Archives & Special Collections

Sophie Kerr Collection


A successful author, Sophie Kerr published over 500 short
stories, 23 novels, countless magazine articles and a play that ran on Broadway and was later made into a film, 1934s Big Hearted Herbert. 

She willed Washington College a sum of over half a million dollars, which has provided for the well-known Sophie Kerr prize. The executor of Kerr’s estate, Mary Elizabeth Taylor, left some of Kerr’s possessions to Washington College in her own will, which are part of special collections at Washington College.

The collection includes books that belonged to Sophie Kerr and books and articles that she has written. If you would like to use the Sophie Kerr collection, please contact the archives staff for details.