Smith, Corinna Lindon, 1876-1965

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Corinna Haven (Putnam) Smith was born in New York City, the daughter of George Haven Putnam (the son of George Palmer Putnam, founder of the publishing firm of G.P. Putnam's Sons) and Rebecca Kettel (Shepard) Putnam. Her paternal aunt was the well-known physician and suffragist, Mary Putnam Jacobi. Corinna entered Bryn Mawr College in 1893 but did not graduate. She met the artist Joseph Lindon Smith in Dublin, N.H., in 1898; they were married in 1899. In November of that year they travelled to Egypt, where Joseph painted art treasures recovered during archaeological digs. The Smiths spent much of their fifty-one-year marriage living abroad, especially in Egypt. They had three daughters.

Fascinated by Middle Eastern culture, Corinna began studying classical Arabic in 1901, eventually becoming fluent. A staunch Christian, she was also a serious student of Islam, passing a stringent oral exam conducted in Arabic by Muslim religious leaders on Islam and the Koran. In 1909 she signed up with a lecture bureau and began her career as a professional speaker, lecturing on Egyptian archaeology, Islam, and writers such as Henry James and Thomas Hardy.

During World War I, the Smiths worked with the Comité Franco-Américain pour la Protection des Enfants de la Frontière (Franco-American Committee for the Protection of the Children of the Frontier), which provided assistance to impoverished French children and their families. In 1920, she undertook a three-week tour of France and Germany to assess the damage suffered by over 200 factories in the two countries. As a result of this expedition, she wrote Rising Above the Ruins in France, which was published in 1920.

Returning to the U.S., she joined the Executive Committee of the Eastern Association (later known as the Association on American Indian Affairs) in 1924; two years later, the General Federation of Women's Clubs appointed her its national chair of Indian Welfare. After the death of her husband in 1950, Corinna adopted his middle name, calling herself Corinna Lindon Smith. She spent the next fifteen years working for diverse causes, including Native American rights, public health programs, narcotics control, and the rehabilitation of former female prisoners. She died in Dublin, N.H., in 1965.

From the description of Papers, 1851-1966 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 122413473

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creatorOf Smith, Joseph Lindon, 1863-1950. Joseph Lindon Smith papers, 1647-1965, bulk 1873-1965. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Miller, Emma Guffey, 1874-1970. Papers: Series III-IV, 1900-1972 (inclusive) [microform]. Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Joseph Lindon Smith papers, 1647-1965, bulk 1873-1965 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
referencedIn Association on American Indian Affairs. Association on American Indian Affairs records, 1851-1995 (bulk 1922-1995). Princeton University Library
creatorOf Smith, Corinna Lindon, 1876-1965. Papers, 1851-1966 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Papers, 1833, 1884-1972 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
creatorOf Bynner, Witter, 1881-1968. Papers, 1897-1963. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Smith, Joseph Lindon, 1863-1950. Joseph Lindon Smith and Smith family papers, 1647-1965 (bulk 1873-1965). Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Frederick Samuel Dellenbaugh papers, 1871-1934 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Dellenbaugh, Frederick Samuel, 1853-1935. Frederick Samuel Dellenbaugh papers, 1871-1934. New York Public Library System, NYPL
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associatedWith Anslinger, Herbert. person
associatedWith Association on American Indian Affairs. corporateBody
associatedWith Bynner, Witter, 1881-1968. person
associatedWith Chesley, A. J. (Albert Justus), 1877-1955. person
associatedWith Comité Franco-Américain pour la Protection des Enfants de la Frontière. corporateBody
associatedWith Dellenbaugh, Frederick Samuel, 1853-1935. person
associatedWith Earhart, Amelia, 1897-1937. person
associatedWith Emma (Guffey) Miller, 1874-1970 person
associatedWith Gardner, Isabella Stewart, 1840-1924. person
associatedWith Jaccaci, Augusto Floriano, 1857-1930. person
associatedWith Jacobi, Mary Putnam, 1842-1906. person
associatedWith La Farge, Oliver, 1901-1963. person
associatedWith Lottinville, Savoie, 1906-1997. person
associatedWith Miller, Emma Guffey, 1874-1970. person
associatedWith Mount Holyoke College corporateBody
associatedWith Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Dept. of Egyptian and Ancient Near Eastern Art. corporateBody
associatedWith Pasha, Russell. person
associatedWith Pershing, John J. (John Joseph), 1860-1948. person
associatedWith Putnam, Bertha Haven, 1872-1960. person
associatedWith Putnam, George Haven, 1844-1930. person
associatedWith Putnam, George Palmer, 1887-1950. person
associatedWith Putnam, Herbert, 1861-1955. person
associatedWith Reisner, George Andrew, 1867-1942. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Nicholas, 1893-1982. person
associatedWith Sargent, John Singer, 1856-1925. person
associatedWith Schieffelin, John Jay. person
associatedWith Smith, Joseph Lindon, 1863-1950. person
associatedWith St. Denis, Ruth, 1880-1968. person
associatedWith Wilder, Thornton, 1897-1975. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Middle East
Arab countries
Boston (Mass.)
New Hampshire
Dublin (N.H.)
New England
Pueblo Indians
Fathers-in-law--Family relationships
Islamic philosophy
Artists' spouses
Rickettsial diseases
Reconstruction (1914-1939)
Community health services
Indian reservations
Arabs and Islam
Amateur theater--Production and direction
Art, Egyptian
Drug abuse
Islamic literature
World War, 1914-1918--Civilian relief
Indians of North America--Health and hygiene
Mikasuki Indians
Archaeological expeditions
Pyramids of Giza (Egypt)
Drug control
Opium trade--Law and legislation
Authors and publishers
Mothers-in-law--Family relationships
Koran--Study and teaching


Birth 1876

Death 1965



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