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Marjory Gane papers

Identifier: CA-MS-00398

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence and a memorabilia book describing the student life and perspective from Marjory Gane, Class of 1901. Topics range broadly from exams to professors, college and community social events, basketball and dramatics, cross-college events at Amherst College and Mount Holyoke, home life and trips to large cities such as New York City and Boston.

Dates of Materials

  • 1896 - 1990


Conditions Governing Access

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

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

Marjory Gane (1880-1974) was born in Yonkers, New York on March 8, 1880 to Sarah Jones and Thomas Gane, a book binder. The family later moved to Chicago, where Marjory attended Kirkland School before entering Smith College in 1897. Her sister Gertrude had attended Smith and graduated in 1894.

She married Frank Harkness in 1918 and the couple lived in Wonalancet, New Hampshire. After her husband's death in 1934, she opened and operated a real estate business and traveled until her death in 1974. A devoted alumna, Gane commissioned artist Henry Salem Hubbell to paint the portrait of L. Clark Seelye which hangs today in Alumnae House. She continued to contribute to many periodicals and published several books including A Brook of Our Own, The Fishbasket Papers and The Tamworth Narrative.


0.875 linear feet (2 containers)

Language of Materials



Alumna. Contains about 140 letters to and from Gane's family and a memorabilia book created during Gane's undergraduate career at Smith College.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source unknown

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 Marjory Gane papers
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Finding aid prepared by 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 (
  • 2018-11-08: Updated to conform to DACS and added boxes

Repository Details

Part of the Smith College Archives Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063