Guide to the Marjorie May Cowan (1911-) Papers

Collection Title: Marjorie May Cowan (1911-) Papers
Dates: 1929-1933
Identification: 31/6/20
Creator: Geisler, Marjorie Cowan, 1911-
Extent: 1 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: Cowan obtained a B.S. degree in Liberal Arts from Northwestern University in 1933. As a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority she was active in campus activities and social affairs. The Marjorie May Cowan papers are arranged in one half-size box and date from 1929-1934, 1949, and 1984. The bulk of the papers is comprised of Cowan's diaries. During the years 1932 through 1934 she kept detailed accounts of her social and academic activities and interests.
Acquisition Information: Marjorie Cowan Geisler donated these papers to the University Archives on March 12, 1979, and August 30, 1984 (Accession Nos. 79-38 and 84-140).
Processing Information: Margaret Faverty; March 20, 1986.
Separated Materials: A few items relating to the University Circus and the Northwestern class of 1933 have been removed to the Archives' general reference files. One folder of class notes and related materials of Cowan's brother, Robert (Northwestern University, class of 1940), have been separated to the Archives' biographical files under the heading: Cowan, Robert W.
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

Marjorie May Cowan (Mrs. Carl Geisler) was born April 1, 1911, in Chicago, Illinois. She attended that city's Field Grammar School, and in 1929 graduated from Roycemore Intermediate School in Evanston. Cowan obtained a B.S. degree in Liberal Arts from Northwestern University in 1933. As a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority she was active in campus activities and social affairs. In addition to her scholastic work as an undergraduate Cowan served as a reader for Prof. Franklyn Bliss Snyder of the English Department and as a research assistant to Prof. Lloyd Herrold of the School of Commerce.

Scope and Content

The Marjorie May Cowan papers are arranged in one half-size box and date from 1929-1934, 1949, and 1984. The bulk of the papers is comprised of Cowan's diaries. During the years 1932 through 1934 she kept detailed accounts of her social and academic activities and interests. Also among her entries are characterizations of family friends and descriptions of several Northwestern faculty and the courses they taught. Faculty noted include Snyder, Herrold, and Baker Brownell. A few letters and a folder of some of Cowan's course papers, along with her review of F.B. Snyder's, Life of Robert Burgs, complete the series.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.)--History

Personal Name

Geisler, Marjorie Cowan, 1911-

Subjects

Women college students--Illinois--Evanston--Diaries


Container List / Contents

  • Correspondence, 1949, 1984Box 1, Folder 1
  • Diary, Jan.-April, 1932Box 1, Folder 2
  • Diary, Jan.-June, 1933Box 1, Folder 3
  • Diary, Nov., 1933-April, 1934Box 1, Folder 4
  • Book Review and Course Papers, 1929-1933Box 1, Folder 5