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Martha Doan Papers

Identifier: FMS-168

Scope and Contents

The collection includes one folder of correspondence; one folder of accounts; one folder of photographs; and three bound volumes. Nearly all of the letters are from an otherwise unidentified correspondent named Frank.


  • 1868-1910
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1882-1900
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/2012

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions

Conditions Governing Use

No problems anticiapted, although copyright is unclear.

Biographical or Historical Information

Martha Doan (1872-1960) was a native of Westfield, Indiana. An 1892 Earlham College graduate, she received a doctorate in chemistry from Cornell University and was professor of chemistry and dean of women at Earlham 1915-1926. Her father Abel Doan (1843-1913) was a banker and businessman in Westfield and prominent in Western Yearly Meeting of Friends.

Note written by Thomas Hamm


1.00 Boxes

Language of Materials



The Martha Doan Papers consist of a small group of letters written to her as well as account books of her father Abel Doan (1843-1913); snaphsots of an Earlham College geology expedition in the 1920s; and a minute book of the Westfield, Indiana, Junto or Lyceum, a literary and debating society, 1868-1872.

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Physical Access Requirements

Front cover of the lyceum/junto volume is missing. The spine on one of the account books is loose.

Custodial History

The seller reported that the material was purchased at an estate sale.

Source of Acquisition

Texana Books, 4810 Rockford St., San Antonio, Texas 78249

Method of Acquisition

Ebay purchase

Accruals and Additions


Related Materials

FMS 16, Doan Family Collection.

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Thomas Hamm
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Repository Details

Part of the Friends Collection and Earlham College Archives Repository