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Margaret Trumbull Corwin papers #

 Collection
Identifier: BMC-M39

Scope and Contents

The Margaret T. Corwin Collection houses the personal correspondence, photographs, notes, and printed material of Margaret Trumbull Corwin, class of 1912. The collection, which ranges from 1912-1971, evidences Corwin’s extensive travelling for the AAUW, the IFUW, and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

The collection is comprised of twenty-nine numbered folders, three photograph albums, one packet of photographs/postcards, three albums, one folder (not numbered), and three photographs (not bound). The collection has been divided both typologically and chronologically.

Folders 1-7 consist of Corwin’s correspondence from 1919-1971, including letters from her 1926 trip to the Far East, her 1930 trip to Iceland, and her 1936 trip to Spain. Folders 8-10 contain Corwin’s notes for speeches/articles and her notes/journal for her trip to Russia in 1932. Folders 12-19 are comprised of a variety of material, but include AAUW and IFUW schedules and programs, correspondence with “Who’s Who in America,” and memorabilia from the Bryn Mawr College Class of 1912 50th class reunion. Folders 20-29 house photographs, many of which are of Corwin’s travels, including her 1919 trip to Beaune, her 1926 trips to China and Japan, her 1930 trip to Iceland. Of further note are photos of Stalin and Lenin in 1922 (Folder 24), and a photo of Corwin with Eleanor Roosevelt. The collection also holds one black photograph album containing photographs of a 1926-1927 trip; one brown photograph album containing 1952 photographs of and around Douglass College; one black binder containing photographs of Corwin’s staff at Douglass College presented to Corwin on the occasion of her retirement as Dean; one packet of photographs and postcards from Russia, 1932; two portrait photographs of Corwin; one photograph of Corwin at an AAUW meeting in Atlantic City, January 1926; one black album with Distinguished Service Award from Bryn Mawr College; one red album with diploma for honorary Doctor of Letters degree awarded by Beaver College, June 1, 1947; and one green album containing an award from the Chairmen of the Federation of College Committees.

Corwin was highly involved with the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the International Federation of University Women (IFUW), and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. This collection highlights her involvement in these organizations, including her travels, notes, and speeches. It should be noted that there is also a Margaret Corwin scrapbook in the scrapbook collection. The majority of Miss Corwin’s professional papers (speeches, articles, etc.) are at the Douglass College Library. Her personal correspondence has been kept by her family, namely her sister-in-law, Mrs. Gertrude G. Corwin of Guilford, Connecticut.

Dates

  • 1912-1971

Creator

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

The Margaret Trumbull Corwin Collection is the physical property of Bryn Mawr College Special Collections. Literary righhts, including copyright, belong to the authors' heirs and assigns.

Copyright and Rights Information

This collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Margaret Trumbull Corwin (1889-1983) was the daughter of Dr. Robert Corwin, a professor at Yale University. Margaret Corwin received an A.B. degree from Bryn Mawr College in 1912 with a major in French and a minor in German. After graduation she worked at Yale University Press until 1919. In 1916 she took a leave of absence to work as executive secretary to the Connecticut Women’s Committee of the Council of National Defense in Hartford, Connecticut. In 1919 Miss Corwin went to France with the YMCA and was stationed in Beaune at the American Expeditionary Forces University.

Upon her return, Miss Corwin served as executive secretary of the Yale University Graduate School, a post she held from 1919 until 1934. In 1926/27 she took a six-month leave of absence to visit the Yale-in-China program. In 1934 she was appointed dean of New Jersey College for Women (part of Rutgers University), now Douglass College. She held this position for twenty-one years, until her retirement in 1955.

Miss Corwin received several honorary degrees. In 1934 Yale University awarded her an M.A. She also received Doctors of Letters degrees from Rutgers University and Beaver College in 1943 and 1947 respectively.

Miss Corwin’s involvement with the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the International Federation of University Women (IFUW), and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools allowed her to do a great deal of travelling. Photographs, notes and copies of letters from these travels make up the majority of this collection.

Extent

1 boxes

Language

English

Overview

Margaret Trumbull Corwin (1889-1983) received an A.B. degree from Bryn Mawr College in 1912 with a major in French and a minor in German. After graduation she worked at Yale University Press until 1919. In 1916 she took a leave of absence to work as executive secretary to the Connecticut Women’s Committee of the Council of National Defense in Hartford, Connecticut. In 1919 Miss Corwin went to France with the YMCA and was stationed in Beaune at the American Expeditionary Forces University. Upon her return, Miss Corwin served as executive secretary of the Yale University Graduate School from 1919 until 1934. In 1934 she was appointed dean of New Jersey College for Women (part of Rutgers University), now Douglass College. She held this position for twenty-one years, until her retirement in 1955.

The material in this collection consists mostly of copies of letters home, photographs, various notes, and printed material. It is an odds-and-ends collection. The majority of Miss Corwin’s professional papers (speeches, articles, etc.) are at the Douglass College Library.

Contents of the collection

Twenty-nine numbered folders, three photograph albums, one packet of postcards, three albums, and one folder (not numbered). Note: the original finding aid of February 1992 mentioned three photographs of MTC, not bound. The one described as MTC in Atlantic City, January 1926, was not located, although it might be the full-length portrait enclosed in a blue “souvenir photo” folder (folder #27). The photographs are primarily black and white.
Title
The Margaret Trumbull Corwin Collection
Status
Completed
Author
Barbara Ward Grubb
Date
February 1992
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

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