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Artists, Architects & Filmmakers

Selected Primary Sources in the Sophia Smith Collection

Personal Papers and Organization Records

Jennifer Abod(1946 - ), filmmaker, feminist, lesbian activist. Papers (1975-2007, ongoing) include materials relating to her documentary on Audre Lorde. The collection consists almost entirely of audiovisual materials. There is also a small amount of correspondence and press releases.
[Note: This collection has not been fully processed and may be difficult to use. Collection is stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice. Original audiovisual materials are closed; use copies have been made for some materials.]

Ames Family Papers (1844-2005) including Blanche Ames Ames (1878-1969; Smith class 1899), activist, painter, and political cartoonist. Relevant materials include correspondence, diaries, photographs, original drawings and paintings, printed materials, and memorabilia.
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Joan E. Biren (JEB) (1944- ),filmmaker and photographer. Papers (1944-2011) focus on Biren’s photographic and film work, and include photographs, project files, and audiovisual materials.
[Note: Access to audiovisual materials may first require production of research copies. This collection has not been fully processed and therefore some portions may be difficult to use.]

(Noel) Phyllis Birkby (1932-1994), architect, activist, and experimental filmmaker. Papers (1932-94) include architectural drawings, photographs, and films.
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Bush-Brown Family Papers (1835-1969) including Margaret Lesley Bush-Brown (1857-1944), painter who did etchings, oils, and drawings; Henry Kirke Bush-Brown (1857-1935), sculptor; and Lydia Bush-Brown Head (1887-?), textile artist. Relevant materials include photographs, family correspondence, diaries, exhibition catalogs, printed materials, and original works of art.
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Nancy Cox-McCormack Cushman (1885-1967), sculptor. Papers (1910s-60s) include diaries, correspondence, photographs, interviews, and memorabilia. Her subjects include a variety of 20th century notables, including Gandhi and Mussolini.
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Diana Davies, activist, photojournalist, artist, and musician. Papers (1960s- ) include photographs, negatives, copies of original artwork, and printed materials.
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Dunham Family Papers (1814-1951) including Mary Dows Dunham (1865-1936), amateur photographer. Materials include correspondence, writings, sketches, watercolors, photographs, and negatives
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Hale Family Papers (1780-1988) including Susan Hale (1833-1910), painter who worked in watercolor and oil; Ellen Day Hale (1855-1940), artist who did etching, drypoint, and painting in oil; Philip Leslie Hale (1865-1931), painter, art critic, and instructor; and Lilian Westcott Hale (1880-1963), painter who worked in oil, and charcoal drawings. Materials include correspondence, photographs, sketchbooks, watercolors, drawings, memorabilia, diaries, writings, exhibition catalogs, and printed materials.
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Dori Jacobson, freelance photographer and feminist activist. Women's Rights Portfolio (1977-86) consists of photographs of women's rights actions in New York, Illinois, and Washington, D.C.
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Leslie Nelson Savage Mahoney (1890-1986), interior decorator, lecturer, and writer. Papers (1890-1986) reflect her interest in architectural history and training in design at the Art League in New York, the New York School of Applied Design for Women, Cooper Union, and Ward Belmont School.
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Frances Rich (1919- ; Smith class 1931), sculptor. Papers (1914-80) include photographs, exhibition catalogs, scrapbooks, correspondence, and printed materials.
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Linda Stein (1943- ), visual artist, feminist, political activist. Founded Have Art: Will Travel! Inc. to help artists teach, exhibit, and sell their art, and the Art Club, a Tribeca gallery providing free exhibit space for non-profit organizations promoting feminism, diversity, and reproductive rights. Papers (1974-2008) document the evolution of Stein's work both as an artist and as a political activist, and include speeches, diaries and journals, correspondence, videos, and photographs.
[Note: This collection has not been fully processed]
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Elisabeth Telling (1882-1979; Smith class 1904), traveler, artist and ethnographer. Papers (1902-65) include diaries, correspondence, printed materials, watercolors, drawings, and photographs.
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Women's School of Planning and Architecture (1972-81), feminist school of environmental design by and for women. Records (1974-92) include written and audio-visual documentation of the School's sessions; examples of projects; and documentation of the founding, planning, and operation of the School.
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Alice Morgan Wright (1881-1975; Smith class 1904), sculptor, suffragist, and animal rights activist. Papers (1880s-1978) include original artwork, correspondence, photographs, memorabilia, exhibition catalogs, sketches, drawings, and printed materials.
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Subject Collections

The Art Collection documents women's contributions to the visual arts, architecture, landscape architecture, and graphic design. The collection dates from the late nineteenth to the twentieth century and includes printed materials, biographical articles, correspondence, interviews, photographs, memorabilia, posters, speeches, and writings.
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Smith College Archives

Katherine Elizabeth McClellan (1859-1934; Smith class 1882), real estate developer and professional photographer. Relevant materials (1892-1934) include photographs, writings, and printed materials.
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For secondary sources, see the Browsing and Reference collections in the SSC Reading Room.

(Note: The SSC is actively collecting the papers and oral histories of women and the records of their organizations. See the complete list of collections for updated information.)