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Smith, Gertrude, 1860-1917
Gertrude Smith Collection
Manuscripts Division
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circa 1895
1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


Consists of material related to Arabella and Araminta Stories, a collection of short children's stories written by Gertrude Smith, an American writer of fiction and children's books, and illustrated by Ethel Reed, an American book illustrator, poster designer, and painter.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of material related to Gertrude Smith's children's book of short stories about two little twin sisters, Arabella and Araminta Stories. Included is an anonymous manuscript (17 pp.) of a review of Smith's book and Ethel Reed's illustrations for it. There are five original black-and-white pochoir prints by Reed for the "Shopping Day Story," "Celebration Story," "Pretend Plays," "Romping Plays," and the "Hurt Day" story. Each illustration is accompanied by an autograph caption by Smith. Also included are page proofs of the dedication page, "The Birthday Party," and the captions to the illustrations. In addition, there are proof pages of illustrations for the title pages for "Lost Dolly Story," "Christmas Story," "Sunday Story," "The Birthday Party," and "Animal-Cracker Story."


Folders are arranged alphabetically by contents.

Collection Creator Biography:

Smith, Gertrude, 1860-1917

Gertrude Smith, nee Jane Nelson, was an American writer of fiction and of children's books. Smith had stories published in all the leading magazines of her time including Harper's Bazar, and some have been collected in the volume The Rousing of Mrs. Potter. Arabella and Araminta Stories was first published in Boston by Copeland and Day in 1895. Smith was born in California; having spent her childhood years in the Middle West, she often wrote of the life of the prairies in her stories.

Ethel Reed was an Illustrator, poster designer, and painter in watercolors of landscapes and figures studies. She was virtually self-taught, although she studied briefly at the Cowles Art School in Boston around 1893. In the mid 1890s, Reed exhibited watercolors at the Boston Art Club, but she later turned to the graphic arts. The Boston Herald accepted her first poster designs in early 1895, launching her brief but brilliant career

Collection History


Purchased on September 1, 1967 (AM19300).


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Dina Britain on August 6, 2007. Finding aid written by Traci Ballou-Broadnax on August 8, 2007. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Gertrude Smith Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1