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Herzig papers

Identifier: MS 0794

Scope and Contents

The Helene Herzig papers consist of course work, correspondence, financial records, memorabilia, biographical information and photographs. The bulk of the collection provides documentation of her studies and the courses she took at Mount Holyoke College. The course work includes notes, examinations, papers and diagrams for art, English literature, French language, history, political science, psychology, religion, Spanish literature, speech, and zoology. The course work also contains maps of South America used for Spanish course work and note cards on dance and Spanish history. The bulk of the correspondence dates from 1945-1949 and consists of letters from departments and groups on campus, many of which were received by her as a prospective student. The correspondence also includes a letter from 1986 written by President Elizabeth T. Kennan. The financial records consist of statements from 1947-1949. The memorabilia consists of statistics in Spanish, an x-ray report from a 1947 tuberculosis test, a sheet listing possible courses for her interdepartmental major, and a pamphlet describing a junior year abroad program in Zurich. The biographical information contains press clippings regarding Herzig from 1945-1949. There are two photographs of Herzig: one taken circa 1949 and the other after her marriage.


  • Creation: 1945 - 1986
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1945 - 1949

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Biographical Note

Helene Joy Phillips was born on September 4, 1927 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to Abel H. Phillips, a merchant, and Cecelia Blum Phillips. She attended Allentown High School in Allentown, Pennsylvania from 1942-1944 and Moravian Seminary in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania from 1944-1945. She entered Mount Holyoke College in 1945 and received her B.A. in 1949 with a self-designed major in Latin American culture. She married Philip R. Herzig on September 18, 1949 and they had three children. By 1983, Herzig was working as a feature editor at the "North Shore Magazine" in Great Neck, New York.


3 boxes (Class of 1949 Philipps)

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Herzig, Helene Joy Phillips, 1927- ; student. Mount Holyoke College graduate, 1949. Papers consist of course work, correspondence, financial records, memorabilia, biographical information and photographs; principally pertaining to her academic studies at Mount Holyoke.


Arranged in 16 series. Series 1. Art Course Material. Series 2. English Course Material. Series 3. French Course Material. Series 4. History Course Material. Series 5. Political Science Course Material. Series 6. Psychology Course Material. Series 7. Religion Course Material. Series 8. Spanish Course Material. Series 9. Speech Course Material. Series 10. Zoology Course Material. Series 11. Other Course Material. Series 12. Correspondence. Series 13. Financial Records. Series 14. Memorabilia. Series 15. Biographical Information. Series 16. Photographs.

Herzig papers, 1945-1949, 1986 (bulk 1945-1949)
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Repository Details

Part of the Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections Repository

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South Hadley MA 01075-6425 USA