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Mary Dorothy Lyndon papers

Mary Dorothy Lyndon papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Mary Dorothy Lyndon papers
Creator: Lyndon, Mary Dorothy, 1877-1924
Inclusive Dates: 1911-1964
Language(s): English
Extent: 0.5 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Collection Number: UA0045
Repository: University of Georgia Archives

Collection Description

Biographical/historical note

On June 17th, 1914, Mary Dorothy Lyndon was granted a Master of Arts degree thus becoming the University of Georgia's first female graduate. When women were finally admitted as full students during the 1919-1920 school year, Mary Lyndon was nominated by Chancellor David C. Barrow and then elected by the University Board of Trustees to the positions of Associate Professor of Education and Dean of Women. During her tenure at the University Mary Lyndon participated in numerous activities both on and off campus. She taught classes in the Peabody School of Education, directed the Thalian Dramatic Club, helped organize the University chapter of the Phi Mu Sorority, and founded the Pioneer Club. In addition, Mary Lyndon acted as the recording secretary for the Athens YWCA, was elected secretary of the local Daughters of the Revolution chapter, and taught Sunday school at the First Methodist Church of Athens. Both the local and University community mourned Mary Lyndon's untimely death from pneumonia on April 5, 1924. In 1936 a women's dormitory on the University of Georgia campus was named Mary Lyndon Hall in her honor.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of period photographs and correspondence, along with tributes written upon her death in 1924. In addition there are numerous programs, photographs, and letters associated with the celebration of Mary Lyndon Day in 1964. Mary Lyndon's 1914 graduation gown is also included.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Mary Dorothy Lyndon papers, UA0045, University Archives, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

General Notes

RG 6

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Academic costume.
Deans of women -- Georgia -- Athens.
Lyndon, Mary Dorothy, 1877-1924 -- Correspondence
Programs (documents)
University of Georgia -- Alumni and alumnae

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Clippings, programs, etc. Includes copies of Mary Lyndon's UGA class registration cards, slides of her diploma, and a memorandum for the Girls' Rifle Club, 1911-1964
12Memorial Service. Includes Mary Lyndon's obituaries from The Red and Black and Athens Banner Herald along with tributes presented at her Memorial Service, 1924
13Photographs. Includes photographs of Mary Lyndon and of Mary Lyndon Day , 1920s-1964
14Letters. Includes Christmas cards from Mary Lyndon and her mother along with other correspondence, 1920s
15Mary Lyndon Day. Correspondence related to planning for Mary Lyndon Day, 1964
16Mary Lyndon Day. Additional correspondence related to planning for Mary Lyndon Day, 1964
17Original newspaper clippings, 1924, 1964
21Mary Lyndon's Graduation Gown, 1914
1Diplomas and certificates, 1895-1901