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Flora Jane Coutts papers, 1920-1970.
Coutts, Flora Jane, 1897-1970.
Library Call Number Copy Material Location
Vermont Historical Society Library  Doc 457  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Personal Author : Coutts, Flora Jane, 1897-1970.
Title : Flora Jane Coutts papers, 1920-1970.
Physical Description : 3 linear ft. (3 boxes, 2 folders).
General Note : Continued in Doc 458-459, Size C & D.
Summary :

The collection consists of the diaries, notebooks, photographs, postcards, letters, and miscellaneous Vermontiana of Flora Jane Coutts of Newport, Vt., for the period 1920-1970. Coutts' notebooks make up a sizable part of the collection. They are part diary and part "to do" lists kept from 1958 to 1973. In diaries from an earlier period, Coutts recorded her travel and experiences while teaching in Korea from 1921 to 1924. The few letters in the collection describe Coutts' teaching experience in Korea and her experiences with the Red Cross from 1943 to 1945.

The extensive photograph collection includes portraits of Coutts; the Vermont State Senate, ca. 1937, in which she is the only woman present; Korea in the 1920s; Pyengyang Foreign School; India and China during the 1940s; Vermont towns and road signs from the 1950s; and Vermont publicity photographs from the 1940s and 1950s.

Biographical or historical data :

Flora Jane Coutts was born Sept. 25, 1897, in West Charleston, Vt., the oldest daughter of Flora Mable Longeway and Robert M. Coutts. Her father, an immigrant from Scotland, was a granite cutter in Hardwick, Vt., who died young of "stone cutters' disease." Flora Coutts graduated from Hardwick Academy and received a certificate from Johnson Normal School in 1917. She taught school in Vermont, Cleveland, Ohio, and Korea from 1921 to 1925. Coutts worked for the Vermont Extension service, 1925-1936; ran her own business, 1936-1937; and served as Executive Secretary of the Orleans County Development Association, the Northeastern Vermont Development Association, and the Vermont Association for the Crippled. During World War II she was club director for the American Red Cross and was stationed in India and China from 1943 to 1945. She served in the Vermont Senate, 1937-1940, and the Vermont House, 1961-1972.

Corporate Subject : Republican party Vt. : 1854-.
American Red Cross.
Northeastern Vermont Development Association, Inc. Lyndon, Vt..
Pyengyang Foreign School Pyengyang, Korea.
Subject Term : World War, 1939-1945 China.
World War, 1939-1945 India.
World War, 1939-1945 United States.
World War, 1939-1945 Vermont.
Intelligence tests.
Pyengyang Foreign School Korea.
Women legislators Vermont.
Women Diaries.
Geographic Term : Bayley-Hazen Military Road (Vt.).
Vermont Photographs.
Vermont Legislature Photographs.
Vermont History 20th century.
Vermont Politics and government 20th century.
Newport (Vt.) Archival resources.
China History 1937-1945.
India History 20th century.
Genre/Form : Diaries.
Occupation : Teachers
Added Author : Aldrich, Ann Coutts, 1904-
Aiken, George D. (George David), 1892-1984.
Proctor, Mortimer Robinson, 1889-1968.
Wills, William Henry, 1882-1946.
Added Author : J. Walter Thompson Company.
Vermont. Economic Development Commission.
Added Title : What is Vermont? / by the League of Vermont Writers (1959).
Saga of Vermont / by Walter Hard and Wallace Fay (1941).
Pageant of Vermont Pioneer Women / by Peggy Coffin Halvosa.
Outline of Basic Data Essential in the Planning for Economic Development in Vermont / Vermont Development Commission.
Command Post / U.S. Armed Forces.
China Lantern / U.S. Armed Forces.
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