Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject HeadingsScope 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 16 Collections and/or Records:
Overview 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 West,...
Dates: 1897 - 1993
Overview 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.
Overview This collection is comprised of materials related to works created by Alison Bechdel. It includes business correspondence, character and topic development files, manuscript edits, press interviews, reviews, press releases, and a broad range of texts, sketches, and notes that formed the basis for Bechdel's work from the mid-1980s through the early 2000s.
Overview 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: 1872-1958; undated
Overview 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: 1911 - 2013
Overview 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 and...
Dates: 1829 - 1999; Majority of material found within 1930 - 1980
Overview 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, correspondence,...
Overview 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 Mothers.
Dates: 1920 - 1966
Overview 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.
Overview 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: 1880-1969; Majority of material found within 1911-1969
Overview 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 generations.
Overview 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: 1915-1934; Majority of material found within 1918-22
Overview Industrial engineer. 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 daughter, Ernestine Gilbreth Carey. Other materials include awards, photographs, writings and speeches.
Dates: 1860 - 1999
Overview 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: 1788 - 2019; Majority of material found within 1900 - 2007
Overview 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.
Overview Professor, languages; Naturalist; Civic volunteer; Army Intelligence officer, World War II; Author; Teacher. The Townsend-O'Brien-Hoffheimer Family papers consists primarily of correspondence between these three generations of women and other family; diaries of Smith College years for both mother and daughter.
Dates: 1878 - 1991