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MacLaren Papers, 1919-2002 (Bulk: 1919-1935)
7 boxes (3 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 0827

Abstract:
MacLaren, Katharine Yoder Hook, 1905-2002; Nurse. Mount Holyoke College graduate, 1926. Papers consist of correspondence, diaries, a scrapbook, memorabilia, an obituary, and photographs. Primarily documenting her life as a student at Mount Holyoke College, 1922-1926, and the first few years after graduation. Included are her letters from summer camp in 1919, her correspondence and memorabilia from a 1926 European trip, and letters from her husband, Allan Booth MacLaren.

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Biographical Note

Katharine Yoder Hook, a 1926 Mount Holyoke College alumna and a registered nurse, was born on June 27, 1905 in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. She was the daughter of Harry E. Hook, an assistant manager at the A. Wilhelm Company, and Hannah Yoder Hook. She went to the High School for Girls in Reading, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1926 and majored in economics and sociology. In 1926 she received secretarial training at Canton Actual Business College, Canton, OH. In 1932 she received her R.N. degree from the Francis Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University. In 1933 she received a certificate in Physiotherapy from Harvard Medical School. On June 9, 1934 she married Allan Booth MacLaren and they had three children. She worked as a registered nurse. She died at ninety-seven on September 21, 2002 in McKinleyville, California.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Katharine H. MacLaren Papers consist of correspondence, diaries, a scrapbook, memorabilia, an obituary, and photographs. This material chiefly reflects her experiences and activities as a student at Mount Holyoke College from 1922-1926. In letters to her parents she discusses friendships and dates, parties and dances, sports events (such as the first horse show at Mount Holyoke held in May, 1923), traditions such as Mountain Day and Junior Show, clothing, her expenses, and room choosing. She describes her service on various College committees, including the judicial board of the Student Government Association, and mentions social and political interests of students. She also refers to students bobbing their hair and breaking regulations such as a ban on smoking. Her letters from January, 1923, refer to the fire that destroyed Rockfeller Dormitory. In addition, she frequently discusses her studies, particularly in economics and English, and often mentions faculty members Margaret Ball, Jeannette Augustus Marks, Amy Hewes, Ethel Barbara Dietrich, Alzada Comstock, Leslie Gale Burgevin, and dormitory head Sarah Lois Staples. Included is her correspondence with friends and family during her post-graduation European Tour entitled "Around the Baltic," arranged by the International Confederation of Students. She visited Sweden, France, Germany, Switzerland, Finland, Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania. Her diary dates from 1922-1926 and contains brief descriptions of her activities and references to her health. She also mentions "crushes and mashes" and discussions about sex among students, offers more details about her relationships with men than her letters provide, and refers to the decline of religious life at the College. Her travel diary depicts a student tour of Europe in the mid-1920s written by a buoyant and enterprising college student. Her scrapbook dates from 1922-1928 and contains a chart of her body measurements from freshman year as well as programs and notes reflecting her social and academic activities. Other material in the collection consists of her letters to her family from Pine Tree Camp in Pocono Pines, Pennsylvania, where she stayed in July 1919. The collection also includes letters, original poems, and drawings sent to MacLaren by a boyfriend named Samuel H. Bryant, as well as letters from her parents, her husband, Allan B. MacLaren, and several Mount Holyoke classmates, particularly Josephine Fellows, Helen Wismer Thurber, Anne A. Noble McKeachie, M. Adelaide Lehan, Mary Elizabeth Steinmetz, and Margaret B. Ream. Of note is Ream's letter from July 12, 1924 in which she explains that she wanted to keep at a distance to avoid a "possible crush" between the two women. Rounding out the collection are programs and other memorabilia circa 1922-1938, and photographs of MacLaren alone, with friends and relatives, and from her European trip, circa 1922-1926, 1994.


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Katharine H. MacLaren Papers, Mount Holyoke College, Archives and Special Collections, South Hadley, MA.

History of the Collection


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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.

Contents List
1919-1995
4 boxes

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically and then by author.

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Scope and content:

Chiefly consists of letters that MacLaren wrote to her parents. In the letters from Pine Tree Camp written in July, 1919 she describes the food, her activities and expenses, and relationships with other girls. Letters written to her parents while she was a student at Mount Holyoke College from 1922-1926 frequently mentions College traditions such as Mountain Day celebrations, Faculty Show, Junior Show, Junior Prom, Founder's Day, visits to Senior Towne House, and singing competitions. She refers to social and political interests of members of the College Community, particularly those related to pacifism and women's rights. She discusses her posture exam as a freshman, her expenses, smoking and violations of rules by students, fire drill procedures, and dances and parties. She also mentions the visitors to campus, Chapel speakers, the aftermath of the fire that destroyed the Rockefeller Hall dormitory in 1922, room choosing, and the deaths of several students. There are also many references to a large group of friends. In addition there is a substantial number of letters from her mother, a few from her father, and a good many from her college friends, written mostly during holidays or after graduation. The letters from her parents mostly respond to what MacLaren was writing and provide her with news from home. Those from 1927-1929 and concern family matters, housekeeping advice, clothes, finances, and the family's new home in Canton, Ohio. Some of her frequent correspondents from College are Josephine Fellows, Class of 1924, Helen Wismer Thurber, Class of 1924, and Dorothy Pyle, Class of 1925. Of special interest is her correspondence with Anne A. Noble McKeachie, Class of 1928, who was MacLaren's "little sister;" and Margaret B. Ream, Class of 1924, who was one of MacLaren's closest friends. Of note is Ream's letter from July 12, 1924 in which she explains that she tried to keep at a distance to avoid a "possible crush" between the two women. She advised MacLaren to pick her best friends from her own class. Included is a collection of a letter and love poetry by Sam Bryant, Margaret B. Ream's brother. The poetry is compiled in handmade books which include small seascape paintings. Included is MacLaren's travel correspondence with family and friends from her European tour in the summer of 1926. Also contains letters from her future husband, Allan Booth MacLaren, dating from 1933-1935. They were written during his business trips and express mostly his feelings for her with brief descriptions of the places he was staying.

1922-1926
2 folders

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Consists of MacLaren's college diary and a travel diary. Her college diary dates from 1922-1926 and reflects her life at Mount Holyoke College. It contains brief descriptions of her activities, references to her health, several notes and report cards, a snapshot (probably of MacLaren and her friends), a list of "Books I want" and "Useful books," and quotations from her readings. Also included are many references to smoking and other forms of misconduct by students, "crushes and smashes" among students, discussions of sexuality by MacLaren and her friends, her relationships with several men, and the decline of religious life at the College. Her travel diary depicts a student tour of Europe in the mid-1920s written by a buoyant and enterprising college student.

1922-1926
1 box

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MacLaren's scrapbook is very extensive. It contains numerous snapshots of MacLaren and college friends, a table of body measurements from her freshman year, class schedule cards, report cards, cartoons of her friends, two slides she prepared for a zoology class, Commencement greetings, notes and letters, programs, newspaper clippings, and a few documents sent to her by her friends after her graduation.

circa 1922-1938
20 folders

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Memorabilia includes cards, newspaper clippings, wedding announcements and invitations, MacLaren's Commencement announcement, some Mount Holyoke College publications and programs, and handouts and notes for her economics and statistics classes. The memorabilia from MacLaren's European trip in 1926 includes travel guides, programs, postcards, stamps, labels, and hotel stationary.

2002
1 folder

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Consists of a page mentioning MacLaren's death in 2002 from the "Nursing Magazine of The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing" at Case Western Reserve University, from which she graduated in 1932.

circa 1922-1926, 1944
2 folders

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The photographs include a portrait and several group photographs from MacLaren's Mount Holyoke College years, photographs and negatives from her European trip in 1926, and a photograph of her with her children on her eighty-ninth birthday, 1994.

Contents List
Correspondence
1919-1995
4 boxes

Letters by MacLaren,
July 1919

Box 1: folder 1
Letters by MacLaren,
September 1922-November 1922

Box 1: folder 2
Letters by MacLaren,
January 1923

Box 1: folder 3
Letters by MacLaren,
February 1923

Box 1: folder 4
Letters by MacLaren,
March 1923-April 1923

Box 1: folder 5
Letters by MacLaren,
May 1923-June 1923

Box 1: folder 6
Letters by MacLaren,
September 1923-December 1923

Box 1: folder 7
Letters by MacLaren,
January 1924-March 1924

Box 1: folder 8
Letters by MacLaren,
April 1924-May 1924

Box 1: folder 9
Letters by MacLaren,
September 1924-December 1924

Box 2: folder 1
Letters by MacLaren,
January 1925-February 1925

Box 2: folder 2
Letters by MacLaren,
March 1925-June 1925

Box 2: folder 3
Letters by MacLaren,
September 1925-October 1925

Box 2: folder 4
Letters by MacLaren,
November 1925-December 1925

Box 2: folder 5
Letters by MacLaren,
January 1926-March 1926

Box 2: folder 6
Letters by MacLaren,
April 1926

Box 2: folder 7
Letters by MacLaren,
May 1926-January 1928

Box 2: folder 8
European trip correspondence,
June 1926-July 1926

Box 2: folder 9
European trip correspondence,
August 1926-September 1926

Box 2: folder 10
Letters from parents,
November 1922-May 1925

Box 2: folder 11
Letters from parents,
September 1925-February 1926

Box 2: folder 12
Letters from parents,
March 1926-August 1927

Box 2: folder 13
Letters from parents,
September 1927-November 1927

Box 3: folder 1
Letters from parents,
December 1927-March 1928

Box 3: folder 2
Letters from parents,
April 1928-June 1928

Box 3: folder 3
Letters from parents,
February 1929-August 1929

Box 3: folder 4
Letters from friends,
May 1923-December 1924

Box 3: folder 5
Letters from friends,
January 1925-August 1925

Box 3: folder 6
Letters from friends,
September 1925-June 1926

Box 3: folder 7
Letters from Margaret B. Ream,
June 1923-July 1928

Box 3: folder 8
Letters from Anne A. Noble McKeachie,
September 1924-July 1928

Box 3: folder 9
Letters from Sam Bryant,
September 1926-January 1930

Box 4: folder 1
Letters from Allan Booth MacLaren,
December 1933-March 1934

Box 4: folder 2
Letters from Allan Booth MacLaren,
April 1934-July 1934

Box 4: folder 3
Letters from Allan Booth MacLaren,
August 1934-September 1934

Box 4: folder 4
Letters from Allan Booth MacLaren,
October 1934-October 1935

Box 4: folder 5
Cards from Allan Booth MacLaren,
circa 1930s

Box 4: folder 6
Other correspondence,
August 1922-January 1995

Box 4: folder 7
Diaries,
1922-1926
2 folders

Diary,
1922-1926

Box 4: folder 8
Travel diary,
June 1926-August 1926

Box 5: folder 1
Scrapbook,
1922-1926
1 box

Scrapbook,
1922-1926

Box 5: folder 2
Memorabilia,
circa 1922-1938
20 folders

Greeting cards,
circa 1922-circa 1926

Box 5: folder 3
Notes from friends,
circa 1922-circa 1926

Box 5: folder 4
Clippings, notes and brochures,
circa 1925-May 1971

Box 5: folder 5
Commencement Announcement,
June 1926

Box 5: folder 6
Economics and Statistics Class Materials and Work,
1923-1926

Box 5: folder 7
Mount Holyoke College publications,
1923-circa 1926

Box 5: folder 8
Mount Holyoke College Directory and Programs,
1923-1925

Box 5: folder 9
From travel diary,
June 1926-August 1926

Box 5: folder 10
European trip itinerary,
June 1926-August 1926

Box 5: folder 11
European trip - Lloyd Bremen,
June 1926

Box 5: folder 12
European trip - Guides and Programs,
June 1926-August 1926

Box 5: folder 13
European trip - Guides and Programs,
June 1926-August 1926

Box 6: folder 1
European trip - Guides and Programs,
June 1926-August 1926

Box 6: folder 2
European trip - Postcards,
June 1926-August 1926

Box 6: folder 3
European trip - Postcards,
June 1926-August 1926

Box 6: folder 4
European trip - Stamps and Labels,
June 1926-August 1926

Box 6: folder 5
European trip - Hotel stationary, notes and maps,
June 1926-August 1926

Box 6: folder 6
European trip - Clippings,
June 1926-August 1926

Box 6: folder 7
Wedding announcements and invitations,
August 1924-December 1934

Box 6: folder 8
Wedding announcements and invitations,
February 1935-April 1938

Box 6: folder 9
Biographical Information,
2002
1 folder

Biographical Information,
2002

Box 6: folder 10
Photographs,
circa 1922-1926, 1944
2 folders

Photographs,
circa 1922-1926, 1944

Box 6: folder 11
European trip photographs and negatives,
June 1926-August 1926

Box 6: folder 12

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Subjects
  • Camping - Pennsylvania.
  • Clothing and dress.
  • College students - Massachusetts.
  • Dating (Social customs).
  • Estonia - Description and travel.
  • Finland - Description and travel.
  • France - Description and travel.
  • Friendship - United States - History - Sources.
  • Germany - Description and travel.
  • Latvia - Description and travel.
  • Lithuania - Description and travel.
  • MacLaren, Katharine H. (Katharine Hook), 1905-2002.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Curricula.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Faculty.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Regulations.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Rockefeller Hall.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Sports.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Student expenses - 1922-1926.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Student life - 1922-1926.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Students.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Students - Political activity.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Traditions.
  • Smoking.
  • Student activities - Massachusetts - South Hadley.
  • Sweden - Description and travel.
  • Switzerland - Description and travel.
  • Voyages and travels.
  • Women college students - Massachusetts.
  • Women travelers.

Contributors
  • Bryant, Samuel H. (Samuel Hanks).
  • Fellows, Josephine, 1902-1986.
  • Lehan, M. Adelaide (Mary Adelaide), 1902-1993.
  • MacLaren, Allan B. (Allan Booth), b.1899.
  • McKeachie, Anne A. Noble. (Anne Amelia Noble), 1906-1979.
  • Ream, Margaret B. (Margaret Bryant), 1902-1977.
  • Steinmetz, Mary Elizabeth, 1903-1974.
  • Thurber, Helen Wismer, 1902-1986.

Genre terms
  • Diaries.
  • Letters.
  • Photographs.
  • Scrapbooks.


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