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Susan Long Quainton Papers, 1953-1957
6 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 0860 (LD 7096.6 1957 Long)

Quainton, Susan Dorothea Long, b. 1936; student and English teacher. Mount Holyoke College graduate, 1957. Papers contain correspondence, course records, biographical information, and photographs, primarily documenting her academic and social activities as a Mount Holyoke College student from 1953-1957.

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Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections
South Hadley, MA

Biographical Note

Susan Dorothea Long Quainton, Mount Holyoke graduate and educator, was born on January 25, 1936 in Los Angeles, California to Joseph Abraham Long and Theresia Monrovia Rustemeyer Long. She was raised with an older sister Theresia and a younger brother Donald in Southern California where her father worked as a manager for the Beverly Hills District of the Southern California Edison Company. She enrolled at Mount Holyoke College after winning the Seven Women's Colleges Scholarship in the fall of 1953. After graduating with honors in English from Mount Holyoke College, she was awarded the Marshall Scholarship and attended St. Hilda's College in Oxford, England, earning a B.A. First Class Honours Degree in English in 1959. In addition, she earned a M.A. in English Language and Literature from Oxford University in 1963. While attending St. Hilda's College, she met Anthony Cecil Eden Quainton, whom she married in Oxford in October 1958. Mr. Quainton was a Foreign Service Officer and a U.S. Ambassador in posts across the world. Accompanying her husband to his foreign posts, Mrs. Quainton held a variety of positions, including: Fifth Grade English Teacher at the National Cathedral School for Girls (1972); the Director for the United States Information Service sponsored English Language Institute in Kathmandu, Nepal (July 1, 1974-December 15, 1975); an English Professor at the College Andre Malraux in Bangui in French Central Africa (October 1, 1977-June 12, 1978); an English Teacher at the National Cathedral School for Girls (1978-1981); a Lower School Secretary at the National Cathedral School for Girls (1982); and a High School English Teacher at the American-Nicaraguan School in Managua, Nicaragua (August 1982-January 1984). The Quaintons had two daughters and one son.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Papers of Susan Long Quainton (b. 1936) span the years 1953-1957 and consist of correspondence, course records, biographical information, and photographs that primarily document her experiences as a Mount Holyoke College student from 1953-1957.

The Correspondence series, spanning August 1953-June 1957, is chiefly made up of letters sent by Susan to her family detailing her life at Mount Holyoke College. In order to remain in close contact with her family in California, she regularly wrote letters to her mother Theresia, her father Joseph, her brother Donald, her sister Theresia, her Aunt Marion, and her grandmother Lela throughout her four years as a student at Mount Holyoke College. Her correspondence covers a wide range of topics that discuss her feelings about the school, certain faculty members, classmates, roommates, coursework, student activities, local fashion, dating, social events, dances, freshman hazing, and Mountain Day, and include mentions of Mount Holyoke College regulations and restrictions regarding travel permission. In these letters she often mentions her English Professor Joseph Bottkol, her Philosophy Professor George Tovey, and many of her friends, including Mary Jean Mahler, Joyce Mitchell, Carol Kroeger, Franny Ward, and Alice Stone. The correspondence also includes postcards and Valentines.

The Course Records series spans the years 1953-1957 and are comprised of notebooks, syllabi, class handouts, as well as graded assignments including Art projects; Physiology laboratory reports; a Physiology Special Report entitled "Comparison of Various Methods of Artificial Respiration;" examination bluebooks and questions; and various class papers and essays. The Course Records document her undergraduate studies, including her classes in Art, English, French, Greek, Geography and Geology, History, Philosophy, and Physiology. The bulk of the papers and essays relate to her major, English.

The Biographical Information series consists of two newspaper clippings. The first clipping is from the April 26, 1953 edition of The Los Angeles Times and relates that at the age of seventeen Susan D. Long was chosen as a principal speaker at the National Convention of the Red Cross in June 1953. The other clipping is simply a photograph of Susan sitting with her two siblings, Theresia Jane and Donald, from an unknown publication circa 1954-1956.

The Photographs series consists of five black and white photographs of Susan, circa 1953-1957. Three undated photographs are formal head shots of Quainton, measuring approximately 2.5 by 3.5, or 3 by 3.5 inches and are most likely from her student days at Mount Holyoke. A 3.5 by 3.5 inch black and white snapshot of Susan with Carla Wilson from Smith College, sitting and reading on a couch, is dated Feb. 12, 1955 and was originally attached to a letter sent to family by Susan on March 11, 1955. The final black and white photograph in the series, of Quainton working at a desk, measures 8 by 10 inches and is dated April 3, 1955.

Organization of the collection

The correspondence is arranged chronologically. The course records are arranged by record type and then alphabetically by subject. The biographical information is arranged chronologically. The photographs are arranged by size.

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


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:

Susan Long Quainton Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA

History of the Collection

Processing Information

Processed by Daniel Fitzroy, 2008

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

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Collection is primarily in English , with some notes and assignments in French and Ancient Greek .

Contents List

Aug.-Sept. 30, 1953

Box 1: folder 1
Oct. 1-Oct. 31, 1953

Box 1: folder 2
Nov. 4-Dec. 17, 1953

Box 1: folder 3
Jan. 4-Feb. 8, 1954

Box 1: folder 4
Feb. 10-Mar. 30, 1954

Box 1: folder 5
Apr. 7-June 2, 1954

Box 1: folder 6
Sept. 21-Dec. 13, 1954

Box 1: folder 7
Jan. 2-Jan. 31, 1955

Box 1: folder 8
Feb. 1-Mar. 31, 1955

Box 2: folder 1
Apr. 2-June 9, 1955

Box 2: folder 2
Sept. 17-Oct. 28, 1955

Box 2: folder 3
Nov. 2, 1955-Jan. 31, 1956

Box 2: folder 4
Feb. 7-May 18, 1956

Box 2: folder 5
Sept. 18-Nov. 15, 1956

Box 2: folder 6
Nov. 17, 1956-Mar. 5, 1957

Box 2: folder 7
Mar. 14-June 3, 1957

Box 2: folder 8
Course Records

3 Subject Notebook
Fall 1953

Box 3: folder 1
3 Subject Notebook
Spring 1954

Box 3: folder 2
Art B2 Notebook
Spring 1954

Box 3: folder 3
Art Assignments
Fall 1953-Spring 1954

Box 3: folder 4
English B3 Notebook
Fall 1954

Box 3: folder 5
English 201 Notebook
Fall 1955

Box 3: folder 6
English 211 Notebook
Fall 1955

Box 3: folder 7
English 202 Notebook
Spring 1956

Box 3: folder 8
English 212 Notebook
Spring 1956

Box 3: folder 9
English Notebook
Fall 1956

Box 3: folder 10
English 214 Notebook
Spring 1957

Box 3: folder 11
English Notebook
circa 1956-1957

Box 3: folder 12
Miscellaneous English Handouts
circa 1953-1957

Box 3: folder 13
French 305 Notebook
Fall 1955

Box 4: folder 1
French 308 Notebook
Spring 1956

Box 4: folder 2
French Verbs Notebook
circa 1953-1957

Box 4: folder 3
Geography B3 Notebook
Fall 1953

Box 4: folder 4
Geography B4 Notebook
circa Jan.-Apr. 22, 1954

Box 4: folder 5
Geography B4 Notebook
circa May 1954

Box 4: folder 6
Greek Notebook
circa 1956

Box 4: folder 7
History B1 Notebook
circa Sept.-Oct. 1953

Box 4: folder 8
History B1 Notebook
Oct. 29-Dec. 5, 1953

Box 4: folder 9
History B1 Notebook
circa Dec. 1953-Jan. 1954

Box 4: folder 10
History B2 Notebook
circa Jan.-Feb. 1954

Box 4: folder 11
History B2 Notebook
circa Mar. 1954

Box 4: folder 12
History B2 Notebook
circa Apr.-May 1954

Box 4: folder 13
Philosophy B1 Notebook
Fall 1954

Box 5: folder 1
Philosophy B2 Notebook
Spring 1955

Box 5: folder 2
Physiology B1 Notebook
circa Sept.-Nov. 12, 1954

Box 5: folder 3
Physiology B1 and B2 Notebook
circa Nov. 1954-Feb. 1955

Box 5: folder 4
Physiology B2 Notebook
circa Feb.-May 1955

Box 5: folder 5
Physiology Special Report
May 4, 1955

Box 5: folder 6
Physiology Laboratory Reports
circa Sept. 1954-May 1955

Box 5: folder 7
English Examinations
circa 1954-1957

Box 5: folder 8
circa 1953-1954

Box 5: folder 9
circa 1954-1957

Box 6: folder 1
Art Papers
circa Oct. 1953-May 1954

Box 6: folder 2
English Papers
circa Sept. 1953-Apr. 1954

Box 6: folder 3
English Papers
circa Sept. 1954-May 1955

Box 6: folder 4
English Papers
circa Nov. 1955-May 1956

Box 6: folder 5
English Papers
circa Oct. 1956-Apr. 1957

Box 6: folder 6
French Papers
circa Mar. 1954-Jan. 1956

Box 6: folder 7
History Paper
Oct. 6, 1953

Box 6: folder 8
Philosophy Papers
circa 1954-May 1955

Box 6: folder 9
Biographical Information
circa 1953-1956

Biographical Information
circa 1953-1956

Box 6: folder 10
circa 1953-1957

circa 1953-1957

Box 6: folder 11

Search Terms
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  • Art - Study and teaching (Higher) - Massachusetts - South Hadley.
  • Dating (Social customs).
  • English literature - Study and teaching (Higher) - Massachusetts - South Hadley.
  • French language - Study and teaching (Higher) - Massachusetts - South Hadley.
  • Geology - Study and teaching (Higher) - Massachusetts - South Hadley.
  • Greek language - Study and teaching (Higher) - Massachusetts - South Hadley.
  • Hazing - Massachusetts - South Hadley.
  • History - Study and teaching (Higher) - Massachusetts - South Hadley.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Curricula.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Examinations - 1953-1957.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Faculty.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Regulations.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Student life - 1953-1957.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Student notebooks - 1953-1957.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Student papers - 1953-1957.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Students - Family relationships.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Students.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Traditions.
  • Mountain Day - 1954.
  • Mountain Day - Massachusetts - South Hadley.
  • Philosophy - Study and teaching (Higher) - Massachusetts - South Hadley.
  • Physiology - Study and teaching (Higher) - Massachusetts - South Hadley.
  • Proms - Massachusetts - South Hadley.
  • Quainton, Susan Long - 1936-.
  • Student activities - Massachusetts - South Hadley.
  • Women college students - Massachusetts - South Hadley.

Genre terms
  • Examinations.
  • Letters.
  • Notebooks.
  • Photographs.
  • Postcards.
  • Syllabi.
  • Valentines.

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