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Hart-Lester Harris papers

Identifier: CA-MS-00399

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence, diaries, news clippings, memorabilia and photographs describing the student life and perspective from Hart-Lester Harris, Class of 1913. 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

  • Creation: 1910 - 1925


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

Hart-Lester Harris (1891 - 1984) was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on November 7, 1891 to Henrietta (Harris, Class of 1888) and William Harris. She attended Miss Porter's School in Springfield before enrolling at Smith College in 1909. Attending Smith College had become a family tradition as her mother and sisters Ambia (Class of 1919) and Harriet attended.

Hart married Joseph Allen and moved to Holyoke. A son, Covington, was born in 1927. Following her husband's death her son Covington caught ill while travelling and subsequently died. Soon after Harris moved to Florida to enjoy the sun and warmth. She continued to be active in the Alumnae Association until her death in 1984.


2.229 linear feet (3 containers)

Language of Materials



Alumna. Contains diaries, correspondence to and from Harris' family, news clippings, two photographic albums and one memorabilia book created during Harris' undergraduate career at Smith College.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source unknown

Existence and Location of Copies

This collection has been digitized and is available in the Hart-Lester Harris papers on Five College Compass.

Processing Information

Collection was processed by Elizabeth Carron.

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 Hart-Lester Harris papers
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Carron.
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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