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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Biography of Josephine Smith
  • Scope and Contents of the Collection
  • Series Arrangement
  • Subject Headings

  • 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
    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


    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
    Western Americana, 1900 -2000
    newspaper articles