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Margaret Watson Gillespie Fagg Collection

 Item — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Mss-Coll-Fagg

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a memorandum book of Chinese students’ names; diaries written by Margaret Watson Gillespie Fagg; a number of miscellaneous notes and addresses; correspondence from acquaintances; a Report of Committee on Foreign Students in the United States by Margaret Watson Gillespie Fagg, an announcement from the Chinese Students’ Christian Association in North America; a fragment of a betrothal announcement; a page from the Membership section of the International House Handbook; and photograph negatives and photographs.

The collection begins with a memorandum book of Chinese students’ names Margaret Watson Gillespie Fagg collected between 1921 and 1935. She would note various details outside of the students’ names such as the date she met them, their address, and area of study. For a number of the students, she would have a short description of how she met them and if they had an outing.

The individual yearly diaries written by Margaret Watson Gillespie Fagg started in 1917 and ended in 1949. These diaries were pocket sized and briefly notated the happenings of the day sometimes her weight along with a description of the weather or the high temperature reported for that day. At times, these diaries were used as a calendar - to note times of future appointments and meetings.

The diaries written during her time at Camp Merritt (1917-1919) would contain excerpts from letters of soldiers who were writing home to loved ones. On December 2, 1918 Fagg wrote about finding an unsigned letter in a library from a bugler at Camp Merritt and being on the ship that escorted Woodrow Wilson to Paris to attend the Paris Peace Conference.


  • 1917-1950


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection is under the rules and regulations of the Walter Havighurst Special Collections and University Archives, Miami University Libraries. The Walter Havighurst Special Collections and University Archives, Miami University Libraries, owns the property rights to this collection. Learn more about our policy here:

Biographical / Historical

Margaret Watson Gillespie Fagg (November 4, 1863 – July 3, 1955) was born to James Haig and Mary Gillespie in Hoboken, New Jersey. She was their third born child. During her active time in the in the Reformed Church in America, she served as a corresponding secretary, an Executive Committee member, a Nominating Committee member, and Missionary Candidate Committee Chair, all of the Woman’s Board of Foreign Missions.


2 Boxes

64 Items

0.84 Linear Feet (2 containers)

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Series I: Diaries Series II: Notes Series III: Correspondence Series IV: Miscellaneous Collected Papers Series V: Negatives and Photographs Subseries I: Negatives Subseries II: Photographs

Custodial History

Custodial history of the items in the collection is not available.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/12/7 by Tiffany Dogan. Finding Aid revised 2021/12/7 by Tiffany Dogan.


Guide to the Margaret Watson Gillespie Fagg Collection
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