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Florence Louise Barrows Papers

Identifier: CA-MS-00378

Scope and Contents

The collection contains material related both to Florence Louise Barrows's time as a student including a memorabilia book and photo albums documenting student life at Smith between 1907-1911. Her professional life is documented through correspondence, photographs of her colleagues, a questionnaire from the Smith College News Office, and some of her written work. The collection also includes a detailed genealogical history of the Barrows family, created by Robert Welt.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1888 - 2006
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1907 - 2006


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

Florence Louise Barrows was born in Providence in 1888 to Ella Corbin and Arthur Barrows, a high school teacher. She spent most of her childhood with her maternal grandparents in Union, Connecticut. After graduating from Stafford Springs High School, she entered Smith College, graduating in 1911. Barrows worked as a high school teacher in New Jersey and Connecticut before joining the Connecticut College for Women's Botany department. Between 1919-1932, she collaborated on several projects including the development of the college's famous Arboretum. She earned her Master of Botany at the Connecticut Agricultural College in 1927 before completing her PhD at Columbia University in plant genetics. Barrows went on to work for various labs doing work in genetics, including the Carnegie Institute in Cold Springs Harbor, Long Island, the Boyce Thompson Institute, and Wheaton College. In 1953, Barrows joined Smith College as a research associate in genetics. During her career, she published several articles, including Cellulose Membranes from Various Parts of the Plant Kingdom (1939), Propagation of Lycopodium (1935-1936), and Seed Production by Trailing Arbutus (1941). After retiring from Smith is 1956, she returned to Union, Connecticut. She died in 1980 at the age of 92.


0.667 linear feet (2 containers)

Language of Materials



Contains photograph albums, a memorabilia book, photographs, newspaper clippings, questionnaires, published articles, and correspondence related to the student and professional life of Florence Louise Barrows, Class of 1911.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Florence L. Barrows (1960s) and her nephew Randolph C. Barrow (1984). Some material may be from other sources.

Related Materials

Researchers can find additional materials about Florence Barrows at the Linda Lear Center for Special Collections and Archives at Connecticut College. Researchers are encouraged to review the Guide to the Arboretum at Connecticut College Records, 1930-2014 as well as access the online Arboretum Bulletins.

Processing Information

Processed by Madison White, Class of 2016; and Elizabeth Carron, Archivist

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 Florence Louise Barrows Papers
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Finding aid prepared by Madison White and Daniel Michelson.
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 (
  • 2018-10-31: 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