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Smith Club of Philadelphia records

Identifier: CA-MS-00319

Scope and Contents

Minutes and correspondence make up the large majority of this collection. Minutes of general and executive board meetings give a detailed record of club business and programs, as well as attendance. The correspondence is between board members, club members, and various members of Smith College faculty and staff. Additionally present are financial records, comprised of treasurer's reports, budgets, and receipts of college and scholarship gifts. Various materials such as program invitations, newspaper clippings, and reports on benefits, scholarships, and seven-college relations are also included.

Dates of Materials

  • 1924 - 1997


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

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 Philadelphia was founded in 1923 with 103 original members. College President William A. Neilson played a large part in organizing many of the club's early programs, which commonly included talks by Smith alumnae and faculty, as well as other local professionals. The club has a history of participating in many Smith alumnae club traditions, such as pecan sales, teas for accepted and graduating students, and scholarship funds for local Smithies. The club has also hosted a number of more unique activities, such as theater benefits from Treasure Island (1924) to Mame (1996).


4.375 linear feet (9 containers)

Language of Materials



The Smith Club of Philadelphia records contain minutes, membership directories, programs, financial records, and correspondence documenting the club's activities.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from or donated by Smith College Alumnae Association (1993), Pamela Learned (2007), Elizabeth Borland (2016), and the Smith Club of Philadelphia (2016).

Some material may be from other sources.

Related Materials

- 90. Alumnae Association

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 Smith Club of Philadelphia records
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Finding aid prepared by Jaimie Fritz, Ellice Amanna
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 (
  • 12/05/18: Finding aid updated, containers, barcodes, locations, notes added.

Repository Details

Part of the Smith College Archives Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063