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Allison Smith

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I am a Master’s student in the History Department, pursuing both the Public History and the Arts Management Certificate. My research focus is in the History of New England and Comparative Women’s History, with a focus on transatlantic social movements. I am hoping that during my time at UMass Amherst I can broaden my understanding of Women and Gender History while also developing my ability to share these stories in a museum setting. 


My Honors thesis at Smith College, entitled “From Bustles to Bras, 1851-1939: Honors Thesis and Exhibition Catalog,” explored how the change in women’s undergarments was influenced by the Dress Reform Movement, World War I, and the Depression. To support my claims I used advertisements from The Ladies’ Home Journal, as well as historical clothing from the Smith College Historic Costume Collection. I have also worked at Smith College Special Collections and conducted oral histories for the Women and Covid-19 Oral History and Memory Project. I intern at Dennis Historical Society as an archivist, curator, and docent. Currently, I am also the Women’s History Intern at Historic New England.