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Charlotte Proctor Kummel was born in Trenton, New Jersey on January 23, 1903. She attended Mount Holyoke College from 1920-1924, majoring in Art History with a minor in Bible Studies. In her time at the College, Kummel was honored as a Sarah Williston Scholar and inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. After graduating cum laude, she went on to teach for a year at the Tucson Indian Training School in Arizona. She then returned to Mount Holyoke as a Graduate Fellow and Assistant of Biblical History and Literature. She spent the next year at the University of Chicago, receiving her M.A. in Religious Education in 1927. Kummel attended the Columbia University School of Library Science, and from 1928 was a librarian at the Free Public Library in Trenton. In 1935, Kummel married University of Pennsylvania graduate George Krall of West Trenton, New Jersey, and they had two sons within the next four years. After a brief time away from work while raising her family, Kummel returned to the Trenton Library to eventually become head of the Circulation Department. She was part of a delegation of librarians who went to Russia in 1960 to visit the Lenin State Library in Moscow. Throughout her life, Kummel was active in the League of Women Voters, and was involved in the Trenton College Club, the Daughters of the American Revolution and the American Library Association. She was also a member of the first Presbyterian Church in Hightstown, and was an active alumnae. Charlotte Kummel Krall died in Philadelphia on April 18, 1987 at the age of eighty-four.
The Charlotte Proctor Kummel Papers chiefly consist of academic work, documenting her time as a student at Mount Holyoke College from 1920-1924. Included are some personal papers in the form of correspondence and memorabilia, mostly dating from her years at the College. Numerous essays and projects in art history, English, and Biblical Studies reflect her primary intellectual pursuits, while club membership cards and written debates represent her extracurricular involvements. Collectively, these papers reflect both the intellectual and personal interests of Kummel that were developed during her college years to last throughout her lifetime. These papers contain academic work which includes class notes, essays or projects, and exams in various academic areas, in addition to personal correspondence in the form of writings, memorabilia, and a few certificates in her name. There are a number of photographs within the file as well, including one of the dormitory in which she lived for a number of years. Documents of particular interest are a note and appointment invitation from Mary Woolley, President of the College from 1901-1937. Note that the Kummel papers originally contained a photograph of her college friend Lois Curtis, which has been moved to Lois Curtis' student file.
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Charlotte Proctor Kummel Papers, Mount Holyoke College, Archives and Special Collections, South Hadley, Massachusetts
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