Five College Archives and Manuscript
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Stifler papers, 1904-1984.
3 boxes (1.1 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 0590 (LD 7092.8 Stifler)

Stifler, Susan Martha Reed, 1884-1987; Historian and college teacher. Mount Holyoke College graduate, 1907. Mount Holyoke College faculty member, 1926-1934. Papers contain correspondence, diaries, writings, and photographs. Primarily consisting of letters to her husband, William Warren Stifler and family regarding her experiences in China.

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Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections
South Hadley, MA

Biographical Note

Susan Martha Reed was born on August 16, 1884 in Roxbury, Massachusetts to Martha Dudman and John R. Reed. Her sister Edith H. Smith graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1901. Susan Stifler graduated from Mount Holyoke in 1907. She then received an M.A and a PhD from the University of Illinois in 1908 and 1913, respectively. While studying there, she also taught history. In 1913 she became chair of the History Department at Lake Erie College. In 1915 she married William Warren Stifler, and they departed for China, where he worked. After their return to the United States she worked part time at Mount Holyoke from 1926 until 1934. Susan Reed Stifler died on August 2, 1987, in Pleasant Hill, Tennessee.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Susan Reed Stifler Papers contain correspondence, 1907-1984; diaries, 1906-1927; writings, 1904-1935; and photographs, 1907-1972. The letters are written to her husband, William Warren Stifler, and other relatives while living in Peking and Peitaiho, China, principally discussing domestic and family matters and her social activities. The writings include an English notebook, 1904-1905, and a few published articles written by Stifler. The photographs include some of family members, as well as many pictures taken in China.

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Susan Reed Stifler Papers, Mount Holyoke College, Archives and Special Collections, South Hadley, Massachusetts

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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.

  • Stifler, Susan Reed, 1884-1987.
  • Stifler, William Warren, 1883-1954.
  • China - Description and travel - 1901-1948 - Sources.
  • China - Social life and customs - 1912-1949.
  • Family - United States - History - Sources.
  • Marriage - United States - History - Sources.

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  • Letters

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