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Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Scope Note: The Sophia Smith Collection collects materials relevant to women’s social circles and personal lives in addition to materials documenting their work. Social role categories are provided to add another way of understanding women’s history, and are assigned to collections that have a significant amount of materials related to that role.

This category covers collections where the experience of daughters is well documented.

Found in 35 Collections and/or Records:

Addie Genevieve Stockwell papers

Identifier: CA-MS-00316

These papers contain memorabilia and correspondence between Addie Genevieve Stockwell, Class of 1912, and her family and friends.

Dates of Materials: 1904 - 1937

Agnes de Mille papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00046
Abstract Agnes de Mille was a dancer and choreographer. The first woman to choreograph on Broadway, Agnes de Mille was an innovator who combined American folk dances with American music and transformed the world of musical comedy forever. Papers include writings, extensive family correspondence, photographs, research notes for two autobiographies, and memorabilia. Correspondence describes her life and activities in great detail and discusses many notable people including Cecil B. de Mille, Rebecca...
Dates of Materials: 1897 - 1993

Alice Gorton Hart papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00227

Poet and teacher. Primarily personal journals and notebooks, with inserts, dated from 1948 to 1988. Her undergraduate life at Smith is well documented. Materials from student life at Smith in the 1950s are included. Later journals document her marriage, friendships, and close relationship with her mother. Among the subjects she explored were poetry, women's spirituality, dreams, and the feminist movement. There are also poems and writings and a letter from Aldous Huxley.

Dates of Materials: 1948-1988

Alison Bechdel papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00633
Abstract Alison Bechdel is a lesbian cartoonist best known for her comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For. The collection documents her illustrative and written works. It includes extensive drafts, drawings, and notes (referred to by Bechdel as sketches) that formed the basis for her comics from the mid-1980s onwards. Other material includes business correspondence, character and topic development files, manuscript edits, fan mail, interviews, reviews, publicity materials,...
Dates of Materials: 1975 - 2021

Beulah Strong Papers

Identifier: CA-MS-00334

Professor of Art. Contains biographical information, correspondence, and photographs.

Dates of Materials: 1888 - 1938

Blake family papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00018
Abstract The Blake Family Papers contain material relating to Lillie Devereaux Blake and her daughter Katherine Devereaux Blake. Lillie Blake was a suffragist, writer, and women's rights advocate. Katherine Blake was a pacifist, suffragist, ERA activist, teacher, and a leader in the National Education Association. Materials include biographical and printed material, writings, and a scrapbook. The collection also contains correspondence with Mathilda Joslyn Gage, Isabel Howland, John Dewey, Anita...
Dates of Materials: 1872-1958; undated

Butler Family correspondence

Identifier: MRBC-MS-00242

Letters from Thomas Butler and Sarah Denison Butler to their daughter Caroline H. Butler and correspondence between Caroline and her husband Edward Butler between 1817 and 1848. Also included are a few documents related to Edward Butler's commercial activities in China and Singapore.

Dates of Materials: 1817-1848

Carolyn French papers

Identifier: CA-MS-01159

Carolyn French is a Smith College alumna (Class of ’49) who was active in college life, both in Massahcusetts and abroad. She went on to have a career in art history. Her papers contain letters from her to her family, ID cards, photographs of her, and invitations.

Dates of Materials: 1946-02 - 1949-05

Charlotte Coffyn Wilkinson Bragdon papers

Identifier: CA-MS-00168

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.

Dates of Materials: 1890 - 1962

Edith Mae Shaw Racine papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00731

The collection contains personal papers of Edith May Shaw Racine, a homemaker and mother in Maine, that include letters from Racine to her daughter, Doris Racine McLelland, family genealogy and photographs. The frequent letters Edith wrote to her daughter Doris over almost four decades provide a glimpse into family life during the first half of the twentieth century, mother/daughter relationships, and the impact of the Great Depression on ordinary people.

Dates of Materials: 1911 - 2013

Elizabeth Biller Chapman collection of materials related to Sylvia Kamerman Burack and Abraham Burack

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 310183630361573]
Identifier: MRBC-MS-00380

These biographical papers contain reminiscences by Elizabeth Biller Chapman about her parents, Sylvia Kamerman Burack (Smith College Class of 1938) and Abraham Burack. Sylvia Burack (1916-2003) and Abraham Burack (1908-1978) were editors and publishers of the magazine The Writer and wrote and edited other texts. The collection also includes documents, photographs, and printed materials relating to them, as well as poems by Chapman about her parents.

Dates of Materials: 1930s-2003

Elizabeth Jane Hellebush papers

Identifier: CA-MS-00356

These papers contain letters between Elizabeth Jane Hellebush and the Hellebush family as well as other correspondence, along with some newspaper clippings.

Dates of Materials: 1926 - 1930

Emily Burling Waite, Henrietta G. Fitz, and Harriet E. Waite letters

Identifier: MRBC-MS-00366
Scope and Contents

The collection contains letters of Emily Burling Waite to her mother and brother, written mostly while she studied and traveled in Europe, 1910-1912. Also included are letters from Henrietta G. Fitz, who provided some financial support to Emily Waite, 1910-1911. Harriet E. Waite's letters to her father relate to two travel excursions in Europe, March-June, 1938 and July-September, 1939.

Dates of Materials: 1909 - 1939; 1909 - 1939

Ernestine Gilbreth Carey collection regarding Lillian Moller Gilbreth

Identifier: SSC-MS-00374
Abstract Biographical collection of Lillian Moller Gilbreth, industrial engineer, assembled by her daughter Ernestine Gilbreth Carey. In addition to industrial engineering, Gilbreth and her husband published and lectured extensively on the subject of motion saving techniques and worker efficiency with respect to both physical ability and psychological variables. Family material reflects the unique Gilbreth method of child-rearing. The bulk of the family correspondence is with Gilbreth's third...
Dates of Materials: 1860 - 2000

Families collection

Identifier: SSC-MS-00391
Abstract Collection contains articles, bibliographies, books, greeting cards, leaflets, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, periodicals, reports, and syllabi addressing "the family," including topics such as homemakers, housework, marriage, unwed mothers, and divorce. Includes feminist critique of marriage and the family by both well-known feminists and more mainstream writers and journalists. Contains documentation of the changes in American family structures and norms that resulted from the cultural...
Dates of Materials: 1829 - 1999; Majority of material found within 1930 - 1980

Fanny Fern and Ethel Parton papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00117
Abstract Author, journalist, columnist, children's author, and humorist. Sara Payson Willis wrote for several small Boston magazines under the name Fanny Fern; numerous newspapers soon published her pieces. She had a regular weekly column in the New York Ledger and was one of the first woman columnists. Ethel Parton, granddaughter of Sara Willis and James Parton, worked as a writer and literary assistant, and at age 70 began writing children's books. Materials include extensive writings,...
Dates of Materials: 1805-1982

Florence Ellinwood Allen papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00002
Abstract Lawyer, judge, suffragist, and pacifist. Allen's papers reflect her career as the first woman judge of a state supreme court and the first woman appointed as a federal judge, as well as her work in the Ohio suffrage and peace movements. Also included are the writings of Florence's mother, Corinne Tuckerman Allen, who was a member of the first class admitted to Smith College. Tuckerman Allen advocated sexual morality, monogamy and family relationships and organized for the Congress of...
Dates of Materials: 1920 - 1966

Ida Belle Gwynn Garvin papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00623

Ida Belle Gwynn Garvin was a homemaker and homesteader, born in 1869. The Ida Belle Gwynn Garvin Papers is comprised of letters from Ida Gwynn Garvin to her mother, Adaline Gwynn, as well as biographical information and photographs of the Gwynn and Garvin families and letters from Ida Gwynn Garvin's daughters.

Dates of Materials: 1890-2008

Jane P. Metzger, Class of 1941 letters

Identifier: CA-MS-01032

Letters written by Metzger to her parents as a student at Smith College, 1937-1941, as well as a Smith College newspaper from 1940 and a reunion "yellow pages" from 1966.

Dates of Materials: Sept 1937-May 1941

Janet Olmsted papers

Identifier: CA-MS-00355

This collections contains primarily correspondence between Janet Olmsted and her family, as well as other parties. Also included in these papers are news clippings, photographs, and study notes.

Dates of Materials: 1920 - 1997

Joan and Peggy Murray papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00295

Collection consists of correspondence (1931-46); clippings; writings; memorabilia; photographs; and printed material documenting the lives of mother Peggy Murray, diseuse, and daughter Joan Murray, poet.

Dates of Materials: 1880-1969; Majority of material found within 1911-1969

Joann Aalfs papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00479
Abstract The Joann Aalfs papers document the New Bedford Women's Center (founded circa 1969), of which Aalfs was a member. She kept complete and highly detailed records that provide excellent documentation of the beginnings of this grassroots women's organization, the personal and political dimensions of the problems its members sought to address and remedy, as well as the economic, social and cultural context in which it existed. Much of the correspondence is family-related, over multiple...
Dates of Materials: 1902 - 2015

Kate Hillis Boyd papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00597

YWCA volunteer, World War I, YWCA executive, YWCA overseas secretary. Papers are primarily related to her work as an Overseas Secretary for the YWCA of the U.S.A in France and Belgium during and immediately after World War I. A large portion is a typescript of excerpts from Boyd's letters home to her mother. There is also general biographical material and some materials from her time as General Secretary of the YWCA of Manila, Philippines, 1930-33.

Dates of Materials: 1915-1934; Majority of material found within 1918-22

Laura Lilian Brandt papers

Identifier: CA-MS-00303

Contains correspondence, memorabilia, and photographs documenting the Junior Year Abroad of Laura Lilian Brandt, Class of 1927, to Paris, France.

Dates of Materials: 1925 - 1939

Madeleine L'Engle papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00801
Abstract Madeleine L’Engle, was an author of children’s stories, plays, poetry, fiction, religious tracts, autobiographies, and science fiction, best known for her children’s classic A Wrinkle in Time. This collection includes her personal and professional papers, including manuscripts and drafts of her writings. The collection also includes the papers of Madeliene L'Engle's family members, including her parents and grandparets, the Barnetts and Camps, and her...
Dates of Materials: 1788 - 2019; Majority of material found within 1900 - 2007

Marian Jones papers

Identifier: CA-MS-00350

This collection contains correspondence between Marian "May" Jones and various parties, as well as her obituary.

Dates of Materials: 1894 - 1960

Marian Sage Seewoster papers

Identifier: CA-MS-00020

Smith graduate. Contains correspondence from junior year abroad and postcards.

Dates of Materials: 1927-1986; Majority of material found within 1927-1928

Marianne Robinson papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00754

Marianne Robinson's letters, photographs, poetry, correspondence, and even invoices are fantastic primary sources for topics of the labor and women's movement, folk music, single motherhood, and activism. Her correspondence with Woody Guthrie might be of special interest.

Dates of Materials: 1948-2015

Mary Katherine Lent papers

Identifier: CA-MS-01102

Mary Katherine Lent was a member of the Smith College Class of 1955.The collection includes letters written by Lent to her mother from March 1953 to June 1959, from her sophomore year at Smith College, and her Macy’s career into early married life as well as personal memorabilia.

Dates of Materials: 1953 - 1959

Nancy Toppan Little papers

Identifier: CA-MS-00018

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

Dates of Materials: 1914 - 1978; Majority of material found within 1914 - 1918