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T. Noel (Thomas Noel) Stern Writings

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-249

Scope and Contents

The collection contains the writings of T. Noel Stern and his wife, Katherine. The writings document his professional and volunteer activities, from his work with the U.S. Forestry Service (1941) to his involvement with Dartmouth town government (1990s). Also reviews of his autobiographical novel, Secret Family (published privately in 1988). The autobiography concerns his life as the child of parents born out of wedlock in early 1910's America.

Organized in seven series:
  1. Books and book-length research studies
  2. Autobiographical and family essays
  3. Quaker publications
  4. General publications
  5. Letters to the editor
  6. Publicity, interviews, programs
  7. Katherine Kirk Stern

Dates

  • 1939-1995

Creator

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Rights Information

Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.

Biographical / Historical

T. Noel Stern is a Quaker educator. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1913, the son of Leon T. (LeFevre) and Elizabeth G. (Limburg) Stern, and received a B.A. from Swarthmore College in 1934. He subsequently earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. In 1940 he married Katherine Frances Kirk. Stern was a Quaker conscientious objector during World War II, working at dairy and fruit farms in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. After the war he taught at Boston University (1945-1953), served as director of the Fondation des √Čtats-Unis, Universit√© de Paris (1953-1956), and president of West Chester State College in Pennsylvania (1960-1961). He joined the faculty of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 1964, founding the political science department. He retired in 1985 as Professor Emeritus.

Katherine Kirk is the daughter of Samuel and Katie Bond Kirk of Chester Co., Pa. She was born in 1915, taught high school, and was active in community organizations and government. Both Sterns are active in North Dartmouth Monthly Meeting and New England Yearly Meeting.

Extent

0.75 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language

English

Overview

The collection contains the writings of T. Noel Stern and his wife, Katherine. The writings document his professional and volunteer activities, from his work with the U.S. Forestry Service (1941) to his involvement with Dartmouth town government (1990s). Also reviews of his autobiographical novel, Secret Family (published privately in 1988). The autobiography concerns his life as the child of parents born out of wedlock in early 1910's America.

Physical Location

For current information on the location of materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donor: T. Noel and Katherine Kirk Stern, 1995-96 (95.016, 96.020)

Existence and Location of Copies

Duplicates of T. Noel Stern's writings also available at University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

Processing Information

Refoldered and combined Stern deposits into single collection.
Title
Finding aid for T. Noel (Thomas Noel) Stern Writings, 1939-1995
Author
FHL staff
Date
2007
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

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