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Alzina Stone Dale Papers

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Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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Mary Alzina Stone was born in Chicago Feb. 23, 1931. She married Charles Herrick Dale and is a freelance writer and lecturer known professionally as Alzina Stone Dale. Her nickname to family and friends is "Maryal." After graduating from Swarthmore in 1952, she spent the following summer volunteering with AFSC at a work camp in Finland. She spent most of her time helping to clear wooded fields for farms with volunteers from all over Europe. After her time at the work camp, she traveled through Europe with friends before returning to the United States. She subsequently returned to the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago and earned an M.A. at the University of Chicago Divinity School. Her book, When the Postwar World Was New (2009) describes her experiences abroad. The collection also reflects her lifelong interest in mysteries.

This collection primarily contains records related to the writing and publishing of Dale's book, When the Postwar World was New. The book was based on her 1952 trip diary and the letters she wrote home. The collection includes her correspondence with friends and co-participants in the work camp about their experiences, questionnaires completed by participants, email correspondences with potential publishers, and materials related to marketing and publication. The collection is organized into two series, When the Postwar World was New and Miscellaneous. The first series includes original materials from 1952 which Alzina used in writing the book and more recent correspondence and copies of the manuscript. The second series, Miscellaneous, contains other writings by Alzina Dale, material concerning her alma mater Swarthmore College, and subjects of interest.

Gift of Mary Alzina Dale, FHL 2014.028.

The collection arrived in seven cartons and was sorted into two series. Duplicates were removed from the collection as well as non-related published materials such as editing guidelines and newspaper clipping on recent news topics.

Cassette tape of interview with Helen Frederickson removed to FHL audiovisual collection. 1952 Halcyon, Swarthmore College Bulletins, and other duplicates of Swarthmore College publications removed to duplicates. Correspondence with Christopher Densmore, Curator of Friends Historical Library, concerning donation of papers transferred to RG 6/R3/007 Accession file.

Publisher
Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.

Collection Inventory

Archival Resource Key. Scrapbook, 1952.
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Scrapbook of Alzina's time abroad, including at workcamp

Archival Resource Key. Fragment of a scrapboook and correspondence, 1939 - 1952, 2001, 2002.
Box 1
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Includes early childhood photos of Alzina and family, and copy photos from workcamp

Archival Resource Key. Family correspondence while a student and later reflections on work camp summer, 1950-1952, post 1997.
Box 1
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Alzina's letters home to her family from Swarthmore College, and family letters received. Reflections Alzina wrote after her 1997 College reunion about the summer she spent at a Finnish work camp in 1952

Archival Resource Key. Journal, 1952.
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Ms. and typed diaryremoved from a small black leather binder. Also includes Alzina's passport, address book, small notebook, song book, post card and newspaper 1998 Re: ocean liner

Archival Resource Key. Italy 1952 and manuscript draft, 1952, 2005.
Box 1
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Typed drafts to chapters with postcards and letters from 1952 with transcripts

Archival Resource Key. "Memoir", undated.
Box 1
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Typed fragments of 1952 reflections and correspondence

Archival Resource Key. Typed excerpts and copy photos from 1952, undated.
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Includes photocopies of photos from work camps and of diary entries of workcamp participants

Archival Resource Key. Komea Koillis-Suomi (book), 1952.
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Travel book written in Finnish. North East Finland.

Archival Resource Key. "My European Diary, 1952-1955. Typed transcripts of 1952 journal, undated.
Box 2
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Typed diary for her parents

Archival Resource Key. Correspondence with Carltons, 1952.
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Postcards sent by Alzina to family in Radnor, Pa.

Archival Resource Key. Photo album, England, 1952.
Box 2
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Photos taken in England

Archival Resource Key. Letter from Mrs. Spencer Rae Goetz, circa 1952.
Box 2
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ALS

Archival Resource Key. Correspondence with Kent State University Press, 1997-2001.
Box 2
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Correspondence to find a publisher

Archival Resource Key. Correspondence with Elspeth Reagan, 1997-2006.
Box 2
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Participated in work camp. Includes questionnaire about experience

Archival Resource Key. Dale's Swarthmore Bulletin Article, "Abroad with the Quakers in the Summer of '52", 1998.
Box 2
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With drafts

Archival Resource Key. Letters and questionnaire, 1998.
Box 2
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Concerning 1952 experience

Archival Resource Key. Correspondence with Lena Bergman Ekenberg, 1953-1955, 1999 - 2008.
Box 2
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Correspondence between Mary Alzina Stone Dale and Lena Ekenberg, of Sweden. Lena's comments on Alzina's manuscript, 2000 draft of the manuscript, letter addressed to Lena, Jochen, and Leo (all 3 of whom were co-participants in the workcamp, not from the U.S.)

Archival Resource Key. Correspondence with Jochen Wesseloh, 1999.
Box 2
Archival Resource Key. Correspondence with co-participants in workcamp about book, 1999.
Box 2
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Alzina's attempts to participants to share their experience

Archival Resource Key. Correspondence with Dorothy Strang/Thomas Waring, 1999.
Box 3
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Includes questions for Dorothy

Archival Resource Key. Correspondence and questionnaires, 1999-2000.
Box 3
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Correspondence with other Swarthmore graduates and workcamp participants and questionnaires

Archival Resource Key. Correspondence with Helen Frederickson, 1999-2001.
Box 3
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Tape recording of Alzina's interview with Helen removed to FHL Audiovisuals

Archival Resource Key. Correspondence and 50th Reunion questionnaire, 1999-2002.
Box 3
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Proposal for 'The Summer of 1952:The Making of an American,"

Archival Resource Key. Correspondence with Lars Eriksson, 1999-2007.
Box 3
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His edits on Alzina's manuscript

Archival Resource Key. Correspondence with Esther Nef-Werthmuller, 1952, 1999-2010.
Box 3
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Correspondence with Esther, letters to Vreni Naess.

Archival Resource Key. Correspondence with Kerttu Barnett, 1999-2010.
Box 3
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Includes questionnaire

Archival Resource Key. Correspondence with Alix Cole Hansen, 2010.
Box 3
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Announcement of book publication

Archival Resource Key. Correspondence with Joanna Saresvuo, 1999-2010.
Box 3
Archival Resource Key. Correspondence with Leo Tynkkynen and Lena, 1999-2000.
Box 3
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Included a copy of her draft with minor corrections to Finnish spellings

Archival Resource Key. Correspondence with Pirkko Viljanen-Zulaica, 2000-2009.
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Participant in the workcamp

Archival Resource Key. Correspondence concerning Marie de Kiewiet Hemphill, 1953, 2001.
Box 3
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Class of 1952, and participant

Archival Resource Key. Correspondence with Esther Doherty, 2001-2006.
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Much of correspondence concerns Alzina's efforts to be published

Archival Resource Key. Correspondence with Jon Pott, Eerdmens' Publishing Company, 2001-2006.
Box 3
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Publishing

Archival Resource Key. Concerning David Richie, 2001-2006.
Box 3
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Mostly about his death

Archival Resource Key. Miscellaneous - comments on mss, articles, 2002-2005.
Box 3
Archival Resource Key. General Correspondence, 2002-2005.
Box 3
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Correspondence with friends

Archival Resource Key. United Kingdom and the Royal Family, 2002-2005.
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Notes on the English and the Royal family. General reference clippings discarded

Archival Resource Key. Book synopsis, 1952, 2003.
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Afterword for book about coming of age in 1950s, drafts. General reference newspaper clippings discarded.

Archival Resource Key. Correspondence with Danna Cole Spielman, 1952, 2003-2006.
Box 4
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Personal correspondence with classmate and Class Secretary

Archival Resource Key. Correspondence with Alice Nelson, 2004-2010.
Box 4
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Correspondence with Alice Nelson who also wrote a memoir of her post college experience in 'Postwar Europe Through the Eyes of Youth'

Archival Resource Key. Correspondence with Pam Wetzels, 2004-2010.
Box 4
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Swarthmore classmate

Archival Resource Key. Miscellaneous Correspondence, 2004-2010.
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Includes letters with Joanna Saresvuo, Vilianen Zolaica, and Jo Sage Seraso - about the book

Archival Resource Key. Correspondence with Caroline Walker, 2005.
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Also copy of Alzina's book manuscript with Caroline's edits

Archival Resource Key. Marketing Strategy for 'When the Postwar World was New', circa 2005.
Box 4
Archival Resource Key. Correspondence about publication, 2006.
Box 4
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Efforts to find a publisher

Archival Resource Key. Acknowledgements, 2006.
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Correspondence with contributors participants from work camp before publication and with Christopher Densmore concerning depositing her papers on the subject.

Archival Resource Key. Publishers, Waterbrook, 2006.
Box 4
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Notes, correspondence with Waterbrook Press

Archival Resource Key. Correspondence with Ivan Dee publisher, 2006.
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Includes reaction to his rejection letter

Archival Resource Key. Marketing Strategies, 2006.
Box 4
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Trying difference marketing approaches

Archival Resource Key. Correspondence re dedication of book to Judy, 2006.
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Julia Morrow Rogers, her cousin, one of the first readers of her manuscript

Archival Resource Key. Correspondence with potential publishers, 2006-2007.
Box 4
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Approaching from the mystery angle

Archival Resource Key. Correspondence with Betty Nicholas, 2006-2007.
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Betty's advice on publication of Alzina's book

Archival Resource Key. Correspondence, edits and comments on book manuscript, 2006-2008.
Box 4
Archival Resource Key. Book-related correspondence, 2006-2010.
Box 4
Archival Resource Key. Correspondence with potential publishers, 2007.
Box 4
Archival Resource Key. Copies of Alzina Dale's bio for book, 2000-2007.
Box 4
Archival Resource Key. General correspondence and Author's Guild materials, 2007-2010.
Box 4
Archival Resource Key. Correspondence with Sarah Bonnen, 2008.
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Archival Resource Key. Correspondence re marketing and design of Dale's book, 2008-2010.
Box 4
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Also includes letter from 1952

Archival Resource Key. Signed Permissions, 2008-2010.
Box 4
Archival Resource Key. Correspondence with Tate Publishers, 2009-2010.
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Includes blurbs for book jacket and discussion of publication/marketing, contracts

Archival Resource Key. Book Public Relations, 2009-2010.
Box 5
Archival Resource Key. Correspondence with Esther Doherty, 2009-2010.
Box 5
Archival Resource Key. Correspondence with Esther and Vreni and Alzina, Lars Eriksson, Sally Metzer, 2010.
Box 5
Archival Resource Key. Correspondence with Lars Eriksson, 2010.
Box 5
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Letters and emails between Alzina and Lars, who was a Swedish work camper and one of Alzina's travel companions

Archival Resource Key. General Correspondence, 2000-2010.
Box 5
Archival Resource Key. Correspondence with Joanne Sage Ceraso and memorial, 2010.
Box 5
Archival Resource Key. Copy photos for book, undated.
Box 5
Archival Resource Key. Correspondence with Tate about payments, 2012.
Box 5
Archival Resource Key. Correspondence with friends, contributors and Author's Guild, 2010-2012.
Box 5
Archival Resource Key. Computer printed copies of the book manuscript, 2003-2007.
Box 5

Archival Resource Key. "If You Don't Succeed," by MaryAl Stone, 1950-07.
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Short story published in Seventeen Magazine

Archival Resource Key. Manuscript of "The Innocent American," a novel by Alzina Stone Dale, circa 1962.
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Typed edited ms for a novel, not published

Archival Resource Key. Manuscripts of short stories and feature articles, 1965-1966.
Box 6
Archival Resource Key. AFSC research and correspondence, 1997-2006.
Box 6
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Visited AFSC in Philadelphia to use limited archives on her workcamp.

Archival Resource Key. "The Game's Afoot", 1997.
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Feature article by Alzina and Barbara Sloan Henderson published in Swarthmore College Bulletin, April 1997

Archival Resource Key. Swarthmore College Reunion 1997, 1997-1998.
Box 6
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Reunion materials and correspondence from classmates

Archival Resource Key. Obituary for Margaret Cox, circa 2001.
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Written by her husband

Archival Resource Key. Fabian Society, 2002.
Box 6
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Alzina's research on the Fabian Society - she attended a workshop there in 1952

Archival Resource Key. Swarthmore College Reunion 2002, 2002.
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Reunion materials

Archival Resource Key. University of Chicago correspondence, Dorothy Sayers Society, 2003-2010.
Box 7
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Alzina was a member of the Library Society. Also miscellaneous correspondence

Archival Resource Key. Excerpts from Swarthmore College Bulletin, 2003-2010.
Box 7
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Concerning Alzina

Archival Resource Key. Divinity School questionnaire and emails, 2006-2007.
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Alzina attended Fall 1957-Spring 1997

Archival Resource Key. Rachel Goetz Papers, University of Chicago, 2007.
Box 7
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Alzina visited the collection

Archival Resource Key. Correspondence with Susan Breen and Janet Rudolph, 2007-2010.
Box 7
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College bookstore, mysteryreaders.org

Archival Resource Key. Correspondence with Chris Densmore, 2008-2013.
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Archival Resource Key. Correspondence with Friends Historical Library, 2010.
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Archival Resource Key. Correspondence with friends, contributors and Author's Guild, 2010-2012.
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Archival Resource Key. Miscellaneous Email Correspondence, 2011.
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Archival Resource Key. Miscellaneous Email Correspondence, 2012.
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Archival Resource Key. Sophie Stone calendar, etc., 2013.
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granddaughter

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