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Anglemyer, Philinda Parsons Rand, 1876-1972. Papers of Philinda Parsons Rand Anglemyer, 1901-1909: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: 86-M74--86-M130
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Philinda Parsons Rand Anglemyer, 1876-1972
Title: Papers of Philinda Parsons Rand Anglemyer, 1901-1909
Date(s): 1901-1909
Quantity: .42 linear feet (1 file box) plus 6 folders of photographs)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Letters, diaries, photographs, etc., of Philinda Parsons Rand Anglemyer, a teacher.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 86-M74, 86-M130
These papers of Philinda Parsons Rand Anglemyer were given to the Schlesinger Library by her daughters, Katharine and Mary Anglemyer, in May and July 1986.

Processing Information:

Preliminary inventory: July 1986
By: Susan J. von Salis

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Philinda Parsons Rand Anglemyer is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Philinda Parsons Rand Anglemyer Papers, 1901-1909; item description, dates. 86-M74--86-M130, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Philinda Parsons (Rand) Anglemyer was born in Somerville, Massachusetts, to John B. and Victoria (Cheek) Rand. She graduated magna cum laude from Radcliffe College in 1899, with a degree in zoology. In 1901 she went to the Philippine Islands to teach English under a program instituted by William Howard Taft, then governor of the Islands. While there, she met and married another teacher, Thaddeus Delos Anglemyer, and gave birth to her first child, Katharine. In 1908 she and her family returned to the United States, where daughter Mary was born. Anglemyer lived in Washington, Indiana, New York, and New Jersey before finally settling, in 1954, in Washington, D.C. She served on local welfare and education committees, worked as a substitute teacher in public schools, and was active in youth and environmental conservation organizations.


This collection consists of letters, diaries, photographs, and memorabilia by and about Philinda Parsons Rand Anglemyer from the period 1901-1909, as well as memoirs written in her later years. The bulk of the collection consists of letters by her, mostly to an aunt and to her cousin Katie, documenting her experiences in the Philippines. Included are copies of two of Anglemyer's letters (copied by Catherine Draper) and two letters by Thaddeus Delos Anglemyer. Some letters are incomplete and some were not dated, but these had been inserted in their approximate chronological place before the collection was acquired by the Library. The collection includes typed transcripts of all the letters, of excerpts from the earlier of the two diaries, and of the entire later diary. The diaries document Anglemyer's life in the Philippines and her travels to China and Japan; one includes plans for a trip to India. Anglemyer cut some portions out of the earlier diary when she became engaged to be married.
In addition, there are papers from Anglemyer's schools, papers re: Thaddeus Delos Anglemyer's employment, the Anglemyers' wedding announcement, essays by Anglemyer about the history of the Philippines and here experiences there, and a typed copy of a lecture on Philippine history by Marguerite Rand, Anglemyer's sister.
Most of the photographs are from the Philippines and depict Anglemyer and her co-workers and students, with some photographs of Philippine sights and activities that are described in Anglemyer's letters. One photograph shows Anglemyer's childhood home in Somerville, Massachusetts.

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Additional Index Terms

China--Description and travel
Japan--Description and travel
Philippines--Social life and customs
Teachers. Foreign--Employment
Women teachers
Radcliffe College--Alumni and alumnae