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Title - Selected Holdings
Carel Bailey Germain, Rutgers, 1981   Carel Bailey Germain Papers (15 linear feet, 1922-1998)

Germain practiced in San Francisco until the birth of twin daughters, and later earned her MSW and DSW from Columbia University and taught at the University of Maryland, Columbia University, and the University of Connecticut. She brought an ecological perspective to social work theory and practice. Her most influential book, The Life Model of Social Work Practice (1980), co-authored with Alex Gitterman, urged clinicians to address not only a client's individual psycological adjustment, but also to give more consideration to the ways that environmental structures and systemic factors may contribute to a client's difficulties. Smith College awarded Carel Germain an honorary doctorate of humane letters in 1993.  View Finding Aid

Mary C. Jarrett, n.d.


Mary Cromwell Jarrett Papers (3 linear feet, 1900-1961)

Jarret was a pioneer in the field of clinical social work, having begun her career in Boston working with deliquent children and unwed mothers. She joined E.E. Southard at Boston Psychopathic Hospital as one of the first psychiatric social workers. In 1918, Smith college President William Allan Neilson invited her to lead the first session of the Smith College Training School for Psychiatric Social Work, which became the Smith College School for Social Work and which Jarrett directed until 1923. Later in her career, she was a national leader in the public health field, especially in developing services in chronic care facilities.  View Finding Aid

Bertha Capen Reynolds, circa 1930s


Bertha Capen Reynolds Papers (7 linear feet, 1907-1979)

Reynolds was a pioneer educator and practitioner in the field of social work and an innovative writer on broader social subjects. Among her most enduring written works are her autobiography, An Unchartered Journey (1963, 1991). She attended the Boston School for Social Workers (later the Simmons College School of Social Work) and in 1918 completed the first session of the Smith College Training School for Psychiatric Social Work, directed by Mary Cromwell Jarrett. Reynolds served as Associate Director of the Smith College School for Social Work from 1925 to 1937, where she developed and taught "Plan D," an advanced course for the training of supervisors and teachers of social work. An ideological Marxist, her beliefs helped shape her teaching and practice of social work.   View Finding Aid

Florence Hollis and Rosemary Reynolds, Jackson Hole, WY, 1937


Florence Hollis and Rosemary Reynolds papers (25 linear feet, 1863-1987)
Hollis, who earned her MSW at the Smith College School for Social Work and her PhD from Bryn Mawr, taught for more than twenty years at the Columbia University School of Social Work, while maintaining a small clinical practice and teaching at the Smith College School for Social Work in the summers. In addition to being the editor of Social Casework, one of her most important contributions was the conception and initial development of a classification system or "typology" for describing casework techniques. Hollis's partner of more than forty years was also a social worker. Reynolds held teaching and administrative positions in various social service agencies prior to taking a permanent post at the Community Service Society of New York, which she held from 1942 until her retirement in 1971.   View Finding Aid

Mary van Kleeck, n.d.   Mary van Kleeck Papers (56 linear feet, 1883-1984)

Social researcher, social reformer, writer, and lecturer Mary van Kleeck was born in Glenham, NY in 1883 and graduated from Smith College in 1904. She was a leading expert on women's employment, serving as director of the Russell Sage Foundation's Department of Industrial Studies for thirty-eight years. Van Kleeck was also active in the field of social work, lecturing frequently at the Smith College School for Social Work. She served on many governmental commissions and on the boards of numerous private humanitarian institutions, as well. Her papers highlight the transition from social reform in the Progressive era to government reform in the New Deal.    View finding aid

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