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Arthur Henry Pierce Papers

Identifier: CA-MS-00340

Scope and Contents

This collection consists primarily of the research and lecture notes created by Arthur Henry Pierce during his tenure as a professor of Psychology at Smith College. The collection contains very little biographical or personal information. There are five photographs that show him standing on the Smith College campus, wearing rain gear and holding oars in preparation for an excursion and in formal portraits.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1900 - 1914


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

Arthur Henry Pierce was born July 30, 1867. He received his undergraduate degree from Amherst College in 1888 and then left for Europe on a fellowship for seven years. Harvard awarded him a doctorate in 1899 and he joined the faculty of Smith College in 1900 as a Professor of Psychology. His research focused on perception and the senses, which was the topic of his book Studies in Space Perception published in 1901 by Longmans, Green and Co. Arthur Pierce was also an avid outdoorsman, often going on trips into the woods via canoe, motor or on foot. He died in Northampton, MA on February 20, 1914 of pneumonia.


2.188 linear feet (5 containers)

Language of Materials



Professor of psychology. Contains research, lecture notes, and photographs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Arthur Henry Pierce papers were donated to the 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 Arthur Henry Pierce Papers
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Finding aid prepared by Karen Eberhart.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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