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SC 129

Currier, Florence May Wyman, 1881-1972. Papers of Florence May Wyman Currier, 1898-1966: 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.: SC 129
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Florence May Wyman Currier, 1881-1972
Title: Papers of Florence May Wyman Currier, 1898-1966
Date(s): 1898-1966
Quantity: .63 linear feet (1+1/2 file boxes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Diaries, school reports, reading log, "cheer" book, and photograph album of Florence May Wyman Currier, Radcliffe College Class of 1903.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: R95-3
This collection was given to the Archives by Margaret Currier, daughter of Frances Wyman Currier, in February 1995.

Processing Information:

Processed: November 1995
By: Isabelle Bland Dry '35 and Adelaide M. Kennedy

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Florence May Wyman Currier as well as 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:

Florence May Wyman Currier Papers, 1898-1966; item description, dates. SC 129, folder #. Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Florence May Wyman was born in 1881 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the daughter of Charles Francis and Helen Knight Bullard Wyman. She was graduated from Cambridge Latin School (1899) and received her AB from Radcliffe (1903).
In 1904, Currier joined the cataloguing staff at Widener Library where she made use of her knowledge of foreign languages.
She married Franklin Currier, head of the Catalogue Department and, later, Assistant Librarian of Harvard College Library, in 1908. Their daughter, Margaret, was born in July 1910, and eventually became a librarian at Harvard's Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.
In 1915, the Curriers moved from Cambridge to Belmont where they joined the Payson Park Congregational Church. Currier, as well as being a housewife, occupied herself in volunteer activities at the church and with various clubs in Belmont.


This collection consists of the papers of Florence Wyman Currier including her diaries, 1898-1902, 1905-1966, school reports, reading log 1947-1956; her mother's "cheer" book 1906, and the photograph album of Ethel Appleton Dow '02.
The diaries contain short entries for every day. They cover her college years, employment as a cataloguer at Harvard, engagement and marriage to Frank Currier, and the birth of her daughter Margaret. Currier was a busy homemaker and baker, and active in her church. She regularly attended the Belmont Thursday Club, Belmont Woman's Club, and Circle 5. She notes the movies they saw, books she read, evenings at cards, occasional trips, and her help with proofreading her husband's Bibliography of Whittier. Family illness is also recorded.


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Additional Index Terms

Belmont (Mass.)--Social life and customs--20th century
Cambridge (Mass.)--Social life and customs--20th century
Courtship--United States
Photographic prints
Currier, Margaret
Currier, Thomas Franklin, 1873-1946
Dow, Ethel Appleton
Harvard College Library
Radcliffe College. Class of 1902
Radcliffe College. Class of 1903