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Guide to the Marjorie Armstrong Family Papers
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Marjorie Armstrong (1907-1991) graduated from Pomona College (1938) and was director of the Mary B. Eyre School from 1936-1939. Correspondence written to Armstrong from her mother, Sarah Louise Armstrong, makes up a substantial portion of the collection. Also included are her school and college ephemera and records from Claremont High School, Pomona College and Smith College; diaries of both mother and daughter (1929-1973); correspondence and documents from the courtship and marriage of Sarah Louise Armstrong (née Peet) and Dr. Frank T. Armstrong, D.D.S; and some material related to William W. Peet, a prominent missionary and relative of Sarah Louise and Marjorie Armstrong.
Marjorie Ruth Armstrong was born April 5, 1907 and passed away in July 1991. Her parents were Sarah Louise Armstrong, née Peet, (1880-1973) and Frank T. Armstrong (1870-1914); the two were married on September 28, 1904. Her mother was both a teacher and an artist and her father was a dentist. With her mother and younger brother George Bennett Armstrong (1909-?), she moved to California from Iowa in 1921 and the family settled in Claremont in 1922. She graduated from Claremont High School in 1924. Her undergraduate studies were completed at Pomona College and she received her B.A in 1928. While at Pomona College she was a member of the Women's Glee Club. Following her graduation from Pomona College, she attended Smith College in New Hampshire and received an M.A in Early Childhood Education in 1929. From 1936-1939 she served as director of the Mary B. Eyre School, a model nursery school, at Scripps College. It appears that she never married. Throughout her life, she was highly active in early childhood education, specifically in the state of California and was involved in the founding of several nursery schools. She appears to have been highly involved in the church and was likely a supporter of missionary activities, specifically with an organization by the name of Christian World Missions. In addition a relative on her mother's side was William W. Peet, a prominent member of the missionary community, specifically in the 'East.'
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