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Guide to the Sybil Huntington May Papers, 1898-1976 (bulk 1910-1919)

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Collection Summary

Repository: Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries
Creator: May, Sybil Huntington
Title: Sybil Huntington May Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1898-1976
Bulk Dates: 1910-1919
Quantity: 2 cubic ft. (2 boxes)
Abstract: Materials related to May's life as a student at Vassar and during the years immediately after her graduation. There is also correspondence related to Leo Huberman, co-founder of the Monthly Review.
Forms of Materials: Correspondence, photographs

Biographical Note

Educator Sybil Huntington May taught at the progressive City and Country School in New York City for 24 years before becoming a charter staff member of the Monthly Review. May was born in 1893 in New York City, the daughter of Charles and Carder Collins May. She attended the Charlton School, before entering Vassar in 1910. Her post-Vassar education included the New York School of Philanthropy (1914-1915) and Teachers College of Columbia University where she earned an M.A. in 1917. Her early career in education included teaching English at Miss Pond's School in Newark, New Jersey (1917-1918), English and History at Miss Chapin's School in New York City (1918-1922, 1923-1926) and the sixth grade at Francis Parker School in Chicago(1922-1923). She taught from 1926 until 1950 at the City and Country School in New York City. Upon her retirement, she began working with the Monthly Review, serving as the a proofreader and Executive Secretary of Monthly Review Associates, which raised funds for the non-profit publication. With the magazine's co-founder Leo Huberman, she co-wrote the ABC of Socialism (New York: Monthly Review, 1953), which was translated into Spanish, Swedish, Telugu, and Finnish. She died October 3, 1978.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains correspondence and photographs documenting the lives of May, her family, and friends, many of whom also attended Vassar College. Of special note are portrayals of family life in letters to May while she was at Vassar and observations by young socially conscious Vassar alumnae.

Correspondence from the late 1960's includes material related to Leo Huberman, co-founder of the Monthly Review.

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Access and Use


This collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library without any additional restrictions.

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Subject Headings


  • Huberman, Leo, 1903-1968


  • Vassar College--Students.
  • Vassar College--Alumni and alumnae.

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Encoding Information

Encoded by Jessica Kemm, September 2009.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Sybil Huntington May Papers, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.

Processing Information

Original processing date unknown. Transcribed from paper guide, May 2005. Updated by Jessica Kemm, September 2009.

Acquisition Information

Correspondence from 1915-1918 was donated by Edward Huberman in 1990 and is included in Series 2.

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Series List

Series I. Biographical Information

Series II.Letters to Sybil H. May

Series III. Letters From Sybil H. May

Series IV. Photographs

Container List

Series I: Biographical Information

Folder 1.1 Biographical Information
Folder 1.2 Sybil May estate information, donation to Vassar College
Folder 1.3 Journal, 1920s?
Folder 1.4 War Ration Books

Series II: Letters to Sybil H. May

Folders 1.5 - 1.25 Letters from family members, 1898 - 1922, n.d.
Folder 1.26 Boody, Bertha
Folder 1.27 Brainerd, Bertha/Cephas
Folder 1.28 Brant, Lilian
Folder 1.29 Brinsmade, Dorothy
Folder 1.30 Chapin, Maria B.
Folder 1.31 Colcord, J.C.
Folder 1.32 Deming, Dorothy (VC 1914)
Folder 1.33 Dorothy ?
Folder 1.34 Dubois, Helen
Folder 1.35 Fowler, Katherine
Folder 1.36 Fuller, Carding
Folder 1.37 Geuder, Agnes
Folders 1.38 - 1.43 Gleason, Josephine [Jo] (VC 1914), ca. 1916-1919
Folder 1.44 Green, Annie L. (VC 1914)
Folder 1.45 Griff, Helen
Folder 1.46 Howe, Susana
Folder 1.47 Jamieson, Edith (VC 1914)
Folder 1.48 Jeanette?
Folder 1.49 Katherine?
Folders 1.50 - 1.51 Kelley, Margaret [Mardie]
Folder 2.1 Lee?
Folder 2.2 McDaniels, Harriet
Folder 2.3 Mallon, Mary (VC 1915)
Folder 2.4 Marguerita
Folder 2.5 Mary?
Folder 2.6 Noble, Evelyn
Folder 2.7 Rufus?
Folder 2.8 Rilling, Ruth (VC 1914)
Folder 2.9 Roberts, Willa [Billie] (VC 1914)
Folder 2.10 Stanley, Louise (VC 1914)
Folder 2.11 Taylor, Margaret (VC ex 1915)
Folder 2.12 Underhill, Elsie
Folder 2.13 Underhill, Gertrude
Folder 2.14 Vanneman, Aimeé (VC 1914)
Folder 2.15 Willard, Marion [Marnie] (VC 1914)
Folder 2.16 Miscellaneous, Jan 1912 - Sep 1914
Folders 2.17 - 2.42 Letters from non-family members, 1910 - 1976, n.d.
Folder 2.43 Letters from others to others, Dec 1911- Feb 1912, Oct 1921
Folders 2.51 - 2.55 Letters acquired from Edward Huberman, 1914-1918

Series III: Letters from Sybil H. May

Folders 2.44 - 2.45 Letters to her parents, 1923
Folders 2.46 - 2.48 Letters to her mother, 1911, 1919, 1923, n.d.

Series IV: Photographs

Folders 2.49 - 2.50 Photographs

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