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Josephine Young Case papers, A1339

Identifier: A1339

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence regarding Josephine Young Case's leadership positions with Skidmore College, Bryn Mawr College, Colgate University, and other organizations; a small number of manuscripts; texts of speeches; clippings of articles where she was mentioned; a few photographs; travel itineraries; and personal correspondence. The final series contains correspsondence from her husband, Everett Needham Case, mostly related to his efforts to have her writing republished in the late 1980s.


  • Creation: 1929 - 1991

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Biographical note

The Colgate Scene described Josephine Young Case as "a poet, novelist, educator, and public servant." She was born in 1907 in Lexington, Massachusetts and attended New York City's Brearley School; Bryn Mawr College, where she majored in Greek; and Radcliffe College, where she earned an MA in American Literature. She was married to Everett Needham Case, Colgate University's president from 1942 to 1962, and was heavily involved in the Colgate community during those years.

She served on the boards of numerous organizations, including the Skidmore College Board of Trustees; Colgate University's Board of Trustees, where she was the first female trustee; RCA, where she was the first woman to serve on the board of directors; NBC; Girl Scouts USA; and Bryn Mawr College. She was interim President of Skidmore College from 1964-1965.

Her books included At Midnight on the 31st of March,Written in Sand, This Very Tree, and Owen D. Young and American Enterprise, a biography of her father written with her husband. She died in 1990.

"Josephine Young Case," Colgate Scene, March 1990, 35. "Josephine Young Case, Poet, Educator, dies" A1339, Josephine Young Case papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries.


.9 Cubic Feet

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Related Materials

A1015, Everett Needham Case papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries.

Josephine Young Case biographical file, Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries.

Material Cataloged Separately

Books found in this collection were removed and catalogued separately.

  • 804 C264th
  • 811 C26fl
  • 813.5C263w
  • 923.373 Y86ta
  • HD9971.5.E542Y683
  • PN6120.C5T46148 1968
  • PS1541.Z5C34 1945
  • PS3505.A819A6 1992
  • PS3505.A819F73
  • PS3505.A819T485 1969

Guide to the Josephine Young Case papers
Allyson Smally and Sara Klik
February 2, 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries Repository

13 Oak Drive
Case Library and Geyer Center for Information Technology
Colgate University
Hamilton New York 13346 United States US
315-228-7934 (Fax)