McClung, Gale Stubbs,
Manuscript Collection: MS 0569
Agency History/Biographical note:
Gale Stubbs was born on July 1, 1923 in Akron, Ohio to Florence M.
Harris and Elmer J. Stubbs. She graduated from Cleveland Heights
High School in 1941, and from Mount Holyoke College in 1945. She
married Robert M. McClung in July of 1949. She became the editor of
the "Mount Holyoke Alumnae Quarterly" in 1961.
Scope and Content:
The Gale Stubbs McClung Papers consist of correspondence, writings,
and photographs. The correspondence, 1941-1947, written to her
parents begins with McClung's first impressions of Mount Holyoke
College. McClung's letters detail her social activities,
particularly weekend excursions to Amherst College, as well as her
excitement about Mount Holyoke traditions, including "senior hazing"
and junior show. McClung also describes her academic life, worrying
about exams and grades and mentioning topics covered in her
coursework. Of special note within the correspondence is McClung's
involvement with wartime organizations on campus and the
participation of not only students in the war effort, but also of
women. Later letters discuss McClung's work at IBM and her social
activities while living in New York City. The writings include an
article entitled "Inside Mount Holyoke," written in 1959 for the
"Mount Holyoke Alumnae Quarterly," further describing McClung's
involvement in the college community, both as a student and alumna.
The photographs show McClung in class wearing her jeans and flannel
shirt, a gift request made during an early correspondence to her
parents. Also included is a thesis written by Florence Mae Waldron
entitled, "In Public and In Private: The Wartime College Experience
of Gale Stubbs," describing McClung's participation with several
different organizations on campus during World War II.
Cite as: Gale Stubbs McClung Letters, Mount Holyoke
College, Archives and Special Collections, South
Access Restrictions: Open to researchers only with the
permission of Gale Stubbs McClung.