Mary Gwinn Bowe papers
MSBowe75

 An inventory of the collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Summary Information

Repository
Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
Creator
Bowe, Mary Gwinn
Title
Mary Gwinn Bowe papers
ID
MSBowe75
Date [inclusive]
1926-1974
Extent
3.0 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract:
Mary Gwinn Bowe was active in Chicago area organizations such as the Woman's College Board of Chicago, an organization that emerged from the Century of Progress, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and other philanthropic and civic organizations in the Chicago area. Her papers include minutes, reports, correspondence, memoranda, clippings, programs, published articles, administrative files, related materials, and genealogical information.

Preferred Citation

Mary Gwinn Bowe papers, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Biographical Sketch

Mary Agnes Gwinn (Bowe) was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1901 to Richard Gwinn and Mary Agnes Roach. Her mother died at birth. Mary was brought up by her paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Burns Gwinn and spent much of her childhood in Washington, D.C. and Deal Beach, New Jersey. She received an A.B. in English and Latin from Trinity College and later married a Chicago attorney, William J. Bowe. Mary Gwinn Bowe and her husband had two sons. She was active in Chicago area organizations such as the Woman's College Board of Chicago, an organization that emerged from the Century of Progress, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and other philanthropic and civic organizations.

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Scope and Contents

The Mary Gwinn Bowe Papers include correspondence, memoranda, reports, photographs, programs, administrative files, published articles, speeches, notes, minutes, newsletters, and genealogical materials. These papers are organized into three series: I. Woman's College Board of Chicago, II. Lyric Opera of Chicago, and III. Genealogical Materials and Other Organizations. Series II. Lyric Opera of Chicago is divided into two subseries: 1. General and 2. Published Opera Programs. Folders are organized by chronological order within series and subseries.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives October 2004

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

Restrictions on Access

None

Restrictions on Use

None

Acquisition Information

Mary Gwinn Bowe donated these materials to the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1975.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Personal Name(s)

  • Bowe, Mary Gwinn -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Chicago Community Organizations.
  • Midwest Women's History.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Woman's College Board of Chicago 

Scope and Content: Series I. includes correspondence, memoranda, minutes, reports, notes, clippings, published articles, speeches, notes, brochures, Alumnae Club Guides, historical information, and administrative files. 

Box Folder

Financial ledger, 1934 - 1951 

1 1

Correspondence, reports, notes, minutes, memoranda, lists of committee and general membership, clippings, 1950 - 1961 

1 2

Notes, 1951 - 1957 

1 3

Correspondence, memoranda, notes, speeches, reports, programs, minutes, clippings, published articles, list of college officers, 1952 - 1957 

1 4

Handbook of Information about Women's Colleges, 1953 - 1968 

1 5

Speeches, notes, photographs, correspondence, administrative files, 1955 - 1968 

2 6

Binder - By-laws, reports, brochures, 1956 - 1961 

2 7

Alumnae Club Guides, 1957 

2 8

Reports, memoranda, correspondence, 1958 - 1970 

2 9

Clippings, By-laws, brochures, copy of University of Chicago Extension list, 1958 - 1973 

2 10

By-laws, brochures, Academy of Our Lady Centennial materials, clippings, correspondence, 1958 - 1974 

3 11

Administrative files, 1959 

3 12

Administrative files, 1959 

3 13

Historical information, 1959 - 1961 

3 14

Alumnae Club Guides, By-laws, lists of officers and members, brochures, 1959 - 1965 

3 15

Programs, 1959 - 1973 

3 16

Budget summary, 1972 - 1973 

3 17

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Series II: Lyric Opera of Chicago 

Scope and Content: Series II. is divided into two subseries: 1. General and 2. Published programs. Subseries 1. includes reports, memoranda, correspondence, programs, clippings, published articles, notes, by- laws of the Women's Board, newsletters, minutes, lists of officers, and diagrams showing seating at the Chicago Opera House. Subseries 2. consists of published programs. 

Subseries 1. General 

Box Folder

Reports, clippings, programs, notes, correspondence, memoranda, 1926 - 1971 

3 18

Chicago Opera House seating diagram, programs, speeches, notes, correspondence, memoranda, reports, clippings, published articles, issues of PTA magazine, 1959 - 1970 

4 19

By-laws of the Women's Board, notes, correspondence, memoranda, minutes, programs, reports, published opera guides, clippings, 1963 - 1973 

4 20

Minutes, reports, correspondence, list of officers, memoranda, 1970 

4 21

Maria Stuarda program, issue of Opera News, 1970 - 1973 

4 22

Newsletters, clippings, correspondence, minutes, memoranda, list of officers, reports, By-laws of the Women's Board, 1971 

4 23

Chicago Opera House seating diagram, memoranda, correspondence, clippings, By-laws of the Women's Board, lists of officers, reports, clippings, 1972 - 1973 

4 24

Subseries 2. Published Opera Programs 

Box Folder

Opera Programs, 1969 - 1970 

5 25

Opera Programs, 1971 

5 26

Opera Programs, 1972 

5 27

Opera Programs, 1973 

5 28

Opera Programs, 1974 

5 29

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Series III: Genealogical Materials and Other Organizations 

Scope and Content: Series III consists of genealogical materials and items from other organizations to which Mary Gwinn Bowe was affiliated including By-laws, minutes, reports, list of courses, clippings, brochures, memoranda, and correspondence. 

Box Folder

Chicago Association of Parliamentarians - By-laws, minutes, reports, course list, 1956 

6 30

WTTW Channel 11 list of officers, clippings, brochures, materials from other organizations, 1958 - 1971 

6 31

Bowe, Julia. The Generations. Julia Bowe, c. 1959 

6 32

Joint Human Relations Project - Reports, memoranda, correspondence, list of articles, list of articles, list of community organizations, 1966 - 1969 

6 33

Bound genealogical survey, The Families, by Mary Gwinn Bowe, undated 

6 34

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