Farnsworth, Alice H.
Manuscript Collection: MS 0535
Agency History/Biographical note:
Alice Hall Farnsworth was born on October 19, 1893, in Williamsburg,
Massachusetts. She attended Tanton public schools, and graduated
from Mount Holyoke College in 1916. She received an M.S. and Ph.D.
from the University of Chicago in 1917 and 1920 respectively. In
1920 she began teaching astronomy at Mount Holyoke College. In 1936
she became chair of the department, and she retired in 1957. Alice
Hall Farnsworth died on October 1, 1960, in Newton, Massachusetts.
Scope and Content:
The Alice Hall Farnsworth Papers contain correspondence, 1915-57;
writings, 1901, 1917-55; astronomy files, 1913-56; records from the
American Association of Variable Star Observers, 1925-52; scrapbooks,
1933-1945; biographical material; and photographs. The
correspondence primarily deals with her experiences as a student and
as an astronomy teacher at Mount Holyoke. The writings include a
notebook and many published articles. The biographical material
includes newspaper clippings and press releases. The photographs
include pictures of Farnsworth, ca. 1919-57, an album from a trip to
South America and various other albums.
Cite as: Alice Hall Farnsworth Papers, Mount Holyoke
College, Archives and Special Collections, South
Access Restrictions: Unrestricted