Smith College: Key Founding Documents

Origins Collection

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102 items.

Scope and Content Note:

Letters, legal papers and other documents related to the founding of Smith College, including communications of John M. Greene with Sophia Smith which ultimately resulted in her decision to make a provision in her will for the establishment of a women's college and to locate it in Northampton, Mass.; letters and notes about the formation of the first board of trustees and appointment of L. Clark Seelye as the first president; and a series of retrospective communications collected by John M. Greene to gather facts about the Smith Family, Sophia Smith, the first trustees and other issues related to the founding of the college.

Series Overview:

The collection is organized into two sub-groups:
  1. "Beginnings of Smith College: Original Documents Assembled by John M. Greene," 1868-1933 (37 items)

  2. The title of this series is taken from the inscription on the original slipcase when it was donated to Smith by Helen French Greene, the daughter of John M. Greene, in 1933. It consists mainly of letters written between 1868 and 1875 concerning the establishment of Smith College. Predominant correspondent is John M. Greene; other correspondents include Sophia Smith, William S. Tyler, George W. Hubbard, Edwards A. Park, Samuel T. Spaulding and L. Clark Seelye.
  3. Additional Smith College Founding Documents, 1868-1918 (65 items)

  4. This series primarily provides supplementary background information about the Smith family, the amount of Sophia Smith's gift, the first Board of Trustees, and other issues related to the founding of the college.

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