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Caroline Brown Bourland Papers

Identifier: CA-MS-00040

Scope and Contents

The Caroline Brown Bourland Papers contain biographical materials, correspondence, lecture notes, information on the Hispanic Society of America, article written for the National Encyclopedia, photographs, poetry, publications, tributes and student recommendations spanning her career as a faculty member at Smith College.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1893 - 1951


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

Caroline Brown Bourland was born in Peoria, Illinois on June 4th, 1871. She was an 1893 graduate of Smith College, and continued to study at Bryn Mawr and the Sorbonne, earning her Ph. D. from Bryn Mawr in 1902. Between graduating from college and studying for her doctorate, Caroline Brown Bourland accepted a position teaching English Literature and General History at Pueblo High School in 1893-1894, and another teaching French and Latin at Peoria High School in 1896-1897.

Bourland returned to Smith in 1902, as a professor of French and Spanish. She helped to build the reputation of the Spanish Department, and was instrumental in establishing it as a separate department. In 1913, Bourland switched to teaching Spanish full time, and did so until her retirement in 1939. She hoped that her American students would learn to love Spain as much as she did, and orchestrated an exchange program between Smith and a school in Madrid. Bourland was at least trilingual (not including Latin), and could comfortably read in at least five languages. Caroline Brown Bourland died on February 28, 1956 in Wisconsin.


0.438 linear feet (1 container)

Language of Materials



Professor of French and Spanish. Collection contains biographical materials, correspondence, lecture notes, photographs, and publications.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Caroline Brown Bourland Papers were donated over a period of time to the Smith College Archives from a variety of sources.

Processing Information

Processed by Gayla B. Spaulding.

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 Caroline Brown Bourland Papers
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Gayla B. Spaulding and Daniel Michelson
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
  • 2005-09-23: manosca40 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02-5c.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
  • 2018-11-01: Containers added and finding aid updated as part of the College Archives Survey

Repository Details

Part of the Smith College Archives Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063