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Isabel Lindsay papers

Identifier: CA-MS-00351

Scope and Contents

This collection contains outgoing correspondence from Isabel Lindsay from 1903-1907, as well as some letters from her father, George Ingles Lindsay. There are also two essays she wrote for an ethics class and a religion class at Smith. The folders correspond with the academic semester in which Lindsay sent her letters.

Dates of Materials

  • 1903 - 1907


Conditions Governing Access

The records are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives.

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

Isabel Gray Lindsay was born on February 4, 1886, in Milwaukee, WI. Before Smith, she attended Milwaukee-Downer Seminary preparatory school. Lindsay attended Smith College from 1903 to 1907. She lived in Haven House, 112 Elm Street, and at 30 Green Street. She was active in extracurricular activities in her senior year. Lindsay was president of the Phi Kappa Psi Honor Society, a senior member of La Societe Francais, chair of the Religious Service Committee and chair of Students' Exchange in the Smith College Association for Catholic Women, a Junior Usher, an honorary member of the Biological Society, a senior member of A.O.H March, and a senior member of "G.O.O.". After graduating Smith, Lindsay married Henry Frederic Helmholz and moved to Rochester, Minnesota. She had three children: Lindsay, who later attended Cornell University, Henry F. Jr., an alum of Dartmouth College, and Margaret, Class of 1939. Lindsay passed away on November 29, 1975.


0.438 linear feet (1 container)

Language of Materials



These papers contain personal correspondence, primarily between Isabel Lindsay and her family during her years at Smith College.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by her granddaughter Cynthia Patterson in 2011. Some material may be from other 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 Isabel Lindsay Papers
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Finding aid prepared by Grace Ramsay, Ellice Amanna
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 (
  • 12/07/18: Finding aid updated to include barcodes, locations, notes

Repository Details

Part of the Smith College Archives Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063