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Susan Harman papers

 Collection 0049-UA

Susan Emolyn Harman (1897-1972) was an author and professor of English at the University of Maryland from 1920 to 1961. At the university, Harman founded Alpha Lambda Delta, an honorary society; was a charter member of the Maryland chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a teacher's honorary; and was adviser to a social sorority, Kappa Delta. She was also co-founder of the English Club of Prince George's and Montgomery counties. As president of University of Maryland chapter of the American Association of University Professors, she worked to secure Social Security benefits for all university faculty. She co-authored College Rhetoric, the Handbook of Correct English, and the best-selling Descriptive English Grammar with Homer C. House, and was a co-editor of the Middle English Dictionary. Her papers include correspondence, biographical materials, manuscripts, and memorabilia documenting Harman's career as an author and educator. Significant correspondents include Wilson H. Elkins, Frederic E. Lee, Charles Manning, and Homer C. House.


  • 1914-1972

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This collection is open for research.

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Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742