Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Creator
Smith, Nora Archibald, 1859-1934
Title
Nora Archibald Smith family papers
ID
M271
Date [inclusive]
1867-1937, undated
Extent
1.2 linear feet
Language
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.

Preferred Citation

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


Biographical/Historical Note

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.


Scope and Content

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.


Administrative Information

Publication Information

 George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011

3000 College Station
Brunswick, Maine, 04011
(207) 725-3288
scaref@bowdoin.edu

Provenance

Gift; Andy Shepard; 2005.


Collection Inventory

 M271.1 Correspondence, 1867-1934, n.d.   9.0 folders

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.

Box Folder
1 1

1867-1879 

    1 2

    1889-1894 

      1 3

      1897, n.d. "Scotch letters" 

        1 4

        1899-1914 

          1 5

          1922-1925 

            1 6

            1926 

              1 7

              1928-1934 

                1 8

                1934 Telegrams concerning Smith's death 

                  1 9

                  n.d. 


                     M271.2 Writings, 1871-1933, n.d.   8.0 folders

                    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.

                    Box Folder
                    1 10

                    1871-1933 

                      Volume
                      1

                      Poems and ideas for stories and poems, 1905-1912 

                        Drawer Map-case
                        D10

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

                          Box Folder
                          1 11

                          "Admirals All" backgound material, n.d. 

                            Drawer Map-case
                            D10

                            "Admirals All" clippings 

                              Box Folder
                              1 12

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

                                1 13

                                Writings, n.d. 

                                  1 14

                                  Writings, n.d. 

                                    1 15

                                    Writings, n.d. 


                                       M271.3 Kindergarten Movement, 1877-1927, n.d.   4.0 folders

                                      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.

                                      Box Folder
                                      1 16

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

                                        1 17

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

                                          Drawer Map-case
                                          D10

                                          n.d, Clippings 

                                            Volume
                                            1

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

                                              Box Folder
                                              1 18

                                              Material published in Mexico, n.d. 


                                                 M271.4 Santa Barbara College, 1874-1877   2.0 folders

                                                Series Description:

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

                                                Arrangement:

                                                Arranged chronologically.

                                                Access Restrictions:

                                                No restrictions.

                                                Box Folder
                                                1 19

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

                                                  Drawer Map-case
                                                  D10

                                                  1874, n.d. Clippings 


                                                     M271.5 Mexico Materials, 1896-1898, n.d.   2.0 folders

                                                    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.

                                                    Box Folder
                                                    1 20

                                                    Mexico materials, n.d. 

                                                      1 21

                                                      Mexico materials, n.d. 


                                                         M271.6 Miscellaneous Clippings and Materials, 1899-1937   2.0 folders

                                                        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.

                                                        Box Folder
                                                        1 22

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

                                                          Volume
                                                          1

                                                          Knitting patterns 


                                                             M271.7 Images, n.d.   13.0 folders

                                                            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.

                                                            Box Folder
                                                            1 23

                                                            "Fair" photographs 

                                                              1 24

                                                              Family photographs 

                                                                1 25

                                                                Miscellaneous images 

                                                                  Drawer Map-case
                                                                  D10

                                                                  Miscellaneous images 

                                                                    Box Folder
                                                                    1 26

                                                                    "The Old Peabody Pew" 

                                                                      1 27

                                                                      Quillcote 

                                                                        Drawer Map-case
                                                                        D10

                                                                        Quillcote 

                                                                          Box Folder
                                                                          1 28

                                                                          Smith, Nora Archibald 

                                                                            1 29

                                                                            Smith, Nora Archibald 

                                                                              Drawer Map-case
                                                                              D10

                                                                              Smith, Nora Archibald 

                                                                                Box Folder
                                                                                1 30

                                                                                Wiggin, Kate Douglas 

                                                                                  1 31

                                                                                  Wiggin, Kate Douglas tintypes 

                                                                                    Drawer Map-case
                                                                                    D10

                                                                                    Wiggin, Kate Douglas