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Helen Bradley Lang papers

 Collection 0286-UA
Helen Bradley Lang graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1935 and later worked as a registrar and instructor of economics at the Maryland State Teachers College. The Helen Bradley Lang papers consists of five scrapbooks and one trophy. The collection spans the years 1931 to 1984. The scrapbooks document events at the Univeristy of Maryland during Lang's years as a student. The majority of clippings in this collection can also be found in campus publications such as the Diamondback, a student newspaper, Reville, the yearbook, and also in local newspapers. The scrapbooks primairily document the University's men's sports teams. Only a handful of articles contain personal information about Lang. Topics covered include men's athletics, campus events, "M" Club banquets, the Women's Rifle Team, women's honorary and social societies, the debate team, and graduation.

Dates

  • 1931-1984
  • Majority of material found within 1931-1935

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open for research.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials policy for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.

Extent

0.25 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

Helen Bradley Lang papers consists of five scrapbooks and one trophy. The collection spans the years 1931 to 1984, with the bulk of the material dating between 1931 and 1935. The scrapbooks document events at the University of Maryland during Lang's years as a student. The majority of the clippings in this collection can also be found in campus publications such as the Diamondback, Reveille, and also in local newspapers, including the Baltimore Sun, the Washington Herald, and the Washington Star. The scrapbooks primarily document the University's men's sports teams. Only a handful of articles contain personal information about Lang.

Included in the scrapbooks are a handful of newspaper clippings that correspond to the period after Lang's graduation from the University of Maryland in 1934. Also included in the collection are two pieces of mail addressed to Irene Knox, dated 1984. The articles addressed to Knox are not of a personal nature.

Topics covered include men's athletics, particularly football, basketball, lacrosse, baseball, track, boxing, letterman list, athletic board; campus events, such as the junior prom and the May Day Festival; "M" club banquets; the Women's Rifle Team; Alpha Lambda Delta installation; women's honorary and social societies; student deaths; Margaret Brent Hall; Co-ed Debate Team; 1932 Graduation; and Lang's work at Maryland State Teacher's College in Salisbury.

Biography

Helen Mary Bradley, later Helen Bradley Lang, was born April 15, 1921, the daughter of John D. Bradley of Takoma Park, Maryland. Lang graduated from Central High School in the District of Columbia in 1930. She continued her education at the University of Maryland, majoring in business administration and economics with a specialization in accounting. After her graduation in 1934, she worked as the registrar, and as an instructor in economics at the Maryland State Teachers College in Salisbury, Maryland.

While she was at the University of Maryland, Lang excelled scholastically. She was inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta, a national freshman honor society, for her academic achievements and during her senior year the Women's Senior Honor Society at the University of Maryland awarded her with a trophy for achieving the "highest scholastic Average." Lang was involved in many extracurricular activities, including the Maryland Christian Association and the Women's Athletic Association, and was chairperson of the student commuters association, known then as the "Day Dodgers." She was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Kappa Delta, and the National Women's Intercollegiate Championship Rifle Team, which included future Olympian Irene Knox. Lang was also a member of the University's "M" Club, whose purpose was to further athletics and good sportsmanship. In 1932, she became the first sophomore woman to receive two athletic letters, for her achievements in rifle and intramural competitions.

Little is known about Lang's life after she graduated from the University of Maryland. She worked for approximately two years at the Maryland State Teachers College before her marriage to John C. Lang. They had at least two children, John Bradley Lang and Carol Mae Lang.

Helen Bradley Lang died on March 3, 2003, in Bethesda, Maryland.

Arrangement

This collection is organized as two series.
Series 1
Scrapbooks
Series 2
Memorabilia

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The University of Maryland Libraries accessioned the Helen Bradley Lang papers in 1990. Their origin is unknown.

Processing Information

The collection was photocopied and rehoused in acid-free folders and placed in acid-free boxes. The original front covers of the scrapbooks were retained, but the original contents were discarded.
Title
Guide to the Helen Bradley Lang papers
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by Lauren Bené.
Date
2005-10-01
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

Contact:
University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742
301-405-9212