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Dorothy Rhoads writings and drafts, 1908-1970

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1587 Series 1 Sub-Series 3

Scope and Contents

Subseries includes journals with writings, short story files with notes and newspaper clippings, typed drafts, and various versions of articles. There are early writings from childhood, high school, and college years, including class assigments. The majority of the subseries is composed of short story files and newspaper clippings, dating between 1925 and 1955. In addition, there are also multiple drafts and published copies of three children's books: Dorita, The Corn Grows Ripe, and The Story of Chan Yuc.


  • 1908-1970


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical History

Dorothy Mary Rhoads was born to Franklin Koons and Frances May Cook Rhoads on March 19, 1895. Her younger sister, Frances, was born in 1898. The family lived in Illinois for many years, near other family members. After graduating high school, Dorothy attended Wellesley College. Dorothy and Frances moved to Sante Fe, New Mexico in about 1920, and Dorothy lived there until 1986, when she died. Dorothy was a children's book author, and spent time with her sister in Mexico. The family had a Maya godchild named Dorita, who was featured in one of Dorothy's books. Dorothy died in 1986 in Sante Fe.


4 oversize folder

7 folders

33 cartons

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