Muriel Simonson papers, 1908-1981


This collection has:

0.50 cubic ft., 48 digital objects

Muriel Simonson (1907-1987) was the first woman in her family to go to college and one of only two Medford freshmen at Jackson College in the fall of 1924. Like many of her Jackson classmates, Muriel went on to excel in all areas while studying at Jackson College: academics, theater, voice, and theater production, as a sorority member, as a student leader, and as an athlete. Unknown to Holmes scholars until 2006, Muriel Simonson and John A. Holmes (A1929) became officially engaged in the spring of 1929. Sometime in 1930, the engagement was dissolved for currently unknown reasons, and Muriel went on to marry Walter John Rhodes a year later while John A. Holmes became a renowned local poet and professor of English at Tufts in 1934. Like many women of her generation, Muriel stayed home after marriage -- despite her talents and her outstanding achievements while she was at Tufts.

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