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Marion DeRonde papers

Identifier: CA-MS-00388

Scope and Contents

The Marion DeRonde papers contain a musical composition book from DeRonde's senior year at Smith which includes her original composition of the 'Ivy Day Song'. The collection also contains two memorabilia books from Marion DeRonde's time as a professor which contains music programs and news clippings about her performances, and newspaper obituaries describing DeRonde's career and retirement.

Dates of Materials

  • 1902 - 1985
  • Majority of material found within 1922 - 1985


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

Marion DeRonde was born in Teaneck, New Jersey in 1902. As a student, DeRonde participated in many social clubs on campus including: Freshman Baseball Team, Phi Kappa Psi, Clef Club, Glee Club, Mandolin Club, Orchestra, and Choir. She was also a Junior Usher, a member of the House of Representatives, and served on Senior Dramatics Musical and the Ivy Song committees.

After graduating from Smith in 1923, DeRonde went to New York to study with Cornelius Van Vliet and Emmanuel Feuermann. She later travelled to Vienna, Austria to study with Joachim Stutschewsky before returning to teach music at the Englewood Conservatory of Music in New Jersey. She later worked at the Highland Manor Conservatory and the School for the Advancement of Musical Art before joining Smith College's Department of Music in 1928.

DeRonde taught cello, chamber music, and orchestral conducting; she also played in many chamber and solo groups locally such as with the Springfield Symphony and the Smith College Quartet and also globally. She served as conductor of the Smith College Symphony Orchestra from 1949 until 1965. During her tenure she merged the group with area groups and forged the Smith Amherst Orchestra.

After retiring in 1966, she moved to Sarasota, Florida. She continued to play the cello with the Florida West Coast Symphony and with the St. Petersburg/Tampa Symphony. She also volunteered with several organizations in the Sarasota area including: the Sarasota Audubon Society, the Nature Conservancy, the Sierra Club, the Save Our Bays Association, and the Environmental Defense Fund. She died in 1985, at the age of 83.


1.104 linear feet (2 containers)

Language of Materials



Alumna. Professor of Music. Collection contains a musical composition book from DeRonde's time as a student (Class of 1923) as well as news clippings and scrapbooks from DeRonde's professional life.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by John W. DeRonde via Marlene Wong, July 1991.

Related Materials

The following materials are available at Smith College:

Processing Information

Madison White, Class of 2016; Elizabeth Carron, Archives Specialist

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 Marion DeRonde papers
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Finding aid prepared by Madison White; Elizabeth Carron.
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 (
  • 2018-11-05: 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