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Gladys Amelia Anslow papers

 Collection
Identifier: CA-MS-00375

Scope and Contents

The Gladys Amelia Anslow papers contain photographs, newspaper clippings, articles and miscellaneous materials related to Anslow's professional life.

Dates

  • 1914 - 1969

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Access

Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections (specialcollections@smith.edu) at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.

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

Gladys Amelia Anslow graduated from Smith College in 1914. As a Smith student she served as the vice-president of the Physics Club and a member of the Mathematical Society. She was appointed the demonstrator in the Department of Physics at Smith. In 1924, Anslow received her Ph.D. from Yale in Physics, allowing her to become an associate professor. In 1936, she became a full Professor.

The first woman to work with the cyclotron ("atomic whirligig to smash the atom") at UC Berkeley, she worked with fellow Smith physicist Dorothy Wrinch on a "spectrochemical study of protein molecules for the eventual production of synthetic foods and drugs" under a grant from the Office of Naval Research. To mark another first, it was the first research grant of its kind at Smith College. During World War II, Anslow was named Chief of Communications and Information Section for Liaison with Civilian Scientists and attached to the armed forces. For this work she won President Truman's Certificate of Merit, one of only three educators to do so.

From her professorship, Anslow progressed to director of Graduate Study in 1940, professor on the Gates Foundation in 1946, and Professor Emeritus in 1960. During her time working at Smith, Anslow frequently contributed to scientific journals and was a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of for the Advancement of Science, and the American Physical Society, where she was the president of the New England Section. She died in 1969.

Extent

0.208 linear feet (1 container)

Overview

Gladys Amelia Anslow, a member of the Smith College Class of 1914 and, later, a Smith professor, was the first woman to work with the cyclotron ("atomic whirligig to smash the atom") at UC Berkeley. She worked with fellow Smith physicist Dorothy Wrinch on a "spectrochemical study of protein molecules for the eventual production of synthetic foods and drugs" under a grant from the Office of Naval Research, the first research grant of its kind at Smith College. Her papers contain photographs, newspaper clippings, articles and miscellaneous materials related to Anslow's professional life.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source unknown

Processing Information

Originally processed by Madison White, Class of 2016. Revised by Elizabeth Carron in October, 2014.

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.
Title
Finding aid for Gladys Amelia Anslow papers,
Status
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Author
Madison White, Class of 2016; Ellice Amanna
Date
2018
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
  • 2018-01-04: Finding aid updated to current standards and published

Repository Details

Part of the Smith College Archives Repository

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