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Helene Joy Phillips was born on September 4, 1927 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to Abel H. Phillips, a merchant, and Cecelia Blum Phillips. She attended Allentown High School in Allentown, Pennsylvania from 1942-1944 and Moravian Seminary in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania from 1944-1945. She entered Mount Holyoke College in 1945 and received her B.A. in 1949 with a self-designed major in Latin American culture. She married Philip R. Herzig on September 18, 1949 and they had three children. By 1983, Herzig was working as a feature editor at the "North Shore Magazine" in Great Neck, New York.
The Helene Herzig papers consist of course work, correspondence, financial records, memorabilia, biographical information and photographs. The bulk of the collection provides documentation of her studies and the courses she took at Mount Holyoke College. The course work includes notes, examinations, papers and diagrams for art, English literature, French language, history, political science, psychology, religion, Spanish literature, speech, and zoology. The course work also contains maps of South America used for Spanish course work and note cards on dance and Spanish history. The bulk of the correspondence dates from 1945-1949 and consists of letters from departments and groups on campus, many of which were received by her as a prospective student. The correspondence also includes a letter from 1986 written by President Elizabeth T. Kennan. The financial records consist of statements from 1947-1949. The memorabilia consists of statistics in Spanish, an x-ray report from a 1947 tuberculosis test, a sheet listing possible courses for her interdepartmental major, and a pamphlet describing a junior year abroad program in Zurich. The biographical information contains press clippings regarding Herzig from 1945-1949. There are two photographs of Herzig: one taken circa 1949 and the other after her marriage.
This collection is organized into sixteen series:
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Helene Herzig Papers, Mount Holyoke College, Archives and Special Collections, South Hadley, MA.
Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections
8 Dwight Hall
50 College St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
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