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Nora Archibald Smith family Papers M271

Title:
Nora Archibald Smith family papers
Creator:
Smith, Nora Archibald, 1859-1934
ID:
M271
Date [inclusive]:
1867-1937, undated
Extent:
1.2 linear feet
Language:
English
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Abstract:
Material documenting Smith family life in California, the sisters' (Kate Wiggin and Nora A. Smith) involvement in the kindergarten movement, their involvement in publishing, and family affairs in Maine.
Provenance:

Gift; Andy Shepard; 2005.

Preferred Citation:

Nora Archibald Smith Family Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine

Nora Archibald Smith (1859-1934), the younger sister of Kate Douglas Wiggin, was born in Philadelphia and subsequently lived in San Francisco, Santa Barbara, New York City, and Hollis, Maine. She was awarded an A.B. from Santa Barbara College in 1877 and received a certificate from the California Kindergarten Training School in 1881. Throughout her adult life Smith was active in the kindergarten movement, serving as superintendent of the Silver Street Kindergarten (San Francisco), the first free kindergarten west of the Rockies, and authoring numerous books and articles, some with Kate Douglas Wiggin, on the benefits and social importance of kindergarten education. Smith was also a children's author writing either individually or with Wiggin, and she authored a biography of her sister, "Kate Douglas Wiggin As Her Sister Knew Her" (1925). Smith died in Portland, Maine, on February 1, 1934.

Material documenting Smith family life in California, the sisters' (Kate Wiggin and Nora A. Smith) involvement in the kindergarten movement, their involvement in publishing, and family affairs in Maine. The correspondence, chiefly of Nora Smith and Kate Wiggin, dates primarily from the late 1800's. Writings consist mainly of holograph drafts, but include some typed manuscripts and proofs, notably those for the story and play adaptation of The Old Peabody Pew. There are also family photographs, including two tintypes and two Bachrach portraits. Miscellaneous printed matter includes news clippings, school programs, offprints, certificates, and a bound volume devoted to stitchery and needlework. A related collection is the Kate Douglas Wiggin Collection.

Series Description:

Smith's correspondence, 1867-1934, n.d., much of it with her mother, Helen Elizabeth Smith, and her sister, Kate Douglas Wiggin. Includes letters from Smith's literary agent and publishers regarding both her own writings and those of Kate Douglas Wiggin, and correspondence from readers about Smith's books. Also includes telegrams concerning Smith's death.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

1867-1879

Box 1 Folder 1

1889-1894

Box 1 Folder 2

1897, n.d. "Scotch letters"

Box 1 Folder 3

1899-1914

Box 1 Folder 4

1922-1925

Box 1 Folder 5

1926

Box 1 Folder 6

1928-1934

Box 1 Folder 7

1934 Telegrams concerning Smith's death

Box 1 Folder 8

n.d.

Box 1 Folder 9

Series Description:

Consists primarily of holographs of Smith's poems, stories, songs, and ideas for future works. Also includes two annotated and abridged copies of the Kate Douglas Wiggin play The Old Peabody Pew.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

1871-1933

Box 1 Folder 10

Poems and ideas for stories and poems, 1905-1912

Volume 1

Kate Douglas Wiggin as Her Sister Knew Her, 1925-1926, n.d.

Drawer D10 Map-case

"Admirals All" backgound material, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 11

"Admirals All" clippings

Drawer D10 Map-case

"A Kindergarten Picnic" background material, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 12

Writings, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 13

Writings, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 14

Writings, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 15

Series Description:

Clippings and printed material documenting Smith and Kate Douglas Wiggin's involvement in the kindergarten movement, including material published in Mexico. Also included are Smith's diploma and other items relating to the California Kindergarten Training School, as well as Wiggins' diploma from the Pacific Kindergarten Normal School.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

1877-1912, n.d., Certificates and printed material

Box 1 Folder 16

1877-1912, n.d., Certificates and printed material

Box 1 Folder 17

n.d, Clippings

Drawer D10 Map-case

California Kindergarten Training School class lists, bylaws, blank diplomas, and clippings, n.d.

Volume 1

Material published in Mexico, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 18

Series Description:

Commencement programs, a course catalog, clippings, and other miscellaneous material pertaining to Santa Barbara College.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

1874-1877, n.d., Printed material, clippings, and songs

Box 1 Folder 19

1874, n.d. Clippings

Drawer D10 Map-case

Series Description:

Includes correspondence from Ignacio Bonillas, articles and songs concerning Mexico, and an offprint about Sonora, "El Estado de Sonora, Mexico: Sus Industrias, Commerciales, and Mineras y Manufactureras." (1897)

Arrangement:

Original order.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Mexico materials, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 20

Mexico materials, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 21

Series Description:

Notable items include an obituary for Nora Archibald Smith, the menu to a "Jungle Dinner" hosted by Rudyard Kipling, and several articles about Smith.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

1899-1937, n.d., Newsclippings, menu, and miscellaneous printed material

Box 1 Folder 22

Knitting patterns

Volume 1

Series Description:

Photographs, including tintypes of Nora Archibald Smith and Kate Douglas Wiggin, photographs of the Smith and Wiggin families, and images of Quillcote, Kate Douglas Wiggin's house in Saco, Maine. Also includes cast photographs from a production of The Old Peabody Pew.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

"Fair" photographs

Box 1 Folder 23

Family photographs

Box 1 Folder 24

Miscellaneous images

Box 1 Folder 25

Miscellaneous images

Drawer D10 Map-case

"The Old Peabody Pew"

Box 1 Folder 26

Quillcote

Box 1 Folder 27

Quillcote

Drawer D10 Map-case

Smith, Nora Archibald

Box 1 Folder 28

Smith, Nora Archibald

Box 1 Folder 29

Smith, Nora Archibald

Drawer D10 Map-case

Wiggin, Kate Douglas

Box 1 Folder 30

Wiggin, Kate Douglas tintypes

Box 1 Folder 31

Wiggin, Kate Douglas

Drawer D10 Map-case
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