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Mary Hallock Sargent (1922-2007) Papers

Identifier: 31/6/98

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Scope and Contents

The Mary Hallock Sargent papers are comprised primarily of a typed notebook from her philosophy class, "Contemporary Thought," taken in 1944 at Northwestern. In it, she responds to different texts recommended for the class, connecting both her own experiences and her personal convictions with the beliefs expressed in the readings. In several sections of the notebook, she responds to the writings of Baker Brownell, a prominent Northwestern professor of the time. Annotations are scattered throughout her entries, though it appears that they are by Brownell's aide, Edward Groshell.

This manuscript is accompanied by a printed copy of the same notebook, produced by her husband after her death. In that version, most of the annotations have been transcribed. The series includes a few biographical materials, and some items relating to the provenance of the papers complete the series.


  • 1944 - 2008


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Language of Materials



Mary Blaine Hallock Sargent (1922-2007) graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Education degree in 1944. Her papers include a notebook from a philosophy class with notes regarding former Professor Baker Brownell's writings and some biographical materials.


The papers of Mary Hallock Sargent are organized into: biographical materials; correspondence; and a set of notes for a philosophy class (original manuscript, and printed version).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Lucius Manlius Sargent donated his wife's papers to the Northwestern University Archives in October, 2008 (Accession 08-162).

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Processing Information

Tim Garrett; August 20, 2009.

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Library Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

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