Chapin, Margaret L.
Manuscript Collection: MS 0519
Agency History/Biographical note:
Margaret Learned Chapin was born on March 31, 1904 in New London,
Connecticut. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1925.
After graduation she began teaching at the high school in Unionville,
Connecticut where she remained until 1930, when she became a
mathematics teacher at Northfield Seminary in East Northfield,
Massachusetts. Margaret Learned Chapin died on April 8, 1961, in
Scope and Content:
The Margaret Learned Chapin Papers contain correspondence,
compositions including notes and poems, and biographical information.
The papers primarily consist of letters from Chapin to her mother
beginning in her first days as a student at Mount Holyoke College and
ending with her travel to Unionville, Connecticut following
graduation in 1925. Written almost daily, Chapin's letters contain
detailed accounts of her academic work, including exam schedules,
social activities, "crushes" on friends, employment, and health. Of
particular note are Chapin's descriptions of excursions and College
traditions, such as Mountain Day, as well as her social interactions
with roommates, friends, and faculty. Also of note within the
biographical information are floor plans of Porter Hall drawn by
Chapin and a commencement album.
Cite as: Margaret Learned Chapin Correspondence, Mount
Holyoke College, Archives and Special
Collections, South Hadley, Massachusetts
Access Restrictions: Unrestricted