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COLLECTION Identifier: SC 123

Papers of Norma Olive Catherine MacRury, 1933-1994


Diary, correspondence, photographs, clippings, etc., of Norma Olive Catherine MacRury, Radcliffe College Class of 1927.


  • 1933-1994

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


.21 linear feet (1/2 file box)

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.


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 Episcopal Church.

MacRury died in January, 1994 in Yarmouth, Maine at the age of 87.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: R94-8

The papers of Norma Olive Catherine MacRury were received from Elizabeth A. Ferguson in March 1994.

Processing Information

Processed: April 1994

By: Vicky Clisham '95

MacRury, Norma Olive Catherine, 1906-1994. Papers of Norma Olive Catherine MacRury, 1933-1994: A Finding Aid
Radcliffe College Archives, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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