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Diana Edgerton Fetter Papers

Identifier: CA-MS-00149

Scope and Contents

This collection includes biographical materials, personal journals, publications, photographs and newspaper clippings regarding Fetter's education and career at Smith College and elsewhere.

Dates of Materials

  • 1939 - 1992


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Access

Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections ( at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.

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

Diana Edgerton Fetter was born February 7, 1934 to Jane Taber and Louis Henry Fetter in Long Branch, New Jersey. As a child, she attended Rumson Country Day School and high school at Miss Hall's School in Pittsfield, MA. In 1950, a group of students, of which Fetter was a member, was sent to Europe to live with families abroad to counter-act anti-American feelings. In 1953, she was again given the opportunity to travel abroad during her junior year at Smith College. As a language major, she studied at the University of Florence for the academic year. Fetter graduated in 1955 cum laude from Smith with her Bachelor of the Arts degree. In September of that year, she found work at LIFE magazine as a researcher, where her skills in Italian and speed-reading served her well. She stayed on staff there until 1965, when she took on a position as an assistant producer for the American Broadcasting Company (ABC). In 1970, she was promoted to Director of Research for ABC's News and Public Affairs Department, traveling all over the world conducting research. In 1971, Fetter was named News Director of Smith College and was responsible for handling all of the college's publicity. In 1974, she was head of the Education Division of the Cooley Dickinson Fund Drive, where she conducted an appeal among teaching and administrative staffs of educational institutions in the Northampton area. On December 28 of that same year, Fetter was married to George Warren de Villafranca of West Cummington, MA, the Gates Professor of Biology at Smith. In February of 1975, Fetter resigned as News Director. In 1981, she became Vice President of the Board of Managers at Lathrop House, a retirement residence for women in Northampton, MA. Fetter passed away on November 30, 1992 at the age of 58.


1.229 linear feet (2 containers)

Language of Materials



News Director of Smith College. Collection contains biographical material, personal journals, publications, photographs, and newspaper clippings.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Diana Edgerton Fetter Papers were donated over a period of time to the Smith College Archives from a variety of sources.

Related Material

  1. Class of 1955 Records

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 Diana Edgerton Fetter Papers
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Emily Markham
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 (
  • 2018-11-05: Containers added and finding aid updated as part of College Archives survey

Repository Details

Part of the Smith College Archives Repository

Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton MA 01063