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Thyra Jane Foster Papers, 1917-1984
1 box ( 5 linear in.)
Collection number: MS 0836 (LD 7096.6 1921 Meyers)

Abstract:
Foster, Thyra Jane Meyers, 1898-1984; secondary school teacher, author, and archivist. Mount Holyoke College graduate, 1921. Papers contain course records, a scrapbook, writings by Foster, correspondence, memorabilia, biographical information, and photographs. Primarily concern her friends and social activities as a Mount Holyoke student and alumna as well as her childhood, family members, and Quaker history. Include Christmas cards, notes, and photographs from Marion Kendall Parsons, Mount Holyoke College Class of 1923.

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Restrictions on access:

Unrestricted.

Restrictions on use:

Use of the collection is governed by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S.C.).

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Biographical Note

Thyra Jane Meyers Foster, a secondary school teacher, author, archivist and Mount Holyoke College graduate, was born on March 12, 1898 in West Branch, Iowa to Joseph E. Meyers, a dairy farmer, and Mary Meyers. She attended Westtown Preparatory School in Westtown, Pennsylvania and went to Mount Holyoke College from 1917-1921, graduating with a B.A. in chemistry and minors in zoology and physiology. She married Henry C. Foster, a farmer, on September 5, 1924 and had three children. She taught high school chemistry, physics and Latin for seventeen years. She worked at the Barnesville Friends Boarding School in Barnesville, Iowa from 1921-1924 and at Coventry High School in Coventry, Rhode Island from about 1945-1960. She subsequently founded the New England Friends Archives (housed at the Rhode Island Historical Society Library) and worked there from 1960-1980. She was very active in the Quaker religion and held numerous state and local offices in the American Friends Association. She died in Warwick, Rhode Island on June 29, 1984 at the age of eighty-six.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Thyra Jane Foster Papers are comprised of course records, a scrapbook, writings by Foster, correspondence, memorabilia and photographs. Most of the material in the collection relates to her years as a Mount Holyoke College student, 1917-1921. Course records consist of a notebook, examinations, and papers for a zoology course on chick embryology and compositions written for her freshman English course. Her scrapbook contains photographs of Mount Holyoke students, faculty and buildings as well as programs to several college events such as Faculty Show, Junior Show and Debating Society events. Writings by Foster consist of copies of three of her publications: Rhode Island Quakers in the American Revolution 1775-1790 (1976), A Tribute to Elizabeth Foster, Member of an Uncommon Family (circa 1980), and Growing Up in a Friends Family in Iowa 1902-1907 and Growing Up in a Friends Family on an Ohio Farm 1907-1915 (1983). Correspondence includes letters from Mount Holyoke administrators concerning her scholarships and remunerative work and letters from friends, 1918-1983, as well as Christmas cards and notes from Marion Kendall Parsons, circa 1940-1967, a member of the Mount Holyoke College Class of 1923. Most of these cards are illustrated with photographs of Parsons' children. Memorabilia includes notes and greeting cards from friends and copies of College songs. Biographical information consists of newspaper articles about Foster and a copy of her obituary, 1968-1984. Photographs in the collection include one of Foster taken at a Mount Holyoke reunion in about 1971, slides taken at reunions, 1958-1981, and photographs of several Mount Holyoke classmates.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

Unrestricted.

Restrictions on use:

Use of the collection is governed by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S.C.).

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Thyra Jane Foster Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA

History of the Collection

Processing Information

These papers were processed by Danielle M. Ryan, 2005.


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

Contents List
Course Records
1917-1921


Themes for English 1(a)
1917

Box 1: folder 1
Notebooks, examinations, and papers for Zoology 4
1920-1921

Box 1: folder 2
Scrapbook
1917-1921


1917-1921


Box 1: folder 3
Writings
1976, circa 1980, 1983


Rhode Island Quakers in the American Revolution 1775-1790
1976

Box 1: folder 4
Tribute to Elizabeth Foster, Member of an Uncommon Family
circa 1980

Box 1: folder 5
Growing Up in a Friends Family in Iowa 1902-1907 and Growing Up in a Friends Family on an Ohio Farm 1907-1915
1983

Box 1: folder 6
Correspondence
1918-1983


1918-1983


Box 1: folder 7
circa 1940-1967: Christmas cards from Marion Kendall Parsons


Box 1: folder 8
Memorabilia
circa 1917-1921


circa 1917-1921


Box 1: folder 9
Biographical Information
1968-1984


1968-1984


Box 1: folder 10
Photographs
circa 1920-1981


Of Foster
circa 1971

Box 1: folder 11
Of Mount Holyoke College classmates
circa 1920-1921

Box 1: folder 12
Slides taken at Mount Holyoke College reunions
1958-1981

Box 1: folder 13

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Subjects
  • College students--Massachusetts.
  • English language--Study and teaching (Higher)--Massachusetts-South Hadley.
  • Foster, Thyra Jane, 1898-1984.
  • Mount Holyoke College--Buildings--Views.
  • Mount Holyoke College--Campus-Views.
  • Mount Holyoke College--Curricula.
  • Mount Holyoke College--Faculty.
  • Mount Holyoke College--Student papers--1917-1921.
  • Mount Holyoke College--Students.
  • Mount Holyoke College--Traditions.
  • Mount Holyoke College-Student notebooks--1920-1921.
  • Parsons, Marion Kendall, 1903-1967.
  • Quakers--United States.
  • Student activities-Massachusetts--South Hadley.
  • Women college students--Massachusetts.
  • Zoology--Study and teaching (Higher)--Massachusetts--South Hadley.

Genre terms
  • Christmas cards.
  • Letters.
  • Notebooks.
  • Photographs.
  • Scrapbooks.
  • Slides.


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