Origins Collection

Smith College Collections Online
search

home
Terms of Use

Origins Collection

    Series 1: "Beginnings of Smith College: Original Documents Assembled by John M. Greene, 1868-1933"


37 items. 

The title of the collection is taken from the text inscribed on the cover of the original slipcase containing the collection when it was donated to Smith College by Helen French Greene, the daughter of John M. Greene, in 1933. Many of the items in this collection have been printed in full or in part in Elizabeth Deering Hanscom's book Sophia Smith and the Beginnings of Smith College (1925). 

Scope and Content Note:

The collection consists mainly of letters written between 1868 and 1875 concerning the establishment of a women's 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. 

Inventory


Click on the icons to view each document.
KEY:  = document;  = transcript
Introductory note by donor Helen French Greene 1933 Mar. 12
John M. Greene to Sophia Smith
Advising the endowment of a women's college
1868 Jan. 7
John M. Greene: diary entry
Recording Sophia Smith's call upon him and her request that he draw up a plan of a women's college
1868 Feb. 12
William S. Tyler to John M. Greene
Report of his call upon Sophia Smith and his endeavor to interest her in giving a Smith Library building to Mount Holyoke Seminary
1868 Mar. 9
William S. Tyler to Sophia Smith [copy]
Enclosing letter of March 9 to Greene
1868 Mar. 7
John M. Greene to George W. Hubbard
Report of his conference with professors Tyler and Julius H. Seelye about the proposed women's college; reasons for not establishing a public library in Hatfield
1868 Mar. 17
Sophia Smith: "A Codicil for a Woman's College"
Plan drawn up by John M. Greene at the request of Sophia Smith and given by her to Judge Forbes and Deacon Hubbard to be incorporated into her will
1868 Mar. 30
John M. Greene to George W. Hubbard
Plan for a Woman's College which Greene had drawn up for Sophia Smith and had given to Hubbard to read
1868 Mar. 31
John M. Greene to Sophia Smith
Urging a change of the location of the proposed college from Hatfield to Northampton
1869 Feb. 22
John M. Greene to Sophia Smith
"Woman: Her Work in the Church"
1869 Mar. 9
John M. Greene to Sophia Smith
Higher education of women in Massachusetts
[Newspaper clipping enclosed]
1869 Apr. 5
John M. Greene to Sophia Smith
Urging again the change of the location of the college to Northampton and advising that students be housed in small groups
1869 Apr. 28
John M. Greene to Sophia Smith
Appeal for a gift to Professor Edwards A. Park of Andover Theological Seminary
1869 May 29
John M. Greene to Sophia Smith
Appeal for a gift to Professor Crowell of Amherst College
1870 Mar. 21
Edwards A. Park to John M. Greene
Selection of a President
1872 July 8
Edwards A. Park to John M. Greene
Probable effect of the Boston Fire on plans for raising money for Smith College (A fire on November 9-10, 1872 destroyed property in the business district  to the value of more than $60 million.)
1872 Nov. 11
Invitation to a meeting of Northampton citizens in the interest of Smith College 1872 Nov. 22
Edwards A. Park to John M. Greene
Boston financial condition after the Great Fire
1872 Nov. 23
Samuel T. Spaulding to John M. Greene
Possibility of raising funds in Northampton
1872 Nov. 26
William S. Tyler to John M. Greene
Comments on meeting of Northampton citizens on Nov. 25
1872 Nov. 28
Edwards A. Park to John M. Greene
Further opinions concerning fundraising
1872 Dec. 4
Edwards A. Park to John M. Greene
Further discouragements in efforts to raise money in Boston
1872 Dec. 6
Edward B. Gillett to John M. Greene
Financial campaign in Northampton
1872 Dec. 9
Edwards A. Park to John M. Greene
Possibility of an art museum and collection of musical instruments for Smith College
1872 Dec. 13
William S. Tyler to John M. Greene
Hope that people of Northampton will give money for first Smith College building
1873 Jan. 11
Minutes of committee appointed by Northampton citizens to confer with Smith College trustees as to the best methods for raising money for the college 1873 Jan. 12
Edwards A. Park to John M. Greene
Suggestion of Edward Everett Hale as a possible trustee.  Pecuniary value likely to accrue to Northampton from Smith College
1873 Jan. 24
William S. Tyler to John M. Greene
Possibilities for raising money in Northampton
1873 Jan. 31
Isaac Stone to John M. Greene
Financial efforts in Northampton.
1873 Feb. 5
Edwards A. Park to William S. Tyler
Suggestion that Mr. Hitchcock of Brimfield be requested "to found the Presidentship of Smith College"
1873 Mar. 31
William S. Tyler to John M. Greene 
Encouraging Greene in his financial effort and predicting acceptance of the Presidency by L. Clark Seelye
1873 Apr. 24
L. Clark Seelye to John M. Greene
Requesting him to call a trustees meeting and specifying its objects
1873 Dec. 22
L. Clark Seelye to John M. Greene
Inviting him to give an account of Miss Smith at the dedication of the first college building
1875 June 23
L. Clark Seelye to John M. Greene
Appreciation of Greene's commendation of Seelye's inaugural address
1875 July 22
William Greenwood to John M. Greene
Hatfield schools in the girlhood of Sophia Smith; opinion of Greene's characterization of Sophia Smith
1875 July 27
Charles Smith to John M. Greene
Personality of Sophia Smith
1875 July 29
William S. Tyler to John M. Greene
Appreciation of address by Mr. Greene and President Seelye at the dedication of the first college building
1875 Aug 28

END OF SERIES

© 1998 Five Colleges, Inc.