Guide to the Daisy M. Girton (1880-1963) Papers

Collection Title: Daisy M. Girton (1880-1963) Papers
Dates: 1901-1963
Identification: 31/6/17
Creator: Girton, Daisy Myrtle, 1880-1963
Extent: 1 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The Daisy M. Girton Papers include one folder of biographical materials and Girton's diaries for the years 1901 through 1905. The diaries, constituting the bulk of the series, were written for the most part during Daisy's tenure at Northwestern.
Acquisition Information: The Daisy M. Girton Papers were received by the University Archives in October, 1977 as accession #77-24.
Processing Information: Margaret Faverty; August, 1982.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

Daisy Myrtle Girton was born on May 17, 1880 in Harlan, Iowa, the daughter of William and Fannie Girton and sister of Lee, Will, John, Edith, and Sue Girton. Girton attended Northwestern University from 1901 – 1905. She later married Charles Hurrey. Girton died in 1963 in Newtonville, Massachusetts.

Girton attended public schools and Madison State Normal School in Madison, South Dakota. Her father was professor of Civics and Geography and Secretary of Madison State Normal.

From 1901 to 1905, Daisy attended Northwestern University from which she obtained an A.B. degree. She was a popular student and was active in many extracurricular groups at Northwestern. As a freshman she pledged Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority but de-pledged prior to initiation. Also in her freshman year she became an elected member of the Syllabus board. In her junior year Daisy served as vice-president of the History Club, president of the Eulexia society, and member of the YWCA cabinet. She was secretary of her senior class and delivered the Ivy Oration at the 1905 Class Day exercises.

For two years following her graduation Daisy taught school in Pierre, South Dakota. In 1907 she married Charles Hurrey, a graduate of the University of Michigan. They traveled extensively in Europe, the Orient, and especially in South America. Hurrey was associated closely with the YMCA for 38 years and became the General Director of the Committee on Friendly Relations among Foreign Students. In this work Daisy was of active assistance. The couple had two daughters, Mrs. Dixon Philips and Mrs. George Wolf, Jr. Daisy died on April 10, 1963 in Newtonville, Massachusetts and was interred in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Scope and Content

The Daisy M. Girton Papers include one folder of biographical materials and Girton's diaries for the years 1901 through 1905. The diaries, constituting the bulk of the series, were written for the most part during Daisy's tenure at Northwestern. They both document her academic interests and accomplishments and provide a view of contemporary student social life.

The diaries are replete with entries describing dances, parties, and recitals as well as Daisy's shopping excursions and trips to Chicago theatres. The diaries also note matters of Daisy's personal and family life and include several references to her brother, Lee; sister, Edith; and to Charles Hurrey, the man she later married.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.)--History

Personal Name

Girton, Daisy Myrtle, 1880-1963

Hurrey, Charles DuBois, 1878-1958

Subjects

Women college students--Illinois--Evanston


Container List / Contents

  • Biographical Materials, 1901-1963, n.d.Box 1, Folder 1
  • Diaries, 1901-1903Box 1, Folder 2
  • Diaries, 1903-1905Box 1, Folder 3