MS-217: The Lois Davis Hely Papers, Class of 1972

MS – 217: The Lois Davis Hely Papers, Class of 1972

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(1 box, 2 oversize items, .33 cubic feet)

Processed by Devin McKinney

July 2017


Inclusive dates: 1969-1988

Bulk dates: 1969-72

Location: Collections Room / Processing Room


Gift of Lois Davis Hely, June 30, 2017.

Biographical-historical note

Lois Davis Hely was born in Philadelphia in 1950, and after a distinguished high school career entered Gettysburg College as a freshman in the fall of 1968. A talented athlete, Lois was attracted to Gettysburg by the lure of a women’s lacrosse program – which turned out not to exist. Nevertheless she persisted in athletics, excelling at field hockey and being named to the Susquehanna Field Hockey Association First Team in 1970. She was also Treasurer of the Student Senate, a member of the campus antiwar movement, and a participant in the final Knoxville Exchange, an annual program in which Gettysburg students traded places for a week with students of Tennessee’s all-black Knoxville College.

After graduating with a degree in Religion, Lois Davis married James Hely, also a member of the Class of 1972. They now live in Westfield, New Jersey, and are active in both local politics and Gettysburg College alumni affairs.

Scope and content note

This collection contains materials from Lois Davis Hely’s life during and after Gettysburg College, representing her athletic, academic, and political activities. Materials are grouped by type into seven series: I. Correspondence; II. Publications; III. Images; IV. Ephemera; V. Documents; VI. Artifacts; and VII. Oversize Items. Each series is divided by subseries into “Gettysburg-era” and “post-Gettysburg” items.

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