Skip to main content

Grace de Laguna papers

Identifier: BMC-1994-01

Scope and Contents

The Grace de Laguna papers house the personal material, correspondence, and book materials of Grace de Laguna, philosophy professor at Bryn Mawr and mother of renowned anthropologist, Frederica de Laguna. The collection, which dates from 1899 to 1969, holds biographical information, family history, correspondence, reprints, and typescripts.

The collection is composed of nine series: “Series I: Personal Material,” “Series II: Professional Correspondence,” “Series III: Personal Correspondence;” “Series IVa: Correspondence Between Grace and Theodore;” “Series IVb: Correspondence Between Grace and Theodore;” “Series V: Sabbatical Letters;” “Series VI: Reprints;” “Series VII: Typescripts and Professional Papers (1);” “Series VIII: Typescripts and Professional Papers (2);” “Series IX: Typescript/Loose Manuscript.”

“Series I: Personal Material” includes biographical information, family history, and documents from de Laguna’s time at Bryn Mawr. “Series II: Professional Correspondence” is comprised of de Laguna’s professional correspondence with a wide variety of correspondents. “Series III: Personal Correspondence” consists of general personal correspondence, correspondence with Jose Ferrater-Mora, and de Laguna’s four letters on death. “Series IVa: Correspondence Between Grace and Theodore” consists of correspondence between de Laguna, and her husband, Theodore de Laguna, from April 1905-September 1905. “Series IVb: Correspondence Between Grace and Theodore” consists of correspondence between de Laguna and Theodore from June 1906-June 1907. It also holds the de Laguna’s marriage certificate from September 9th, 1905, and letters of congratulations received by the de Lagunas from April-September 1905. “Series V: Sabbatical Letters” consists of letters written by de Laguna to her mother and father between the spring of 1914 and the fall of 1915 while Grace spent a year’s sabbatical in Europe with her husband Theodore and her children Wallace and Frederica. The series also includes some newspaper clippings. “Series VI: Reprints: contains reprints of N.R. Hansen and de Laguna herself. Both “Series VII: Typescripts and Professional Papers (1) and “Series VII: Typescripts and Professional Papers (2)” include hard copies of de Laguna’s articles. “Series IX: Typescript/Loose Manuscript” contains a manuscript of “The Individual and the Person.”

As president of the American Philosophical Association and founder and president of the Fullerton club, Grace de Laguna was an outspoken voice in the field of philosophy during the first half the twentieth century. Especially notable in this collection are de Laguna’s letters on death and her sabbatical correspondence written from Europe during World War I. The collection would be of interest to those interested in philosophy, early twentieth century history, and the work of Grace de Laguna.


  • Creation: 1899 - 1969


Limitations on Accessing the Collection

This collection is open for research.

Copyright and Rights Information

The Grace de Laguna papers are the physical property of Bryn Mawr College Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors' heirs and assigns.

Biographical / Historical

Grace De Laguna received her AB from Cornell in 1903 and her Ph.D from the same instution in 1906. A philosopher, she joined the Bryn Mawr faculty in 1907 with her husband, Theodore de Laguna, later becoming the department chair. She is the mother of renowned anthropologist Federica de Laguna. GdL was a past president of the American Philosophical Association and the founder and one-time president of the Fullerton Club (a professional philosophical club). Retiring in 1946, she served as a professor emeritus until her death.


5 Linear Feet




Grace de Laguna was a professor of Philosophy at Bryn Mawr, a past president of the American Philosophical Association, and mother of Frederica de Laguna, the noted anthropologist. This collection consists of Personal Material, Correspondence, Reprints, and Typescripts.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials came directly from family members, particularly from daughter Frederica de Laguna and her sister, who donated a bulk of correspondence in 1994.


Grace de Laguna papers
Lorett Treese, Melissa Torquato
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Find It at the Library

Most of the materials in this catalog are not digitized and can only be accessed in person. Please see our website for more information about visiting or requesting reproductions from Bryn Mawr College Library

Bryn Mawr College Library
101 N. Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr 19010 USA US