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Anna Alice Cutler Papers

Identifier: CA-MS-00052

Scope and Contents

The Anna Alice Cutler Papers consist of biographical materials, correspondence with other faculty members, publications, and photographs.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1864 - 1957


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

Anna Alice Cutler was born on January 24, 1864 in New Haven, Connecticut to Evarts and Ellen L. Knight Cutler. She was a member of the Smith College class of 1885 and, upon graduating from the college, taught classics at a private school in New Haven while working on her MA from Yale. During 1892-93, Cutler headed the Philosophy department at Rockford College. In 1893, Cutler was appointed instructor of Logic at Smith College, however she left to continue her graduate study, and received a Ph.D. from Yale in 1896. In 1897, Cutler returned to the Smith faculty to teach in the English department, then the Philosophy department, where she became an instructor, associate professor, full professor, and in 1924, chair of the department.

Cutler lived in Tyler House for the first 33 years of its existence, from 1897 until her retirement in 1930. She was the first director of Juniper Lodge, and established an endowment for it. In 1952, Cutler was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the college. She used 1929-1930 as a sabbatical year, before retiring after 25 years as a professor at the college in 1930. On retiring, she spent several months in Europe, before returning to New Haven, serving on the board of the Visiting Nurse Association, as well as on committees of the American Association of University Women. She spent 2 years as president of the Smith College Club of New Haven, and was a member of various church committees. Cutler died in the summer of 1957.


0.875 linear feet (2 containers)

Language of Materials



Class of 1885, Professor of Philosophy. Collection contains biographical material, correspondence, critiques, photographs and publications.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Anna Alice Cutler Papers were donated over a period of time to the Smith College Archives from a variety of sources.

Related Material

  1. Class of 1885 Records

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 Anna Alice Cutler Papers
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Gayla B. Spaulding
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 (
  • 2018-11-02: 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