SMITH, Margaret Chase, 1897-1995

Courtesy U.S. Senate Historical Office

Guide to Research Collections

Broadcast Pioneers Library
University of Maryland Hornbake Library
College Park, MD
Papers: 3 audiotapes (1963-1964) in Westinghouse Broadcasting Company collection, 1945-1981.

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1 letter (March 5, 1970) in the Academy of Political Science papers; 2 official letters (1968-1971) in the Council on Religion and International Affairs papers; 2 official letters (1954, 1955) in the V.K. Wellington Koo collection; 1 letter (September 28, 1961) in the Lenroot collection; 1 official letter (August 29, 1950) in the Allan Nevins collection; 2 personal business letters (1952, 1961) in the W.W. Norton collection; 10 personal business letters (1945-1970) in the Overbrook Press collection; 5 official letters (1944-1951) in the Frances Perkins collection; 2 personal business letters (December 20, 1961; July 22, 1970) in the Random House collection; in Stein and Day Publishers records, 1963-1988; and 1 letter in Citizens Committee for the Protection of the Environment records, 1966-1969. Finding aids.

Cornell University
Rare Books and Manuscript Collections
Ithaca, NY
Papers: Correspondence in Curtis Putnam Nettels papers, 1917-1981.

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library
Austin, TX
Oral History: August 20, 1975. 49 pages.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: Correspondence in Charl Ormond Williams papers, 1924-1959.

Maine Historical Society
Portland, ME
Papers: Correspondence, 1960’ and 1970’s, in the Edward I. Bernstein collection, 1898-2014.

Margaret Chase Smith Library
Skowhegan, ME
Papers: 1930-1995. Ca. 275 feet. Personal, business, and congressional papers and correspondence; scrapbooks; speeches; news releases; photographs; portraits; motion-picture film; videotape; sound recordings; and memorabilia, including records of her service in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate and activities since her retirement. The collection is arranged into ten categories: articles, audio, books, cartoons, Front Office Notes, photographs, reference, scrapbooks, Statements and Speeches, and Washington and You. The bulk of the collection, approximately 300,000 documents, is contained in more than 90 fireproof file cabinets. These unique primary sources include correspondence between Senator Smith and leading government officials, as well as constituent correspondence and government reports. Another important resource is the over 500 bound scrapbooks that thoroughly document her career as recorded in newspaper accounts and periodical literature. The scrapbooks also contain the newspaper column, Washington and You, written by Senator Smith between 1941 and 1954 and syndicated nationally from 1949 to 1954. Other highlights of the collection are 43 bound volumes of Senator Smith’s speeches, press releases, and general statements; over 2400 historical photographs of state, national, and world leaders; and over 400 audio and video recordings of interviews, debates, and speeches. Information about the collection is available through an extensive searchable database.

Mississippi State University
Mitchell Memorial Library
Mississippi State, MS
Papers: 1953. 1 letter in the Hodding and Betty Werlain Carter papers.

Oral History: June 15, 1976. 26 pages. Reminiscence of Stennis, Armed Services Committee, civil rights legislation, her Senate relationship with Stennis, and anecdotes about her service in the Senate. In the John C. Stennis collection.

Radcliffe College
Schlesinger Library
Cambridge, MA
Papers: Correspondence and references in Florence Ledyard Cross Kitchelt papers, 1885-1961; Pauline Newman papers, 1903-1982; Mildred Buchanan Flagg papers, 1876-1955 (bulk 1900-1955); Martha May Eliot papers, 1891-1979; Adelaide Fish Hawley Cumming papers, 1922-1967; and Pluma Burroughs Penton Batten papers, 1948-1964 (bulk 1950-1956).

Oral History: 1988-1989. 227 pages. Transcript of an interview by Pamela Neal Warford. Finding aid.

Oral History: Ca. 1967. 6 pages. Interview for book about women in government service, Few Are Chosen (1968). In the Peggy Lamson papers.

University of Georgia
Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Athens, GA
Oral History: 1971. 16 pages. Limited to reminiscences of Russell.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: Correspondence in Stella Brunt Osborn papers 1916-1992; and Blair Moody papers, 1928-1954. Finding aid.

University of Oregon
Eugene, OR
Papers: Correspondence in Wayne L. Morse papers, 1919-1969. Finding aid.

Univeraity of Wyoming
American Heritage Center
Laramie, WY
Papers: Correspondence in Morgan Beatty papers, 1922-1973. Finding aid.

Western Reserve Historical Society
Cleveland, OH
Papers: Correspondence in Florence Ellinwood Allen papers, 1856-1967. Finding aid.

Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: Correspondence in Harold Phelps Stokes papers, 1908 1969; and Millicent Todd Bingham papers, 1865-1968.