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   Marie Read Smith Papers, 1934-1938.

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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Marie Read Smith Papers; Box and Folder (if known); Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

Abstract

The Marie Read Smith Papers are comprised of a scrapbook, a 1934 issue of Fortune magazine, a letter to Smith’s parents, and a photograph of a friend. Smith was a zealous proponent of Benito Mussolini, and the material thus reflects her enthusiastic support and high opinion of the Italian dictator.

At a Glance

Call No.:MS#1616
Bib ID:6915026 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Smith, Marie Read
Title:Marie Read Smith Papers, 1934-1938.
Physical description:.42 linear ft. (1 box)
Language(s): Material is in English
Access: This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. This collection has no restrictions.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in 1 series:

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Description

Scope and Content

The collection is comprised of a scrapbook, a July 1934 issue of Fortune magazine, a photograph of a woman Smith met while in Italy, and a letter to Smith's parents. The scrapbook is a thorough documentation of Mussolini's adult life and tenure as Prime Minister, and includes both photographic clippings and news articles. As Smith was an ardent proponent of the dictator, the scrapbook also serves as a tribute. The issue of Fortune magazine includes a special section on Italian fascism, which can be found between pages 46 and 126.

The collection also features a handwritten letter addressed to Smith's parents, dated May 21, 1938. The letter describes Smith's encounter with Mussolini while studying in Italy, and is accompanied by a photograph of her friend, Daisy, also a friend of Mussolini, who facilitated the meeting. Albeit brief, the encounter is described by Smith in detail, and the letter also includes observations of Hitler, who was also present at the time.

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Using the Collection

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Access Restrictions

 This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

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This collection has no restrictions.

Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Marie Read Smith Papers; Box and Folder (if known); Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Papers processed 5/2/2012 Megan Darlington, MSI Candidate 2013, University of Michigan.

Finding aid written 5/2/2012 Megan Darlington, MSI Candidate 2013, University of Michigan.

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion May 4, 2012 Finding aid written in English.
    2012-05-04 xnl document instance creted by Megan Darlington.

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Magazines (periodicals).PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Scrapbooks.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects

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Fascism and women--Italy--History--20th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Fascism--Italy.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Fascism--United States.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Mussolini, Benito, 1883-1945.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Marie Read Smith was an avid supporter of Benito Mussolini, the Italian dictator and leader of the National Fascist Party. Likely affiliated with the women's division of the No Foreign War Committee, she was staunchly opposed to American involvement in World War II. In 1938, she was granted a fellowship by Casa Italiana and Barnard College to study in Italy. While there, she had a brief encounter with Mussolini, which is the subject of the letter in this collection.

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