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Charlotte Coffyn Wilkinson Bragdon papers

Identifier: CA-MS-00168

Scope and Contents

The papers consist primarily of letters from Charlotte to her mother, Charlotte May Wilkinson (Mrs. Alfred Wilkinson and sometimes referred to in the letters as "dearest Marmee") and other materials that relate to Ms. Wilkinson's short life. Her letters to her mother do provide a rich source of information on life at Smith College during her student years.

Dates of Materials

  • 1890 - 1962


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives without any additional restrictions.

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

Charlotte Coffyn Wilkinson Bradgon was the daughter of Alfred and Charlotte May Wilkinson. Her mother was the daughter of Samuel J. May and was first cousin to Louisa May Alcott, and all were involved with the anti-slavery movement. Ms. Wilkinson graduated from Smith College (Class of 1894) and eventually settled in New York City where she was employed at the Henry Street Settlement. She later became the national secretary and then president of the National League of Women Workers. In 1902 she married Claude Fayette Bragdon, an architect in Rochester, New York and lived in that city. Her son, Henry W. Bragdon, was born September 6, 1906. On December 16, 1907 she died suddenly.


0.229 linear feet (1 container)

Language of Materials



The papers are largely letters from Charlotte Coffyn Wilkinson Bradgon, Class of 1884, to Charlotte May Wilkinson, her mother, with additional letters containing information on her life.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Unknown source.

Related Material

Researchers should also view:

  1. 80. Class of 1894 Records
  2. "In Memoriam-Chalotte Wilkinson Bragdon," Smith College Monthly 15 (Feb. 1908): 324-325.
  3. Chauncey, Laurie Worcester. "Charlotte Wilkinson's Letters," Smith Alumnae Quarterly 52 (Feb. 1961): 80-83.

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 Charlotte Coffyn Wilkinson Bragdon papers
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Melvin Carlson, Jr.
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Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
  • 2018-11-03: Updated to conform to DACS and added boxes

Repository Details

Part of the Smith College Archives Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063