Holiday Greetings from the Smith College Archives

1965 College Archives Christmas Card

Christmas card created by College Archivist Margaret Grierson in 1965 with an undated photo of College Hall in the snow.

In 1940 Margaret Grierson became the second archivist in Smith College history. Grierson was an all-around Smithie: receiving her A.B. from Smith in 1922; joining the Department of Philosophy from 1930 to 1936; and finally, holding down three positions simultaneously in the Library (College Archivist, Executive Director of the Friends of the Smith College Library, and Director of the Sophia Smith Collection) until her retirement in 1965.

Margaret Grierson, 1946 portrait, by Eric Stahlberg, Northampton, MA.

Margaret Grierson in 1946. Portrait by Eric Stahlberg, Northampton, MA.

Grierson, who died in 1997, is remembered for many things at the College, but especially for her wonderful gift for letter writing. Folders and folders of her correspondence can be found in her papers here in the Archives. And Christmas-time was no exception. Each December Grierson sent out a photo card or postcard from the College Archives to alumnae, friends, and donors.

[College Archives Christmas card 1955 sent by Margaret Grierson. Shows student wearing a hat and standing with a sled in 1925.

College Archives Christmas postcard, 1955, with an image from 1925.

This Christmas season we send out virtual editions of Grierson’s cards to wish you very happy holidays. And, in Grierson’s words, we wonder “where are the snows of 1925” because that sled sure looks like fun!

College Archives 1951 Christmas postcard sent out by Margaret Grierson. Uses a photograph of 3 students on snow shoes from 1904 on the front; Grierson's Christmas greeting on the verso.

College Archives Christmas postcard, 1951, with image of snow shoeing students in 1904.

College Archives Christmas postcard created by Margaret Grierson in 1962.

College Archives Christmas postcard, 1962, with an earlier undated image of Smith students on skis and horseback!

Chapin House fair ladies, 1914.  [Six students stand in front of Chapin House wearing coats, hats, and carring fur muffs. Autograph note in Margaret Grierson's hand is: "Chapin House Fair Ladies, 1914. Christmas greetings from the Smith College Archives!"

College Archives Christmas postcard, 1956, with image of "Chapin House fair ladies" in 1914.

Paradise Pond, 1895.  [Christmas postcard created by College Archivist Margaret Grierson in 1960 using image of skaters on paradise pond in 1895.

College Archives Christmas postcard, 1960, with image of skaters from 1895.

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