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Addition to Dorothy and Douglas Steere papers

Identifier: HC.MC-1314

Scope and Contents

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.


  • Creation: 1946-2003


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical Note

Dorothy Lou MacEachron was born 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 (AFSC). As a member of the AFSC from 1945 to 1980. Her first contribution to the 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.


0.43 Linear Feet (1 boxes)




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


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


The addition to Dorothy and Douglas Steere papers was donated to Special Collections, Haverford College in November, 2018 by Anne Nash.

Related Materials

HC.MC.1174 Dorothy and Douglas Steere Papers

Processing Information

Processed by Alexandra Stern; completed December, 2018.

Addition to Dorothy and Douglas Steere papers, 1946-2003
Alexandra Stern
December, 2018
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