Alzina Stone Dale Papers
Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081
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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.
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- 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.
Scrapbook of Alzina's time abroad, including at workcamp
Includes early childhood photos of Alzina and family, and copy photos from workcamp
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
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
Typed drafts to chapters with postcards and letters from 1952 with transcripts
Typed fragments of 1952 reflections and correspondence
Includes photocopies of photos from work camps and of diary entries of workcamp participants
Travel book written in Finnish. North East Finland.
Typed diary for her parents
Postcards sent by Alzina to family in Radnor, Pa.
Photos taken in England
Correspondence to find a publisher
Participated in work camp. Includes questionnaire about experience
Concerning 1952 experience
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.)
Alzina's attempts to participants to share their experience
Includes questions for Dorothy
Correspondence with other Swarthmore graduates and workcamp participants and questionnaires
Tape recording of Alzina's interview with Helen removed to FHL Audiovisuals
Proposal for 'The Summer of 1952:The Making of an American,"
His edits on Alzina's manuscript
Correspondence with Esther, letters to Vreni Naess.
Announcement of book publication
Included a copy of her draft with minor corrections to Finnish spellings
Participant in the workcamp
Class of 1952, and participant
Much of correspondence concerns Alzina's efforts to be published
Mostly about his death
Correspondence with friends
Notes on the English and the Royal family. General reference clippings discarded
Afterword for book about coming of age in 1950s, drafts. General reference newspaper clippings discarded.
Personal correspondence with classmate and Class Secretary
Correspondence with Alice Nelson who also wrote a memoir of her post college experience in 'Postwar Europe Through the Eyes of Youth'
Includes letters with Joanna Saresvuo, Vilianen Zolaica, and Jo Sage Seraso - about the book
Also copy of Alzina's book manuscript with Caroline's edits
Efforts to find a publisher
Correspondence with contributors participants from work camp before publication and with Christopher Densmore concerning depositing her papers on the subject.
Notes, correspondence with Waterbrook Press
Includes reaction to his rejection letter
Trying difference marketing approaches
Julia Morrow Rogers, her cousin, one of the first readers of her manuscript
Approaching from the mystery angle
Betty's advice on publication of Alzina's book
Also includes letter from 1952
Includes blurbs for book jacket and discussion of publication/marketing, contracts
Letters and emails between Alzina and Lars, who was a Swedish work camper and one of Alzina's travel companions
Short story published in Seventeen Magazine
Typed edited ms for a novel, not published
Visited AFSC in Philadelphia to use limited archives on her workcamp.
Feature article by Alzina and Barbara Sloan Henderson published in Swarthmore College Bulletin, April 1997
Reunion materials and correspondence from classmates
Written by her husband
Alzina's research on the Fabian Society - she attended a workshop there in 1952
Alzina was a member of the Library Society. Also miscellaneous correspondence
Alzina attended Fall 1957-Spring 1997
Alzina visited the collection
College bookstore, mysteryreaders.org