Guide to the May d' Marie papers, 1941-2001

Finding aid prepared by Processed by Monica Burrowes, Special Collections Intern
California State University, Sacramento Special Collections & University Archives
The Library
2000 State University Drive East
Sacramento, CA, 95819-6039
March 1, 2005

Title: May d' Marie papers
Identifier/Call Number: MSS 2000/14
Contributing Institution: California State University, Sacramento Special Collections & University Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 4.25 Linear feet (6 manuscript boxes, 2 oversize boxes, and 1 oversize folder)
Date (inclusive): 1941-2001
Language of Materials: Collection is in English.
Abstract: May d’ Marie’s collection includes Agendas, Articles, Artifacts, Audio Recordings, Binders, Books, Certificates, Newspaper Clippings, Personal Correspondence, Ephemera, Film, Handbills, Lecture Notes, Lectures, Legal Documents, Manuscripts, Memorabilia, Notes, Notebooks, Organizational Records, Photographs, Posters, Event Programs, Publications, Scrapbooks, Speeches and Video Recordings from her fascinating life, world travels, and participation in organizations as Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Grandmothers for Peace, and Solar Cookers International and Sacramento Community Housing Project.
creator: Marie, May d', 1924-2001

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item including date], [Folder Title], MSS 2000/14, May d' Marie papers, Department of Special Collections and University Archives, The Library, California State University, Sacramento.

Processing Information

Processed by Monica Burrowes, Special Collections Intern. Completed March 1, 2005.

Custodial History

May d' Marie assembled these papers over many years. After she died, they were given to the CSUS Special Collections and University Archives by Millee Livingston. The collection was originally associated as part of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom Collection, but the content warranted a separate collection.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Millee Livingston in 2001.

Scope and Contents

The collection is organized into 5 series:
Series I: Biographical Information
Series II: Community Activism
Series III: Travel Information
Series IV: Scrapbooks / Photo Albums
Series V: Ephemera

Publication Rights

Copyright is protected by the copyright law, Chapter 17 of the U.S. Code. Requests for permission to publish, quote, or reproduce from collections must be submitted in writing to the Head of the Department of Special Collections and University Archives. Permission for publication is given on the behalf of the Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Library, California State University, Sacramento as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


The collection is open for research. Some restrictions may apply.

Accrual Information

No additions are expected.

Biographical / Historical Note

May d’Marie was one of the Sacramento Areas primary activists for peace. May was born March 26, 1924 in the state of Washington. She lived with her husband in Europe in the years directly after World War II, witnessing first hand the destruction that devastated her new homes in Germany and France. These years were influential for her later international travels and lifetime of peace activism. May d’Marie earned degrees from Western Washington College and University of Denver, and served as a librarian in the Sacramento community for many years. She became a peace activist, and was a founding member among the Auburn Chapter of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. Visiting 99 countries in her lifetime, May d’Marie collected information on international community building and frequently presented her information to the Sacramento community through formal lectures and editorials in local newspapers. In addition to peace organizations, May d’Marie was active with the Sacramento Community Housing Project as well as traveling extensively to speak on the benefits of Solar Cooking for Solar Cookers, International.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Barnhill, Susan K.
Livingston, Millee
Marie, May d', 1924-2001
Women and peace


Series 1: Biographical Information, 1941-2001

Series Description

This portion of the collection includes personal documents, including educational materials and diplomas, personal family photographs, newspaper clippings, and other personal documents chronicling May d’Marie’s life in Washington State, Denver, Germany, France and Sacramento. This includes her married life, educational career, career as a librarian, family history, as well as her participation with the Sacramento Community Housing Project. Of particular note are photographs of Europe in the years after World War II depicting the destructive nature the war had in Germany, France, and Italy. Additionally of interest is a scrapbook created by fellow Community Housing Project member Susan Barnhill chronicling the last years of as resident of the Community Housing Project as well as her battle with cancer, of which she passed away in 2001.
Box 1, Folder 1

Family photographs, Pre WWII

Box 1, Folder 2

Europe photographs, Post WWII

Box 1, Folder 3

Miscellaneous photographs, Post 1950

Box 1, Folder 4

Travel and Personal photographs, 1976-1977

Box 1, Folder 5

Certificates, 1966-1987

Box 1, Folder 6

Educational Records-High School-Grad School, 1941-1959

Box 1, Folder 7

Education, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 8

Chiropractic Information, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 9

Supporter of the Arts, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 10

Last Will and Testament, 1977


This folder contains restricted information. Do not give to the public.

Series 2: Community Activism, 1977-2001

Series Description

May d’ Marie dedicated a substantial part of her life dedicated to peace oriented organizations, including Grandmothers for Peace and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom Auburn Chapter, of which she was a founding member. This portion of the collection includes organizational records including minutes, agendas, budgets, personal correspondence, organization publications and programs, as well as other materials. Additionally, this series includes numerous artifacts including memorabilia, photographs, and plaques and framed awards presented to the WILPF, Auburn chapter. Of note in this collection is May d’Marie’s participation in numerous WILPF events both nationally and internationally, including multiple triennial conferences and the peace train rides to educate people internationally to women’s issues.
Box 2, Folder 1

Australian Women's College, n.d.

Box 2, Folder 2

Solar Cookers International, n.d.

Box 2, Folder 3

Grandmothers for Peace, n.d.

Box 2, Folder 4

Sacramento Community Housing Co-Op, n.d.

Box 2, Folder 5

State of the Sacramento River Conference, n.d.

Box 2, Folder 6

Classroom Curriculum on Peace, n.d.


Subseries 1: Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), n.d.

Series Description

This sub-series includes the work that May d'Marie did with the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, including founding a chapter, as well as attendance at numerous national and international events. This portion of the collection also includes member directories, budgetary information, speeches, ephemera, as well as travel information and other miscellaneous documents pertaining to her work.
Box 2, Folder 7

WILPF Miscellaneous Correspondence and Activities, n.d.

Box 2, Folder 8

WILPF Constitution and By-Laws, n.d.

Box 3, Folder 1

WILPF New Group/Branch Organizing, n.d.

Box 3, Folder 2

WILPF 26TH International Conference, Helsinki Finland, n.d.

Box 3, Folder 3

WILPF Cuba Delegation, n.d.

Box 3, Folder 4

WILPF Budgetary Information, n.d.


Contains bank account information. Have archivist advise.
Box 3, Folder 5

WILPF Beijing, 1995

Box 3, Folder 6

WILPF Triennial Conference Greenly, Colorado, 1996

Box 3, Folder 7

WILPF Peace Trains, n.d.

Box 3, Folder 8

WILPF Publications, n.d.

Box 3, Folder 9

WILPF Members Directory, n.d.

Box 3, Folder 10

WILPF Region 1 Conference Portland, Oregon, 1997

Box 4, Folder 1

WILPF Notes and Correspondence, n.d.

Box 4, Folder 2

WILPF Business Cards and Addresses, n.d.


Subseries 2: Peace Publications n.d.

Series Description

This sub-series includes numerous publications, pamphlets, brochures and newspaper clippings that were used as background and research information for the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Grandmothers for Peace as well as Solar Cookers International. They depict the specific world issues that May d'Marie found most important and conducted the most research on.
Box 4, Folder 3

Peace Publications- WILPF Challenging Corporate Power, n.d.

Box 4, Folder 4

Peace Publications- Land Mines, n.d.

Box 4, Folder 5

Peace Publications- Peace Literature, n.d.

Box 4, Folder 6

Peace Publications- Women's Issues, n.d.

Box 4, Folder 7

Peace Publications- Booklets and Brochures, n.d.

Box 5, Folder 1

Peace Publications - Disarmament, n.d.

Box 5, Folder 2

Peace Publications - Middle East, n.d.

Box 5, Folder 3

Peace Publications - News Print and Clippings, n.d.

Box 2, Folder 7

May's Miscellaneous Peace Writings and Manuscripts, n.d.


Series 3: Travels, 1950s-2000

Series Description

May d’Marie traveled extensively and collected information on numerous locations throughout her journeys. Among the items collected are maps, business cards, travel itinerary, numerous photographs, personal correspondences, artifacts, and ephemera pertaining to the 99 countries she visited in her lifetime.
Box 5, Folder 4

Travel Information - Australia, n.d.

Box 5, Folder 5

Travel Information - Miscellaneous, n.d.

Box 6, Folder 1

Notes, 1974-1977

Box 6, Folder 2

Passports, n.d.

Box 6, Folder 3

Calendars, 1983-1986

Box 6, Folder 4

Address Books, n.d.

Box 6, Folder 5

Bible, n.d.

Box 6, Folder 6

Yearbooks, 1941-1944

Box 6, Folder 7

Diploma, 1941


Series 4: Scrapbooks / Photo Albums, n.d.

Series Description

This series contains a scrapbook and photo album containing photographs of May d'Marie.
Box 7, Object 1

Scrapbook: "Co-Housing Memories of May d'Marie" by Susan Barnhill, 1990-2001

Box 7, Object 2

Photo Album, 1946-1947


Series 5: Ephemera, n.d.

Series Description

This series contains political ephemera kept by May d'Marie.
Box 8, Folder 1

Bumper sticker "My Other Car is a Cruise Missile" and Fan "Stop Military Madness", n.d.

Box 8, Folder 2

WILPF Dove Armband, n.d.

Box 8, Folder 3

Bag-California Clean Up, n.d.

Box 8, Folder 4

Peace Hanging, n.d.

Box 8, Object 1

Umbrella: Blue and White "WILPF 75" with Case, 1975

Box 8, Object 2

Blue Cap (Chinese), n.d.

Box 8, Object 3

Visor: Yellow, "Solar Cookers International", n.d.

Box 8, Object 4

Visor: Blue with 3 buttons, n.d.

Box 8, Object 5

Button: "We Are Dangerous Women", n.d.

Box 8, Object 6

Button magnet: "Pax", n.d.

Box 8, Object 7

Button: "Peace and Freedom Party", n.d.

Box 8, Object 8

Video: "Shurouq", produced by WILPF Palestine, n.d.

Box 8, Object 9

Nameplate for May d' Marie, n.d.

Map-case 4, Drawer 5, Folder 1

Political Posters, n.d.