Scope and Content of Collection
The Mary W. Stewart papers date from 1902 to 1941, with the bulk of the material dating between 1930 and 1932, and consist of correspondence, newspaper clippings, official documents, memorabilia, fan mail, and newsletters relating to the life and career of Stewart, who was postmistress of Oxford, Talbot County, Maryland, from 1877 to 1940. It also includes a blueprint of the Oxford post office, which Mary Stewart built as an addition to her private home. Correspondents include William H. Boyce, T. Alan Goldsborough, Phillips Lee Goldsborough, Robert G. Houston, Howard W. Jackson, James M. Mead, George L. Radcliffe, Millard E. Tydings, and David J. Ward. The bulk of the collection relates to the controversy surrounding Stewart's reappointment as postmistress in 1931.