Haynes, Frances E.,
Haynes papers, 1895-1958.
Manuscript Collection: MS 0807
Agency History/Biographical note:
Frances E. Haynes was born on September 15, 1870 in Fitchburg,
Massachusetts to Stillman Haynes and Harriet M. Kimball Haynes.
She graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1895. After graduating
she taught at Ayer (Massachusetts) High School until November
of 1896. From 1896-1897 Haynes attended the New York State Library
School in Albany, New York. She was Head Librarian at the Levi
Heywood Memorial Library in Gardner, Massachusetts from 1897-1901
and from 1901-1936 she served as Assistant Librarian at Mount
Holyoke College. During that time she took several leaves of
absence to travel in Europe in 1906, the southern United States,
1923-1924, and California, 1932. Haynes was responsible for soliciting
faculty and alumnae donations for the completion of the additions
to Mount Holyoke College's library in 1935 and for naming the
main entrance hall to the library after College Librarian Bertha
Blakely. At her retirement in 1936 she was granted the title
Assistant Librarian Emeritus. Throughout her life she was an
active member of the Class of 1895, attending reunions and holding
class office. She was also a member of the Springfield, Massachusetts
Alumnae Club and of the American Library Association. In 1937
she moved to Nashua, New Hampshire where she died at the age
of eighty-eight on May 3, 1958.
Scope and Content:
The Frances E. Haynes Papers consist of correspondence, a commonplace
book, an account book, memorabilia, biographical information,
and photographs. The collection relates primarily to Haynes'
years as the Assistant Librarian at Mount Holyoke College, 1901-1936
and to her travels in Europe in 1906, the southern United States
in 1923-1934, and California in 1932. Correspondence includes
letters between Haynes and Mount Holyoke faculty and alumnae
regarding the 1935 Library expansion and the campaign to name
the main entrance hall after Bertha Blakely, Mount Holyoke College
Librarian, 1901-1936. The correspondence also contains several
letters to Haynes regarding the death of Emilie Norton Martin,
a Mount Holyoke College mathematics professor. One letter from
Edith M. Coon, a member of the Class of 1913 and a mathematics
teacher and vice principal of the Women's Christian College in
Madras, India, is also included. The letter, addressed to "Home
People," discusses Coon's impressions of the Indian monsoon
season and her work at the College. A commonplace book is also
included in the collection; it consists of quotations and her
reflections on her five-year reunion at Mount Holyoke College
in 1900. Loose items found in the commonplace book include bookplates
from the Cambridge Public Library and word game score sheets.
Two parodies are also in the collection: one of a country newspaper
entitled "The Temple Trumpet" (1902) and one of hotel
rules entitled "Horizon House Regulations" (ca. 1902).
During Haynes' travels in Europe, she kept a small account book
documenting her expenditures on things such as food and "taximetre"
services. She also kept some memorabilia from her travels including
a paper logo of the Stronachlachar Hotel, a program from the
Threlkeld Sheep Dog Trials in England, postcards, and menus from
the Leyland Line S.S. "Canadian." A program and a flag
from the Class of 1895 fifteen-year reunion at Mount Holyoke
College comprise the remaining memorabilia. Biographical information
consists primarily of newspaper clippings and other notes related
to her work as Assistant Librarian and her travels. Also included
are two obituaries and a short note about Haynes' life by a classmate
(1958). Photographs consist of Haynes' senior year photograph,
ca 1895, along with two photographs of unidentified young women
(probably Mount Holyoke classmates) and a photograph of a young
man named A.C. Cummings of Ayer, Massachusetts. Photographs of
an unidentified house, an interior room of a building, and a
photograph of the 1894 fire at the First Congregational Church
in South Hadley, Massachusetts are included in the collection.
Cite as: Frances E. Haynes Papers. Mount Holyoke College,
Archives and Special Collections, South Hadley, MA.
Access Restrictions: Unrestricted.