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|Creator:||Hamlin, Madge Sills|
|Title:||Madge Sills Hamlin Collection|
|Abstract:||This collection consists of notes, letters, photographs, brochures and other documents pertaining to educator Madge Sills Hamlin, her travels abroad, and the school she founded and ran in the 1930s and 1940s, the Hamlin School of Fair Lawn, NJ.|
|Quantity:||1.33 linear ft. (4 boxes)|
|Collection Number:||MG 1634|
Madge Sills Hamlin was the daughter of James Everett Sills and Fannie Montgomery Smith Sills, both originally from Brunswick County, Virginia. Sills Hamlin was born in Newport News, Virginia in 1897 and attended Greensboro College in North Carolina. After graduating college, Sills Hamlin traveled throughout Europe and Asia for a three year "trip around the world", most notably living and teaching in Japan for over a year. During her travels, she took great interest in the people, history and folklore of these places and in her later life credits her travels for being an invaluable asset in her work as an educator.
After she returned to the United States, she attended graduate school at Columbia University to attain a degree in education. She received her Master's Degree in 1928. In 1932, she and her husband, Paul Mahlon Hamlin, founded the Hamlin School, located at 41 Morlot Ave. in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, a progressive private school for K-12 students. The school seems to have been in operation from the 1930s to the mid-1950s. In 1957 to 1958 she again visited Japan. In 1958, she established the Paul Mahlon Hamlin Award to perpetuate the lifelong interest in scholarship of her husband, a Rutgers University professor emeritus of political science. Madge Sills Hamlin died in 1988.
This collection consists of the notes and letters written by Sills Hamlin about her travels, newspaper articles both collected by her and reprinting her journal entries, travel brochures and pamphlets, business cards, photographs of the workings of the Hamlin school and of Sills Hamlin's time abroad, personal financial statements, resumes and letters of recommendation, an oversized photo-album of Sills Hamlin's travels and documents pertaining to the Hamlin school including correspondence and educational and promotional material.
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|The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, and forms documented in this collection.|
|Buck, Pearl S. (Pearl Sydenstricker), 1892-1973.|
|Hamlin, Madge Sills, 1897-1988.|
|Hamlin, Madge Sills, 1897-1988--Travel.|
|Hamlin, Paul M.(Paul Mahlon), b. 1896.|
|Hamlin School (Fair Lawn, N.J.)|
|Private schools--New Jersey--Fair Lawn.|
|School administrators--New Jersey--Fair Lawn.|
|School management and organization--New Jersey--Fair Lawn.|
|Schools--New Jersey--Fair Lawn.|
|Women educators--New Jersey.|
|Asia--Description and travel.|
|Austria--Description and travel.|
|China--Description and travel.|
|Egypt--Description and travel.|
|Europe--Description and travel.|
|Fair Lawn (N.J.)|
|India--Description and travel.|
|Italy--Description and travel.|
|Japan--Description and travel.|
|Turkey--Description and travel.|
This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 1634, Madge Sills Hamlin Collection, The New Jersey Historical Society.
Donated by James B. Cook, Jr., 2003.
Some of the documents, mostly the hand-written notes, are slightly brittle; these documents should be handled with care.
Madge Sills Hamlin Collection
|1||1||Travel notes - typed and dated||1921-1958|
|1||2||Travel notes - typed||n.d.|
|1||3||Travel notes - handwritten and bound||n.d.|
|1||4||Travel notes - handwritten and bound||n.d.|
|1||5||Travel notes - handwritten and loose, some written on hotel stationery||n.d.|
|1||6||Travel notes - handwritten, loose and dated, some written on hotel stationery||1921-1958|
|1||7||Leather bound travel diary - handwritten and dated, travels to Europe, Middle East, Asia||1957-1958|
|1||8||Travel letters and envelopes- to James Sills and Fannie Smith Sills, map of Ceylon||1921-1924|
|1||9||Travel letters - to Gladys Howe||1957-1958|
|1||10||Travel letters - to Paul and Betty Hamlin||1957-1958|
|1||11||Travel letters - unaddressed and misc. n.d.||1926-1954|
|1||12||Travel letters - addressed to Madge Sills Hamlin||1921-1958|
|2||1||Travel brochures - Japan||n.d.|
|2||1||Travel brochures - Japan||n.d.|
|2||2||Travel brochures - Japan||n.d.|
|2||3||Travel brochures/informational pamphlets -Turkey, Egypt, India, China, Taiwan||1920s-1970s|
|2||5||Photographs taken in China and Japan||ca. 1920s-1950s|
|2||6||Letters - addressed to Madge Sills Hamlin, personal||1978-1984|
|2||7||Resumes/Transcripts/Letters of Recommendation||1933-1959|
|2||8||Letters of Credit; Receipts for parcels received||1923-1958|
|2||9||Miscellaneous: Notes, Menu; Cut-outs of illustrations, poems||n.d.|
|3||1||Hamlin School - curricular material||n.d.|
|3||2||Hamlin School - printed promotional material||n.d.|
|3||3||Hamlin School - rough drafts for speeches or brochures||n.d.|
|3||4||Hamlin School - mass circulated letters||1941-1942|
|3||5||Hamlin School - handwritten/typed notes||n.d.|
|3||6||Hamlin School - letters to Madge Sills Hamlin||1930-1946|
|3||7||Hamlin School - letters from Madge Sills Hamlin, including evaluations of teachers||n.d.|
|3||8||Hamlin School - educational materials||ca. 1931-1950|
|3||9||Hamlin School - photographs taken of students at Hamlin School, photograph of Pearl S. Buck.||ca. 1930s-1940s|
|4||1||Photographs -mounted, taken by photo studios, mostly of Japanese women.||n.d.|
|4||2||Photocopies of newspaper clippings||n.d.|
|4||3||Photograph album: with family photographs taken of people on a ship, photographs taken in the United States, Japan & postcards of Thailand and Japan.||n.d.|
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