Dean of Women Helen Curtis.  Records, 1902-1993 (bulk 1940-1973)

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Scope and Contents Note:

Annual reports, printed materials, correspondence, photographs, press releases and other records related to Curtis' work as an academic administrator and advisor of women students at Massachusetts State College and later University of Massachusetts.  The collection includes much material predating Curtis' tenure as Dean of Women (1945-1973), including handbooks and other published material on women students which may come from the office of Edna Skinner, formerly Advisor of Women.  Other files pertain to the duties and philosphy of the Dean of Women, services for World War II veterans' wives, women's residence halls, and Mortar Board (the senior women's honor society).

Biographical Note:

Helen Curtis, born in 1909 in South Dakota and educated at the University of Northern Iowa and Columbia University, was appointed the first Dean of Women of Massachusetts State College in 1945.  She served in that position until her retirement in 1973.  As Dean of Women, she worked for increased admission and financial aid for women and for more academic and career opportunities for women.  She developed a counseling program in women's dormitories, and trained a large staff of student house counselors and heads of residence.  Curtis advised several student women's organizations and honor societies and was active in professional groups.

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