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Addition to Dorothy and Douglas Steere papers

Identifier: HC.MC-1314
This collection contains the materials, writings, and journals of Dorothy Steere, including research materials for her talks, personal photographs of family and friends, and preserved obituaries and eulogies for her husband, Douglas Steere.


  • 1946-2003


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17)


0.43 Linear Feet (1 boxes)


This collection contains the research materials, personal photographs, momentos, writings, and journals of Dorothy Steere.

Biographical / Historical

Dorothy Lou MacEachron was born on December 22, 1907 in Grand Haven, Michigan, and graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan in 1928. After her marriage to Douglass Steere in 1929, she and Douglas worked together for Quakerism and for the American Friends Service Committee. As a member of American Friends Service Committee from 1945 to 1980. Her first contribution to this organization was as a work camp leader in 1945, and in 1949 she served on the American Friends Service Personnel Committee. Steere noted that her special interest in the committee was in "communication with people of all kinds, growth and awareness of ourselves as persons, of others, and their needs." This commitment to all peoples can be seen in her involvement with Civil Rights during the 1950s and 1960s. Between 1956 and 1958, Dorothy Steere corresponded with Martin Luther King Jr. on issues such as the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott and race relations in the South. Dorothy gave many talks and addresses at retreats, conferences, and religious meetings. Several of her essays were featured in Quaker journals and publications such as Inward Light, Friendly Woman, and The Friend. Steere also wrote a pamphlet entitled "The Whole World in His Hands" in 1965. She died in 2003 at the age of 95.


This collection is arranged in five series: Writings, Correspondence, Misc. Photographs, and Journals

Original Source of Acquisition

Gift of Anne Nash, November 2018

Related Materials

Dorothy and Douglas Steere Papers (HC.MC-1174)

Processing Information

Processed by Alexandra Stern, completed December, 2018.
Addition to Dorothy and Douglas Steere papers
Alexandra Stern
December, 2018
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