Five College Archives and Manuscript
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Chapin papers, 1921-1925.
3 boxes (7.5 linear in.)
Collection number: MS 0519 (LD 7096.6 1925 Chapin)

Chapin, Margaret Learned, 1904-1961; Secondary school teacher. Mount Holyoke College graduate, 1925. Papers consist of correspondence from her time at Mount Holyoke; mainly focusing on her academic and social activities.

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Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections
South Hadley, MA

Biographical Note

Margaret Learned Chapin was born on March 31, 1904 in New London, Connecticut. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1925. After graduation she began teaching at the high school in Unionville, Connecticut where she remained until 1930, when she became a mathematics teacher at Northfield Seminary in East Northfield, Massachusetts. Margaret Learned Chapin died on April 8, 1961, in Norwich, Connecticut.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Margaret Learned Chapin Papers contain correspondence, compositions including notes and poems, and biographical information. The papers primarily consist of letters from Chapin to her mother beginning in her first days as a student at Mount Holyoke College and ending with her travel to Unionville, Connecticut following graduation in 1925. Written almost daily, Chapin's letters contain detailed accounts of her academic work, including exam schedules, social activities, "crushes" on friends, employment, and health. Of particular note are Chapin's descriptions of excursions and College traditions, such as Mountain Day, as well as her social interactions with roommates, friends, and faculty. Also of note within the biographical information are floor plans of Porter Hall drawn by Chapin and a commencement album.

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Margaret Learned Chapin Correspondence, Mount Holyoke College, Archives and Special Collections, South Hadley, Massachusetts

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Search Terms
The following terms represent persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection. Use these headings to search for additional materials on this web site, in the Five College Library Catalog, or in other library catalogs and databases.

  • Chapin, Margaret L. (Margaret Learned), 1904-1961.
  • Books and reading.
  • Clothing.
  • College students - Massachusetts - Correspondence.
  • Food.
  • Friendship - United States - History - Sources.
  • Mothers and daughters - United States - History - Sources.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Buildings.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Campus.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Class of 1925.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Commencement - 1925.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Curriculum - 1921-1925.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Faculty.
  • Mount Holyoke College - History - Sources.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Religious life - 1921-1925.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Remunerative work.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Rules and regulations.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Student expenses - 1921-1925.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Student life - 1921-1925.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Student papers - 1922.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Students - Political Activity.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Students.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Traditions.
  • Recreation.
  • Women - Health and hygiene - United States - History - Sources.
  • Women - United States - Social conditions - Sources.
  • Women college students - Massachusetts - Correspondence.

  • Chapin, Sarah W., b. circa 1864.
  • Snell, Ada L. F.
  • Mount Holyoke College. - English Dept.

Genre terms
  • Albums
  • Letters

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