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Dorothy Elderdice (1892-1979) Papers



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Unpublished Manuscripts

Box B00087

Box B00088


Literary Society Pins and Award Medals

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Dorothy Elderdice (1892-1979) Papers, 1903-1987 | McDaniel College

By Victoria A. Childs, Barbara O'Brien

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Title: Dorothy Elderdice (1892-1979) Papers, 1903-1987Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Predominant Dates:1903-1930, 1948-1979

ID: MS/2009.4

Primary Creator: Elderdice, Dorothy (1892-1979)

Extent: 4.5 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Series, genre, chronological

Date Acquired: 00/00/1967. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: American Association of University Women, Emerson College of Oratory, Historical Society of Carroll County, Idaho Technical Institute, McDaniel College, National Council of Defense (U.S.), Wesley Theological Seminary, Western Maryland College, Westminster Theological Seminary (Westminster, Md.), Women - Cancer, Women - Politics, Women - Politics - Civil Rights, Women - Religion, Women - Rights, Women - War - Vietnam War 1961-1975, Women - War - World War I, Women - Writers - Pageants

Languages: English


Papers and diaries of Dorothy Elderdice (1892-1979).

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection primarily consists of diaries, letters, photographs, awards, poetry, play notes, play lists, and a few of her pageants.  Dorothy’s diaries are sporadic in the beginning, but at that time they are more detailed regarding her personal relationships with friends, and family. After 1948 the diaries feature social issues pertinent to the civil rights movement, equal rights for women, and human rights. She also continued to write about her friends and her daily life.  Her last entries are about dealing with her final illness, cancer.

Most of the papers and diaries came to the college's archives shortly after she died. Dorothy wrote of diaries from when she was in Florida and Idaho, however these diaries were not received with her papers and diaries. There are also a number of years for which no diaries have been located (1931-1947). The early diaries were borrowed by the local American Association of University Women for transcription in the early 1980s and returned. Condolence letters sent to Ms. Shipley were sent on to the college’s archives at a later date.  There was also a file from college president Ralph John’s office placed with her papers. This file is kept separately from her papers.  Photographs were placed in two folders in Box 8. Pages were removed from two early diaries which had rusted metal binder rings. The pages were placed in order in file folders and the binders that held the pages were placed in envelopes and then with their respective pages.

Subject/Index Terms

American Association of University Women
Emerson College of Oratory
Historical Society of Carroll County
Idaho Technical Institute
McDaniel College
National Council of Defense (U.S.)
Wesley Theological Seminary
Western Maryland College
Westminster Theological Seminary (Westminster, Md.)
Women - Cancer
Women - Politics
Women - Politics - Civil Rights
Women - Religion
Women - Rights
Women - War - Vietnam War 1961-1975
Women - War - World War I
Women - Writers - Pageants

Administrative Information

Repository: McDaniel College

Accruals: Diaries and papers were aquired in 1981

Alternate Extent Statement: 9  document cases

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted

Use Restrictions:

Copyright: McDaniel College may hold copyright to sections of this material.

McDaniel College makes no representation that it is the owner of any copyright or other literary property in the materials contained in its archives and special collections, (b) that in providing access to or permitting the reproduction of any such materials, McDaniel Archives does not assume any responsibility for obtaining or granting any permission to publish or use the same, and (c) that the responsibility (i) for determining the nature of any rights, and the ownership or interest therein, and for obtaining the appropriate permissions to publish or use and (ii) for determining the nature of any liabilities (including liabilities for defamation and invasion of privacy or publicity) that may arise from any publication or use, rest entirely with the researcher. 

Copying: Papers may be copied in accordance with the Archives' usual procedures.

Physical Access Note: Photographs are kept in cold storage. Please notify Archives 24 hours in advance to research photographs.

Acquisition Source: Dorothy Elderdice and Dorothy Elderdice Estate

Acquisition Method:

Medals were given to the college by Dorothy Elderdice in 1967 for the college's Centenniel Anniversary.

Papers and diaries were bequeathed to the college as part of Dorothy Elderice's estate and received by the college in 1981.

Appraisal Information:

Dorothy Elderdice, in later diaries, mentions annual diaries for 1930-1948. These diaries were not in her papers when they were donated to the college. An attempt to find them was conducted by the Carroll County Branch of the Association of University and College Women in 1980 and none for this period were found.

See Series 7-8

Separated Materials:

Western Maryland College, Bachelor of Arts diploma in RG34, box B00076.

Photographs in freezer.

Related Materials: For more information please see http://www.swarthmore.edu/Library/peace/DG001-025/DG001JAddams/series04.html.

Preferred Citation:

Dorothy Elderdice (1892-1979) Papers, MS 2009.4, McDaniel College Archives, Westminster, MD.



Finding Aid Revision History: Rewritten in 2010 by Barbara O'Brien                                                                                                       2011 folder level description by Megan McCole

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Diaries, 1903-1979],
[Box B00086: Unpublished Manuscripts],
[Box B00087],
[Box B00088],
[Box B00373: Photographs, Bulk 1911],
[Box B00549: Literary Society Pins and Award Medals, 1908 - 1917],

Box B00087Add to your cart.
Series 3: PageantsAdd to your cart.
Box 8; Folders F0000956-962
Folder F0000956: Pageants: The Sheathing of the Sword, 1922Add to your cart.
This folder contains three programs for the pageant "The Sheathing of the Sword" by Dorothy Elderdice.
Folder F0000957: Pageants: The Carroll County Caravan, 1937Add to your cart.
Folder F0000958: Pageants: We Have Spoken for World Without War, 1965Add to your cart.
A dramatization of some highlights in the history of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.
Folder F0000959: Pageants: Westminster Windows on the World, 1966Add to your cart.
Script for recording for Soroptimists.
Folder F0000960: Pageants: From Fence Rail to Altar Rail, 1967Add to your cart.
The Hundred Years of Grace Lutheran Church- 1867-1967: A dramatization of Historic Events.
Folder F0000961: Pageants: Vietnam Calling, c.1960Add to your cart.
A Dialogue Drama to be followed by Group Discussion
Folder F0000962: Pageants and Writings, 1930-1932Add to your cart.
Articles written by Dorothy Elderdice. The Emerson Quarterly: January, 1930 -- May, 1931 - "Old Plays Made Over for Modern Camp Life" -- November, 1931 - "The Wind and the Moon - A Poem Dance" -- January, 1932 - "The Sun Descending."
Folder F0000963: Papers: Sheathing of the Sword, 1922Add to your cart.
Letters of congratulation and newspaper clippings about the "Sheathing of the Sword".
Series 4: Personal PapersAdd to your cart.
Box 8: Folders F0000963-1968 and Box 9: Folders F0000972-974
Folder F0000964: Papers: Correspondence and Notes, 1920-1971Add to your cart.
Folder F0000965: Papers: Excerpt from Letters Home while in Europe, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder F0000966: Papers: Christmas Letters, 1957, 1967-1976Add to your cart.
Folder F0000967: Papers: Newspaper, Bulletins, Programs, 1920-1976Add to your cart.
Folder F0000968: Family Papers: Report Cards, Business Card, Program, 1914-1917Add to your cart.
The report cards of Hugh Latimer Elderdice, Jr. date from 1914-1917. The Business card and program are undated.
Series 6: Papers, 1979-1981Add to your cart.
Box 9; Folds F0000975-980

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Diaries, 1903-1979],
[Box B00086: Unpublished Manuscripts],
[Box B00087],
[Box B00088],
[Box B00373: Photographs, Bulk 1911],
[Box B00549: Literary Society Pins and Award Medals, 1908 - 1917],

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