Susan May-Marion Hays Correspondence

MC 1922

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University of Arkansas Libraries

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Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Jordan Frankenburger, 2012.

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

May, Susan
Hays, Marion
Susan May-Marion Hays Correspondence
Inclusive Dates
MC 1922
0.75 linear feet (2 boxes)
Materials are in English.
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries

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Use Information

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Acquisition Information

The Susan May-Marion Hays Correspondence was donated to the Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries on August 11, 2009 by John Graham of San Francisco, California.

Processing Information

Processed by Jordan Frankenburger; completed in February 2012.

Preferred Form of Citation

Susan May-Marion Hays Correspondence (MC 1922), Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

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Biographical Note

Susan May and Marion Hays corresponded regularly from 1983-1996 after the death of Hays' husband, Congressman Lawrence Brooks Hays. Marion Prather Hays was born to Thomas and Gila Prather, November 20, 1896, in Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas. After the sudden death of her father, Hays, her mother and her younger sister Doris moved in with their grandmother, Annie Wickersham. After completing high school, Hays was accepted to the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. There, Hays served as secretary of the 1915 freshmen class, Vice-President of the 1916 sophomore class, and Vice President of the 1919 senior class. Additionally Hays was active in various clubs including; Phi Beta Phi sorority, Tri Kappa Club, Skull and Torch, and Youth Women Christian Association (YMCA). While working on her English degree, Hays taught at the University Training School located on the University of Arkansas, campus. After graduating from college in 1919, Hays returned home to teach English at Fort Smith High School and on February 2, 1922, she married Lawrence Brooks Hays who had also been a student at the University of Arkansas. Prior to the birth of their two children, Betty and Marion "Steele", in Little Rock, Pulaski County, the couple lived in Russellville, Pope County. In 1942, Brooks was elected to the United States Congress winning the fifth district seat, relocating the couple to Maryland where she became a newspaper columnist and a Sunday school teacher. Hays died on December 19, 1996 in Potomac, Maryland.

Scope and Content Note

Collection includes correspondence and newspaper articles.

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged in chronological order.

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection

Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1

Correspondence, 1983 - 1991

Box 1 Folder 2

Correspondence, January 22, 1992 - December 31, 1992

Box 1 Folder 3

Correspondence, January 23, 1993 - December 23, 1993

Box 1 Folder 4

Correspondence, January 19, 1994 - July 17, 1994

Box 1 Folder 5

Correspondence, August 17, 1994 - December 12, 1994

Box 1 Folder 6

Correspondence, January 1, 1995 - June 26, 1995

Box 1 Folder 7

Correspondence, August 8, 1995 - December 22, 1995

Box 2 Folder 1

Correspondence, January 1, 1996 - June 1, 1996

Box 2 Folder 2

Correspondence, July 14, 1996 - December 16, 1996


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