Lang, Malvina Stanton,
Manuscript Collection: MS 0779
Agency History/Biographical note:
Malvina Stanton was born in 1826 in Dover, New Hampshire. She
entered Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in 1846 and graduated in 1849.
She taught in Manchester, New Hampshire and Allentown, Pennsylvania
before marrying C.S. Gale in 1856. He died the following year. In
1859 she married the treasurer of the Boston Rubber Shoe Company,
Thomas Lang, and they had a son. From the time of her second marriage
to her death she resided in Malden, Massachusetts. She died August
11, 1919 at the age of ninety-three.
Scope and Content:
The Malvina Stanton Lang Papers consist of course records, account
books, a commonplace book, writings, recollections, memorabilia,
biographical information, and a portrait. Most items in the
collection date from her time as a student at Mount Holyoke Female
Seminary (1846-1849) and the years before her marriage in 1856.
Three notebooks in the collection contain essays and notes reflecting
her study of botany, Joseph Butler's "Analogy of Religion" and John
Milton's "Paradise Lost" in 1848-1849. Two account books contain a
record of her expenses from 1845-1851, mainly for food, postage, and
mending supplies. Her recollections about Mount Holyoke's founder
Mary Lyon are in a letter she wrote in 1906 to Louise F. Cowles, a
former teacher. Her commonplace book dates from ca.1849-ca.1892 and
contains poetry from authors such as John Greenleaf Whittier, Rudyard
Kipling and Oliver Wendell Holmes as well as newspaper clippings on
"The Coverdale Bible". Writings consist of two poems by Lang probably
from the 1840s. Memorabilia dates from 1849-1905 and consist of her
certification to teach English in New Hampshire and her diploma from
Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, as well as her induction into the
Woman's Board of Missions. Biographical information includes a
biographical note and three obituaries, all from 1919. The portrait
of Lang is an watercolor miniature painted on ivory by "L. Unger"
(Leopold Paul Unger) of Allentown, Pennsylvania in 1852.
Cite as: Malvina Stanton Lang Papers, Mount Holyoke
College, Archives and Special Collections, South
Access Restrictions: Unrestricted.