positions teaching math and science in New York and Connecticut. In 1918, Stockwell attended a nurses training program at Vassar College, and worked in Bellevue Hospital in New York City during the flu epidemic. After her work as a nurse, she returned to teaching in Collinsville, Connecticut. In 1922, she married Harold W. Humphrey, a widow with one son. The couple had four children, two sons and two daughters, and they lived on a dairy farm. Stockwell was active in the Daughters of the American Revolution and remained in touch with former students. She died after a series of strokes in 1944.


0.229 linear feet (1 container)

Language of Materials



These papers contain memorabilia and correspondence between Addie Genevieve Stockwell, Class of 1912, and her family and friends.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Frederick G. Humphrey, 2004.

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 Addie Genevieve Stockwell papers
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  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
  • 12/10/18: Finding aid updated to include barcodes, locations, notes

Repository Details

Part of the Smith College Archives Repository

Neilson Library
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Northampton MA 01063