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Margaret Trumbull Corwin papers #


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Margaret Trumbull Corwin (1889-1983) was the daughter of Dr. Robert Corwin, a professor at Yale University. Margaret Corwin received an A.B. degree from Bryn Mawr College in 1912 with a major in French and a minor in German. After graduation she worked at Yale University Press until 1919. In 1916 she took a leave of absence to work as executive secretary to the Connecticut Women's Committee of the Council of National Defense in Hartford, Connecticut. In 1919 Corwin went to France with the YMCA and was stationed in Beaune at the American Expeditionary Forces University.

Upon her return, Corwin served as executive secretary of the Yale University Graduate School, a post she held from 1919 until 1934. In 1926/27 she took a six-month leave of absence to visit the Yale-in-China program. In 1934 she was appointed dean of New Jersey College for Women (part of Rutgers University), now Douglass College. She held this position for twenty-one years, until her retirement in 1955.

Corwin received several honorary degrees. In 1934 Yale University awarded her an M.A. She also received Doctors of Letters degrees from Rutgers University and Beaver College in 1943 and 1947 respectively.

Corwin's involvement with the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the International Federation of University Women (IFUW), and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools allowed her to do a great deal of travelling. Photographs, notes and copies of letters from these travels make up the majority of this collection.

The Margaret Trumball Corwin Collection houses the personal correspondence, photographs, notes, and printed material of Margaret Trumbull Corwin, class of 1912. The collection, which ranges from 1912-1971, evidences Corwin's extensive travelling for the AAUW, the IFUW, and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

The collection is comprised of twenty-nine numbered folders, three photograph albums, one packet of photographs/postcards, three albums, one folder (not numbered), and three photographs (not bound). The collection has been divided both typologically and chronologically.

Folders 1-7 consist of Corwin's correspondence from 1919-1971, including letters from her 1926 trip to the Far East, her 1930 trip to Iceland, and her 1936 trip to Spain. Folders 8-10 contain Corwin's notes for speeches/articles and her notes/journal for her trip to the USSR in 1932. Folders 12-19 are comprised of a variety of material, but include AAUW and IFUW schedules and programs, correspondence with "Who's Who in America," and memorabilia from the Bryn Mawr College Class of 1912 50th class reunion. Folders 20-29 house photographs, many of which are of Corwin's travels, including her 1919 trip to Beaune, her 1926 trips to China and Japan, her 1930 trip to Iceland. Of further note are photos of Stalin and Lenin in 1922 (Folder 24), and a photo of Corwin with Eleanor Roosevelt. The collection also holds one black photograph album containing photographs of a 1926-1927 trip; one brown photograph album containing 1952 photographs of and around Douglass College; one black binder containing photographs of Corwin's staff at Douglass College presented to Corwin on the occasion of her retirement as Dean; one packet of photographs and postcards from Russia, 1932; two portrait photographs of Corwin; one photograph of Corwin at an AAUW meeting in Atlantic City, January 1926; one black album with Distinguished Service Award from Bryn Mawr College; one red album with diploma for honorary Doctor of Letters degree awarded by Beaver College, June 1, 1947; and one green album containing an award from the Chairmen of the Federation of College Committees.

Corwin was highly involved with the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the International Federation of University Women (IFUW), and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. This collection highlights her involvement in these organizations, including her travels, notes, and speeches. It should be noted that there is also a Margaret Corwin scrapbook in the scrapbook collection. The majority of Corwin's professional papers (speeches, articles, etc.) are at the Douglass College Library. Her personal correspondence has been kept by her family, namely her sister-in-law, Gertrude G. Corwin of Guilford, Connecticut.

Twenty-nine numbered folders, three photograph albums, one packet of postcards, three albums, and one folder (not numbered). Note: the original finding aid of February 1992 mentioned three photographs of MTC, not bound. The one described as MTC in Atlantic City, January 1926, was not located, although it might be the full-length portrait enclosed in a blue "souvenir photo" folder (folder #27). The photographs are primarily black and white.

Bryn Mawr College
Finding Aid Author
Barbara Ward Grubb, Allison Mills
Finding Aid Date
February 1992, May 2024
Access Restrictions

The Margaret Trumbull Corwin Collection is the physical property of Bryn Mawr College Special Collections. Literary righhts, including copyright, belong to the authors' heirs and assigns.

Use Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Collection Inventory

Letters home (working as executive secretary to the Connecticut Women's Committee to the National Defense), 1919.
Box 1 Folder 1
Letters home (trip to Far East), 1926.
Box 1 Folder 2
Letters home (trip to Far East), 1926.
Box 1 Folder 3
Letters home (trip to Iceland), 1930.
Box 1 Folder 4
Letters home (trip to Spain), 1936.
Box 1 Folder 5
Correspondence , 1926-1971.
Box 1 Folder 6
Miscellaneous letters from Margaret T. Corwin.
Box 1 Folder 7
Notes for speeches/articles, rough drafts of speeches.
Box 1 Folder 8
Notes and information for speeches/articles.
Box 1 Folder 9
Trip to Russia, notes/journal, 1932.
Box 1 Folder 10
Printed material re: trip to New Mexico and the Southwest, 1931.
Box 1 Folder 11
Printed material – maps.
Box 1 Folder 12
Printed material re: travelling, e.g.: passenger lists.
Box 1 Folder 13
New Jersey College/Douglass College material, e.g. programs, schedules, etc.
Box 1 Folder 14
A.A.U.W. and I.F.U.W. schedules, programs, etc.
Box 1 Folder 15
Newspaper clippings 1924-1977.
Box 1 Folder 16
Correspondence with "Who's Who in America.".
Box 1 Folder 17
Bryn Mawr College, Class of 1912, 50th reunion, alumnae biographies, 2 photographs, program, honors awarded.
Box 1 Folder 18
Memorials of Margaret T. Corwin, 1983.
Box 1 Folder 19
One photograph of Corwin working at Yale University Press , ca. 1913-1916.
Box 1 Folder 20
Thirteen photographs, partially identified, of Beaune, France, 1919.
Box 1 Folder 21
Thirty-three photographs of trip to China, 8 negatives of photographs of Japan, 1926.
Box 1 Folder 22
Fourteen photographs from trip to Iceland and beyond, 1930.
Box 1 Folder 23
One photograph of Lenin, 1 postcard of Lenin and Stalin , 1922.
Box 1 Folder 24
One photograph, partially tinted, of Miss Corwin with Eleanor Roosevelt, taken during her visit to New Jersey College. See newspaper clipping (folder #16).
Box 1 Folder 25
Thirty-one photographs en route to Spain, 1936?.
Box 1 Folder 26
Thirteen photographs of Dean Corwin, partially identified.
Box 1 Folder 27
Eleven photographs of Douglass College, various landscapes.
Box 1 Folder 28
Twenty-two photographs of commencement at Douglass College (New Jersey College) through the years, plus 10 negatives.
Box 1 Folder 29
Various Awards, Honors and Diplomas (including original received from Bryn Mawr College).
Box 1 Folder 30
One black photograph album, containing 292 photographs of 1926, mostly unidentified, except for Java. , 1926.
Box 1
One brown photograph album: 25 photographs (1952) of and around Douglass College, also Corwin and her mother (undated) , 1952, n.d.
Box 1
One black binder: 18 photographs of Dean Corwin's staff at Douglass College, presented to Dean Corwin on May 19, 1955, on the occasion of her retirement. , 1955.
Box 1
Fifty-one postcards (some photographs, some art reproductions) from Russia., 1932.
Box 1
One black album with Distinguished Service Award presented to Margaret Corwin by Bryn Mawr College, June 4, 1960. Included in the album are the invitation and program. , 1960.
Box 1
One red album: diploma for honorary Doctor of Letters degree awarded by Beaver College, June 1, 1947.
Box 1
One green album: award presented to Corwin by the Chairmen of the Federation of College Committees. .
Box 1

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