Funk, Mary Frances Papers, circa 1954 *JMU Alum Papers*

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Summary Information

Special Collections, JMU Libraries
Funk, Mary Frances, 1932-2020
Mary Frances Funk Papers
Collection No.:
SC 0319
circa 1954
2 folders, .16 Cubic Feet
Language of the Material:
English .
The Mary Frances Funk Papers, circa 1954, comprise one photograph album, loose photographs, and ephemera documenting Funk's time as a student at Madison College.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [box #, folder #], Mary Frances Funk Papers, circa 1954, SC 0319, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

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Biographical Note

Mary Frances "Fran" Funk (1932-2020) was born in Berryville, Virginia to Mary Sue Deal Funk and Charles Richard Funk. Funk matriculated at Madison College in the fall of 1950 and majored in elementary education. She graduated in 1954 with a bachelor's degree in education. While a student at Madison College, Funk was a member of Alpha Sigma Tau, Association for Childhood Education, and Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA). In 1968, she received a master's degree in education from the University of Maryland. Funk taught elementary school for forty years in Virginia and Maryland before retiring in 1995.

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Scope and Content

The Mary Frances Funk Papers, circa 1954, comprise one photograph album, loose photographs, and ephemera documenting Funk's time as a student at Madison College.

The photographs feature campus scenes, buildings and grounds, the kissing rock, students in their caps and gowns, Funk and her fellow classmates, May Day celebrations, dormitory interiors, and general student life. The bulk of the pages are blank without any photographs. None of the photographs are captioned or include descriptions. The front cover of the photograph album is embossed with the Madison College seal.

Two programs document the 1954 commencement exercises. A satirical news release, written by fellow members of the class of 1954, provides ficticious updates on members of the graduating class upon the celebration of their future ten-year reunion.

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The collection is arranged in the order in which it was received. The printed materials are foldered separately from the photograph album and loose photographs.

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Administrative Information

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 Collections Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk. (

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated to Special Collections in August 2021 by Richard Marcus, Mary Frances Funk's nephew.

Processing Information

An envelope containing loose photographs was included in the photograph album when it was donated to Special Collections. The photographs were placed in an acid-free paper enclosure and placed back in the photograph album.


Special Collections, JMU Libraries

880 Madison DriveMSC 1704Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807library-special@jmu.eduURL:

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Related Materials

Separated Materials

Mary Sue Deal's 1924 State Teachers College diploma, which was part of the same donation, was separated from this collection and incorporated into UA 0036. Deal was Mary Frances Funk's mother. Funk's 1954 yearbook, embossed with her name, was added to Special Collections's yearbook holdings.

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Index Terms

Genre and Form

  • Photograph albums
  • Photographs
  • Programs (documents)
  • Speeches (Documents)

Personal Name

  • Marcus, Richard

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The Schoolma'am, 1954. Harrisonburg (Va.): Madison College.

Obituary of Mary Frances Funk, The Capital Gazette, December 20, 2020.

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Collection Inventory

Title/Description Instances
Photograph album, circa 1954 box OV 1 folder 1
Commencement programs and satirical news release, 1954, undated box OV 1 folder 2