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Marine Leland Papers

Identifier: CA-MS-00077

Scope and Contents

Biographical materials, correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, publications, and speeches of Marine Leland.

Dates of Materials

  • 1805 - 1984


Language of Materials

English and French

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

Marine Leland was born on December 2, 1899 in Québec City to American parents of English descent. She was educated in Montréal at the Sacred Heart Convent and later in Germany, France, Spain, and the United States. From Radcliffe College she received an A.B. (1923), A.M. (1925), and PhD (1928). A member of the French Department at Smith College from 1924 until her retirement in June 1965, she pioneered a new course in French Canadian civilization and is responsible for the forming and building of the French Canadian Collection in the William Allan Neilson Library at Smith. Her contributions to a better understanding of the French Canadian culture has been widely recognized and honored. On May 13, 1983, she died at her home in Northampton, Massachusetts.


5.333 linear feet (13 containers)


Biographical materials, correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, publications, and speeches by Marine Leland, Professor of French and primary contributor to the French Canadian Collection in the William Allen Neilson Library at Smith College.


This collection is organized into four series:

  1. Biographical
  2. Correspondence
  3. Professional Life
  4. Photographs of French Candians

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Marine Leland Papers were donated to the Smith College Archives from a number of sources. The materials in the collection are formed in part from the faculty file (RG 42) developed during Ms. Leland's lifetime and in part through the efforts of Margaret Storrs Grierson, Archivist Emerita of Smith College. Ms. Grierson donated these materials to the College Archives in August 1983.

Processing Information

Dianne Wieland, AC Class of 2016; Elizabeth Carron, Archives Specialist

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 Marine Leland Papers
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Finding aid prepared by Dianne Wieland.
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 (
  • 2018-11-12: Containers added and finding aid updated as part of College Archives survey
  • 2022-03-04: Integrated description of oversized materials

Repository Details

Part of the Smith College Archives Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063