Harris, Marian Colton Smith Papers, 1932-1938 *JMU Alum Papers*

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Summary Information

Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Harris, Marian Colton Smith, 1913-2003
Marian Colton Smith Harris Papers
Collection No.:
SC 0186
1 folder, .06 Cubic Feet
Language of the Material:
This collection contains memorabilia from the State Teachers College at Harrisonburg including letters, a teaching contract, application for teaching, and photographs.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [box #, folder #], Marian Colton Smith Harris Papers, 1932-1938, SC 0186, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

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Bio/Historical Note

Marian Colton Smith (1913-2003) was from Norwood, Pennsylvania, 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 "Tommie" W. Harris on July 8, 1939, and later moved with him to North Carolina, where he had attended the North Carolina State University.

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Scope and Content

The Marian Colton Smith Harris Papers, 1932-1938, consists of one 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 the Glee Club.

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This collection is arranged in one folder

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Administrative Information

Revision Description

Revised by Alicia HenneberryConverted to schema conforming EAD by dtd2schema.vh.xsl. October 20132013-11-21

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

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 (library-special@jmu.edu).

Acquisition Information

Received from Alumni Relations in May 2003.

Processing Information

Paper residue found on the back of materials suggest that this collection was likely once a scrapbook that was subsequently disassembled.

In order to streamline the process of applying collection numbers, Special Collections staff completed a large-scale renumbering campaign in 2017-2018. This collection was previously cataloged as SC 5008.


Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

880 Madison DriveMSC 1704Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807library-special@jmu.eduURL: https://www.lib.jmu.edu/special/

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Index Terms


  • Harrisonburg State Teachers College -- Students
  • Harrisonburg State Teachers College -- Students -- Social life and customs
  • Harrisonburg State Teachers College -- History
  • James Madison University -- Students -- History

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

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Collection Inventory

Title/Description Instances
Marian Colton Smith Harris Papers, 1932-1938 box 1 folder 1