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Adrienne Auerswald papers

Identifier: CA-MS-00376

Scope and Contents

The collection contains four memorabilia books and one photo album related to Adrienne Auerswald's time as a student. The memorabilia books are very detailed, containing news clippings, correspondence, programs, drawings, poetry, and pressed flowers from her time as a prospective student through to her senior year. There also are committee files from when she was a faculty memeber.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1936 - 1979


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

To the extent that she owns copyright, Adrienne Auerswald has assigned the copyright in her works to Smith College; 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 Adrienne Auerswald, 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

Adrienne Aurswald was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and lived there with her parents until she entered the music program at Smith College in 1939. While at Smith, she lived in Jordan House and was a Junior Usher, a member of the Glee Club, and the Vocational Guidance Chairman.

Auerswald graduated in 1943 and moved to New York City to study with Quena Mario, the soprano for the Metropolitan Opera. There, she perfected her Italian vocal style. In 1951, Auerswald returned to Tulsa to perform with the Tulsa Opera and Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra. She opened a voice studio which she ran until returning to Smith College to teach in 1957. In 1962, Auerswald earned her Master's degree and became a faculty member.

Auerswald continued to perform at Smith and in various local opera productions. She was the Dean of the Class of 1968, the chair of the Music Department twice, sat on the Development Council and the Alumnae Council. In 1984 she was named the Iva Dee Hiatt Professor of Music. In 1987, Auerswald retired to focus on her private voice studio. She died in Northampton, Massachusetts, in 2008.


1.75 linear feet (3 containers)

Language of Materials



Adrienne Aurswald entered the music program at Smith College in 1939 and graduated in 1943. She returned to Smith to teach in 1957. In 1962, Auerswald earned her Master's degree and became a faculty member. The collection contains her photograph albums and memorabilia books from her time as a Smith College student as well as committee files from when she was a faculty memeber.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Adrienne Auerswald, 1987-2005.

Related Materials

For additional information, please see the records of RG 80. Class of 1943.

Processing Information

Originally processed by Madison White, Class of 2016. Revisions by Elizabeth Carron.

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 Adrienne Auerswald Papers
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Finding aid prepared by Madison White, Class of 2016.
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 (
  • 2019-03-08: Updated container information and re-published.
  • 2019-12-13: Added boxes 1 and 2, updated notes and extents and dates.
  • 2022-08-30: Updated access to fully open after review of collection.

Repository Details

Part of the Smith College Archives Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063