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
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
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
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.
Accession number: R95-3
This collection was given to the Archives by Margaret Currier, daughter of Frances Wyman Currier, in February 1995.
Processed: November 1995
By: Isabelle Bland Dry '35 and Adelaide M. Kennedy
Access. Collection is open for research.
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.
Florence May Wyman Currier Papers, 1898-1966; item description, dates. SC 129, folder
#. Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University,
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
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.
- Box 1: 1v-16v
- Box 2: 17v-22v
- 4v. Florence May Wyman Currier's diary, 1907.
Scope and Contents: "Went up river with Mr. Currier, got caught in rain, but had a lovely time" (6/29);
"Mr. Currier and I went up river, and came home engaged" (7/13).
- 5v. Florence May Wyman Currier's diary, 1908.
Scope and Contents: "Put on summer underwear" (4/26); "put away my winter hats, took my muff to be stored"
(5/20); "went to Radcliffe commencement and heard Miss Leach, Greek professor at Vassar
and the first Radcliffe girl" (6/23); "kept busy all day, but wasn't too tired to
enjoy the wedding" (10/14).
- 8v. Florence May Wyman Currier's diary, 1915-1919.
Scope and Contents: "We looked at a house on Chester St." (3/23/1915); "moved to Belmont" (5/4/1915);
"attended the dedication exercises of The Widener Library" (6/24/1915); "Radcliffe
class lunch at Colonial Club, (18 there), also reminiscence show at Agassiz House"
(6/17/1916); "collected sewing materials which F. packed with 5 of Peggy's dolls to
send to France" (Nov 1916); "Peggy and I put on summer underwear" (6/3/1917); "dreadful
explosion of munition ship at Halifax; most of city blown up or burned and blizzard
delayed relief trains" (7/7/1917); "sewed velvet trimming on blue muslin dress and
wore it to 1903 class lunch at Agassiz House...got class book and had fine time" (6/17/1918);
"I went to Radcliffe commencement; fine address by Prof. Baker" (6/19/1918); "I walked
to the Town Hall to carry my clothing (including F. 's hobnailed boots) for Belgians"
(11/29/1918); "Pres[ident] Wilson arrives in Boston from France; Peggy and I stood
on Beacon St. from 10:30 to 12:30 and had fine view of him as he rode from wharf to
Copley-Plaza... F. and I went to hear him speak in Mechanics Bldg." (2/24/1919); "attended
commencement pm speeches by young Roosevelt, Adm[iral] Sims, Gov[ernor] Coolidge and
- 9v. Florence May Wyman Currier's diary, 1920-1924.
Scope and Contents: "F. and I attended Radcliffe Club meeting at Copley Plaza addressed by Secretary Roosevelt"
(4/11/1920); "voting day. Cast my first vote for a president, for Harding, vice-president,
Coolidge" (11/2/1920); F. and I went to a Radcliffe Club meeting to hear Mr. O'Brien
of Buffalo speak on secret service during the war" (11/11/1920); "Mrs. Wright, deaf
lady, gave F. and me first lesson in golf" (8/14/1922); "played mahjong in evening"
(9/29/1923); "sang carols, played musical authors, and mahjong" (12/25/1923); "our
Encyclopedia Britannica arrived" (12/29/1923); "set out for Iron Mt. House in Jackson,
N.H.-special train from Boston with Appalachian Mountain Club party of cir[ca] 120."
During these February days they used snowshoes, skated, heard concert at night, had
sleigh rides, enjoyed charades, danced, had costume party, played mahjong, sang, tug-of-war
(2/16-24/1924); "Peggy had hair bobbed" (6/25/1924); "washed Peggy's hair and it dried
so quickly" (6/26/1924).
- 10v. Florence May Wyman Currier's diary, 1925-1929.
Scope and Contents: "F. and I to thrilling Harvard-Yale game, 0-0" (11/21/1925); "Thanksgiving-jokes,
music, and games" (11/26/1925);19 "went to Beacon Hill for carols and candles" (12/24/1925);
"Peggy's College Board exams-French 82, Latin 85, Algebra 87, Geometry 97" (7/22/1926);
"Thanksgiving-had music and played categories, 10 1/2 pound turkey @. 70" (11/25/1926);
"had stockings before breakfast as usual-opened gifts 10-1" (12/25/1926); "Pres. Lowell
in Boston talked over phone with Cambridge, England today, after which anyone could
talk for 3 mins. for $75.00" (1/22/1927); "Peggy departed for Mt. Holyoke" (9/19/1927).
- 11v. Florence May Wyman Currier's diary, 1930-1934.
Scope and Contents: "Taken to Cambridge Hosp. for surgery to remove uterus, both tubes, and appendix-gas
used" (10/5/1930); "brought back home in ambulance from hospital" (10/24/1930); "rose
first time to breakfast with the family" (11/9/1930).
- 12v. Florence May Wyman Currier's diary, 1935-1939.
Scope and Contents: "Began Gone With The Wind" (1/24/1937); daughter has had a raise from $920.00 to $1400.00
[at Mt. Holyoke Library], helped Frank with proofreading (2/20/1937); "finished Gone
With The Wind" (3/15/1937); took trip to celebrate finishing Whittier's Bibliography,
visited Philadelphia, Bryn Mawr, Washington, D.C. (3/11-26/1938); surgery on right
eye again-2nd time for detached retina (8/19/1938); more eye problems (Dec 1938);
"in eve listened to radio, war declared on Germany, by England, France and Australia"
- 14v. Florence May Wyman Currier's diary, 1945-1949.
Scope and Contents: "Germany surrendered to Allies and Russians after 5 yrs. 8 mos. and 7 days of war.
Thank God" (5/7/1945); "gas for cars, fuel oil and canned goods no longer rationed"
(8/15/1945); "when Dr. Jowett called he found F. 's blood pressure up to 220, his
breathing more labored, and his kidneys bad so Miss Miller and I went with him in
ambulance to Cambridge Hospital" (9/12/1946); "F. died at Cambridge Hosp. at 9:30
- 18v. Florence May Wyman Currier's diary, 1965-1966
- 19. Cambridge Latin School report cards 1895-1899.
Scope and Contents: Give Florence May Wyman Currier's numerical grade in each subject she took, her average
grade for the month in each subject, her midyear and final exam marks, her rank in
class, a commendation for excellence in subjects graded over 90, and all were signed
by her father.
- 21v. "Cheer" book, 1906.
Scope and Contents: Written by Florence May Wyman Currier's mother (7/1/1906-9/30/1906): Helen K. Wyman
tries to find, and does find, something on each day to be grateful for; her grief
for her son who died in 1904 shows periodically but she boosts herself by remembering
the good things in her life- especially her daughter Florence.
Belmont (Mass.)--Social life and customs--20th century
Cambridge (Mass.)--Social life and customs--20th century
Currier, Thomas Franklin, 1873-1946
Dow, Ethel Appleton
Harvard College Library
Radcliffe College. Class of 1902
Radcliffe College. Class of 1903