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MacMillan-Snyder Letters, 1931-1953, n.d.

0.2 linear feet.

Catalog Number: M289


Agency History / Biographical Note:
William H. Snyder and Donald B. MacMillan were both on the faculty of Worcester School in Massachusetts. Snyder left Worcester to become principal of Hollywood High School in California, while MacMillan left to accompany Peary on his first expedition to the North Pole. Though Snyder became a college administrator and MacMillan an explorer, the two men and their wives, Miriam L. MacMillan and Emma Snyder, remained friends and corresponded regularly. The Snyders donated money to supply the MacMillan-Moravian Mission School in Nain, Labrador. Donald MacMillan named Snyder Bay, about thirty miles north of the Inuit settlement of Nain, on the Labrador coast, in honor of William Snyder.

Scope and Content:
Letters written by Donald B. and Miriam L. MacMillan to Emma and William H. Snyder, with occasional newspaper clippings, photographs, and other printed material included. The correspondence concerns family, mutual friends, health, travel to the Arctic, and the Inuit schoolchildren in Labrador. There are also letters from Katie Hettasch, teacher at the MacMillan-Moravian Mission School, addressed to "My dear Friend" and forwarded by Miriam MacMillan to the Snyders. These letters discuss the Inuit schoolchildren, and most of the photographs are of Inuit children. The miscellaneous printed material includes a map showing the location of Snyder Bay.

Finding Aid/Index:

Cite as: MacMillan-Snyder Letters, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine

Access Restrictions: None.

Source: Gift; 2007.

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