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COLLECTION Identifier: A/C712

Letters to Effie B. Collins from Alice Hamilton, 1919-1960s


Letters and postcards, some depicting etchings by Norah Hamilton, from Alice Hamilton to Effie B. Collins, as well as a memoir of an ocean voyage to Europe written by Collins, clippings, and photographs.


  • 1919-1960


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Effie B. Collins is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


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The collection contains letters and postcards from Alice Hamilton to Effie B. Collins from 1922 to 1935. Hamilton discusses visits with Collins, as well as her family, particularly her mother and her sister Norah, and their work at Hull House. Some postcards feature images of Hull House and Mackinac Island etched by Norah Hamilton. The collection also contains a short memoir of an ocean voyage to Europe written by Effie B. Collins in the 1920s, as well as clippings about the Collins sisters and Alice Hamilton's career. In addition, there is a photograph of Alice Hamilton from the 1960s as well as a photograph of the Hamiton home in Hadlyme, Connecticut.


Effie B. Collins was born May 3, 1877, in Lynn, Massachusetts, to Elizabeth E. Brimmer and Elihu P. Collins. She had a sister, Alice E. Collins (1881-1956). Effie and Alice lived in Lawrence, Massachusetts; Effie graduated Lawrence High School in 1895. Later the sisters lived in Rye, New Hampshire; they also spent winters in Tuscon, Arizona. Effie B. Collins died March 24, 1977 in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

A physician who was the first woman professor at Harvard University, Alice Hamilton (1869-1970) also worked as a resident researcher at Hull House, a researcher of industrial poisons for the United States Department of Labor, and a member of the League of Nations Health Organization and of President Hoover's Committee on Social Trends.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2020-M106

The papers of Effie B. Collins were given to the Schlesinger Library by John Bergmann in October 2020.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Alice Hamilton Papers, 1909-1987 (A-22); Hamilton Family Papers, 1818-1970, 1974 (MC 278); Hamilton family Papers, 1879-1947 (84-M210); Hamilton Family Papers, 1850-1976 (83-M175--94-M77); and Shirley Camper Soman Collection on Alice Hamilton, 1865-1969 (A/S693).

Processing Information

Processed: December 2021

By: Paula Aloisio

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by gifts from the Pforzheimer Fund for the Schlesinger Library and Class of 1957 Schlesinger Library Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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