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Margaret Myers Dunn papers, 1935-1959
3.125 linear feet (9 containers)
Collection number: CA.MS.00392

Abstract:
Margaret Myers Dunn is a Smith College Alumna, Class of 1937. This collection contains correspondence, ephemera, and photographs.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Restrictions on use:

To the extent that they own copyright, Erica H. Dunn has assigned the copyright of Margaret Myers Dunn's works to Smith College; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Margaret Myers Dunn, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Smith College Archives

Biographical / Historical

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

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:

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Restrictions on use:

To the extent that they own copyright, Erica H. Dunn has assigned the copyright of Margaret Myers Dunn's works to Smith College; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Margaret Myers Dunn, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Preferred Citation

Margaret Myers Dunn papers, Smith College Archives, CA-MS-00392, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.

History of the Collection

The Margaret Myers Dunn papers were donated to the Smith 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 Materials

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 2106.2: folder 1
Correspondence Transcript, Volume 1
1935 - 1937

Box 2106.2: folder 2
Correspondence Transcript, Volume 2
1938

Box 2106.2: folder 3
Correspondence Transcript, Volume 3
1944 - 1946

Box 2106.2: folder 4
Series II: Correspondence



May
1935

Box 2106.3: folder 5
June
1935

Box 2106.3: folder 6
July
1935

Box 2106.3: folder 7
August
1935

Box 2106.3: folder 8
September
1935

Box 2106.3: folder 9
October
1935

Box 2106.3: folder 10
November
1935

Box 2106.3: folder 11
December
1935

Box 2106.3: folder 12
January
1936

Box 2106.3: folder 13
February
1936

Box 2106.3: folder 14
March
1936

Box 2106.4: folder 15
April
1936

Box 2106.4: folder 16
May
1936

Box 2106.4: folder 17
June
1936

Box 2106.4: folder 18
July
1936

Box 2106.4: folder 19
August
1936

Box 2106.4: folder 20
September
1936

Box 2106.4: folder 21
October
1936

Box 2106.4: folder 22
November
1936

Box 2106.5: folder 23
December
1936

Box 2106.5: folder 24
January
1937

Box 2106.5: folder 25
February
1937

Box 2106.5: folder 26
March
1937

Box 2106.5: folder 27
April
1937

Box 2106.5: folder 28
May
1937

Box 2106.5: folder 29
June
1937

Box 2106.5: folder 30
July
1937

Box 2106.6: folder 31
August
1937

Box 2106.6: folder 32
September
1937

Box 2106.6: folder 33
October
1937

Box 2106.6: folder 34
November
1937

Box 2106.6: folder 35
December
1937

Box 2106.6: folder 36
January
1938

Box 2106.6: folder 37
February
1938

Box 2106.6: folder 38
March
1938

Box 2106.6: folder 39
April
1938

Box 2106.7: folder 40
May
1938

Box 2106.7: folder 41
June
1938

Box 2106.7: folder 42
July
1938

Box 2106.7: folder 43
August
1938

Box 2106.7: folder 44
September
1938

Box 2106.7: folder 45
October
1938

Box 2106.7: folder 46
November
1938

Box 2106.7: folder 47
December
1938

Box 2106.7: folder 48
January
1939

Box 2106.7: folder 49
September
1939

Box 2106.7: folder 50
May
1940

Box 2106.8: folder 51
June
1940

Box 2106.8: folder 52
February
1941

Box 2106.8: folder 53
December
1941

Box 2106.8: folder 54
June
1944

Box 2106.8: folder 55
July
1944

Box 2106.8: folder 56
August
1944

Box 2106.8: folder 57
April
1945

Box 2106.8: folder 58
May
1945

Box 2106.8: folder 59
June
1945

Box 2106.8: folder 60
July
1945

Box 2106.8: folder 61
August
1945

Box 2106.8: folder 62
September
1945

Box 2106.8: folder 63
October
1945

Box 2106.9: folder 64
November
1945

Box 2106.9: folder 65
December
1945

Box 2106.9: folder 66
February
1946

Box 2106.9: folder 67
March
1946

Box 2106.9: folder 68
April
1954

Box 2106.9: folder 69
September
1959

Box 2106.9: folder 70
various letters
1941-1945

Box 2106.9: folder 71
Series III: Miscellaneous



Subseries a. Commencement ephemera
1937

Box 2106.10: folder 72
Subseries b. General ephemera
undated

Box 2106.10: folder 73
Subseries c. Travel
1937

Box 2106.10: folder 74
Series IV: Photographs



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

Box 2106.10: folder 75
(14) 2"3" photographic prints, "Scenes from Cape Cod". Note: See correspondence.
07/06/1935

Box 2106.10
(4) 2"3" (4) 4"2.5" photographic prints, "Portraits and scenes on boats". Note: See correspondence.
07/26/1936 08/30/1936

Box 2106.10
(5) 3"4" photographic prints, "Photographs from 1937"
1937

Box 2106.10
(5) negatives, "Margaret and brother". Note: See correspondence.
1937

Box 2106.10
(12) 4"3" photographic prints, "Scenes from Gettysburg". Note: See correspondence.
1938

Box 2106.10
(1) 3"2" photographic print, "Dog".
1938

Box 2106.10
(2) 3"2" photographic prints, "USS Steinaker".
11/11/1945

Box 2106.10

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

Genre terms
  • correspondence
  • memorabilia
  • photographs


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