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Smith, H.W. mss., 1817-1987

Papers, 1817-1987, of Hannah Whitall Smith at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Electronic finding aid encoded by Ryan K. Lee.

Summary Information

Repository
Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Indiana University
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
Phone: 812-855-2452
Fax: 812-855-3143
Email: liblilly@indiana.edu
http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly

Creator
Smith, Hannah (Whitall)

Title
Smith, H.W. mss.,1817-1987

Collection No.
LMC 1982

Extent
ca. 30,500 items

Language
Materials are in English.

Abstract
Consists primarily of letters of Hannah Whitall Smith, her two daughters Mary Berenson and Alys Whitall Pearsall Russell, and Mary's two daughters Ray Strachey and Karin Stephen.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

Hannah Whitall Smith (1832-1911), American evangelist, writer, and reformer, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She grew up in a strict Quaker home and from childhood had a passion for religion and introspection. Hannah married Robert Pearsall Smith (1827-1899) in 1851 and settled in Germantown, Pennsylvania. In 1864 they moved to Millville, New Jersey, where they joined the Wesleyan-based Holiness movement. They had two daughters, Mary (1864-1945) and Alys (1867-1951), and one son, Logan Pearsall (1865-1946). In the late 1860's Hannah began preaching and writing on religious subjects, and later became involved in the temperance and suffrage movements, founding the Woman's Christian Temperance Union in 1874. When Mary married English barrister Frank Costelloe in 1888, the family moved to England where Hannah continued her work. It was there that Alys married philosopher Bertrand Russell. Alys joined her mother in working for women's rights and had a keen interest in political issues.

Meanwhile Mary's marriage to Frank Costelloe failed soon after the birth of their second daughter Karin. Mary left England to tour the museums and cathedrals of Europe with her future husband, art critic Bernard Berenson. Mary's daughters Ray and Karin stayed in England with their father and thrived under the influence of their grandmother Hannah. Ray became the third generation of "Whitall" women to devote her life to women's issues, while Karin became a pioneer in Freudian psychoanalysis and one of Britain's first psychoanalysts. The circle of friends and relatives broadened further when Ray married into the Strachey family and Karin wed Virginia Woolf's brother Adrian Stephen.

Arrangement/Organization

Arranged in the following series: I. General correspondence. II. Correspondence from family members. III. Miscellaneous. IV. Photographs. V. Bound volumes.

Scope and Content Note

Consists primarily of letters of Hannah Whitall Smith, her two daughters Mary Berenson and Alys Whitall Pearsall Russell, and Mary's two daughters Ray Strachey and Karin Stephen. The correspondence is mostly among these five women, but included is correspondence with other members of the Smith family, extended relations and friends both in the U.S. and Europe.

Other correspondents include: Bernard Berenson, Dorothy Bussy, Frank Costelloe, Jane Ellen Harrison, Bertrand Russell, Geoffrey Scott, Logan Pearsall Smith, Robert Pearsall Smith, Lady Henry Somerset, Adrian Stephen, Alix Strachey, Barbara Strachey, Julia Frances Strachey, Oliver Strachey, M. Carey Thomas, Frances Elizabeth Willard, and Virginia Woolf.

Also present in the collection are juvenalia, writings, clippings, scrapbooks, diaries, photographs, and other miscellaneous papers.

  • Indexing Terms

  • The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in IUCAT, the IU Libraries' online catalog. Materials about related topics, persons or places can be found by searching the catalog using these terms.

    • Names
    • Woman's Christian Temperance Union.
    • Smith, Hannah Whitall, 1832-1911.
    • Berenson, Bernard, 1865-1959.
    • Berenson, Mary, 1864-
    • Bussy, Dorothy.
    • Costelloe, Frank, 1855-1899.
    • Harrison, Jane Ellen, 1850-1928.
    • Russell, Alys Whitall Pearsall, 1867-1928.
    • Russell, Bertrand, 1872-1970.
    • Scott, Geoffrey, 1885-1929.
    • Smith, Logan Pearsall, 1865-1946.
    • Smith, Robert Pearsall, 1827-1898.
    • Somerset, Henry, Lady, 1851-1921.
    • Stephen, Adrian.
    • Stephen, Karin.
    • Strachey, Alix, 1892-1973.
    • Strachey, Barbara, 1912-
    • Strachey, Julia Frances, 1901-1979.
    • Strachey, Oliver, 1874-1960.
    • Strachey, Ray, 1887-1940.
    • Thomas, M. Carey (Martha Carey), 1857-1935.
    • Willard, Frances Elizabeth, 1839-1898.
    • Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941.
    • Topics
    • Women --Suffrage --Great Britain.
    • Women --Suffrage --United States.
    • Places
    • Great Britain --Social life and customs.
    • United States --Social life and customs.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Purchased. 1989.
Usage Restrictions
Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.

Preferred Citation
[Item], Smith, H.W. mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Series: General correspondence

(674 letters)

Letters from friends and colleagues. Arranged chronologically.

Circular Letters

The circular letters were written by Hannah (Whitall) Smith and sent to family and friends back in the United States after the family's move to England. The letters are numbered and interfiled into Hannah's correspondence chronologically.

Circular Letters

  • View All (126)
  • 1. May 22, 1888
  • 2. June 10-18, 1888
  • 3. (missing)
  • 4. July 27, 1888
  • 5. Aug. 16, 1888
  • 6. Sept. 12, 1888
  • no # Sept. 15, 1888
  • 7. Oct. 8, 1888
  • 8. Oct. 16, 1888
  • 9. Nov. 1, 1888
  • 10. Nov. 11, 1888
  • 11. Dec. 1, 1888
  • 12. Dec. 22, 1888
  • 13. Jan. 9, 1889
  • 14. Jan. 26, 1889
  • 15. Feb. 4, 1889
  • 16. Feb. 7, 1889
  • 17. Feb. 19, 1889
  • 18. Mar. 1, 1889
  • 19. Mar. 22, 1889
  • 20. Apr. 13, 1889
  • 21. May 6, 1889
  • 22. June 9, 1889
  • 23. June 20, 1889
  • 24. July 14, 1889
  • 25. Aug. 1, 1889
  • 26. Aug. 17, 1889
  • 27. Sept. 6, 1889
  • 28. Sept. 23, 1889
  • 29. Oct. 16, 1889
  • 30. (missing)
  • 31. Nov. 19, 1889
  • 32. Dec. 15, 1889
  • 33. Jan. 10, 1890
  • 34. Feb. 14, 1890
  • 35. Mar. 10, 1890
  • 36. Apr. 5, 1890
  • 37. (missing)
  • 38. May 30, 1890
  • 39. July l7, 1890
  • 40. Aug. 4, 1890
  • 41. (missing)
  • 42. Sept. 12, 1890
  • 43-44. Oct. 1-9, 1890
  • 45-46. (missing)
  • 47. Dec. 1, 1890
  • 48. Jan. 20, 1891
  • 49. Feb. 11, 1891
  • 50. Feb. 16, 1891
  • 51. Mar. 16, 1891
  • 52. May 4, 1891
  • 53. June 9, 1891
  • 54. July 11, 1891
  • 55. Aug. 7, 1891
  • 56. Sept. 7, 1891
  • 57. Oct. 5, 1891
  • 58. Jan. 16, 1892
  • 59. Feb. 16, 1892
  • 60. Mar. 26, 1892
  • 61. Apr. 26, 1892
  • 62. May 26, 1892
  • 63. July 10, 1892
  • 64. Aug. 3, 1892
  • 65. Sept. 6, 1892
  • 66. Oct. 10, 1892
  • 67. Nov. 15, 1892
  • 68. Dec. 16, 1892
  • 69. Jan. 17, 1893
  • 70. Feb. 21, 1893
  • 71. Mar. 25, 1893
  • 72. Apr. 10, 1893
  • 73. May 22, 1893
  • 74. July 10, 1893
  • 75. Aug. 9, 1893
  • 76. Sept. 4, 1893
  • 77. Oct. 17, 1893
  • 78. Nov. 19, 1893
  • 79. Dec. 26, 1893
  • 80. Jan. 20, 1894
  • 81. Mar. 10, 1894
  • 82. May 16, 1894
  • 83. July 9, 1894
  • 84. Aug. 13, 1894
  • 85. Sept. 12, 1894
  • 86. Oct. 16, 1894
  • 87. Nov. 26, 1894
  • 88. Dec. 26, 1894
  • 89. Feb. 6, 1895
  • 90. Mar. 12, 1895
  • 91. Apr. 15, 1895
  • 92. June 3, 1895
  • 93.(missing)
  • 94. Aug. 19, 1895
  • 95. Oct. 7, 1895
  • 96. Nov. 26, 1895
  • 97. Jan.5, 1896
  • 98. Feb. 17, 1896
  • 99. Apr. 7, 1896
  • 100. July 4, 1896
  • 101. Aug. 30, 1896
  • 102. Oct. 26, 1896
  • 103 Dec. 15, 1896
  • 104-105. (missing)
  • 106. June, 1897
  • 107. Aug. 4, 1897
  • 108. Sept. 17, 1897
  • 109. Oct. 28, 1897
  • 110. Jan. 7, 1898
  • 111. Apr. 16, 1898
  • 112-114. (missing)
  • 115. Dec. 12, 1898
  • 116. Feb. 27, 1899
  • 117. May 30, 1899
  • 118. July 31, 1899
  • 119. Aug. 28, 1899
  • 120. Dec. 20, 1900
  • 121. Feb. 18, 1901
  • 122. Apr. 9, 1901
  • 123. June 10, 1901
  • 124. July 25, 1901
  • 125. Sept. 6, 1901
  • 126. Nov. 18, 1901
  • 127. Jan. 28, 1902
  • 128. Apr. 7, 1902
  • 129. Aug. 6, 1902
  • 130. Nov. 13, 1902

Box 1 1710-1987 

Box 2 1710-1987 

Series: Correspondence from family members

Arranged chronologically under each name.


Subseries: Berenson, Mary (Smith)

(7,045 letters)


Box 2 1872-1944 

Box 3 1872-1944 

Box 4 1872-1944 

Box 5 1872-1944 

Subseries: Russell, Alys Whitall Pearsall (Smith)

(5,358 letters)


Box 5 1868-1950 

Box 6 1868-1950 

Box 7 1868-1950 

Box 8 1868-1950 

Subseries: Smith, Hannah (Whitall)

(7,113 letters)


Box 8 1836-1911 

Box 9 1836-1911 

Box 10 1836-1911 

Box 11 1836-1911 

Subseries: Stephen, Karin (Costelloe)

(2,884 letters)


Box 11 1892-1945 

Box 12 1892-1945 

Box 13 1892-1945 

Subseries: Strachey, Ray (Costelloe)

(4,535 letters)


Box 13 1890-1940 

Box 14 1890-1940 

Box 15 1890-1940 

Series: Miscellaneous

Includes juvenalia, clippings, writings, printed materials, etc.


Subseries: Berenson, Bernard

Box 15
Folder 19

Cipher (for bookplate?)

Folder 20 Printed material about Berenson

Folder 21 Clippings, 1951-1984 

Folder 22 Clippings, 1951-1984 

Folder 23 Clippings - obituaries

Subseries: Berenson, Mary (Smith)

Box 15
Folder 24

Juvenalia

Folder 25 Juvenalia

Folder 26 "Confessions of M.W.C.," 1890 

Folder 27 Life of B.B., chap. I-IX

Folder 28 Life of B.B., chap. I-IX

Folder 29 "Reminiscences of Walt Whitman"

Folder 30 Misc. poetry

Folder 31 Misc. prose

Folder 32 Lecture invitations and handbills

Folder 33 Lock of hair

Box 16
Folder 1

Miscellaneous

Folder 2 Miscellaneous

Folder 3 Miscellaneous

Folder 4 Clippings, 1885-1950 

Subseries: Costelloe, Frank

Box 16
Folder 5

Election posters; "A wife shd"; photocopy of will

Folder 6 Clippings, 1885-1886 

Subseries: Halpern, Barbara (Strachey)

Contains research materials on:


Box 16
Folder 7

Bernard Berenson

Folder 8 Mary (Smith) Berenson

Folder 9 Mary (Smith) Berenson

Folder 10 Mary (Smith) Berenson

Folder 11 Mary (Smith) Berenson

Folder 12 Mary (Smith) Berenson

Folder 13 Mary (Smith) Berenson

Folder 14 Mary (Smith) Berenson

Folder 15 Mary (Smith) Berenson

Folder 16 Mary (Smith) Berenson

Folder 17 Mary (Smith) Berenson

Folder 18 Mary (Smith) Berenson

Folder 19 Mary (Smith) Berenson

Folder 20 Mary (Smith) Berenson

Folder 21 Mary (Smith) Berenson

Folder 22 Frank Costelloe

Folder 23 Alys Whitall Pearsall (Smith) Russell

Folder 24 Hannah (Whitall) Smith

Folder 25 Hannah (Whitall) Smith

Folder 26 Hannah (Whitall) Smith

Folder 27 Hannah (Whitall) Smith

Folder 28 Hannah (Whitall) Smith

Box 17
Folder 1

Logan Pearsall Smith

Folder 2 Logan Pearsall Smith

Folder 3 Robert Pearsall Smith

Folder 4 Karin (Costelloe) Stephen

Folder 5 M. Carey Thomas

Folder 6 Horace Traubel and Walt Whitman

Subseries: Heithersay, Margaret L.

Box 17
Folder 7

Memoirs

Subseries: Russell, Alys Whitall Pearsall (Smith)

Box 17
Folder 8

Broadcast scripts
  1. In my experiences... Sunday, Nov. 7, 1948
  2. A visit to Tennyson... Thursday, Nov. 3, 1949>

Box 17
Folder 9

Loose material from scrapbook, 1892-1896 

Folder 10 Loose material from scrapbook, 1898-1900 

Folder 11 Reminiscences about Bertrand Russell, notebook (Alys' hand?)

Folder 12 Miscellaneous

Folder 13 Printed: clippings, handbills

Subseries: Smith, Hannah (Whitall)

Box 17
Folder 14

Contracts and copyright agreements

Folder 15 Oxford meetings, 1874 

Folder 16 Woman's Christian Temperance Union Writings

Folder 17 Autobiography

Folder 18 Memoirs

Folder 19 "On authority of a husband"

Folder 20 Misc. writings

Folder 21 Printed: Yellowstone Park articles

Folder 22 Printed: Misc.

Folder 23 Writings by others on the Holiness Movement

Folder 24 Miscellaneous

Folder 25 Miscellaneous

Folder 26 Scrapbook, clippings and printed material, 1873-1884 

Folder 27 Clippings, 1876-1951 

Folder 28 Clippings, 1876-1951 

Folder 29 Clippings, 1876-1951 

Subseries: Smith, Logan Pearsall

Box 17
Folder 30

Miscellaneous writings and photocopy of will

Subseries: Smith, Robert Pearsall

Box 17
Folder 31

Handbill, biographical information

Subseries: Stephen, Adrian

Box 17
Folder 32

Printed writings, photocopy of portion of diary

Subseries: Stephen, Karin(Costelloe)

Box 17
Folder 33

Juvenalia

Folder 34 Human misery, 1952 

Typescript [237]p.


Folder 35 Lecture

Folder 36 Speeches

Folder 37 Miscellaneous

Folder 38 Printed articles by Stephen

Folder 39 Clippings, 1907-1976 

Subseries: Strachey, Oliver

Box 17
Folder 40

Misc. writings

Subseries: Strackey, Ray (Costelloe)

Box 17
Folder 41

Juvenalia

Folder 42 Transcript of letters, July 2-Nov. 24, 1908 

Box 18
Folder 1

"Ray's journal," 1905 

Folder 2 1918  election: handbills, clippings

Folder 3 Women's suffrage, 1909 

Folder 4 Miscellaneous

Subseries: Strachey family

Box 18
Folder 5

Miscellaneous clippings, handbills, school reports: James, Alix, Julia, Philippa Strachey

Subseries: Thomas, M. Carey

Box 18
Folder 6

Miscellaneous

Folder 7 Printed by Thomas

Folder 8 Clippings, 1885-1904 

Subseries: Whitall, John and Mary

Box 18
Folder 9

Misc. writings, printed material

Subseries: Miscellaneous

Box 18
Folder 10

Printed material relating to Smith family and unidentified items

Series: Photographs

("Circ." refers to Circular letters written by Hannah (Whitall) Smith. See: Appendix for the location of the Circular letters. For photographs in "Bound" volumes refer to the BOUND VOLUMES series which follows PHOTOGRAPHS)


Box 18
Folder 11

Berenson, Bernard

(see also: Box 18, folder 14, 15, 25; Circ. 125)


Folder 12 Berenson, Mary Smith

(see also: Box 18, folder 12, 18, 22, 22a, 25, 28, 34, 35; Circ. 6, 87, 100, 102, 115, 125; Volumes 24, 35, 36, 41, 44)


Folder 13 Costelloe, Frank

(see also: Box 18, folder 12, 18; Circ. 29)


Folder 14 Halpern, Barbara (Strachey)

(see also: Box 18, folder 11)


Folder 15 Hultin, Roger

(see also: Box 18, folder 11, 12, 25, 26)


Folder 16 Russell, Alys Whitall Pearsall (Smith)

(see also: Box 18, folder 18, 22, 22a, 28, 35; Circ. 6, 14, 65, 67, 83, 87, 92, 108, 115, 123; Volumes 24, 41, 44)


Folder 17 Smith, Hannah (Whitall)

(see also: Box 18, folder 12, 16, 18, 22, 22a, 27, 35; Circ. 6, 14, 87, 115, 127; Volumes 24, 27, 35, 36, 41, 44)


Folder 18 Smith, Logan Pearsall

(see also: Box 18, folder 16, 22, 22a, 28, 35; Circ. 6, 87; Volume 24)


Folder 19 Smith, Rachel Pearsall

(see also: Box 18, folder 22, 28)


Folder 19 Smith, Robert Pearsall

(see: Box 18, folder 16, 17, 22, 22a; Circ. 6, 14, 87; Volume 24)


Folder 20 Smith family

Folder 21 Smith family

Folder 22 Smith family

Folder 22a Smith family

(folio - filed separately)


Folder 23 Stephen, Karin (Costelloe)

(see also: Box 18, folder 11, 12, 13, 22, 22a, 25, 34; Circ, 87, 102, 125; Volumes 27, 28, 34, 35, 36, 41, 44, 45)


Folder 24 Strachey, Christopher

(see also: Box 18, folder 26)


Folder 25 Strachey, Ray

(see also: Box 18, folder 11, 12, 13, 16, 22, 22a; Circ. 6, 29, 59, 63, 87, 102, 125, 129; Volumes 27, 28, 34, 35, 36, 41, 45)


Folder 26 Strachey family

Folder 27 Whitall family

Folder 28 Family and friends

(from disbound scrapbook)


Folder 29 Family and friends A - Z

Folder 30 Family and friends A - Z

Folder 31 Family and friends A - Z

Folder 32 Family and friends A - Z

Folder 33 Family and friends A - Z

Folder 34 Residences

Folder 35 Travel photos

(from disbound scrapbook)


Folder 36 Copies

Series: Bound Volumes

Includes diaries, scrapbooks, and address books


Volume 1 An account of the illness and death of Elizabeth and Rebecca Reeves, 1832 

Subseries: Berenson, Mary (Smith)

Volume 2 Diary, Oct. 16, 1876-May 14, 1877 

Subseries: Russell, Alys Whitall Pearsall (Smith)

Volume 3 Address book

Volume 4 Diary, Jan. 1, 1877-July 3, 1878 

Volume 5 Diary, Nov. 5, 1883-Feb. 1894 

Volume 6 Scrapbook, 1892-1896 

( see also: Box 17, folder 9)


Volume 7 Scrapbook, 1898-1900 

( see also: Box 17, folder 10)


Subseries: Smith, Hannah (Whitall)

Volume 8 Address book

Volume 9 Commonplace book, 1879 

Volume 10 Diary, vol. 2, Feb. 15-Oct. 6, 1849 

Volume 11 Diary, vol. 3, Oct. 7, 1849-Feb. 11, 1850 

Volume 12 Diary, vol. 4, 1850 

Volume 13 Diary, vol. 5, Mar. 7-Oct. 26, 1851 

Volume 14 Diary, vol. 6, Nov. 12, 1851-Jan. 2, 1856 

Volume 15 Diary, vol. 7, Jan. 3, 1856-Dec. 28, 1857 

Volume 16 Diary, vol. 8, Jan. 2, 1858-Sept. 9, 1867 

Volume 17 Diary, vol. 9, Dec. 25, 1867-Sept. 25, 1868 

Volume 18 Diary, vol. 10, Sept. 25, 1868-Dec. 30, 1880 

Volume 19 "Heavenly Bridegroom," extracts, May 1873-Nov. 1874 

Volume 20 Letters, Jan. 13-May 19, 1874 

Volume 21 Letters from England, copies, vol. 1, Jan.-Mar. 1874 

Volume 22 Letters from England, copies, vol. 2, Mar.-July 11, 1874 

Volume 23 Letters from England, copies, vol. 3, July 17-Sept. 12, 1874 

Volume 24 Letters from England, May 25-June 27, 1875 

Volume 25 Nelly, 1852-1858 

Subseries: Stephen, Karin (Costelloe)

Volume 26 "The Blue Book," Apr. 10, 1905-Sept. 13, 1906 

Volume 27 Diary, Aug. 2, 1904-Dec. 13, 1905 

Volume 28 Diary, July 4, 1906-Aug. 11, 1908 

Volume 29 Diary, Feb. 5, 1913-Mar. 15, 1915 

Subseries: Strachey, Ray (Costelloe)

Volume 30 Address book

Volume 31 Aesthetic Criticisms

Volume 32 Conversations, 1906-1909 

Volume 33 Diary, May 9-Aug. 31, 1900 

Volume 34 Diary, Apr. 1, 1902-Sept. 15, 1903 

Volume 35 Diary, Oct. 13, 1903-Sept. 12, 1904 

Volume 36 Diary, Oct. 3, 1904-Sept. 8, 1908 

Volume 37 Diary, Sept. 24, 1909-Nov. 23, 1914 

Volume 38 Diary, Nov. 11, 1911-Mar. 26, 1916 

Volume 39 Diary, Mar. 1924-Dec. 8, 1935 

Volume 40 Diary (re: Barbara S. Halpern), Sept. 23, 1915-Apr. 29, 1916 

Subseries: Children's scrapbooks

Contain letters and drawings by Ray and Karin to Hannah and Mary, letters from Hannah to Mary, and photographs


Volume 41 Jan. 1896-Mar. 1897 

Volume 42 Mar.-Nov. 1897 

Volume 43 1897-1898 

Volume 44 Apr.-Dec. 1898 

Volume 45 Dec. 1898-Feb. 1899 

Subseries: Family scrapbooks

Contain mostly newspaper clippings


Volume 46 1870-1899 

Volume 47 1880-1902 

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