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Maude Coburn Ewen papers, 1897-1972.
Ewen, Maude Coburn, 1887-1975.
Library Call Number Copy Material Location
Vermont Historical Society Library  Doc 543  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Personal Author : Ewen, Maude Coburn, 1887-1975.
Title : Maude Coburn Ewen papers, 1897-1972.
Physical Description : 1.25 linear feet
General Note : Continued in: MSA 348.
Summary :

The collection documents the life of Maude Coburn Ewen (1887-1975) of Barre, Vermont, from her days as a student at Spaulding High School (1903-1907), through her marriage, loss of a brother, John Coburn (1889-1919) during the First World War, her work as a music teacher, and her struggle to stay financially solvent in the 1930s.

Maude's copious notes from high school classes reflect the curriculum and culture of the era. The collection also contains correspondence regarding the purchase and sale of a grocery store in Hartford, Vermont and three months of correspondence between Maude and her mother, while her mother was recuperating from an operation in Worcestor, Massachusetts. Official paperwork related to the death of her brother, John, in France during World War I is included. The collection also includes many utility bills, sales receipts for automobiles and household purchases, and other documents of daily living.

The collection includes birth records of Maude's husband, James M. Ewen, and his mother, Elspeth Marr Ewen, from Aberdeen, Scotland, and many unlabelled photographs, presumably of family members. Property deeds dating from 1887-1929 are also included.

Biographical or historical data :

Maude Elizabeth Coburn was born December 19, 1887, the daughter of Alex and Lula Cameron Coburn. She graduated from Spaulding High School in Barre, Vermont, in 1907. She went on to Goddard Seminary (1912-1913), the New England Conservatory of Music (1912-1913), and Lasell Seminary (1914-1915). She worked as a self-employed music teacher in Barre, Vermont, from 1915 until at least 1932.

Maud Coburn married James Marr Ewen (1879-1927) on July 1,1920 in Burlington, Vermont. The groom was the superintendent of Barclay Brothers, a granite manufacturing plant in Barre. James Marr Ewen was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, the son of stonecutter James (1852-August 6, 1911) and Elsie Marr Ewen. James and Elsie Ewen lived at 1 Orange Street in Barre. After their marriage, James and Maud moved into the home of Maud's mother, Lula Coburn, at 8 Orange Street.

James Ewen died in September, 1927. On May 15, 1929, Maud was involved in the purchase of a grocery store in Hartford, Vermont, with William H. Sawyer, Jr., a friend from Barre who lived at 54 Wellington Street. The business did not go well and Maud got out of the business, perhaps as early as October 15, 1929, although she remained friends with Sawyer.

In 1932 Maud applied for a position in the U.S. Dept. of Customs. She reported that she was a widow and that she had been an organist at the Episcopal Church for 24 years, from September 1903 until May 1927. She also said that she had been engaged in selling dresses since February 1931. In her later years Maud Ewen lived with William H. Sawyer, Jr., (September 21, 1896-March 12, 1993) at 8 Orange Street in Barre. Maude died March, 1975.

Personal Subject : Ewen, Maude Coburn, 1887-1975.
Ewen, James Marr, 1879-1927.
Coburn, John, 1889-1919.
Sawyer, William H., Jr., 1896-1993.
Corporate Subject : Spaulding High School Barre, Vt.
Subject Term : Women music teachers Vermont Barre.
World War, 1914-1918 Casualties.
Geographic Term : Barre (Vt.) Archival resources.
Barre (Vt.) Photographs.
Hartford (Vt. : Town) Commerce.
Genre/Form : Lecture notes.
Letters Correspondence.
Added Author : Coburn, Lula Cameron.
Electronic Resource : Click here for full text of finding aid.