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Toni Flores papers, 1957-1998

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SC-16

Scope and Contents

This collection contains Toni Flores' personal files, publications, papers presented, field work documents, her dissertation, manuscripts, and various other papers. The personal files include correspondences during her time at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, financial information, resumes, and obituaries. Flores' work covered anthropology, women's studies, samplers, folk art, Mexican art and culture, Mayan Culture, the childbirth movement, poetry, humanism, and Spanish philosophy. These materials are in box 1.

Series VIII, which accounts for three quarters of the collection, was received by the Archives and Special Collections sometime in 2005. The files in these boxes appear to have come from Flores' office. Materials include photocopies and research notes on feminism, suffragette Matilda Joslyn Gage, gender, ancient Greece and Rome, Mexican folk art, and dance. The series also contains manuscripts of her work "Meeting the Dragon" that she was writing with her children while she was battling cancer. These materials are in boxes 2-4.


  • 1957-1998

Conditions Governing Access

Documents of a personal and confidential nature are closed to researchers in accordance with library policy. These include application documents, salary notification letters, loan documents, tenure and promotion information, and sabbatical leave notifications. These files are located in Folders 3, 4, and 4a.

Biographical Note

Toni Flores was born on Match 11, 1942 in Washington D.C. Flores was a magna cum laude graduate at Bryn Mawr where she received a degree in anthropology in 1967. After graduating from Bryn Mawr, Flores spent seven months in the Netherlands studying folklife. Following her graduation Flores also completed field work on Italian-Americans in Philadelphia, prose genres among fisher folk in Holland, and repertoire of a "passive tradition bearer" from India. In 1971 Flores received a PhD in folklore and folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. Following the completion of her PhD, Flores was hired as an Assistant Professer of Anthropology at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 1971.

While at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Flores was instrumental in creating the Women's Studies program. From 1978 until the end of her teaching career, Flores was a Professor of Women's Studies and American Studies. In 1981, Flores received the faculty prize for curriculum development for her work to establish the Women's Studies program. Flores was appointed the Harter Chair in Humanities and Social Sciences from 1990-1992. On November 3, 1997 Flores lost her long battle with ovarian cancer. She was survived by her parents, two bothers, and five children.


4 Linear Feet ([4 boxes])

Language of Materials



This collection contains the personal files and work of Toni Flores. Flores was a professor of Anthropology, Women's Studies, and American Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The majority of the documents in the collection, excluding the personal files, fall under one of the above topics. Most of the papers included in this collection were completed during the time she was at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.


This collection is arranged in the following series:

  1. Personal files
  2. Published articles and papers
  3. Papers read
  4. Field work documents
  5. Miscellaneous works
  6. Dissertation
  7. Unpublished manuscripts
  8. Additional materials received in 2005


Box 1-2: Archives Storage, Range 22A, Section 2

Box 3-4: Archives Storage, Range 22B, Section 2

Toni Flores papers, 1957-1998: A Finding Aid
Meggie Horner WS '12, Rebekah Kallgren WS '14, Katie Lamontagne, Archivist
October 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Archives and Special Collections Repository

Warren Hunting Smith Library
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Geneva New York 14456 U.S.A. US (United States)