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MS – 114: Papers of Elizabeth Peeling Lyon

(1 box, .27 cubic feet)

Inclusive Dates: 1950-1952

Processed by: Laura Heffner

June 2010

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Gift of Elizabeth Peeling Lyon, May 2008.


Elizabeth “Betty” Peeling Lyon hailed from Roselle, New Jersey and was the fifth member of her family to attend Gettysburg College. She followed in her uncles’ (James ’21 and Horace ’29), father’s (Albert ’25), and brother’s (Robert “Bob” ’53) footsteps and attended Gettysburg College for her freshman and sophomore years before transferring to Cornell University to pursue a degree in nursing. She became a member of the Independent Women Organization in 1950; the Independent Women had 74 members that year, the largest in the history of the organization. She was a member of the Gettysburg College Choir as an alternate in the 1950-51 season, and as an active member in the 1951-52 season, under the direction of Professor Parker B. “Wags” Wagnild. She participated in both season’s choir tours. She was also a member of the band in 1951-52, under the direction of Paul A. Harner.

Scope and Content Notes

This collection consists primarily of 75 letters Betty wrote to her family during her two years at Gettysburg College. They date from September 18, 1950 through May 19, 1952, excluding the summer holiday. The letters chronicle Betty’s college activities, showing specifically her participation in band, choir, the Independent Women, Kappa Delta Rho (her brother’s fraternity), and dorm life.   This collection also contains one scrapbook sheet of four photographs taken on campus and Lyon’s freshman name sign.

Series Description

The collection is divided into two Series.  Series 1: Letters Home, Series 2: Photographs, and Miscellaneous.

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