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F. Warren Wright Papers

Identifier: CA-MS-00068

Scope and Contents

The Wright Papers include biographical data, Classical Association of New England bulletins, correspondence 1879-1953, diaries, educational records, Kiwanis Club material, lectures, photographs, publications and research, Smith College records, speeches and war service. Much of the collection is composed of letters between Professor Wright and his mother, Sarah Longley Wright between the years of 1894 and 1938. The Wright Papers also include files on William Arter Wright, Sarah Longley Wright and Louise Marion Fisher Wright. Among Louise Wright's files are sketch books, letters and photographs.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1880 - 1966


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

Frederick Warren Wright was born in Middletown, Rhode Island to the Reverend William Arter Wright and Sarah Elizabeth Longley Wright on March 8, 1885. He had one older sister named Bertha. He earned his A.B. in Classics from Wesleyan University in 1906, his A.M. from Harvard in 1908 and his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1910. His dissertation was titled "Studies in Menander." In 1915 Professor Wright married Louise Marion Fisher, a graduate of Vassar and of Teachers' College, Columbia University. Mrs. Wright taught physical education at Smith and was the director of the day school.

Professor Wright was always an educator, but his first job, when he was not engaged in his studies at Wesleyan or Harvard, was as a reporter for the Chautauqua Daily in New York. His first position in a school was as the Assistant Principal of a high school in Portland, Connecticut, and then as a lecturer in Latin at Bryn Mawr. Professor Wright came to Smith in 1911 as an Instructor in Latin. He was made assistant professor in 1914, associate professor in 1920 and professor in 1937. In 1942 he was appointed Chair of the Classics Department. Professor Wright also served as Marshal between 1925 and 1947 and as a member of the Board of Admissions from 1934 until his retirement in 1953.

Professor Wright's scholarly interest concerned ancient drama and theater, and he published a number of articles, and one book, titled Cicero and the Theater (1931), on this topic. His articles were published in the Classical Journal, Journal of Classical Philology, Classical Weekly and the American Journal of Philology. He traveled extensively throughout Europe and the Mediterranean for his research of ancient theater sites. Professor Wright was also a member of several professional organizations including the Archaeological Institute of America, the American Classical League, the Classical Association of New England, the American Association of University Professors, the Classical Society of the American Academy in Rome, the Association Guillaume Bude, The Socratic Literary Society and Phi Beta Kappa. He was also a member of the Hampshire County Red Cross and the Northampton Kiwanis Club.

Professor Wright died on July 31, 1966.


4.813 linear feet (11 containers)

Language of Materials



Professor, classics. Contains biographical data, Classical Association of New England bulletins, correspondence, diaries, educational records, lectures, photographs, publications and research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The F. Warren Wright Papers came to the college as a series of donations from Professor Wright, and from his Estate.

Processing Information

Processed by Elizabeth Kates.

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 F. Warren Wright Papers
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Elizabeth Kates
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Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
  • 2005-09-23: manosca68 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02-5c.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
  • 2018-11-13: 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