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Mona Fletcher papers (faculty-Political Science)

Mona Fletcher papers

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9 record storage boxes, 7.5 cubic feet


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Biographical Note

Mona Fletcher was born in Lowell, Massachusetts to Lewis Irving and Annie Abbie (Shedd) Fletcher on October 26, 1892. She received her B.S. in Education from Kent Normal School in 1921, her A.M. in Political Science from the University of Chicago in 1924 and her Ph.D. from Ohio State University in 1948.

Among Fletcher's many achievements was the fact that she was the first Kent alumnus to go on to graduate school. She also had the distinction of having taught at Kent longer than any other person; from 1921-1963, a total of 42 years. Her accomplishments have been listed in numerous publications such as: Who's Who in America, 60th ed.; Who's Who of American Women, 1st ed.; and the Directory of American Scholars, 2nd ed.

Dr. Fletcher published numerous reviews and articles and was also co-author of the book State Legislatures, published in 1954. In 1961, she authored and hosted two radio programs for Station WSDR in Sterling, Illinois. The first program, "As I See It," dealt with Dr. Fletcher's commentaries on current political events. The second program, "Let's Rediscover America," was a chronological analysis of American history.

In 1958, Dr. Fletcher was the first woman to deliver the invocation and benediction at a KSU commencement. In 1960, she received the most distinguished faculty member award and the KSU Alumni Award. In addition, Fletcher was the first woman to serve on the national executive council for Pi Sigma Alpha, a political science honorary. In June 1963, she was named emeritus professor of Political Science. She died in Kent on February 5, 1965.

Researchers interested in the activities and status of women in the 1920s-1930s will find the letters and diaries of Annie Fletcher and the appointment calendars of Mona Fletcher very helpful. Supplementing them is material which covers various aspects of daily life, records of household expenditures, greeting cards, and programs from various women's clubs in Kent.


Box 1
Folder -- Contents

  1. Correspondence: January 4, 1905
  2. Correspondence: May 5, 1908
  3. Correspondence: December 15-17, 1910
  4. Correspondence: January 18 - March 22, 1913
  5. Correspondence: February 21 - September 18, 1916
  6. Correspondence: September 13 - October 19, 1917
  7. Correspondence: May 30 - December 27, 1919
  8. Correspondence: January 12 - December 31, 1920
  9. Correspondence: January 1 - April 29, 1921
  10. Correspondence: May 19 - June 29, 1921
  11. Correspondence: July 1 - July 15, 1921
  12. Correspondence: July 16 - July 26, 1921
  13. Correspondence: September 5 - September 17, 1921
  14. Correspondence: September 18 - September 30, 1921
  15. Correspondence: October 1 - October 30, 1921
  16. Correspondence: November 4 - November 17, 1921
  17. Correspondence: November 18 - November 30, 1921
  18. Correspondence: December 1 - December 14, 1921
  19. Correspondence: January 3 - January 30, 1922
  20. Correspondence: February 12 - February 28, 1922
  21. Correspondence: March 1 - March 11, 1922
  22. Correspondence: March 12 - March 26, 1922
  23. Correspondence: April 1 - April 16, 1922
  24. Correspondence: April 17 - April 30, 1922
  25. Correspondence: May 1 - May 23, 1922
  26. Correspondence: June 8 - June 30, 1922
  27. Correspondence: July 1 - July 25, 1922
  28. Correspondence: August 31 - November 4, 1922
  29. Correspondence: February 1 - May 7, 1923
  30. Correspondence: June 30 - July 31, 1923
  31. Correspondence: August 1 - August 25, 1923
  32. Correspondence: September 1 - September 30, 1923
  33. Correspondence: October 3 - October 30, 1923
  34. Correspondence: November 10 - December 22, 1923

Box 2
Folder -- Contents
  1. Correspondence: January 3 - March 31, 1924
  2. Correspondence: April 4 - April 25, 1924
  3. Correspondence: May 2 - May 29, 1924
  4. Correspondence: June 2 - June 14, 1924
  5. Correspondence: June 16 - June 30, 1924
  6. Correspondence: July 1 - July 14, 1924
  7. Correspondence: July 16 - July 31, 1924
  8. Correspondence: August 1 - August 10, 1924
  9. Correspondence: August 11 - August 21, 1924
  10. Correspondence: September 7 - October 31, 1924
  11. Correspondence: November 2 - November 29, 1924
  12. Correspondence: December 1 - December 12, 1924
  13. Correspondence: January 11 - January 31, 1925
  14. Correspondence: February 3 - February 28, 1925
  15. Correspondence: March 1 - March 31, 1925
  16. Correspondence: April 1 - April 29, 1925
  17. Correspondence: May 1 - May 17, 1925
  18. Correspondence: May 19 - May 31, 1925
  19. Correspondence: June 12 - June 20, 1925
  20. Correspondence: July 5 - July 17, 1925
  21. Correspondence: July 18 - July 31, 1925
  22. Correspondence: August 11 - August 24, 1925
  23. Correspondence: September 26 - October 30, 1925
  24. Correspondence: November 1 - November 15, 1925
  25. Correspondence: November 16 - November 29, 1925
  26. Correspondence: December 1 - December 20, 1925

Box 3
Folder -- Contents

  1. Correspondence: January 4 - January 28, 1926
  2. Correspondence: February 2 - February 28, 1926
  3. Correspondence: March 1 - March 10, 1926
  4. Correspondence: March 11 - March 31, 1926
  5. Correspondence: April 1 - April 29, 1926
  6. Correspondence: May 2 - October 15, 1926
  7. Correspondence: July 25 - August 29, 1927
  8. Correspondence: March 10 - December 21, 1928
  9. Correspondence: January 18 - December 23, 1929
  10. Correspondence: January 2 - February 10, 1930
  11. Correspondence: August 26 - November 19, 1931
  12. Correspondence: January 9 - August 4, 1932
  13. Correspondence: January 12 - July 12, 1933
  14. Correspondence: July 12, 1934
  15. Correspondence: May 3 - July 28, 1935
  16. Correspondence: July 29 - October 22, 1936
  17. Correspondence: May 17 - September 23, 1937
  18. Correspondence: October 5 - December 16, 1937
  19. Correspondence: January 26 - April 11, 1938
  20. Correspondence: May 11 - November 29, 1938
  21. Correspondence: January 3 - November 20, 1939
  22. Correspondence: February 1 - July 25, 1940
  23. Correspondence: August 16 - December 26, 1940
  24. Correspondence: January 4 - January 31, 1941
  25. Correspondence: February 5 - February 18, 1941
  26. Correspondence: February 19 - February 28, 1941
  27. Correspondence: February 19 - February 28, 1941
  28. Correspondence: March 1 - March 31, 1941
  29. Correspondence: April 2 - May 25, 1941
  30. Correspondence: June 6 - December 31, 1941
  31. Correspondence: January 3 - August 24, 1942
  32. Correspondence: March 14 - September 20, 1943
  33. Correspondence: October 30 - November 15, 1944
  34. Correspondence: April 11 - November 10, 1945
  35. Correspondence: May 10 - November 9, 1946
  36. Correspondence: January 22 - October 30, 1947
  37. Correspondence: April 30 - December 10, 1948
  38. Correspondence: August 15 - September 14, 1949
  39. Correspondence: October 3 - October 13, 1949
  40. Correspondence: October 17 - October 28, 1949
  41. Correspondence: November 4 - December 8, 1949
  42. Correspondence: January 3 - October 1, 1950
  43. Correspondence: April 4 - October 29, 1951
  44. Correspondence: October 1 - October 16, 1952
  45. Correspondence: January 16 - December 28, 1953
  46. Correspondence: January 18 - December, 1954
  47. Correspondence: March 9 - October 4, 1955
  48. Correspondence: February 14 - December, 1956
  49. Correspondence: October 7 - December, 1957
  50. Correspondence: June 4 - December, 1958
  51. Correspondence: May 28 - December, 1959
  52. Correspondence: February 23 - February 25, 1960
  53. Correspondence: February 26 - February 29, 1960
  54. Correspondence: March 1 - December, 1960
  55. Correspondence: May 19 - December 23, 1960
  56. Correspondence: January 29 - December 20, 1962
  57. Correspondence: January 16 - November 18, 1963
  58. Correspondence: June 18 - July 23, 1964
  59. Correspondence: Undated
  60. Correspondence: Undated
  61. Correspondence: Undated
  62. Greeting Cards
  63. Greeting Cards
  64. Greeting Cards
  65. Greeting Cards
  66. Greeting Cards
  67. Greeting Cards
  68. Greeting Cards

Box 4
Folder -- Contents

  1. Greeting Cards
  2. Greeting Cards
  3. Greeting Cards
  4. Greeting Cards
  5. Greeting Cards

Box 5
Folder -- Contents

  1. Reading Notes: 1921
  2. Class Notes: 1919 - 1921
  3. Class Notes: 1917, 1921
  4. Class Notes: 1920 - 1921
  5. Class Notes: Undated
  6. Class Notes: Undated
  7. Class Notes: 1919
  8. Class Notes: 1920 - 1921
  9. Class Notes: Undated
  10. Class Notes, Classes Taught: Undated
  11. Class Notes, Classes Taught: 1920
  12. Class Notes, Classes Taught: 1919
  13. Research Notes: Undated
  14. Research Notes: Undated
  15. Examinations: 1921 - 1924
  16. Poems, 1934, 1953
  17. Papers and Speeches
  18. Papers and Speeches
  19. Papers and Speeches
  20. Papers and Speeches
  21. Papers and Speeches
  22. Papers and Writing
  23. Papers and Writing
  24. Student Papers
  25. Master's Thesis -- 1924 (Chicago)
  26. Addresses
  27. Book Reviews
  28. Resume: 1926
  29. Stow High School: 1921-1922
  30. Newspaper Articles

Box 6
Folder -- Contents

  1. RESTRICTED Grade Books -- KSU: 1919 - 1925
  2. RESTRICTED Grade Books -- KSU: 1926 - 1928
  3. RESTRICTED Grade Books -- KSU: 1929 - 1932, 1960
  4. KSU School Papers, Classes Taken
  5. KSU Credit Cards for Classes Taken
  6. KSU Faculty Papers
  7. KSU President's Inaugurations: 1929, 1938
  8. KSU Honors Day Address: 1960
  9. KSU Development Fund: 1963 - 1964
  10. KSU Historical Background
  11. University of Chicago Yearbook: 1923
  12. University of Chicago Misc. Papers
  13. University of Chicago Misc. Papers
  14. University of Chicago Bulletin: 1922 - 1923
  15. Ohio State University Convocation Program: 1948
  16. Ohio State University Misc. Papers
  17. Ohio State University Transcripts
  18. Financial Records
  19. Financial Records
  20. Account Book: 1916 - 1923
  21. Lewis Irving Fletcher Misc. Papers
  22. Draft of Minutes, Unidentified Meeting
  23. Playbills
  24. Programs: 1929 - 1959
  25. Notes, Printed Materials and Charts
  26. Notes, Printed Materials and Charts
  27. Misc. Memorabilia
  28. Certificates: 1921 - 1963
  29. KSU Certificate of Appreciation: 1963
  30. KSU Alumni Award: 1963
  31. Photographs
  32. Photographs
  33. Photographs

Box 7
Folder -- Contents

  1. Membership cards
  2. American Association of University Women: 1928-29
  3. American Foundation Notes
  4. American Political Science Ass.: 1949-51
  5. Midwest Conference of Political Scientists:1948-65
  6. Ohio Association of Economists and Political Scientists: 1957-62
  7. Ohio College Association, Social Science Section:1951-56
  8. Northeastern Ohio Teachers Association: 1924-26
  9. University Religious Council, Constitution
  10. Christian Science Materials
  11. KSU YMCA: 1927
  12. Pi Sigma Alpha Fraternity: 1955
  13. Sigma Sigma Sigma: 1946
  14. Junior Coterie: 1950-56
  15. Ladies Union Club of Kent Congregational Church: 1920-37
  16. Daughters of the American Revolution: 1925-31
  17. Daughters of the American Revolution: 1932-37, 64
  18. Faculty Women's Club: 1926/27-1933/34
  19. Faculty Women's Club: 1934/35-1936/37, 1956, 1960/61-1963/64
  20. Women's Club of Kent: 1921/22-1930/31
  21. Women's Club of Kent: 1931/32-1936/37; Constitution and By-Laws
  22. Traveler's Club: 1913-21
  23. Traveler's Club: 1922-31
  24. Traveler's Club: 1930-37
  25. Misc. Clubs
  26. Transcripts, As I See It: Oct. 1961
  27. Transcripts, As I See It: Nov.-Dec. 1961
  28. Transcripts, As I See It: Jan.-Feb. 1962
  29. Transcripts, As I See It: March-April 1962
  30. Transcripts, As I See It: May-June, 1962
  31. Transcripts, As I See It: July-Aug. 1962
  32. Transcripts, As I See It: Sept.-Oct. 1962
  33. Transcripts, As I See It: Nov.-Dec. 1962
  34. Transcripts, As I See It: Jan.-March 1963
  35. Transcripts, Let's Rediscover America: 1-6
  36. Transcripts, Let's Rediscover America: 7-11
  37. Transcripts, Let's Rediscover America: 12-17
  38. Transcripts, Let's Rediscover America: 18-21,25-28
  39. Transcripts, Let's Rediscover America: 29-38
  40. Transcripts, Let's Rediscover America: 39-46
  41. Transcripts, Let's Rediscover America: 47-56
  42. Transcripts, Let's Rediscover America: 57-66
  43. Transcripts, Let's Rediscover America: 67-76
  44. Misc. Broadcasts
  45. Appointment Calendars: 1906
  46. Appointment Calendars: 1926-27
  47. Appointment Calendars: 1928-29
  48. Appointment Calendars: 1930-31
  49. Appointment Calendars: 1932-33
  50. Appointment Calendars: 1934

Box 8
Folder -- Contents

  1. Annie Fletcher's Diaries: 1911-1912
  2. Annie Fletcher's Diaries: 1915
  3. Annie Fletcher's Diaries: 1916
  4. Annie Fletcher's Diaries: 1918
  5. Annie Fletcher's Diaries: 1921
  6. Annie Fletcher's Diaries: 1922
  7. Annie Fletcher's Diaries: 1923
  8. Annie Fletcher's Diaries: 1924
  9. Annie Fletcher's Diaries: 1925
  10. Annie Fletcher's Diaries: 1926
  11. Annie Fletcher's Diaries: 1927
  12. Annie Fletcher's Diaries: 1928
  13. Annie Fletcher's Diaries: 1929
  14. Annie Fletcher's Diaries: 1930
  15. Annie Fletcher's Diaries: 1931
  16. Annie Fletcher's Diaries: 1932
  17. Annie Fletcher's Diaries: 1933
  18. Annie Fletcher's Diaries: 1934

Box 9
Folder -- Contents

  1. Annie Fletcher's Diaries: 1935-36
  2. Annie Fletcher's Diaries: 1937-38
  3. Publications by Mona Fletcher, 1938
  4. Publications by Mona Fletcher, 1941-1943
  5. Publications by Mona Fletcher, 1960
  6. Baby Book of Mona Fletcher, 1892
  7. Ephemera, undated