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Philips papers, 1927-1935 (Bulk: 1927-1931)
1 box (5 linear in.)
Collection number: MS 0689 (LD 7096.6 1931 Hurrey)

Philips, Frances Adelle Hurrey, 1909-1971; student. Mount Holyoke College graduate, 1931. Papers consist of correspondence, a photograph album, biographical information and loose photographs; principally pertaining to her daily activities and social events at Mount Holyoke and her junior year abroad at the Universite de Nancy and the Sorbonne in France.

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Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections
South Hadley, MA

Biographical Note

Frances Adelle Hurrey was born on August 4, 1909 in Buenos Aires, Argentina to Charles D. Hurrey and Daisy Girton Hurrey. She attended Montclair High School in Montclair, New Jersey before coming to Mount Holyoke College in 1927. She spent her junior year abroad at the Universite de Nancy and the Sorbonne in France. She graduated in 1931 with a major in French and during the summer of 1931 she attended Montclair State Teacher's College. From 1931-1932 she taught French and Latin at the Brookside School in Montclair. From 1932-1933 she tutored French in Switzerland while attending the Universite de Geneve, and after returning to the United States in 1933, she received her M.A. in French from Columbia University in 1934. That same year she began teaching French at the Hartridge School in Plainfield, New Jersey and held that position until she became principal in 1940. She remained its principal until 1951 when she retired. In the summer of 1935 she attended the Middlebury Summer Language School in Middlebury, Vermont and the following summer studied at the American Institute in Munich, Germany. On December 9, 1946 she married Dixon C. Philips, a graduate of Cornell University and the mayor of Plainfield, New Jersey from 1943 to 1947. She died at the age of eighty-one on December 4, 1971 in Hightstown, New Jersey.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Frances Hurrey Philips papers consist of correspondence, a photograph album and loose photographs. The correspondence dates from 1927-1931, her undergraduate years at Mount Holyoke College, and is addressed to her parents and younger sister "Jiggs" (Marguerite Hurrey Wolf, Mount Holyoke College Class of 1936). In the correspondence she discusses a wide range of activities on campus from classes and faculty to outings with her friends. She frequently mentions food, clothes, gym, sports, chapel, movies, table waiting, concerts, faculty, and travel by train and car. She includes comments on lectures and sermons, and often mentions Robert Wicks, Mount Holyoke Chaplain from 1926-1928, and his family in Holyoke, Massachusetts. She provides detailed descriptions of many events on campus, including room choosing, the May Day pageant, and Junior Show. Specific letters describe Faculty Show (March 4, 1928), hazing (October 24, 1927), and Junior Prom which she attended as a freshman usher (April 28, 1928). She also describes her sister's visit to campus (October 12, 1930) and a special assembly during which President Mary Emma Woolley discussed the expulsion of four students for drinking and smoking (February 24, 1928). In her letters she makes frequent reference to Frances Dorman Menning, Class of 1931, as well as Ruth Tenny Hall, Class of 1929, and her future husband Frederick R. Hall, who was from Hurrey's hometown of Montclair, New Jersey. The correspondence includes letters from Hurrey's junior year in France describing her coursework, the families she lived with and travels in Europe as well as mentioning food and the French fashions she could not resist. The photograph album dates from 1927-1933 and contains photographs from her year in France as well as from the time she spent in Geneva as a tutor and student from 1932-1933. It also includes photographs from her years at Mount Holyoke and features fellow members of the Class of 1931 including Virginia F. Babcock, Louise K. Wilde, Sara Holmes Boutelle, Elizabeth Lauckhardt Jantzen, M. Vimala Appasamy, and Ruth Sanderson Brackenridge. The biographical information consists of press clippings about Hurrey from 1929-1947. The loose photographs include formal and informal photographs of Hurrey during her undergraduate years, a picture of students at the Universite de Nancy in 1929 and two photos of her from a weekend at Colgate College in 1931.

This collection is organized into four series:

  • Correspondence
  • Photograph Album
  • Biographical Information
  • Photographs

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Frances Hurrey Philips Papers, Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections, South Hadley, MA

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Search Terms
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  • Philips, Frances Hurrey, 1909-1971.
  • Wicks, Robert R.
  • Clothing and dress.
  • College students - Massachusetts.
  • Food.
  • France - Description and travel.
  • Hazing - Massachusetts.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Religious life - 1927-1931.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Sports.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Student life - 1927-1931
  • Mount Holyoke College - Traditions.
  • Mount Holyoke College. - Class of 1931 - Photographs.
  • Proms - Massachusetts.
  • Smoking.
  • Voyages and travels.
  • Women college students - Alcohol use.
  • Women college students - Conduct of life.
  • Women college students - Massachusetts.

Genre terms
  • Letters.
  • Photograph albums.
  • Photographs.

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