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Background - Women's Colleges and Education

Horowitz, Helen Lefkowitz. Alma Mater: Design and Experience in the Women's Colleges From Their Nineteeth-Century Beginnings to the 1930's. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1984. Pages 69-81, 147-197, and 213-217 deal specifically with Smith.

Newcomer, Mabel. A Century of Higher Education for Women. Washington, DC: Zenger, 1959.

Solomon, Barbara Miller. In The Company of Educated Women: A History of Women and Higher Education in America. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1985.

Woody, Thomas. A History of Women's Education in the United States, vol. 1 and 2. New York: The Science Press, 1929.


Seelye, L. Clark. The Early History of Smith College, 1871-1910. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1923.

Gardiner, Harry Norman, and William Allan Neilson. "Smith College: The First Seventy-Five Years." Incomplete typescript, 1946.

Mendenhall, Thomas C. "Chance and Change in Smith College's First Century." Northampton: Engel Lecture, Smith College, 1976.


Davis, Gladys Wookey. Miss Sophia's Legacy. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1950.

Greene, Helen French. Foreshadowings of Smith College: Selections From the Letters of Louisa Dickinson to John Morton Greene, 1856-1857. Privately printed, 1928.

Hanscom, Elizabeth Deering, and Helen French Greene. Sophia Smith and the Beginnings of Smith College. Northampton: Smith College, 1925.


Rhees, Harriet Seelye. Laurenus Clark Seelye: First President of Smith College. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1929.

Thorp, Margaret Farrand. Neilson of Smith. New York: Oxford University Press, 1956.


Historical Handbook of Smith College. Northampton: Smith College, 1932. Illustrated historical guide to the campus.

Lincoln, Eleanor Terry, and John Abel Pinto. This House We Live In: The Smith College Campus from 1871-1982. Northampton: Smith College, 1983.

Student Life

Clarke, Elizabeth Lawrence. "Student Life." In The Early History of Smith College, 1871-1910, by L. Clark Seelye. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1923.

Morgan, Constance Morrow. A Distant Moment: The Youth, Education, and Courtship of Elizabeth Cutter Morrow. Northampton: Smith College, 1977.


"Annual Report of the President to the Board of Trustees," 1875-present.

Jordan, Mary Augusta. "The Teaching of English in Smith College from President and Professor Seelye to President and Professor Neilson." Incomplete typescript, 1925. View of the college through the eyes of an early faculty member.

Lincoln, Eleanor Terry. Through the Grecourt Gates: Distinguished Visitors to Smith College, 1875-1975. Northampton: Smith College, 1978.

Van Voris, Jacqueline. College: A Smith Mosaic. Northampton: Smith College, 1975.

(Smith class year after author's name)

Champagne, Marion G. (Grosberg 1936), The Cauliflower Heart, New York: Dial, 1944, 389 pp. [Jewish students at Smith and after graduation]

Chase, Jessie Anderson (1886), Three Freshmen. Chicago: A. C. McClurg and Co, 1898, 264 pp. [set at Smith]

Chase, Jessie Anderson (1886), "Three Freshmen: Ruth, Fran, and Nathalie," [serial about the same characters in Three Freshmen], St. Nicholas, January - May l895.

Daskam, Josephine Dodge (1898), Smith College Stories. New York: Charles Scribners' Sons, 1900 (2nd ed., 1921), 343 pp.

Eustis, Helen (1938), The Horizontal Man. 1945; reprint New York: Garland, 1975, 231 pp.; in Neilson only PS3509.U66 H6. [Murder mystery]

Fuller, Caroline Macomber (l895), Across the Campus: A Story of College Life. New York: Charles Scribners' Sons, 1899, 441 pp.

Johnson, Mrs. Clarke [pseud.?; Mrs. Dillon?], Her College Days: A Story for Girls, Philadephia: Penn Publishing Co., 1896, 336 pp. [set at fictional "Gale" College]

Johnson, Nora (1954), A Step Beyond Innocence. New York: Dell, 1962, 256 pp. [originally published by Little, Brown, and Co., Boston, 1961).

Lucas, Victoria, pseud. (Sylvia Plath 1955), The Bell Jar. London: William Heinemann Ltd., 1963, 258 pp.

Ray, Anna Chapin (1885), Sidney at College. 1908, 289 pp. Sidney: Her Senior Year, 1910, 320 pp. Boston: Little, Brown, and Co. [Smith] [There are other Sidney stories that aren't about her college years.]

Warde, Margaret, pseud. (Edith Kellogg Dunton 1897):

  • Betty Wales, Freshman. 1904, 364 pp.
  • Betty Wales, Sophomore. 1909, 349 pp.
  • Betty Wales, Junior. 1909, 344 pp.
  • Betty Wales, Senior. 1909, 376 pp.
  • Betty Wales, B. A. 1909, 358 pp.
  • Betty Wales, & Co. 1909, 358 pp.
  • Betty Wales on the Campus. 1910, 350 pp.
  • Betty Wales Decides. 1911, 357 pp.
    Philadephia: Penn Publishing Co. [set at fictional "Harding" College]

Webster, Jean (Vassar 1901), When Patty Went to College. New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 1903, 280 pp. [Vassar?]