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Guide to the Priscilla Robertson Papers, 1889-2000

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Collection Summary

Repository: Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries
Creator: Robertson, Priscilla Smith
Title: Priscilla Robertson Papers,
Dates: 1889-2000
Quantity: 33 boxes (14 cubic feet)
Abstract: Personal and professional correspondence, photographs, publications, diaries, teaching materials, and research materials author, professor, historian and former chairwoman of the Kentucky Civil Liberties Union.
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Biographical Note

Born in Paris, Priscilla Smith Robertson (VC 1930) was a former chairwoman of the Kentucky Civil Liberties Union, professor and historian. Robertson served as editor of the Humanist magazine, taught history at the Old Ballard School, Indiana University, Harvard University, Kentucky Southern College and the Louisville School of Art in Anchorage.

Robertson's work includes The Revolutions of 1848: A Social History, published 1952, and An Experience of Women: Pattern and Change in 19th Century Europe, published in 1982. She did considerable work with the Southern poor in the 1930s, for which she was honored by the Southern Historical Institution in Lexington two weeks prior to her death. Robertson died 26 Nov 1989.

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Scope and Content Note

The Priscilla Robertson Papers contain correspondence, teaching and research materials, diaries and family biographical materials of the author, historian and former chairwoman of the Kentucky Civil Liberties Union.

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Access

This collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Librarywithout any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to quote (publish) from unpublished or previously published material must be obtained as described in the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library.

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Subject Headings

Names:

  • Agee, James, 1909-1955
  • Broadus, Eliza
  • Guild, Aaron
  • Kendall family
  • Macneale family
  • Macneale, Anna
  • Macneale, Neil
  • Plimpton family
  • Plimpton, George
  • Robertson, Ella Broadus, 1872-1945
  • Smith family
  • Smith, Winifred

Organizations:

  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky

Subjects:

  • Civil rights--Kentucky
  • Sharecropping--Arkansas
  • Women authors
  • Women historians
  • Women periodical editors

Places:

  • Southern States--History--20th century

Document Types:

  • diaries

Titles:

  • The Humanist
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Encoding Information

Finding aid encoded by Jason Kovari, 19 Mar 2009.

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Preferred Citation

Priscilla Robertson Papers, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Archives and Special Collections Library staff.

Accruals

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

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Series List

Series I. Humanist Materials

  • Includes mostly editorial correspondence

Series II. KCLU (American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky) Materials

Series III.Personal Correspondence

Series IV.Diaries, 1890-1922

Series V.Writings

Series VI.Teaching Materials

Series VII.Personal Materials

Series VIII.Miscellaneous Materials

Series IX.Biography

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Container List

SERIES I. Humanist Materials

Humanist Editorial Correspondence
  • Box 1 A-F
  • Box 2 Friedmann-Hook
  • Boxes 2-4 Huber, 1956-1958
  • Box 4 I-J
  • Box 5 Jones-LaBarre
  • Box 6 Lamont-Lockwood
  • Box 7 M-Overstreet
  • Box 8 P-Wilson
  • Box 12 Smith-Wechsler
  • Box 13 Wescott-S
  • Box 14 Sanders- Smith, W.A.
Humanist Miscellaneous Materials
  • Box 9 Humanist Controversy and aftermath
  • Boxes 10-12 Humanist : Old office materials
  • Includes staff report, policy, budget

SERIES II. KCLU (American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky) Materials

KCLU (American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky) Materials

  • Boxes 15-16 KCLU Materials
  • Box 17 KCLU Materials; Service boards

SERIES III. Personal Correspondence 1950-2000

  • Box 17 A-B
  • Box 18 Bendit-Brinton
  • Box 19 Bruun-G
  • Box 20 H-K
  • Box 21 Kendall-Lockwood
  • Box 22 Luscky-McKay
  • Box 23 N-Plimpton
  • Box 24 R-Taylor
  • Box 25 Tatlock-Webber
  • Box 25 Weismann-Wolcott
  • Box 33 Postcards to Winifred Smith
  • Boxes 32-33 Mother's letters to Winifred, 1889

SERIES IV. Diaries, 1890-1922

  • Boxes 32-33 H.K.S. — Travel in Europe, 1903
  • Boxes 32-33 H.K.S. — Diary, 1910-1911
  • Boxes 32-33 A.M.S. diary, 1922
  • Boxes 32-33 Winifred Smith diary, 1890
  • Boxes 32-33 W.S. diary, 1892

SERIES V. Writings

Books
Revolutions of 1848
  • Box 26 Letters
  • Box 26 Publishing
  • Box 26 Princeton Publishing
  • Box 26 Reviews
An Experience of Women: Pattern and Change in 19th century Europe
  • Box 26 Advertising
  • Box 26 Copy Editing
  • Box 26 Drennan, J.
  • Box 26 Italian Library
  • Box 26 Letters
  • Box 26 Literary Agent
  • Box 26 Pre-Publication Letters
  • Box 26 Readers' Report
  • Box 26 Rejections
  • Box 26 Rettig, C.
  • Box 26 Reviews
  • Box 26 Sources
  • Box 26 Statistics–Append.
  • Box 26 Temple Publisher
History of Childhood
  • Box 26 History of Childhood
  • Box 26 Bulletins
  • Box 26 Reviews
  • Box 26 Lewis Farm
  • Box 26 Buen
Articles
  • Box 26 C.J. Reviews
  • Box 26 Harper's
  • Box 26 Harper's Commentary
  • Box 26 Harper's Housekeeping
  • Box 26 Harper's Letters to Editors
  • Box 26 Harper's Publishing
  • Box 26 Kentucky Constitution
  • Box 26 My Great-Grandmothers Were Happy
  • Box 26 Progressive Reviews
  • Box 26 Published Articles
  • Box 26 Sex
  • Box 26 South Today
  • Box 26 Student Barricades
  • Box 26 Values
Unpublished
  • Box 26 A.H.A. Talks
  • Box 26 Fiction Stories
  • Box 26 P. R. Talks
  • Box 26 Unpublished (General)
Sharecropper Materials
  • Box 26 1938 Student Group-Arkansas
  • Box 26 Addresses and Letters
  • Box 26 Agee, James
  • Box 26 Arkansas Lawrences
  • Box 26 Arkansas Sharecropper
  • Box 26 Boyle
  • Box 26 Butler
  • Box 26 Florida Lawrences
  • Box 26 Louise's Letters
  • Box 26 Louise's Text
  • Box 26 Memphis Convention
  • Box 26 Missouri Highway
  • Box 26 Mitchell
  • Box 26 Mitchell's Film
  • Box 26 Myrtle
  • Box 26 P.R. Work in Arkansas
  • Box 26 Political Autobiography
  • Box 26 Printed Sources
  • Box 26 Publication – Temple
  • Box 26 S.T.F.U.
  • Box 26 Socialist and Communist Fight
Miscellaneous
  • Box 26 Publication Efforts
  • Box 26 Ideas
  • Box 26 Victorian Studies – Children
  • Box 26 Sources for Children's Book
  • Boxes 29-30 Notes for Children's Book: England, France, Germany, Italy
  • Boxes 29-30 Notes for the History of Civilization

SERIES VI. Teaching Materials

Indiana University
  • Box 27 History 104, History 359, History 103
  • Box 27 Notes for Lectures
  • Box 27 Herodotus and Greece Notes
  • Box 27 Student Comments
  • Box 27 Final Exams
KSC (Kentucky Southern College)
  • Box 27 Tests
  • Box 27 Letters to art school students
  • Box 27 Student records
  • Box 27 Modern Europe

SERIES VII. Personal Materials

  • Box 31 Priscilla Robertson Personal Materials
  • Includes: photos, Academy Award, college, public service, passports, childhood expression, travel, dreams, letters

SERIES VIII. Miscellaneous Materials

  • Box 28 Arts, letters, and social science
  • Box 28 Poetry
  • Box 28 Society (Un-American activities, population, religion, peace, the South)
  • Box 28 Art (photography, costumes)
  • Box 28 Language (handwriting, literature, words)
  • Box 29 Recreation (puzzles, solitaire…)
  • Box 29 Education (progressive education, Vassar, international conference, Ballard philosophy)
  • Box 29 Theater (programs)

SERIES IX. Biography

  • Boxes 32-33 Addresses: 1 small file drawer
Smith Family
  • Boxes 32-33 P.S. - letters, articles, book reviews, photos
  • Boxes 32-33 H.P.S. - photos, heresy trials, letters, writing
  • Boxes 32-33 Winifred Smith - photos, teaching, autobiography, letters, writing
  • Boxes 32-33 Smith ancestors - photos, printed materials
Macneale Family
  • Boxes 32-33 Anna Macneale
  • Boxes 32-33 Genealogy
  • Boxes 32-33 Autobiography—Neil Macneale
Kendall Family
  • Boxes 32-33 J.P.K.
  • Boxes 32-33 I.P.K.
  • Boxes 32-33 H.P.K.
  • Boxes 32-33 Kendall ancestors
  • Boxes 32-33 E.W.K.
Plimpton Family
  • Boxes 32-33 George A. Plimpton
  • Boxes 32-33 E. Plimpton
  • Boxes 32-33 Plimpton genealogy
  • Boxes 32-33 Aaron Guild
  • Boxes 32-33 Plimpton photos
Miscellaneous ancestors
  • Boxes 32-33 Humphrey
  • Boxes 32-33 H.K.S.
  • Boxes 32-33 E.R.E.
  • Boxes 32-33 Ella B. Robertson
  • Boxes 32-33 Robertson ancestors
  • Boxes 32-33 E.B.R. writing
  • Boxes 32-33 Robertson ancestors -photos
  • Boxes 32-33 Cary's siblings
  • Boxes 32-33 Miss Lottie letters
  • Boxes 32-33 A.T.R. Jr.
  • Boxes 32-33 Easley letters
  • Boxes 32-33 Eliza Broadus
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