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COLLECTION Identifier: SC 129

Papers of Florence May Wyman Currier, 1898-1966


Diaries, school reports, reading log, "cheer" book, and photograph album of Florence May Wyman Currier, Radcliffe College Class of 1903.


  • 1898-1966

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

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.


.63 linear feet (1+1/2 file boxes)

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.


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.

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.


  1. Box 1: 1v-16v
  2. Box 2: 17v-22v

Processing Information

Processed: November 1995

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

Currier, Florence May Wyman, 1881-1972. Papers of Florence May Wyman Currier, 1898-1966: A Finding Aid
Radcliffe College Archives, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

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