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The Roxane Hill Hughes Papers, 1957-1964
1 box (2.5 linear in)
Collection number: MS 0832

Hughes, Roxane Hill, 1939; sales clerk, model, editor and community volunteer. Mount Holyoke graduate 1961. Papers contain a diary and corresondence primarily concerning a trip Hughes took to Europe in 1960 with three of her classmates. This collection also includes writings, biographical information and photographs from events relating to her graduation from Mount Holyoke College

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Biographical Note

Catherine Roxane Hill, a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, was born October 7, 1939 in Washington D.C. Her parents were Isaac William Hill, Jr., assistant managing editor at the "Evening Star" in Washington D.C., and Catherine Dawson Hill. She attended Mount Holyoke College from 1957-1961 where she majored in philosophy. She was a sales clerk, model, and editor and worked for the Dairy and Food Industry Supply Association. She edited newsletters both professionally and as a volunteer. In 1980 she won San Fransisco KSFO radio's song writing contest with "BART, BART You're Breaking My Heart" during a strike. She later became a community volunteer. In 1962 she married Martin Christian Hughes with whom she had two chidren.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Roxane Hill Hughes papers consist of a diary, correspondence, writings, newspaper articles and photographs mostly documenting a trip to Europe that she took in 1960. The diary dates from June 20-August 20, 1960 when Hughes took a trip with Mount Holyoke College classmates Linda Loranger (later, Linda Stranger), Joyce Rose (later, Joyce L. Crossley), and Nancy Desmond (later, Nancy D. Cox). Each entry in the diary is dated and the country that Hughes is writing about is listed at the top of the page. The women visited the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, France, Spain, England and Scotland. Hughes discusses daily activities and describes places visited, people met,social life, food and drink. Correspondence includes postcards that Hughes sent to her family and letters from Scandinavian Student Travel Service. Also included are two letters from "Roger" whom she met on the trip and who stayed in touch with her until 1964. The writings consist of a newspaper article that Hughes wrote about the ways in which boys and girls learn math differently and about different teaching systems. Biographical information consists of two newspaper articles, one announcing Hughes participation in the trip to Europe and one announcing her marriage. Photographs include a formal portrait from about 1957 as well as college snapshots of events at the time of her graduation in 1961, including the Laurel Parade and the Commencement Ceremony.

This collection is organized into five series:

  • Diary (1960)
  • Correspondence (1960-1964)
  • Writings (1961)
  • Biographical Information (1960-1961)
  • Photographs (1957-1961)

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Roxane Hill Hughes Papers, Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections, South Hadley, MA

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