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Women in STEM

Subject Source: Local Ssc
Scope Note: Papers of women who worked in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math, often among the first women in their field. Also included are the records of the Association for Women in Mathematics. The Sophia Smith Collection plans to grow this category to include more collections representing advocacy for women's full participation and recognition in STEM.

Found in 45 Collections and/or Records:

A Woman's Legacy: Five Women Who Made a Difference oral history series

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 310183630041597]
Identifier: SSC-MS-00533

Series of oral histories of four notable women: Belva Davis, journalist; Bernice Hemphill, bio-analyist; Marian Cleeves Diamond, scientist; Mary Lanigar, accountant; and Sandra Day O'Connor, supreme court justice. Published by Women's Forum West Legacy Foundation (San Francisco, Calif, 2004).

Dates of Materials: 1998-2003

Alice Dickinson papers

Identifier: CA-MS-01188

Alice Dickinson was Professor of Mathematics at Smith College from 1960-1986 and Dean of the College from 1973-1976. Her papers contain her work while Professor of Mathematics and Dean of the College at Smith College and include personal papers, class lists, teaching materials, examinations, committee work, correspondence, math department files, and Dean's Office material.

Dates of Materials: 1961 - 1977

Association for Women in Mathematics records

Identifier: SSC-MS-00796
Abstract The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) is a professional society whose mission is to encourage women and girls to study and to have active careers in the mathematical sciences, and to promote equal opportunity for and the equal treatment of women and girls in the mathematical sciences. This collection includes materials relating to the Association's founding and management, as well as newsletters, grant and travel grant records, publications, and information on prizes, contests,...
Dates of Materials: 1970-2018

Betty Schwartzel collection of Dian Fossey correspondence, photographs, and clippings

Identifier: SSC-MS-00386

The collection documents the professional and personal life of Dian Fossey, a scientist studying gorillas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (then Zaire).

Dates of Materials: 1964-1995; Majority of material found within 1969 - 1985

Caroline Heminway Kierstead papers

Identifier: CA-MS-00140

This collection documents the research insterests, professional career and personal life of Caroline Heminway Kierstead, a professor of geology at Smith College. Materials include correspondence, publications, diaries, and photographs.

Dates of Materials: 1923 - 1985

Department of Astronomy records

Identifier: CA-MS-00072
Abstract The collection contains papers related to the Smith College Astronomy Department. Founded in 1887 with the building of a new observatory and with Mary E. Byrd as Director, it became part of the Five College Astronomy Department starting in 1960. Records include a history of the department, booklets, course and faculty information, diagrams, account books, notebooks and photographs of astronomical observations, information on observatory instruments, correspondence, and notes and...
Dates of Materials: 1847 - 1996

Department of Engineering records

Identifier: CA-MS-00127

This collection includes department files, materials describing the hostory of the department, newspaper and magazine articles, pamphlets, and black and white photographs, as well as materials pertaining to personnell searches.

Dates of Materials: 1970 - 2010

Department of Mathematics records

Identifier: CA-MS-00162

The Mathematics Department at Smith College was established in 1894. This collection contains material describing the department's courses and Mathematics Club and includes black and white photographs, meeting minutes, mid-year and final exam questions, course syllabi, and department budgets and announcements..

Dates of Materials: 1899 - 2000

Dorcas Brigham Papers

Identifier: CA-MS-00041

Professor of Botany. Collection contains biographical material, correspondence with Kate Mott Greene Stephenson, photographs, and printed material about Village Hill Nursery.

Dates of Materials: 1914 - 1986; Majority of material found within 1924-1967

Dorothy Wrinch papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00178

Crystallographer, Biochemist, Mathematician, Physicist. Papers contain original manuscripts; models; printed material; publications and writings; notebooks and scrapbooks; as well as extensive correspondence which illuminate her research and views on crystal structure, cyclols, peptides, mineral twins, x-ray methods, insulin, and polyhedra.

Dates of Materials: 1901-1983; Majority of material found within 1919-1975

Elizabeth D. Robinton papers

Identifier: CA-MS-01108

Elizabeth Dorothy Robinton (1910-2007) was a professor of microbiology at Smith College. Her papers consist of both personal and professional materials including travel and scientific diaries, correspondence, photographs, research materials and publications.

Dates of Materials: 1887 - 2008

Elizabeth Thompson Bunce papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00411

Marine geophysicist. Papers contain a transcript of an oral history interview, professional correspondence, biographical material, photographs, and awards and citations.

Dates of Materials: 1936-1986; Majority of material found within 1962-1980

Elizabeth Warren Olmstead papers

Identifier: CA-MS-01140

Contains research note books, correspondence, academic publications, a master’s thesis, and class notes by Elizabeth Warren Olmstead, class of 1931 and instructor in geology.

Dates of Materials: 1928 - 1982

Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00130

Ellen Richards was a chemist and professor. She taught analysis of water, sewage, and air, and devised the first water purity tests. Involved in home economics movement, Richards introduced ideas of nutritious lunches in schools and systematic domestic science instruction. Materials include photographs, correspondence, notes and writings.

Dates of Materials: 1882 - 1974

Ellen Parmelee Cook Papers

Identifier: CA-MS-00123

Associate Professor of Chemistry. Contains biographical material, correspondence, photographs, and newspaper clippings.

Dates of Materials: 1893 - 1947

Elsa Siipola papers

Identifier: CA-MS-01150

Elsa Siipola graduated from Smith College in 1929 and continued her education at Smith to receive her M.A. She returned in 1931 as a Professor of Psychology, where she taught until her retirement in 1974. Siipola’s research centered around the study of personality. Her papers contain correspondence, publications, photographs, Curriculum Vitae, and news clippings.

Dates of Materials: 1935 - 1983

Employment collection

Identifier: SSC-MS-00456
Abstract Primarily printed materials and books, plus some unpublished writings, correspondence, photographs, and ephemera, pertaining to employment issues and specific occupations of women primarily in the U.S. and England. Topics include affirmative action, sex discrimination, labor organizing, child labor, immigrant workers, women in industry, jury duty, wartime work, Social Security, and protective legislation. Over eighty occupations represented include: law, academics, social work, sciences,...
Dates of Materials: 1817 - 2000; Majority of material found within 1920-1976

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

Ethel Puffer Howes papers

Identifier: CA-MS-01031
Abstract Ethel Dench Puffer Howes (Smith College, Class of 1891) was an educator, physchologist, and active participant in the women's rights movement of the 1910s-1930s. Working as the director of the Institute for the Coordination of Women's Interests at Smith College, she advocated for women's ability to balance marriage and a career. These papers include correspondence, published articles, photographs, and biographical information on Howes and her family, all compiled by granddaughter Candace...
Dates of Materials: 1863-1982

Eunice Chace Greene Papers

Identifier: CA-MS-00059

Instructor of Zoology. Collection contains correspondence, sketches and diagrams for Anatomy of a Rat, a lab book created by Greene.

Dates of Materials: 1935 - 1975

Evelyn Boyd Granville papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00747

The collection contains the personal papers of Evelyn Boyd Granville, mathematician, computer scientist, and educator.

Dates of Materials: 1936 - 2023

Florence Bascom papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00012
Abstract Florence Bascom was a geologist and professor. The papers include biographical information, photographs, scrapbooks, sketchbooks, writings, memorabilia, financial records, and extensive personal and professional correspondence. Correspondents include Elaine Goodale Eastman, Annie Peck, Gifford Pinchot, Isabel Fothergill Smith, M. Carey Thomas, and Charles R. Van Hise. Correspondence from the Goldschmidt family is in German with English translation. Her writings include published and...
Dates of Materials: 1868 - 1982; Majority of material found within 1875-1940

Florence Louise Barrows Papers

Identifier: CA-MS-00378

Contains photograph albums, a memorabilia book, photographs, newspaper clippings, questionnaires, published articles, and correspondence related to the student and professional life of Florence Louise Barrows, Class of 1911.

Dates of Materials: 1888 - 2006; Majority of material found within 1907 - 2006

Fosdick family papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00305
Abstract The collection contains the personal and professional papers of Florence Whitney Fosdick, Elinor Fosdick Downs, and Dorothy Emerson Fosdick. There is a small amount of genealogical and biographical information concerning a number of other Fosdick family members, notably Harry E. Fosdick. The Elinor F. Downs materials contain materials about her medical and public health career; her 1961 study of Arab refugees; writings and illustrations for scientific and archaeological studies; and...
Dates of Materials: 1890 - 2006

Frances Grace Smith Papers

Identifier: CA-MS-00143

Professor of Botany. Contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, and photographs relating to the life and work of Frances Grace Smith.

Dates of Materials: 1859 - 1949

George Morrison Fleck papers

Identifier: CA-MS-00390

Professor of Chemistry. Collection contains publications, news clippings, manuscripts, faculty report on student occupation of College Hall, research and photographs from the professional and personal life of George Morrison Fleck.

Dates of Materials: 1961 - 1995

Gladys Amelia Anslow papers

Identifier: CA-MS-00375
Abstract Gladys Amelia Anslow, a member of the Smith College Class of 1914 and, later, a Smith professor, was the first woman to work with the cyclotron ("atomic whirligig to smash the atom") at UC Berkeley. She worked with fellow Smith physicist Dorothy Wrinch on a "spectrochemical study of protein molecules for the eventual production of synthetic foods and drugs" under a grant from the Office of Naval Research, the first research grant of its kind at Smith College. Her papers contain photographs,...
Dates of Materials: 1914 - 1969

Gloria W. Heath papers

Identifier: CA-MS-00304

The Gloria W. Heath papers contain biographical information, correspondence, professional files, and publications of Gloria W. Heath, Class of 1943.

Dates of Materials: 1941 - 2012

Helen Ashurst Choate papers

Identifier: CA-MS-00045

Helen Ashurst Choate was a professor of botany at Smith College. Her papers contain biographical information, correspondence, clippings, notes, publications and other materials.

Dates of Materials: 1817 - 1997

Helen Stobbe papers

Identifier: CA-MS-01183

Helen Ruth Stobbe was an associate professor emeritus of geology and geography until her retirement in 1967. The Helen Stobbe papers contain Professor Stobbe's professional and personal papers amassed during her time as a student and as a professor at Smith College, including coursework, letters, research, photographs, and lecture materials.

Dates of Materials: 1905 - 1977