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1.25 linear feet (3 file boxes)
Series I. Correspondence and writings
This series begins with letters from Margaret Fowler Dunaway, most of them written while she was traveling, to her children and husband, and travel articles written as letters to the editor of the Boonville Daily News.
The bulk of the series consists of letters to Margaret Fowler Dunaway from her children. Most are from her son, Don Carlos Dunaway, and his wife, Mary Burnham (Tip or Tippy), regarding their experiences in Argentina, Central America, Cuba, Spain, and Kuwait, where he worked as a representative of Standard Oil of New Jersey and then of Aminoil. There are also letters from Margaret Fowler Dunaway's daughter, Dorothy (Dots) Dunaway, about her travels and work in Europe.
The series includes letters from several persons with whom Margaret Fowler Dunaway corresponded about her writing, or to whom she had sent a copy of Hidden Lamps, and one folder of manuscript poems and essays. These writings are about religion, her children, famous persons, and other subjects, and include a booklet, "Songs of Hope."
Series II. Journals
The journals were originally organized by Margaret Fowler Dunaway in 13 binders. During reprocessing, the contents were transferred to folders for conservation purposes. The original volume numbers are indicated in the inventory.
The journals cover the years 1922-1943 and 1953-1964. They describe Margaret Fowler Dunaway's travels in the western United States (especially #45, 46, 47) and her life in Missouri and Cambridge. She writes about her children and grandchildren and comments extensively on religion and principles of child-rearing.
Throughout the journals she comments on world events, focusing in the earlier ones on the rise of Hitler and the beginning of World War II. The later journals emphasize domestic U.S. politics, especially the civil rights movement. The entries in the 1960s include lists of news headlines with little commentary.
Margaret Fowler Dunaway included manuscript copies of letters from her children in the journals, especially in the later ones.
Her published works include a volume of poetry, Hidden Lamps (St. Louis: Clark-Sprague, 1936); individual poems in the London Poetry Review and Poetry of Today; and several travel articles in the Boonville Daily News.
- Series I. Correspondence and writings
- Series II. Journals
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers of Margaret Fowler Dunaway were given to the Schlesinger Library by Margaret Fowler Dunaway beginning in April 1953.
- Box 1: Folders 1-32
- Box 2: Folders 33-53
- Box 3: Folders 54-69
By: Krystyna von Henneberg and Mary Hilderbrand
- Argentina--Economic conditions
- Cambridge (Mass.)--Social life and customs
- Child rearing
- Christian Science
- Cuba--Economic conditions
- Europe--Description and travel
- Family records
- Journals (notebooks)
- Kuwait--Social life and customs
- Missouri--Social life and customs
- West (U.S.)--Description and travel
- Dunaway, Margaret Fowler. Papers of Margaret Fowler Dunaway, 1922-1964: A Finding Aid
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