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A. Fern Souther papers, 1860-1982.
Souther, A. Fern, 1907-2004.
Library Call Number Copy Material Location
Vermont Historical Society Library  Doc 536-542  Manuscript  Vault 

Personal Author : Souther, A. Fern, 1907-2004.
Title : A. Fern Souther papers, 1860-1982.
Physical Description : 9 linear feet.
General Note : Continued in: XMSC 91 and MS Size C.
Summary :

The collection consists of letters, family memorabilia, scrapbooks, teaching materials, clippings, photographs, postcards and greeting cards gathered by Fern Souther, a Burlington, Vermont elementary school teacher and inveterate collector. Family related materials include miscellaneous documents from the Fisk and Kimball families and a series of Francis Souther's World War II letters.

The collection documents Fern Souther's life and interests. She collected Lowell, Vermont history as well as material about the places she lived or worked such as Lake Willoughby, Mount Mansfield, and Burlington. Her interest in Vermont geography and history is documented in her 251 scrapbooks in this collection and her town scrapbooks held at the University of Vermont. As a teacher, she saved instructional materials as well as pupil lists and photographs.

The earliest family materials span the period 1860 to the 1920s. They include Fisk and Kimball family autograph books and receipts and Nellie Souther's 1860 recipe book.

Biographical or historical data :

Fern was born in Orleans, Vermont, December 1, 1907, the oldest child of Betty and Wilman Souther. Although her birth certificate says Adele Nellie Fern Souther, she dropped Nellie and used the initial "A -" of Adele. She graduated from Lowell High School in 1924, and then took a teacher training course in Barton. She taught in Troy from 1925 to 1928 and in Newport from 1928 to 1930.

In June 1931, she earned a Teacher Training Course diploma, a two year course, at the University of Vermont, and in 1944 she received a Bachelor of Education degree from the University. She began teaching in the Burlington public school system in September, 1931 where she continued to teach in several elementary schools until her retirement from the Ira Allen School in 1973.

During summer vacations in the 1930s and 40s, Fern and one of her brothers worked at the Lake Willoughby where their mother was the cook. Fern later worked summers as a chambermaid at the Summit House on Mount Mansfield. After she retired, Fern traveled extensively. She made scrapbooks for her trips abroad as well for the trips to the Western United States and Canada. Fern died September 6, 2004.

Personal Subject : Souther, A. Fern, 1907-2004.
Souther, Francis W., 1913-1992.
Brown, Hubert C.
Brown, Laura Tupper.
Southern family.
Fisk family.
Kimball family.
Corporate Subject : 251 Club.
Subject Term : Elementary school teaching Vermont Burlington.
Women travelers Vermont.
World War, 1939-1945.
Soldiers Correspondence.
Geographic Term : Lowell (Vt.) History.
Franklin County (Vt.) Social life and customs 19th century.
Burlington (Vt.) History.
Vermont History.
Vermont Description and travel.
Willoughby Lake (Vt.) History.
Mansfield, Mount (Vt.) History.
Genre/Form : Letters Correspondence
Instructional materials.
Greeting cards.
Occupation : Elementary school teachers
Added Author : Souther, Francis W., 1913-1992.
Brown, Hubert C.
Electronic Resource : Click here for full text of finding aid.