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Nancy Toppan Little papers

Identifier: CA-MS-00018

Scope and Contents

The Nancy Toppan Little Papers contain correspondence to her family from her enrollment at Smith College in 1914 until her graduation in 1918. The papers also contain materials relating to her college career, including a memorabilia book, class songs, programs from Smith theatrical events, and memoirs of her 45th and 60th college reunions.

Dates of Materials

  • 1914 - 1978
  • Majority of material found within 1914 - 1918


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

Nancy Toppan Little, class of 1918, lived her entire life in Newburyport, Massachusetts. During her four years at Smith she studied Math, English, German, History, Latin, Biblical Literature, Geology, Philosophy, Physics, Economics and Physical Education and was a member of the Math Club. She also taught classes in Arithmetic and Geography at the People's Institute of Northampton. Between her graduation and her marriage on June 16, 1920 to Herbert Greenleaf Noyes, also of Newburyport, she worked briefly as a bank clerk. Her sixty-one-year marriage produced three sons, nine grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Until her death in 1995, Little delighted in outdoor walks and visits from her large family.


0.438 linear feet (1 container)

Language of Materials



Smith graduate. Contains correspondence from Smith, memorabilia book , class songs, programs, and memoirs of college reunions.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Mr. and Mrs. Leon Noyes, 2000. Some material may be from other sources.

Related Material

  1. 80. Class of 1918 Records

Processing Information

Processed by Caroline Hasenyager, '02 and Valerie Love, '02.

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 Nancy Toppan Little papers
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Caroline Hasenyager and Valerie Love
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: manosca18 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02-5c.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
  • 2018-11-08: 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