Marian Colton Smith Harris
Marian Colton Smith Harris,
Class of 1935



A Guide to the Marian Colton Smith Harris Papers, 1932-1938

Collection Number SC 5008

Compiled by: Julia Merkel

Revised by: Alicia Henneberry, October, 2013





Descriptive Summary


Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: Marian Colton Smith Harris Papers, 1932-1938

Collection No.: SC 5008

Creator: Marian Colton Smith Harris

Extent: 1 legal sized folder

Language: English

Abstract: This collection contains memorabilia from the State Teachers College at Harrisonburg including letters, a teaching contract, application for teaching, and photographs.


Administrative Information:


Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in this collection have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collection Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (

Preferred Citation: Marian Colton Smith Harris Papers, 1932-1938, SC 5008, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

Acquisition Information: Received from Alumni Relations in Mary, 2003


Bio/Historical Note: Marian Colton Smith (Mrs. Tommie Harris) was from Norwood, PA, and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Smith. She attended Glen-Nor High School and enrolled in Madison College upon graduation. She  was a 1935 graduate from Madison College with a degree in Education.  She was also president of her class. She married Mr. Thomas W. Harris on July 8th, 1939, and later moved with him to North Carolina, where he had attended the North Carolina State University.


Scope and Content:  The Marian Colton Smith Harris Papers, 1932-1938, consists of 1 folder. This collection offers a few insights into life and social customs on campus in the 1930s.  Comprising the collection are cards from the freshmen and senior classes, a postcard home requesting money, a telegram from the class of 1933, commencement invitations for 1933 and 1935, an undated invitation to tea off campus, a 1935 placement form for teaching, teaching contracts for 1935 and 1938, and miscellaneous ephemera.  Includes two undated photographs relating to Glee Club. 


Arrangement: This collection is arranged in one folder



“Norwood Girl A July Bride” Chester Times, July 10, 1939. Chester, Pennsylvania

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Marian Colton Smith Harris Papers