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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 256

The educational career of Susan Miller Dorsey by Georgette Foster McGregor, 1949


Carbon copy of the dissertation, The Educational Career of Susan Miller Dorsey, educator and superintendent of Los Angeles public schools, by Georgette Foster McGregor.


  • 1949

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

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Access. Collection is open for research.

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Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Georgette Foster McGregor 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.


.21 linear feet (1/2 file box)

This dissertation, The Educational Career of Susan Miller Dorsey, was submitted in partial satisfaction of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Education at the University of California, Los Angeles, in June 1949. This is a carbon copy with vi, and 310 pages, 14 illustrations, and a bibliography.

This is an account of the educational career of Susan Miller Dorsey (1857-1946), the daughter of James Miller and Hannah Benedict Miller. It begins with her childhood in Penn Yan, New York, and covers her four years at Vassar College and the beginning of her teaching career.

In 1881 Susan Miller married Patrick William Dorsey and together they moved to California. In 1890, her husband abandoned her, taking their son Paul with him, and she resumed her teaching career.

The dissertation discusses Dorsey's shift to school administration in 1902 and continues with a full account of her active and productive years as vice-principal of Los Angeles High School, as assistant superintendent and then superintendent of the Los Angeles City Schools.

In 1929, after resigning from a third term as superintendent, Dorsey began 12 years as an active participant on school committees, an advocate of temperance, a speaker, writer and recipient of numerous honors and tributes. She died in 1946 a few days before her 89th birthday.

Biographical / Historical

Georgette Foster McGregor received a Doctorate of Education from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1949.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 77-M17

The dissertation of Georgette Foster McGregor was given to the Schlesinger Library in February 1977 by Georgette Foster McGregor.

Processing Information

Processed: June 1977

By: Eileen Barrett

McGregor, Georgette Foster. The educational career of Susan Miller Dorsey by Georgette Foster McGregor, 1949: A Finding Aid
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