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Margaret Myers Dunn papers, 1916 - 2003 (Bulk: 1935 - 1946)
9 boxes (4 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 80

Abstract:
Alumna. Class of 1937. Contains correspondence, ephemera, and photographs.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The collection (9 document boxes/ 4 linear feet) is open to researchers according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives.

Restrictions on use:

Smith College owns copyright to these materials. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission must be obtained from the Smith College Archives to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use."

Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note
Margaret Myers, 1935

Margaret Myers, 1935

Margaret Myers Dunn was born Margaret Pauline Myers on May 1, 1916 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She, her younger sister Harriet (Class of 1941) and her older brothers Clay and Roy, were born to Stewart Clay Myers and Augusta Huth Myers.

Myers Dunn attended the Winchester School in Pittsburgh, PA for her preparatory education and enrolled in Smith College in 1933. In 1937, she graduated with a B.A. in Biology and a minor in German. She traveled through Europe on graduation and later married Richard Byam Dunn at the end of 1938. Richard Dunn was a Williams College undergraduate who later attended Harvard Law and courted Margaret since 1935. They wrote frequent letters back and forth throughout their courtship, and during World War II while Richard was stationed on the USS Steinaker. Margaret remained at home in Newton, MA, dedicating her time to maintaining the household and raising their young family.

Together they had four children. According to the Smith Alumnae Quarterly (Summer 2004), they spent much of their life in the Boston area where Margaret was "deeply involved in scouting and the PTA." Margaret went on to earn her Masters of Social Work from Boston College School of Social Work in 1965 and worked with the physically and intellectually challenged, including senior citizens (SAQ, Summer 2004). The family moved after the war to Wellesley, Massachusetts, and after Richard's retirement to Kimball Farms, in Lenox, MA. She died there on October 29, 2003. Richard died October 2, 2002.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Margaret Myers Dunn papers include 4 linear feet (9 document boxes) of material dating from 1935 to 1959. The collection includes digital copies of the correspondence, physical copies of the transcribed correspondence, the original personal correspondence, photographs, ephemera and travel memorabilia.


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

The collection (9 document boxes/ 4 linear feet) is open to researchers according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives.

Restrictions on use:

Smith College owns copyright to these materials. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission must be obtained from the Smith College Archives to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use."

Preferred Citation

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

Margaret Myers Dunn papers, Box #, Smith College Archives

History of the Collection

The Margaret Myers Dunn papers were donated to the College Archives by her daughter Erica H. Dunn in 2014.

Processing Information

The collection was processed and housed by Olivia Ruiz, Class of 2015; Elizabeth Carron, Archives Specialist


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English
Separated Material

The collection also contains a 6-mm film titled "Graduation + alumnae parade 1937" and a DVD titled "Smith College graduation events 1937 and/or 1938". Please contact Smith College Archives for information on access and use.


Contents List
Series I: Transcripts



CD-ROMS: Correspondence Transcripts
1935 - 1946

Box 1: folder 1
Correspondence Transcript, Volume 1
1935 - 1937

Box 1: folder 2
Correspondence Transcript, Volume 2
1938

Box 1: folder 3
Correspondence Transcript, Volume 3
1944 - 1946

Box 1: folder 4
Series II: Correspondence



May
1935

Box 2: folder 5
June
1935

Box 2: folder 6
July
1935

Box 2: folder 7
August
1935

Box 2: folder 8
September
1935

Box 2: folder 9
October
1935

Box 2: folder 10
November
1935

Box 2: folder 11
December
1935

Box 2: folder 12
January
1936

Box 2: folder 13
February
1936

Box 2: folder 14
March
1936

Box 3: folder 15
April
1936

Box 3: folder 16
May
1936

Box 3: folder 17
June
1936

Box 3: folder 18
July
1936

Box 3: folder 19
August
1936

Box 3: folder 20
September
1936

Box 3: folder 21
October
1936

Box 3: folder 22
November
1936

Box 4: folder 23
December
1936

Box 4: folder 24
January
1937

Box 4: folder 25
February
1937

Box 4: folder 26
March
1937

Box 4: folder 27
April
1937

Box 4: folder 28
May
1937

Box 4: folder 29
June
1937

Box 4: folder 30
July
1937

Box 5: folder 31
August
1937

Box 5: folder 32
September
1937

Box 5: folder 33
October
1937

Box 5: folder 34
November
1937

Box 5: folder 35
December
1937

Box 5: folder 36
January
1938

Box 5: folder 37
February
1938

Box 5: folder 38
March
1938

Box 5: folder 39
April
1938

Box 6: folder 40
May
1938

Box 6: folder 41
June
1938

Box 6: folder 42
July
1938

Box 6: folder 43
August
1938

Box 6: folder 44
September
1938

Box 6: folder 45
October
1938

Box 6: folder 46
November
1938

Box 6: folder 47
December
1938

Box 6: folder 48
January
1939

Box 6: folder 49
September
1939

Box 6: folder 50
May
1940

Box 7: folder 51
June
1940

Box 7: folder 52
February
1941

Box 7: folder 53
December
1941

Box 7: folder 54
June
1944

Box 7: folder 55
July
1944

Box 7: folder 56
August
1944

Box 7: folder 57
April
1945

Box 7: folder 58
May
1945

Box 7: folder 59
June
1945

Box 7: folder 60
July
1945

Box 7: folder 61
August
1945

Box 7: folder 62
September
1945

Box 7: folder 63
October
1945

Box 8: folder 64
November
1945

Box 8: folder 65
December
1945

Box 8: folder 66
February
1946

Box 8: folder 67
March
1946

Box 8: folder 68
April
1954

Box 8: folder 69
September
1959

Box 8: folder 70
various letters
undated

Box 8: folder 71
Series III: Miscellaneous



Subseries a. Commencement ephemera
1937

Box 9: folder 72
Subseries b. General ephemera
undated

Box 9: folder 73
Subseries c. Travel
1937

Box 9: folder 74
Series IV: Photographs



(6) 5.5"4" photographic prints, "Various photographs".
1935

Box 9: folder 75
(14) 2"3" photographic prints, "Scenes from Cape Cod". Note: See correspondence.
07/06/1935

Box 9
(4) 2"3" (4) 4"2.5" photographic prints, "Portraits and scenes on boats". Note: See correspondence.
07/26/1936, 08/30/1936

Box 9
(5) 3"4" photographic prints, "Photographs from 1937"
1937

Box 9
(5) negatives, "Margaret and brother". Note: See correspondence.
1937

Box 9
(12) 4"3" photographic prints, "Scenes from Gettysburg". Note: See correspondence.
1938

Box 9
(1) 3"2" photographic print, "Dog".
1938

Box 9
(2) 3"2" photographic prints, "USS Steinaker".
11/11/1945

Box 9

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Subjects
  • Steinaker (Destroyer : DD-863
  • Courtship
  • Myers, Margaret, 1916 - 2003
  • Smith College -- Alumni and alumnae -- History -- Sources
  • Williams College
  • Women -- education (higher) -- Massachusetts -- History -- 20th Century
  • Women college students -- Massachusetts -- Northampton
  • World War, 1939 - 1945

Genre terms
  • correspondence
  • memorabilia
  • photographs
  • photographs


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