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Dean of Studies Administrative Papers

Identifier: SCA-034

Scope and Contents

The collection covers MacRury's tenure as Dean at Skidmore from 1949 to 1971 with the bulk of the materials being dated from 1937 to 1969. The materials, made up of primarily loose paper records, contain all kinds of administrative papers including faculty meeting minutes, student activities, Skidmore events, and papers having to do with Skidmore presidents. Included among the records are some booklets and programs from various events and a small amount of photographs.


  • Bulk dates 1937 to 1969

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research by appointment. Please contact the library's Special Collections department.


Biographical / Historical

Norma MacRury was born in 1906 in Manchester, New Hampshire. She went on to earn an A.M. from Boston University in 1928. She studied abroad at the University of Bordeaux, at the University of Paris, and returned to Radcliffe, becoming the first woman to earn a Ph.D in Sociology in 1941. While in Bordeaux she taught English and was Assistant Dean of women at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York from 1938 to 1942. She then worked as an administrative assistant and a Foreign Economic Administrator for the Army Air Force Intelligence from 1942 to 1946. After that she was the director of a rehabilitation center in Lorient, France from 1947 to 1948. From 1948 to 1949 she worked for a year as regional secretary for the World University Service in Georgia. In 1949 she became Dean of Skidmore College, a position she held for over twenty years. She died in 1994 at the age of 87, twenty years after her retirement from Skidmore.


1.6 Cubic Feet


The collection is made up of Norma MacRury's administrative papers from her time as Dean of Studies covering subjects like faculty meetings, the history of Skidmore, and student activities. The materials consist mainly of loose papers with some booklets and photographs interspersed.


The collection is arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Repository Details

Part of the Scribner Library Archives, Skidmore College Repository