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Guide to the Papers of Marcelle R. Perry, 1782 - 2008Manuscript MS-1067

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Guide to the Papers of Marcelle R. Perry, 1782 - 2008

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1067

Collection Dates:

1782 - 2008

Size of Collection:

3 boxes (1.25 linear feet)


Marcelle Robert Perry (1902-1992), preparatory school teacher, born in France and immigrated to the United States. This collection contains family correspondence, memoirs and personal effects documenting her work in education, immigration to the United States, family life, and the situation in France during World War II.

Access to Collection:


Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Access to Collection


Publication & Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of Marcelle R. Perry (MRP) contain letters from Perry to her parents, written in French, from 1926 to 1973 as well as summaries of the letters written in English. In addition, the collection contains non-family correspondence of MRP and others (including artist Boardman Robinson) written between Europe and the United States during World War II.

Also included is a manuscript of MRP's autobiography, entitled "To My Children," written between the ages of 78 and 90, documenting her family life in France, her transition to America, her professional work as a teacher, and the birth and development of her children.

Further, the collection contains assorted family materials, which accrued with MRP; including, school records of MRP's son Robert Perry; a manuscript (in French and subsequently translated into English by MRP) of the autobiography of MRP's father, Jean-Jacques Robert (1873-1959,) an educational administrator in France, and a autobiography, written by Perry's daughter Joan Snell, entitled "Recreating a Life". Joan Snell was a member of the class of 1973 at Dartmouth College – the first class to graduate women.

Rounding out the collection are personal effects including a passport, customs declarations, diplomas, photographs, a marriage certificate, and published articles. These materials document her marriage to Chester Dwight Perry and her subsequent entrance into the United States as a non-quota immigrant.

Lastly, the collection contains deeds and property transfer documents from the 1780's. The documents pertain to property in Perigueux, France belonging to Etienne Dumas a relative of MRB.


Marcelle Robert Perry (1902-1992) was born in Angouleme, France. In 1925, she married Chester Dwight Perry, an American preparatory school teacher, and immigrated to the United States.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, Dates: 1926-1938, circa 2000

Includes correspondence, written in French, from Marcelle Robert Perry to her parents, 1926-1938, typed summaries of Perry's letters to her parents, and photocopies of a number of MRP's letters that were written in pencil.

Access Restrictions


Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 2, Dates: 1939-1973, 2008

Contains correspondence in French from Marcelle Robert Perry to her parents, 1939 to 1973 as well as an autobiography by Joan Snell.

Access Restrictions


Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 3, Dates: 1920-1997

Contains personal correspondence (postcards, letters, telegrams,and greeting cards); a passport and various customs declarations; 3 diplomas, 7 photographs, a marriage certificate, wedding invitations, wedding menus, membership card of the Union Sportive, news clippings; school materials of MRP's son Robert Perry, a manuscript of the autobiography of Marcelle Robert Perry's father Jean-Jacques Robert (1873-1959), typescript copy of Robert's autobiography translated into English by MRP; a Fountain Valley School alumni bulletin featuring an article written by MRP; and manuscript of MRP's autobiography "To My Children." Also includes 18th century French property documents.

Access Restrictions


Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Finding Aids