Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Summary Information

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Myers, E. Mae (Emma Mae Myers), 1879-1953
Source - dnr:
Myers, Albert Cook
E. Mae Myers papers
Date [inclusive]:
Physical Description:
.5 Linear Feet
Language of the Material:
Mixed Materials [box]:
The collection contains diaries and memorabilia of E. Mae Myers (1879-1953), a Quaker educator and graduate of the Martin Academy and Swarthmore College.

Preferred Citation

[Indicate the cited item or series here], E. Mae Myers Papers, RG5/301, Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

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Biographical / Historical

E. Mae Myers (Emma Mae) was born in 1879 in York Springs, Pennsylvania, the daughter of John T. Myers and Sarah Ann (Cook) Myers. She attended Martin Academy and subsequently Swarthmore College where she earned a B.L. in 1900 and A.M.. in 1912. Her three siblings also were graduate of Swarthmore College: Albert Cook Myers (1874-1960), historian; George Cook Myers (1877-1926) who married Benjamin M. Underhill, and Edith Cook Myers (1895-) who was a Harrisburg social worker and married Leonard H. Dudman. After graduation from Swarthmore E. Mae Myers taught at various Friends schools including Langhorne Friends School and Friends Select School in Philadelphia. She died in 1953, a member of Providence Monthly Meeting, Media, PA.

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Administrative Information

Publication Statement

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

500 College Avenue Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081 URL:

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from RG6/R2, Swarthmore College Alumni reference files

Processing Information

From internal information, the rough notes and papers of E. Mae Myers together with a folder of Albert Cook Myers correspondence were sent to the Director of Friends Historical Library after Albert C. Myers moved to West Chester, Pa. in late life. They were added to Alumni Reference in two acidic boxes. In 2017, upon review by staff, the papers of E. Mae Myers including her diaries and other papers were processed as a RG5. The unrelated correspondence of Albert Cook Myers was removed for processing as a Small Collection.

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Related Materials

Separated Materials

Correspondence of E. Mae Myers's brother, Albert Cook Myers, relating to Friends Historical Society removed to process as a Small Collecction. Rough notes taken by E. Mae Myers for her theses and other unidentified rough notes were discarded. Brochures from the Friends school where Mae taught were transferred to PG2, School Reference, for better access - Friends Select School, Media, and Friends Select School, Philadelphia. Swarthmore College diploma for Harriet Jane Cox, B.S. 1887, added to Swarthmore College diplomas.

Related Materials

Albert Cook Myers photograph collection, Chester County Historical Society, includes many family photographs.

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Controlled Access Headings

  • Universities and colleges -- Pennsylvania -- Swarthmore
  • Quaker women -- Education
  • Quakers -- Diaries
  • Myers, Albert Cook

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Collection Inventory

Title/Description Instances
Diary, Swarthmore College, 1896-1897

Scope and Contents: Freshman year

Diary, Swarthmore College, 1897-1898

Scope and Contents: Her sister Georgia also arrives at the College. Mae is busy with school work and activities - literary society, golf, tennis

Diary, Langhorne Friends School, 1901-1903

Scope and Contents: Her first teaching job. Visits NYC in spring of 1903

Diary, European trip, 1906

Scope and Contents: Traveled with Anna S. Hicks. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania certificate for travel, visited Germany, Italy, England, etc. Diary and small account books.

Diary, Thousand Islands trip, 1908
Martin Academy student memorabilia, 1895-1896

Scope and Contents: Report cards, commencement announcement

Swarthmore College memorabilia, 1896-1912

Scope and Contents: Includes application and letter of recommendation from Martin Academy, brochures from events attended, letter from parents to Elizabeth Powell Bond, Dean, allowing permission for Mae to leave campus at any time, report cards, receipt for course of study leading to Masters degree

Personal memorabilia, 1896-1942

Scope and Contents: Affidavit of birth certificate, letters of recommendation for teaching positions, acceptance for graduate work at University of Pennsylvania, 1911. Includes the Class of 1933 yearbook of Friends Select School which was dedicated to Mae Myers.

Thesis: Historic Homes in Colonial America (draft), 1900

Scope and Contents: Submitted to Swarthmore College as Some historic mansions of Philadelphia. See McCabe Library Rare Book Room, Swarth + LD5198.9 1900 .M9

Thesis: Women in Colonial Pennsylvania (rough draft, 1912

Scope and Contents: Submitted to Swarthmore College, see McCabe Library Rare Book Room, Swarth +LD5198.9 1912 .M9

Collected photographs, 1896-1920

Scope and Contents: Not identified.

Photographs, (1896-1900)

Scope and Contents: Most are of classmates some identified. A few later snaphots not identified. Note that Mae's brother Albert gave his large collection of photographs including family to the Chester Co. Historical Society

E. Mae Myers diplomas, 1896-1912

Scope and Contents: Martin Academy, 1896 Swarthmore College, B.L., 1900 Swarthmore College, M.A., 1912

other Oversize RG5