Ella Strong Denison Library
Scripps College
1090 Columbia Avenue
Claremont, California 91711
Phone: (909) 607-3941
Fax: (909) 607-1548
Email: denison@libraries.claremont.edu
January 2010


Descriptive Summary

Title: Guide to the Josephine Smith Papers
Creator: Smith, Josephine
Dates: 1890-1996
Extent: 17 linear feet (8 boxes)
Repository: Claremont Colleges. Library.
1090 Columbia Avenue
Claremont, California 91711
Abstract:
Collection Number: d2009.1
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English
Physical Location: Ella Strong Denison Library, Scripps College, Claremont University Consortium.

Information for Researchers

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research with permission from Ella Strong Denison Library staff.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with Scripps College. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact Ella Strong Denison Library staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Josephine Smith Papers. Ella Strong Denison Library, Scripps College, Claremont, California.

Acquisition Information

This collection is a gift from Josephine Smith's family.

Processing Information

Arranged and Processed by Special Collections Staff

Accruals

No addition to the collection is anticipated.

Biography of Josephine Smith

Josephine Smith, an author, who wrote about the elderly, married to Dwight Smith, and wrote a column, "On Aging", for the Claremont Courier while she lived in the area. After the couple retired they lived in Pilgrim Place, a retirement community in Claremont, California. She taught classes at Mt. San Antonio College. With her husband she produced a weekly radio program, served on the Claremont Human Services Commission and was involved in several programs for the elderly. Her previous professions include being a nurse, a college teacher, a social worker, a mother, a wife, a Sunday school teacher, and an activist for the elderly. Mrs. Smith graduated from Mt. Holyoke College in Massachusetts, and then entered St. Luke's Hospital in New York City to train as a nurse. Mrs. Smith started her radio career during World War II while her husband was a Methodist minister in Olympia, Washington. During the 1950s she and her husband moved back to East Coast. Mrs. Smith enrolled at Boston University School of Social Work. The Smiths retired an moved to Pilgrim Place in 1970. She then enrolled at LaVerne University so she could teach in California. She was born in 1898 and died in 1996 in Claremont, California. "Busy Teacher hasn't time to practice at 82". Progress Bulletin, August 27, 1980.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection contains correspondence, scrapbooks of her article on "On Ageing", photographs, subject files, letters and newspaper clippings.

Series Arrangement

Series 1 Subject Files
Series 2 Correspondence
Series 3 Letters and Newspaper Clippings

Subject Headings

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection
Smith, Josephine
Claremont Courier
Journalist,
Western Americana, 1900 -2000
newspaper articles


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series 1 Correspondence

Box 1, folder 1

Correspondence, 1980s

Box 1, folder 2

Newspaper clippings, articles,

Box 1, folder 3

Newspaper clippings,

Box 1, folder 4

Photographs,

Box 1, folder 5

Diary/Journal,

Box 1, folder 6

Journal,

Box 2, folder 1

Claremont letters, 1983

Box 2, folder 2

Claremont letters and photographs, 1984

Box 2, folder 3

Claremont letters, 1985

Box 2, folder 4

Claremont letters, 1986

Box 2, folder 5

Claremont letters, 1987

Box 2, folder 6

Claremont letters, 1988

box 2, folder 7

Claremont letters, 1989

Box 3, folder 1

Henry St. Settlement-other New York City jobs,

Box 3, folder 2

"My Life", 1983

Box 3, folder 3

"My Journal",

Box 3, folder 4

"On Aging", 1984

Box 3, folder 5

Writing Class Journal, 1986-1987

Box 3, folder 6

"Journal", 1987-1988

Box 3, folder 7

90th birthday, 1989

Box 3, folder 8

Journal, 1989-1990

Box 3, folder 9

"The Little End Room", 1990

Box 3, folder 10

Journal, 1990-1991

Box 3, folder 11

Mount Holyoke Alumnae Quarterly,

Box 4, folder 1

Family Correspondence, 1976

Box 4, folder 2

Family Correspondence, 1977

Box 4, folder 3

Family Correspondence, 1978

Box 4, folder 4

Family Correspondence, 1979

Box 4, folder 5

Family Correspondence, 1980

Box 4, folder 7

Christmas Correspondence,

Box 4, folder 8

Family Correspondence, 1981

Box 4, folder 9

"Church letters",

Box 4, folder 10

Family Letters, 1980

Box 4, folder 11

Family Letters, 1983-1984

Box 4, folder 12

Family Letters, 1985

Box 4, folder 13

Family Letters, 1986

Box 4, folder 14

Family Letters, 1987-1988

Box 4, folder 15

Family Letters, 1989

Box 4, folder 16

Letters and Business, 1990

Box 5, folder 1

Mother's Letters, 1970s

Box 5, folder 2

Mother's Letters, 1970s

Box 5, folder 3

Photographs, 1970s

Box 5, folder 4

Mother's Letters, 1970s

Box 5, folder 5

Letter book,

Box 6, folder 1

Letters from Scotland and Europe, 1934

Box 6, folder 2

Letters from Scotland, 1934-1986

Box 6, folder 3

Miscellaneous Letters to Josephine Smith, photographs,

Box 6, folder 4

Letters from Benny Berg, 1956-1957

Box 6, folder 5

Letters from Benny Berg, 1958-1959

Box 6, folder 6

Letters from Benny Berg, 1960-1961

Box 6, folder 7

Letters from Benny Berg, 1962-1963

Box 6, folder 8

Letters from Benny Berg, 1964-1965

Box 6, folder 9

Letters from Benny Berg, 1966-1967

Box 6, folder 10

Letters from Benny Berg, 1967-1969

Box 7, folder 1

Newspaper clippings, Claremont Courier,

Box 7, folder 2

Teaching,

Box 7, folder 3

Genealogy,

Box 7, folder 4

"About Aging" by Josephine Smith, Claremont Courier,

Box 7, folder 5

"About Aging" by Josephine Smith, Glen Avon Gazette,

Box 7, folder 6

Dwight Smith, Claremont Courier,

Box 7, folder 7

Photographs,

Box 7, folder 8

Speech at Boston,

Box 7, folder 9

Article about Josephine Smith,

Box 7, folder 10

Letters to Josephine Smith from people living at Pilgrim Place,

Box 7, folder 11

50th Wedding Anniversary, Tribute to Josephine and Dwight Smith,

Box 7, folder 12

"Things I never Thought about Retirement" by Josephine Smith, John Milton Magazine,

Box 7, folder 13

Awards/Certificates,

Box 7, folder 14

Article about Josephine Smith, Owl Observer,

Box 7, folder 15

Mount Holyoke Alumnae Magazine,

Box 7, folder 16

Tupper Lake, New York, 1913-1914

Box 7, folder 17

Newspaper Clippings, 1959

Box 7, folder 18

"Smith Family Review",

Box 7, folder 19

Scrapbook LaVerne Students,

Box 7, folder 20

Mountaineer Weekly,

Box 7, folder 21

Josephine Smith's birthday,

Box 7, folder 21

"About Aging", 1984

Box 7, folder 21

"About Aging", 1984-1985

Box 7, folder 21

"About Aging", 1985

Box 8, folder 1

Radio Scripts, 1946

Box 8, folder 2

Claremont, 1978

Box 8, folder 3

Claremont, 1979

Box 8, folder 4

Claremont, 1980

Box 8, folder 5

Claremont, 1981

Box 8, folder 6

Claremont, 1982

Box 8, folder 6

Claremont, 1982

Box 8, folder 7

Miscellaneous Clippings and Christmas Cards from Boston and New York,

Box 8, folder 8

Newspaper Clippings, Owl Observer,

Box 8, folder 9

Mature Years,

Box 8, folder 9

Clippings about Josephine Smith's parents, 1970-1989

Box 8, folder 10

Clippings about Josephine Smith's parents, 1970-1989

Box 9, folder 1

Address Book (1)

Box 9, folder 2

Address Book (2)

Box 9, folder 3

Telephone Address Book

Box 9, folder 4

Poetry MSS, 1985 - 1986

Box 9, folder 5

Scrapbook - poetry, 1939

Box 9, folder 5

Scrapbook - poetry, 1939

Box 9, folder 6

Address Book (3)

Box 9, folder 7

Scrapbook, 1985 - 1990

Box 9, folder 8

Journal with clippings, 1985

Box 9, folder 9

Notebook MSS

Box 9, folder 10

Correspondence re: Death of JMS, 1996

Box 9, folder 11

Haikus and Senrus by M.L.K.,

Box 9, folder 12

Correspondence from JMS to Catherine Simpson, 1988 - 1995

drawer 1

Certificate "Women of Distinction", 1987

drawer 1

Articles-"About Aging", 1985-1991

Scope and Content Note

These scrapbooks contain newspaper articles, photographs, and marginalia.
drawer 2

Scrapbook--Early years, 1913-1951

drawer 2

Scrapbook--New York Years, 1953-1970

drawer 2

Scrapbook--Since Going to Claremont, 1970-1991

drawer 2

Romance and miscellaneous letters for Josephine Smith from Dwight Smith,

drawer 2

Journal, 1934

drawer 2, envelope 1

Postcards,

drawer 2, envelope 2

Passports,

drawer 2, envelope 2

Scrapbook, 1963

drawer 2

Travels, 1957-1963

drawer 2

Family Scrapbook, 1960s

drawer 2

Photograph Album (Claremont), 1960s

drawer 2

Josephine Smith's Diaries, 1990-1992

drawer 3

Scrapbook--Maine, 1967

drawer 3

Scrapbook--Sweden, 1963

drawer 3

Scrapbook--England and Sweden, 1969

drawer 3

Scrapbook--Tribute to Dwight Smith,

drawer 3

Scrapbook--Family Photograph Album,

drawer 3

Scrapbook--Europa Cruise, 1967

drawer 3

2 Scrapbooks--60th Wedding Anniversary,

drawer 3, envelope 1

Baby and Family Photograph Album,

drawer 4

26 Journals by Josephine Smith on her writings, 1964-1989