A Guide to the Papers of Mary Spitzer Etter 1924 - 1976 Mary Spitzer Etter Papers 5012

A Guide to the Papers of Mary Spitzer Etter 1924 - 1976

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number 5012


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Processed by: Julia Merkel

Repository
Special Collections, James Madison University
Accession number
5012
Title
Papers of Mary Spitzer Etter 1924 - 1976
Physical Characteristics
Consists of one Hollinger box.
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

The Papers of Mary Spitzer Etter, Collection #5012, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

Received from Alumni Relations, May 2003.


Biographical/Historical Information

Mary Spitzer Etter (1912-2002) was the daughter of Perry Franklin and Mabel Baldwin Spitzer. A 1934 graduate of the State Normal School (later James Madison University), she was active in the Glee Club, and was a devoted participant in campus events both before and after her tenure as a student. Her subsequent teaching career spanned four decades. She sponsored scholarships at Bridgewater College, Shenandoah University and James Madison University to honor her sister, Ruth, and her parents.

Mary Etter was an active member of the Madison College Alumni Association, serving as President of the Board from 1962-1966 and in various capacities throughout the 1950s and into the 1970s. She bequeathed her late Victorian era home to the local (Harrisonburg) arts association. Her life and possessions were featured in a 2002 exhibition at the Shenandoah Valley Folk Art and Heritage Center in Dayton, VA, "Vignettes from the Mary Spitzer Etter Collection."

Scope and Content

This collection documents the relationship of Mary Spitzer Etter (class of 1934) with James Madison University as an active alumna, class agent, and member of the Alumni Association's Board of Directors.

The first series, Correspondence, 1959-1975 and undated, contains several dozen responses to Mary Etter's January 15, 1968 letter of appeal to her classmates to support the Agnes S. Dingledine Retirement Fund honoring "Mama Ding's" years of service as Alumni Secretary. Also included are letters regarding fundraising for the Glee Club Alumni Association as well as the State Madison College Alumni Association and the Harrisonburg/Rockingham Chapter of Madison College Alumnae.

Series 2, Minutes, 1924-1976, contains the minute book of the Alumni Association 1924-1976 and handwritten minutes of the Harrisonburg/Rockingham Chapter of Madison College Alumnae, 1961-1968.

Series 3, Treasurer's Reports, Accounting Records and Miscellaneous Papers, 1962-1975 and undated, contains financial records of the Harrisonburg/Rockingham Chapter of Madison College Alumnae, including receipts and treasurer's reports from 1963-1968. This series also contains lists of donors and donations from 1976-1972 and undated, as well as a constitution and by-laws (1965-72), a JMU crest needlepoint pattern, and miscellaneous papers of the Alumni Association.

Series 4, Publicity and Photographs, 1986-2002, includes newspaper coverage of a historic exhibit featuring Mary Etter, two photographs of the 1988 Bluestone Society induction ceremony, and a self-published booklet of poems, 1986.

Arrangement

Series 1: Correspondence, 1959-1975, and undated. Series 2: Alumni Association Minutes, 1924-1976. Series 3: Treasurer's Reports, Accounting Records, and Misc. Records of the Harrisonburg/Rockingham Chapter of Madison College Alumnae, 1962-1975, and undated. Series 4: Publicity and Photographs, 1986-2002.

Contents List

Series: 1: Correspondence
  • Box-folder 1:1
    Correspondence 1959-1975 and undated 1968
Series: 2: Alumni Association Minutes 1924 - 1976

Minute Book

  • Box-folder 1:2
    Minutes 1961 - 1968

    Harrisonburg/Rockingham Chapter of Madison College Alumnae Minutes

Series: 3: Treasurer's and Accounting Reports and Misc. Papers
  • Box-folder 1:3
    Financial Reports 1963 - 1968

    Harrisonburg/Rockingham Chapter of Madison College Alumnae Financial Reports

  • Box-folder 1:4
    Misc. Papers 1962 - 1975
Series: 4: Publicity and Photographs
  • Box-folder 1:5
    Publicity and Photographs 1986 - 2002