MacRury, Norma Olive Catherine, 1906-1994. Papers of Norma Olive Catherine MacRury,
1933-1994: 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
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: SC 123
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Norma Olive Catherine MacRury, 1906-1994
Title: Papers of Norma Olive Catherine MacRury, 1933-1994
Quantity: .21 linear feet (1/2 file box)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Diary, correspondence, photographs, clippings, etc., of Norma Olive Catherine MacRury,
Radcliffe College Class of 1927.
Accession number: R94-8
The papers of Norma Olive Catherine MacRury were received from Elizabeth A. Ferguson in March 1994.
Processed: April 1994
By: Vicky Clisham '95
Access. Collection is open for research.
Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Norma Olive Catherine MacRury as well
as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the
authors' heirs or assigns.
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Norma Olive Catherine MacRury Papers, 1933-1994; item description, dates. SC 123,
folder #. Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard
University, Cambridge, Mass.
Norma Olive Catherine MacRury was born in February 1906 in Manchester, New Hampshire.
She attended Manchester High School, was graduated cum laude from Radcliffe (1927),
and went on to earn an A.M. from Boston University (1928). She studied abroad at the
University of Bordeaux, at the University of Paris, and returned to Radcliffe, becoming
the first woman to earn a Ph.D in Sociology (1941).
MacRury taught English in Bordeaux, France (1930-1931) and was Assistant Dean of women
at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York (1938-1942). MacRury then worked
as an administrative assistant and a Foreign Economic Administrator for the Army Air
Force Intelligence (1942-1946), and was director of a rehabilitation center in Lorient,
France (1947-1948). After working for a year as regional secretary for the World University
Service in Georgia (1948-1949), MacRury became Dean of Skidmore College, a position
she held for over twenty years (1949-1971).
In addition to her many professional positions, MacRury was a member of Phi Beta Kappa,
the National Association of Foreign Student Advisors, the American Association of
Academic Deans, and the American Association of University Women. She was also a director
of the Adirondack Girl Scout Council, and president of the Altar Guild of Bethesda
MacRury died in January, 1994 in Yarmouth, Maine at the age of 87.
This collection contains information on the academic and professional life of Norma
Olive Catherine MacRury. Included is MacRury's diary of her trip to France in 1930,
correspondence with the Army Air Force Intelligence Agency concerning her service
in the 1940s, and clippings, correspondence and information about her years as dean
of Skidmore College. Also included are materials from Radcliffe College, and photographs
of her work in France.
- 1. Miscellaneous biography includes: certificates, resume, articles, correspondence including
a letter about the writer, John Erskine
- 2v. Elementary Geography, 1877: geography textbook containing notes by Norma Olive Catherine MacRury
- 3v. My Trip, 1930-1931: journal of Norma Olive Catherine MacRury's trip to France and
Europe, containing descriptions of European customs, the Oberammegau Passion Play,
and her studies in France
- 4. Radcliffe College, 1937-1941: includes mid-year reports, correspondence about her
admission into the Ph.D program, 1941 commencement program, and sociology essay
- 5. Government correspondence, 1932-1955: includes letters of recommendation, comments
on her work in Air Force Intelligence, information about her transfer to Sacramento,
California. Also included are identification cards and correspondence from her work
in a rehabilitation center in Lorient, France (1947-1948).
- 6. Skidmore College, 1957-1994 includes correspondence re: work as Dean of the college,
study tour of French universities, retirement plans, memorial notices. There are also
commencement programs, list of duties of the dean, annual report of the dean, clippings
from Skidmore brochures with tributes to Norma Olive Catherine MacRury, retirement
tributes to Norma Olive Catherine MacRury.
- 7. Clippings, 1952-1970 re: work at Skidmore and her retirement as dean of the college,
studies in France, her church involvement, her involvement in the Girl Scouts, her
brother, Dr. Elwood MacRury
- 8. Photographs, 1947-1955: include Norma Olive Catherine MacRury's work as Director of
a Rehabilitation Center in Lorient, France (1947-1948), schoolchildren at the rehabilitation
center, Norma Olive Catherine MacRury with her father, Dr. Colin MacRury
College administrators--United States