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Grace W. Gray papers, 1941-2001 (Bulk: 1941-1945)
5 boxes (2 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 0772 (LD 7096.6 1945 Gray)

Abstract:
Gray, Grace Warner, 1924-2001; student, biomedical research scientist. Mount Holyoke graduate, 1945. Papers consist of correspondence, coursework, scientific writings, memorabilia, biographical information and a photograph relating chiefly to her years at Mount Holyoke College (1941-1945) and her research into the effect of various drugs on intestinal muscle.

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Unrestricted.

Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections
South Hadley, MA

Biographical Note

Grace Warner Gray was born November 20, 1924 in Chicago, Illinois to William Scott Gray, a professor at the University of Chicago, and Beatrice Warner Jardine Gray. She attended the University of Chicago High School from 1937-1941. She entered Mount Holyoke College in 1941 and in 1945 received her B.A. in zoology. Gray worked as a junior pharmacologist for two years at the William S. Merrell Company until she entered the University of Michigan in 1947. She earned her Ph.D. in pharmacology in 1951 and worked as a research scientist from 1951-1953 at Bristol Laboratories, Inc. From 1954-1959 she taught pharmacology at Marquette University School of Medicine in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She attended Marquette University Medical School from 1954-1959. In 1963-1964 she was a postdoctoral trainee at the University of Tennessee Medical Units studying lipid metabolism. In 1965 Gray worked at the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania as an assistant professor of pharmacology. She became a professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota in 1968. After retiring in 1986, she became an avid Elderhosteler and member of civic and conservation organizations. She died on May 21, 2001 at the age of seventy-six in Shoreview, Minnesota.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Grace W. Gray papers consist of correspondence, course records, writings, memorabilia, biographical information, and a photograph. The materials in this collection relate chiefly to Gray's years as a student at Mount Holyoke College, 1941-1945. In letters to her family she discusses her studies (particularly in zoology) classmates, social activities, faculty, visiting lecturers, horseback riding, parties, dances, food, her jobs on campus, and College traditions such as Mountain Day, Faculty Show, Founder's Day, freshman hazing, and Junior Show. She mentions College President Roswell Gray Ham and professors Elizabeth M. Boyd, Leonora Branch, Ann Haven Morgan, Christianna Smith, Kathryn F. Stein and others. She also refers to motion pictures that she has seen and to political issues, such as the campaign for U.S. president in 1944. Many letters reflect the impact of World War II on the College. She mentions air raid drills, rationing, blackouts, blood drives, members of the U.S. Naval Reserve Women's Reserve (WAVES) training on campus, farm work and a war stamp drive. Course records are for zoology and English classes and a physical education class. Materials include notebooks, an annotated laboratory manual, a project, papers (including one about canoeing), examinations, and microscope slides that she prepared for histology courses. Writings in this collection consists of published articles by Gray dating from 1954-1975 which chiefly concern her scientific research on the effect of various drugs on intestinal muscle. Memorabilia, 1941-1945, consists of correspondence from College administrators to her parents concerning her course work, correspondence about her awards, and a receipt for her enrollment fee. Biographical information consists of two clippings about her from 1945 and an obituary dated 2001. The photograph is her Mount Holyoke senior portrait taken in 1945.


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Grace W. Gray Papers, Mount Holyoke College, Archives and Special Collections, South Hadley, MA.

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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
1941-1945
10 linear inches

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Restrictions on access:

Unrestricted

Scope and content:

Correspondence dates from 1941-1945 and reflects Gray's social and academic activities as a student at Mount Holyoke College. Letters are written to her parents and brother. They discuss courses, lectures by Robert Frost, Janet Murrow, and Eleanor Roosevelt, sermons, horseback riding, food, dances, student employment, and movies that she saw on campus. She talks about College traditions such as Mountain Day, Founder's Day, Junior Show, and Faculty Show. She mentions College President Roswell Gray Ham, and faculty members including Elizabeth M. Boyd, Leonora Branch, Ann Haven Morgan, and Christianna Smith, and several of her friends including Barbara Calhoun Ransom, Freddie (Frances) Chamberlin Carter, Gladys Fish Kurtz, Bobbie (Barbara) M. Moore, Doris-Jane Fondahl, Margaret Prideaux Cartmell, Virginia H. Hands, and Barbara Stoke Betts. Gray also describes the impact of World War II on the College. She discusses WAVES training on campus, air raid drills and blackouts, energy conservation efforts, food rationing, blood drives, a War Stamp Drive, farm work, and travel restrictions.

1941-1945
1.6 linear feet

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Restrictions on access:

Unrestricted

Scope and content:

Course records consist of notebooks, projects, papers, examinations, notes, and glass slides for courses in zoology, English, and physical education at Mount Holyoke College, 1941-1945. Most of the records are for zoology courses in histology, embryology, ecology, and ornithology taught by Christianna Smith and Elizabeth M. Boyd. Materials for English and physical education classes consist of papers written as writing assisnments and a paper about canoeing. Some of these materials contain notes and comments made by professors.

1954-1974
1 folder

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Restrictions on access:

Unrestricted

Scope and content:

Writings consist of published articles written by Gray between 1954-1975. Most of the articles concern scientific research. In an article written for the "Mount Holyoke Alumnae Quarterly" in 1964 she also discusses her work as a teacher.

1941-1945
1 folder

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Restrictions on access:

Unrestricted

Scope and content:

Memorabilia dates from 1941-1945 and consists of correspondence between the college officials and Gray's family concerning her course work and other correspondence announcing awards.

1945, 2001
1 folder

Arrangement:

Chronological

Scope and content:

Biographical information consists of newspaper clippings announcing her graduation and an obituary dated May 2001.

1945
1 folder

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Restrictions on access:

Unrestricted

Scope and content:

Photograph is Gray's senior portrait taken at Mount Holyoke in 1945.

Contents List
Correspondence,
1941-1945
10 linear inches



Box : folder 1
September-October,
1941

Box 1: folder 1
November-December,
1941

Box 1: folder 2
January-February,
1942

Box 1: folder 3
March-April,
1942

Box 1: folder 4
May,
1942

Box 1: folder 5
September-October,
1942

Box 1: folder 6
November-December,
1942

Box 1: folder 7
February-March,
1943

Box 1: folder 8
April,
1943

Box 1: folder 9
May-June,
1943

Box 1: folder 10
September-October,
1943

Box 2: folder 1
November-December,
1943

Box 2: folder 2
January-February,
1944

Box 2: folder 3
March-May,
1944

Box 2: folder 4
June-July,
1944

Box 2: folder 5
September-October,
1944

Box 2: folder 6
November-December,
1944

Box 2: folder 7
January-February,
1945

Box 2: folder 8
March-May,
1945

Box 2: folder 9
Course Records,
1941-1945
1.6 linear feet



Box : folder 3
English 101: Papers,
1941-1942

Box 3: folder 1
Engllish 207: Papers,
1943

Box 3: folder 2
Physical Education 102: Paper,
1942

Box 3: folder 3
Zoology 101 & 102: Examinations,
1942/1943

Box 3: folder 4
Zoology 101 & 102: Notes,
1942/1943

Box 3: folder 5
Zoology 101 & 102: Laboratory notes,
1942/1943

Box 3: folder 6
Zoology 101: Project,
1943

Box 3: folder 7
Zoology 102: Paper,
1943

Box 3: folder 8
Zoology 201: Laboratory manual,
1943

Box 3: folder 9
Zoology 204: Examinations,
1944/1945

Box 3: folder 10
Zoology 208: Papers and examinations,
1944

Box 3: folder 11
Zoology 301 & 302: Laboratory notebook,
1944

Box 3: folder 12
Writings,
1954-1974
1 folder

Articles,
1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1967, 1974

Box 5: folder 1
Memorabilia,
1941-1945
1 folder

Letters and receipt,
1941-1943, 1945

Box 5: folder 2
Biographical Information,
1945, 2001
1 folder

Clipping and obituary,
1945, 2001

Box 5: folder 3
Photograph,
1945
1 folder

Senior portrait,
1945

Box 5: folder 4

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Subjects
  • Boyd, Elizabeth M.
  • Branch, Leonora, 1893-1960.
  • Gray, Grace W. (Grace Warner), 1924-2001.
  • Ham, Roswell Gray, 1891-1983.
  • Morgan, Ann Haven, 1882-1966.
  • Smith, Christianna, 1893-1983.
  • Stein, Kathryn F. (Kathryn Forney), 1902-1997.
  • Canoes and canoeing.
  • College students - Massachusetts.
  • English literature - Study and teaching (Higher) - Massachusetts.
  • Food.
  • Hazing - Massachusetts - South Hadley.
  • Horsemanship.
  • Intestines - Effect of drugs on.
  • Motion picture audiences - United States.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Curricula.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Faculty.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Student life - 1941-1945.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Student notebooks - 1941-1945
  • Mount Holyoke College - Students - Employment.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Students.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Traditions.
  • Mountain Day - Massachusetts - South Hadley.
  • Pharmacologists - United States.
  • Physical education for women - History - Sources.
  • Student activities - Massachusetts - South Hadley.
  • United States. - Naval Reserve. - Women's Reserve.
  • Women college students - Massachusetts.
  • Women pharmacologists - United States.
  • World War, 1939-1945 - Massachusetts - Sources.
  • Zoology - Study and teaching (Higher) - Massachusetts.

Genre terms
  • Letters.
  • Microscope slides.
  • Photographs.


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