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Ella Smith: Archival records

A virtual exhibition on one of Mount Allison University's most fascinating scholars.

Fonds level description

A fonds level description provides an overview of the totality of the records in an individual’s papers. It identifies the provenance, extent of the records, photographs and objects as well as details that help a researcher determine if the papers will fit with their specific research interest.

Statement of responsibility:

Ella L. Smith fonds

Physical description:

30 cm of textual records and graphic materials

Dates of creation:


Scope and content:

Fonds consists of personal correspondence, lecture and related research notes and notebooks on Russia, Spain during the Civil War, and Eastern Europe as well as promotional materials and newspaper clippings, pamphlets, photographs, postcards, diplomas and certificates. The contents of the fonds document Ella Smith’s interest in current affairs and history.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Donated by her sister, Mrs. Helen Skinner, on 6 April 1973 with an accrual from the President’s Office at Mount Allison University on 10 May 1973.

Related materials:

Articles regarding Ella L. Smith can be found in the 4 October 1963 issue of The Argosy Weekly and in The Mount Allison Record in editions published in the Summer of 1963 and the Winter of 1973.

Associated material:

Smith College Archives (Five College Archives & Manuscripts Collection) - Office of the President William Allan Neilson Files, 1917-1939 - Correspondence with Ella Lauchner Smith 1918-1939 Box 22 : Folder 20

Source: Information retrieved on 17 February 2012 from URL: #list-ser1


The arrangement of this fonds was imposed by the processing archivist. The fonds is partially treated to the item level. Photographs are located with the Picture Collection by accession number.

Retrieval information:

Accession 7304

Source of supplied title:

Title is based on contents of fonds.

Physical description:

Includes: 11 cm textual records. – 19 cm graphic materials (including: 537 postcards and 21 cards ; b&w, col. ; 16 x 12 cm or smaller and 84 photographs : b&w ; 20 x 25.5 cm or smaller)


Smith, Ella Lauchner, 1884-1972

Finding aids:

Detailed finding aid is available: file and item level control.