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Louise Rood Papers

Identifier: CA-MS-00322

Scope and Contents

Contains biographical information, photographs, correspondence, sheet music, and lecture notes covering Rood's career as a faculty member at Smith College and as a performing musician.

Dates of Materials

  • 1937 - 1983


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

Louise Miles Rood was born in 1910 to James and Myrtle Merrill Rood in Easton, Pennsylvania. She obtained her bachelor degree in 1929 from the University of Wisconsin. Around 1934, Rood taught for three years at Sweet Briar College on a Julliard Extension Fellowship. In 1937 Rood was hired as an instructor of music at Smith. While teaching full time, she completed her master degree in 1942 at Smith College. In 1945, she received a diploma from the Julliard Graduate School of Music.

Rood taught a wide range of musical subjects, from theory to practical, focusing on the violin and the viola. She performed as a soloist with Smith groups and elsewhere around New England and the Midwest. Rood also wrote the book Introduction to the Orchestra Score. During many summers, Rood taught sessions at the University of Iowa, the University of Michigan, and Mary Washington College. In 1958, she became a professor at Smith.

Rood died suddenly of a cerebral hemorrhage on February 7, 1964. Following her death, the annual Louise Rood Memorial Concert was established in her honor.


0.667 linear feet (2 containers)

Language of Materials



Instructor of music 1937-1958, Professor of Music 1958-1964. Contains biographical information, photographs, correspondence, sheet music, and lecture notes.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Louise Rood 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 Louise Rood Papers
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Finding aid prepared by Jeanne Lowrey.
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