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Currier papers, 1909, 1928-1998 (Bulk: 1928-1938)
2 boxes (10 linear in.)
Collection number: MS 0713 (LD 7096.6 1931 Currier)

Abstract:
Currier, Margaret, 1910-1998; Librarian. Mount Holyoke College graduate, 1931. Papers consist of correspondence, course records, memorabilia, biographical information and photographs. Primarily containing her letters to her family regarding her experience at Mount Holyoke, her career (noting the Depression's impact on the library profession), and her travels within the United States.

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Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections
South Hadley, MA

Biographical Note

Margaret Currier was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on July 8, 1910, to Thomas Franklin Currier and Florence Wyman Currier. Her father was the Associate Librarian of Harvard University. She attended Belmont High School in Belmont, Massachusetts, from 1923-1927. She entered Mount Holyoke College in 1927 and graduated with her B.A. degree in German in 1931. She received her B.A.L.S. (Library Science) from the University of Michigan in 1935. She also took graduate courses at Yale University from 1934 to 1936, and at Harvard University in 1944. From 1931-1934, Currier worked as an Assistant Cataloguer at Yale University library. From 1936-1939, she worked as the Cataloguer in Yale University library. She worked as the Curator of the Catalog at the Harvard College Library from 1939-1945. From 1945 until her retirement in 1974, Currier was a librarian in the Library of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She died on March 11, 1998, in Concord, Massachusetts at the age of eighty-seven.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Margaret Currier Papers consist of correspondence, course records, memorabilia, biographical information, and photographs. Most of this collection consists of letters written by Currier to her parents, 1928-1938. The correspondence describes her years as a student at Mount Holyoke College, 1928-1931. It includes detailed descriptions of her course work, teachers, examinations, musical activities, and work in the Mount Holyoke College library. Correspondence dating from 1931-1934 describes her work in the Yale University library and her social life in New Haven, Connecticut. The correspondence also includes information about her graduate studies at the University of Michigan from 1934-1935, and her return to work at the Yale University library, 1936-1938. Letters written in the summers of 1935 and 1936 describe trips in the United States to Colorado, Maine, and elsewhere. There are a number of references in Currier's letters to the impact of the Depression upon the library profession. Three letters written to Currier from her Mount Holyoke College classmates Florence Feicht Boyer and Shuh-yin Lu Mar are also included in this collection. Boyer discusses her trip to England, Ireland, and Scotland in 1937 while Mar describes her experiences in Hankow, China and Hong Kong at the beginning of the Sino-Japanese Conflict, 1937-1938. Also of note in the collection are course records consisting of a paper written for a French class at Mount Holyoke College, 1928, and two general examinations in German from 1931.


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Margaret Currier Papers, Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections, South Hadley, MA.

History of the Collection


Additional Information
Contact Information
Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections
8 Dwight Hall
50 College St.
South Hadley, MA 01075

Phone: (413) 538-2013
Fax: (413) 538-2370

Email Reference Form: http://www.mtholyoke.edu/lits/library/arch/forms/areq.htm
URL: http://www.mtholyoke.edu/lits/library/arch/
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Correspondence,
1928-1938
34 folders

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Restrictions on access:

Unrestricted

Scope and content:

This series chiefly consists of letters that Currier wrote to her parents from 1928-1938. The letters that she wrote as a student at Mount Holyoke College, 1928-1931, are filled with information about her academic program. She discusses her course work, teachers, and examinations. She also describes her work in the College library as well as her musical activities. Letters from August 31, 1931-June 1934 describe her work in the Yale University library and her social life in New Haven, Connecticut. Letters from September 1934-June 1935 concern her graduate studies in Library Science at the University of Michigan. Letters written from summer 1935-1936 describe trips in the United States to Colorado, Maine, and elsewhere. Currier's correspondence also details her return to work at the Yale University library, 1936-1938. Her letters include a number of references to the impact of the Depression upon the library profession. The collection also includes three letters to Currier from Mount Holyoke classmates Florence Feicht Boyer and Shuh-yin Lu Mar. Boyer discusses her trip to England, Scotland, and Ireland in a letter dated October 7, 1937. The lengthy letter describes the towns and sights she saw as well as the voyage to England. Mar's first letter, dated May 3, 1938, was written from Hankow, China, and discusses personal news as well as the effects of the war between China and Japan (the Sino-Japanese Conflict). Mar's second letter, probably dated August 19, 1938, describes her trip to Hong Kong to escape the fighting.



Box : folder 1
September 1928-October 1928


Box 1: folder 1
November 1928-December 1928


Box 1: folder 2
January 1929-February 1929


Box 1: folder 3
March 1929-April 1929


Box 1: folder 4
May 1929-June 1929


Box 1: folder 5
September 1929-October 1929


Box 1: folder 6
November 1929-December 1929


Box 1: folder 7
January 1930-February 1930


Box 1: folder 8
March 1930-June 1930


Box 1: folder 9
September 1930-October 1930


Box 1: folder 10
November 1930-December 1930


Box 1: folder 11
January 1931-March 1931


Box 1: folder 12
April 1931-June 1931


Box 1: folder 13
August 1931-September 1931


Box 1: folder 14
October 1931-November 1931


Box 1: folder 15
December 1931


Box 1: folder 16
October 1932-December 1932


Box 1: folder 17
January 1933-March 1933


Box 1: folder 18
April 1933-June 1933


Box 1: folder 19
August 1933-October 1933


Box 2: folder 1
November 1933-December 1933


Box 2: folder 2
January 1934-March 1934


Box 2: folder 3
April 1934-June 1934


Box 2: folder 4
September 1934-October 1934


Box 2: folder 5
November 1934-December 1934


Box 2: folder 6
January 1935-February 1935


Box 2: folder 7
March 1935-May 1935


Box 2: folder 8
June 1935


Box 2: folder 9
October 1935-December 1935


Box 2: folder 10
January 1936-April 1936


Box 2: folder 11
May 1936-August 1936


Box 2: folder 12
September 1936-October 1936


Box 2: folder 13
November 1936-December 1936


Box 2: folder 14
1937-1938


Box 2: folder 15
Course Records,
1928, 1931
1 folder

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Restrictions on access:

Unrestricted

Scope and content:

This series contains one paper written for French 5, "Literature of the Seventeenth Century," Fall 1928, and two general examinations in German from 1931. These documents date from Currier's years as a student at Mount Holyoke College.

Paper for French V; general examinations in German,
1928; 1931

Box 2: folder 16
Memorabilia,
1909, 1928, 1931
1 folder

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Restrictions on access:

Unrestricted

Scope and content:

This series consists of several holiday greeting cards, a postcard, and a 1931 Mount Holyoke College commencement announcement. One card is to Currier's mother in 1909. Two holiday cards were signed by Currier herself.

Greeting cards and programs,
circa 1909, 1928, and 1931

Box 2: folder 17
Biographical Information,
1931, 1974-1998
1 folder

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Restrictions on access:

Unrestricted

Scope and content:

This series mainly consists of articles about Currier's retirement and death. Also included in this series is a list of the courses she took from 1927-1931 as a student at Mount Holyoke College.

Articles,
1931, 1974-1998

Box 2: folder 18
Photographs,
1931
1 folder

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Restrictions on access:

Unrestricted

Scope and content:

This series consists of two copies of Currier's senior photograph taken at Mount Holyoke College, 1931.

Senior photograph,
1931 (2 copies)

Box 2: folder 19

Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Currier, Margaret, 1910-1998.
  • China - History - 1937-1945 - Sources.
  • College students - Massachusetts.
  • Depressions - 1929 - United States.
  • England - Description and travel.
  • Graduate students - Michigan - Ann Arbor - Correspondence.
  • Hong Kong (China) - Description and travel.
  • Ireland - Description and travel.
  • Librarians - United States - Biography.
  • Librarians - United States - Economic conditions.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Curricula.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Examinations - 1928-1931.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Faculty.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Student life - 1928-1931.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Student papers - 1928.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Students - Employment.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Students.
  • Mount Holyoke College. - German Dept.
  • Mount Holyoke College. - Romance Language Dept.
  • New Haven (Conn.) - Description and travel.
  • Scotland - Description and travel.
  • Sino-Japanese Conflict, 1937-1945 - Personal narratives, Chinese.
  • United States - Description and travel.
  • University of Michigan - Graduate students.
  • Voyages and travels.
  • Williston Memorial Library (Mount Holyoke College).
  • Women college students - Massachusetts.
  • Women travelers.
  • Yale University. - Library.

Contributors
  • Bryer, Florence Feicht, 1910-1997.
  • Mar, Shuh-yin Lu, b. 1907.

Genre terms
  • Examinations
  • Letters
  • Photographs


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