Guide to the Mary Augusta Scott Papers, ca. 1870 - 1917

Guide to the Mary Augusta Scott Papers,
ca. 1870 - 1917

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Collection Summary

Repository: Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries
Creator: Scott, Mary Augusta, 1851-1918
Title: Mary Augusta Scott Papers
Dates: ca. 1870 - 1917
Quantity: 8.5 cubic ft (10 boxes)
Abstract: Materials relating to Scott's personal life and professional life as an author and professor of English at Smith College.
Forms of Materials: Correspondence, manuscripts, printed material, journals and photographs

Biographical Note

Mary Augusta Scott (1851-1918), born in Dayton, OH, was one of a generation of early Vassar graduates who embraced and exemplified the scholarly life. A member of the class of 1876, she also received a master's degree from Vassar College. Miss Scott studied at Newnham College, Cambridge University, and at Johns Hopkins; but she was particularly proud to have been the first woman fellow at Yale, where she earned her Ph.D. in 1894.

A professor of English at Smith from 1902, Miss Scott worked hard for her students, particularly those who showed promise. Intensely private, she was regarded as a somewhat mysterious and glamorous figure on campus. Although she edited and published The Essays of Francis Bacon, her most notable scholarly work was Elizabethan Translations from the Italian, published in the Vassar Semi-Centennial Series. She was a frequent contributor to The Dial and other literary and academic journals.

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Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, diaries, manuscripts, programs, clippings, course materials, research notes, notebooks, reports, photographs, and other materials relating to her personal and professional life. Correspondents include Elizabeth Blackwell, Anne Jemima Clough, Lewis Einstein, Horace Howard Furness, Dr. Howard Atwood Kelly, Alice M. Longfellow, Joseph K. Murray, Agnes Repplier, Eleanor Sedgwick, Henry Dwight Sedgwick, and the Underhill family (England). Subjects in the correspondence include her academic positions, dispute with Einstein over her allegations that he appropriated her research, her publications, the education of women, and family affairs. Correspondence with Dr. Kelly concerns her health, religious views, their working partnership, intellectual discussions, the capabilities of women, her problems supporting herself, her desire for a home, and comments on Bryn Mawr. Her diaries, 1882-1906, discuss her reading, visits to Vassar College by Julia Ward Howe, Lyman Abbott, and other lecturers, social events, plays seen, ideas, and comments on writers. There are also reports, course materials, class records, and correspondence with students from Smith College, 1902-1912; and her manuscripts, notes, galleys of her published works, and articles by others on women's education in England and America and on literary topics, 1885-1916. Collection includes typescript copies of her diaries and of her correspondence with Dr. Kelly.

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Access and Use

Access

This collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library without any additional restrictions.

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Subject Headings

Names:

  • Abbott, Lyman, 1835-1922.
  • Blackwell, Elizabeth, 1821-1910.
  • Einstein, Lewis, 1877-1967.
  • Furness, Horace Howard, 1833-1912.
  • Howe, Julia Ward, 1819-1910.
  • Kelly, Howard A. (Howard Atwood), 1858-1943.
  • Longfellow, Alice M. (Alice Mary), 1850-1928.
  • Murray, Joseph K.
  • Repplier, Agnes, 1855-1950.
  • Sedgwick, Eleanor.
  • Sedgwick, Henry Dwight, 1861-1957.
  • Clough, Anne Jemima.
  • Underhill family.

Organizations:

  • Bryn Mawr College.
  • Newnham College.
  • Smith College--Faculty.
  • Smith College--Students.
  • Vassar College.
  • Yale University--Students.

Subjects:

  • Authors.
  • Books and reading.
  • English language--Study and teaching.
  • Literature publishing.
  • Literature--Women authors.
  • Plagiarism.
  • Theater.
  • Women authors, American.
  • Women college teachers.
  • Women's colleges--Massachusetts--Northampton.
  • Women's colleges--Pennsylvania--Bryn Mawr.
  • Women--Diaries.
  • Women--Education--England.
  • Women--Education.

Document Types:

  • Diaries.
  • Photoprints.

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Encoding Information

Encoded by Laura Finkel, July 2008.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Mary Augusta Scott Papers, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.

Processing Information

Original processing date unknown. Updated in July 2008 by Laura Finkel.

Acquisition Information

Estate of Mary Augusta Scott.

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Series List

Series I. Biographical Information, Education, And Professional Career

Series II. Organizations and Subject Files

Series III. Writings

Series IV. Correspondence

Container List

Series I: Biographical Information, Education, And Professional Career

Folder 2.1 Biographical information
Folder 2.2 Journal, 1882-1906
Folder 2.3 Typed transcript of 1882-1906 journal
Box 1 Journal, July 1882
Box 1 Travel journal, July-Aug 1886
Box 1 Travel journal, Sep-Oct 1886
Box 1 Travel journal, Oct 1886 - Jan 1887
Box 1 Travel journal, Jan - Feb 1887
Box 1 Travel journal, July 1887- Feb 1888
Box 1 Notebook — "Good Stories
Box 1 Notebook — "Foreign Addresses"
Box 1 Notebooks — Finances (6 volumes)
Folder 2.4 Personal finances and miscellaneous business
Folder 2.5 Codicil to Will of M.A. Scott
Folder 2.6 Photographs
Folder 8.1 Letters of recommendation
Folder 8.2 Public schools, Washington, D.C.
Folder 2.7 Public schools, Washington, D.C. — Letters from J. Ormand Wilson, Superintendent of Schools, 1870-1888
Folder 2.8 Vassar College
Folder 2.9 Sauveur College of Languages, 1885
Folders 8.3 - 8.4 Packer Institute, 1884-1888
Packer Institute — See also, Correspondence —Backus
Folder 2.10 Bryn Mawr School.
Folder 2.11 University of Illinois, Columbia University, Barnard, and other schools — correspondence regarding positions, 1889-1902?
Folder 2.12 Cambridge University — Includes a manuscript by Scott, "Women at the University of Cambridge"
Folder 2.13 Cambridge University — Newnham College
Folder 2.14 Cambridge University — Letters from Annie Jemima Cough and B. A. Clough, photographs, programs, and notes, 1886-1898
Folder 2.15 Cambridge University — Letters from Eleanor Sedgwick, 1895-1909
Folder 2.16 Cambridge University — Letters from, and material about, Henry Sedgwick, 1884-1895
Folders 8.5 - 8.6 Cambridge University — Papers written at Cambridge, 1886-1887
Folder 2.17 Standard Dictionary work, Funk and Wagnalls, 1891-1892
Folders 2.18 - 2.19 Yale University — Correspondence and clippings about fellowship awarded M.A.S., 1892-1910
Box 10 Yale University — Ph.D. diploma 1894
Folder 2.20 Smith College — Letters of appointment 1902
Folder 2.21 Smith College — Correspondence with Presidents L. Clark Seelye and M. J. Burton
Folder 2.22 Smith College — Graduate work
Folder 2.23 Smith College — Correspondence regarding sabbaticals
Folder 2.24 Smith College — Correspondence from students
Folder 2.25 Smith College — Myrtle Mann, 1912
Folder 2.26 Smith College — Methods of appointment
Folder 2.27 Smith College — Honors courses
Folder 2.28 Smith College — Curriculum revision
Folders 8.7 - 8.8 Smith College — English Department — Includes correspondence and reports
Folder 8.9 Smith College — English examinations
Folder 8.10 Smith College — Marking systems
Folder 2.29 "Bertha’s exercises for my voice, 1892-1893"
Folder 2.30 The Flexner Report at Johns Hopkins University. Includes letters from Dr. Howard A. Kelly, 1911
Folder 2.31 Controversy regarding President Frederick H. Sykes of Connecticut College, 1916-1917
Folder 2.32 Grant application to Carnegie Institution, 1903
Box 4 Miscellaneous notebooks — includes school and college notes, research notes, and grade books

Series II: Organizations and Subject Files

Folder 2.33 American Association of University Professors
Folder 2.34 Brooklyn Ethical Association
Folder 2.35 Dante Society
Folder 2.36 Modern Language Association
Folder 2.37 Miscellaneous organizations, including the Atlantic Union and the American Federation of Arts
Folder 2.38 Relations with libraries
Folder 2.39 Learned women — Manuscripts, notes, clippings, and publications
Folder 2.40 Isabella d’Este — Notes and clippings.
Folder 2.41 Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell and women in the medical profession
Folder 2.42 Admission of women to law school
Folder 2.43 Coeducation — Notes by M.A.S. for a letter written to a Barnard College trustee
Folders 2.44 - 2.45 Women's colleges and education
Folder 2.46 Thomas Frederick Crane
Folder 3.24 Impeachment of Andrew Johnson (1 ticket)

Series III: Writings

Folder 7.1 List of papers written between 1882-1913
Folder 7.2 Letters to journals
Folders 7.3 - 7.4 Ballads — Notes and published items
Folders 7.5 - 7.6 "The Book of the Courtyer" " (Modern Language Association of America, 1901) — Notes and manuscript of published article.
Folder 6.59 "The Book of the Courtyer" — Correspondence
Folder 7.7 - 7.8 Chaucer — Notes and manuscript, 1885
Folder 7.9 "Dante’s Political Opinions" — Manuscript (1893), notes, and a letter of criticism by Kenneth McKenzie
Folder 7.10 "De Quincey" — Manuscript and typed copy of a paper read at Smith College, 23 Feb 1892
Folder 7.11 "Dr. Jedway’s Phantasm" — Manuscripts and notes
Folder 7.12 "A Double Hallucination: A True Story"
Folder 7.13 Galateo. Bibliography and notes.
Folder 7.14 "The Growth of Language" — Manuscript and typed copy of a paper read before the Brooklyn Ethical Society,. 10 Feb 1889
Folder 7.15 "The Italian Novella" — Notes and manuscript of a paper read at Yale University, 28 Dec 1895
Folder 7.16 The Italian Renaissance in England — Notes
Folder 7.17 Italian travelers — Notes
Folder 7.18 Italianated plays — Notes
Folder 7.19 "Kant’s refutation of idealism" — Notes
Folder 7.20 "Luxury" — Manuscript
Folder 7.21 Montaigne — Notes
Folder 7.22 "Newstead Abbey" — Manuscript
Folder 7.23 Notes for Modern Language Notes, The Nation, etc.
Folder 7.24 "Objectification of the Will" — Manuscript, 1892
Folder 7.25 "The Old English People, Traits, Speech, Spirit" — Manuscript, 1885
Folder 7.26 Philosophy lecture notes
Folder 7.27 "Puritanism and the Stage" — Manuscript and typescript, 1894
Folder 7.28 "Queen Elizabeth’s Signature" — 2 versions of manuscript.
Folder 7.29 Romance in Prose — Manuscript
Folder 7.30 Scottish vernacular literature — Notes and clippings
Folder 7.31 Shakespeare in Elizabethan translations — Notes, published items, and clippings
Folder 7.32 Shelly — Notes on a lecture by Edmund Gosse, 1886
Folder 7.33 "Short True Stories" — Manuscripts and clippings
Folder 7.34 "Yvain, le Chevalier au Lio" — Manuscript, 1893
Folder 7.35 Miscellaneous notes
Folder 7.36 Copies of some published articles and letters
Folder 3.1 Old Salem in its Habit as it Lived
Folder 3.2 Ballads and Songs of the United States (published Vassar Quarterly?)
Folder 3.3 Alice Spencer, Countess of Derby, and English Poetry: a Great Lady and a Great Tradition (published in The Dial, 1913)
Folder 3.4 Powlert: a folk-song word that is not in the new English Dictionary
Folders 3.5 - 3.15 The Essays of Francis Bacon — Manuscript, galleys, bibliography, correspondence, and royalty reports
Folders 8.11 - 8.12 The Essays of Francis Bacon — Galleys
Folder 6.58 The Essays of Francis Bacon — Correspondence
Folder 3.16 Elizabethan Translations from the Italian — Transcripts of Correspondence
Folders 6.60 - 6.68 Elizabethan Translations from the Italian — Correspondence
Folders 6.69 - 6.77 Elizabethan Translations from the Italian — Correspondence relating to dispute with Lewis Einstein, 1903-1911
Folder 3.17 Elizabethan Translations from the Italian — Einstein clippings
Folder 3.18 Elizabethan Translations from the Italian — Einstein publications
Folder 3.19 Elizabethan Translations from the Italian — Scott's reviews of Einstein's Italian Renaissance, 1903
Box 1 Elizabethan Translations from the Italian — Scott's annotated copy of Einstein's Italian Renaissance
Folder 8.13 Elizabethan Translations from the Italian — Notes on Einstein's Italian Renaissance
Folder 8.14 Elizabethan Translations from the Italian — Notices and reviews
Folder 3.20 Elizabethan Translations from the Italian — Certificate of copyright
Folder 3.21 Elizabethan Translations from the Italian — Notes
Folder 3.22 Elizabethan Translations from the Italian — Notebooks
Folder 3.23 Elizabethan Translations from the Italian — Notebooks — Index
Box 9 Elizabethan Translations from the Italian — Drafts and galleys
Box 10 Elizabethan Translations from the Italian — Galleys
Box 3 Tragicomedy notes

Series IV. Correspondence

Folder 5.1 Abbatt, William, 1907-1916
Folder 5.2 Backus, Truman J., 1880-1884
Backus, Truman J. — See also Packer Institute, Box 1
Folders 5.3 - 5.6 Browne, Francis F. and Waldo R., 1889-1916
Folder 5.7 Carman, Mary L., 1887-1896
Folder 5.8 Cayley, Mary, 1888-1896
Folder 6.13 Clark, Amelia 1902
Folders 5.9 - 5.10 Collins, Charles, 1886-1911
Folders 5.11 - 5.12 Furness, Horace Howard, 1895-1915
Folders 5.13 - 5.15 Gardiner, H. N., 1885-1897
Folders 5.16 - 5.18 Geddes, James Jr., 1902-1915
Folders 5.19 - 5.21 Johnston, Dr. William W., 1887-1902
Folders 5.22 - 5.23 Jordan, Mary A., 1881-1897
Folder 5.24 Jusserand, Jean Jules, 1900-1916
Folders 5.25 - 5.41 Kelly, Howard A. — incoming, 1893-1917
Folder 5.42 Kelly, Howard A. — outgoing, 1894-1895
Folder 2.47 Kelly, Howard A.— typed transcripts of selected incoming,
Folder 2.48 Kelly, Howard A. — typed transcripts of outgoing,
Folder 5.43 Kelly, Howard A. — Biographical material
Folder 5.44 Kelly, Howard A. — Photographs
Folder 5.45 Kelly, Howard A. — Clippings
Folder 5.46 Kelly, Howard A. — Publications
Box 10 Kelly, Howard A. — Publications
Box 10 Kelly, Howard A. — Lord's Day posters
Folder 5.47 Kelly, Howard A. — Miscellaneous
Folders 6.1 - 6.2 Kennedy, John W., 1902-1916
Folder 6.14 Knapp, C. S. 1902
Folders 6.3 - 6.5 Lounesbury, F. R., 1893-1908
Folder 6.6 Miller, Dewitt (from and about), 1909-1911
Folder 6.7 Mower, Annie Penfield, 1882-1898
Folder 6.8-6.10 Murray, Joseph K., 1897-1905
Folder 6.11 Murray, Harold G., 1905
Folder 6.15 Nichols, Martha, 1909-1914
Folders 6.16 - 6.17 Opdycke, L. E., 1902-1908
Folder 6.12 "Mr. Tracy," 1900
"Mr. Tracy" — see also 2 letters in V.C. Autograph File
Folder 6.18 Underhill, Annie, G.E., and H.J, 1887-1892
Folders 6.19 - 6.21 Underhill, H.M., 1888-1914
Folders 6.22 - 6.26 Underhill, Maud, 1888-1912
Folder 6.27 White, Alain C., 1900-1917
Folders 6.28 - 6.35 Wilson, C. W., 1887-1912, n.d.
Folder 6.36 Wilson, Edith, 1888-1890
Folders 6.37 - 6.40 Wilson, Katherine K., 1888-1912
Folders 6.41 - 6.44 Wilson, R. K. 1887-1917
Folder 6.45 Miscellaneous correspondence, A-B
Folder 6.46 Miscellaneous correspondence, C
Folder 6.47 Miscellaneous correspondence, D-E
Folder 6.48 Miscellaneous correspondence, F
Folder 6.49 Miscellaneous correspondence, G-H
Folder 6.50 Miscellaneous correspondence, K-L
Folder 6.51 Miscellaneous correspondence, M
Folder 6.52 Miscellaneous correspondence, N-P
Folder 6.53 Miscellaneous correspondence, Q-R
Folder 6.54 Miscellaneous correspondence, S
Folder 6.55 Miscellaneous correspondence, T
Folder 6.56 Miscellaneous correspondence, W
Folder 6.57 Miscellaneous correspondence, unidentified

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