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Ethel Hale Freeman Papers

Identifier: CA-MS-00058

Scope and Contents

Much of the collection is from Freeman's time as a professor at Smith. The information regarding her personal life is largely confined to her correspondence with her family during two trips to Europe, the first in 1905-1906 and the second in 1908-1909. A large portion of the collection contains correspondence and materials documenting her involvement in various organizations, particularly the Lend-a-Hand Dramatic Club. Other materials include class notes, plays, photographs, memorabilia books, music scores, and sketches.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1882 - 1960


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

Ethel Hale Freeman graduated from Smith College in 1902. After graduation, she studied at the Art School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and received her M.A. from Smith in 1915. After some years spent serving as dramatic coach for the Wellesley Shakespeare Society and the Players of Newton, she came to Smith to teach elocution and modern drama from 1911 to 1917. She also taught spoken English and Shakespeare in a University extension course in Greenfield, Massachusetts. Between 1917 and 1925, Freeman taught English at the Lee School in Boston, and from 1924 to 1933, was an instructor at Dana Hall and Pine Manor in Wellesley. She was active in many forms of the arts, including music, sculpture, and the theater. Freeman died in Essex, Connecticut on February 26, 1963.


3.292 linear feet (8 containers)

Language of Materials



Alumnae, Instructor, drama. Collection contains correspondence, materials related to Lend-a-Hand Dramatic Club, class notes, plays, photographs, and memorabilia.


This collection is organized into five series:

  1. I. General
  2. II. Correspondence
  3. III. Class Notebooks
  4. IV. Memorabilia
  5. V. Lend-a-Hand Dramatic Club

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Harriet Arnold McKissock in 2000. Some materials may have been added from other sources.

Processing Information

The Ethel Hale Freeman Papers were processed by Katrina Cokeng, '02, CDO Archival Intern in 1999-2000.

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 Ethel Hale Freeman Papers
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Katrina Cokeng
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: manosca58 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02-5c.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
  • 2018-11-05: 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