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Dorothy Smith Shank Papers, 1920-1951 | Mennonite Church USA Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: Dorothy Smith Shank Papers, 1920-1951Add to your cart.

ID: HM1/1023

Primary Creator: Shank, Dorothy Smith (1911-1999)

Extent: 1.0 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Flat

Date Acquired: 07/17/2001. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Goshen College - Alumni and alumnae, Mennonite women, Shank, Dorothy Smith, 1911-1999

Forms of Material: Autograph albums, Mennonite women - Diaries, Photographs, Scrapbooks

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection includes diaries, photographs, scrapbooks, and scattered correspondence from friends and family, mostly from Dorothy Smith Shank's years as a Goshen College Academy and Goshen College student from 1924 to 1932.

Collection Historical Note

Dorothy Smith was born in 1911 to John J. and Catherine E. Smith near Eureka, Illinois. After her mother died in 1914 of tuberculosis, Smith went to live with her uncle and aunt, Ben and Emma Schertz. Her father later died in 1924 at the age of fifty. Her siblings were Willard H. Smith (longtime professor of history at Goshen College), Tilman Smith (Hesston College President from 1959 to 1968), Milton Smith, and George Smith (half-brother).

After graduating from Goshen College in 1932, Smith worked first as a teacher in rural Illinois before enrolling in the graduate program in English at Indiana University where she also completed a teaching certificate in music. From 1934 to 1940, she taught English, music, and German at a high school in North Lima, Ohio.

She married Lauren J. Shank in November 1940 and became stepmother to Richard, Joan, and James Shank. Lauren and Dorothy had another child, Susan, in 1945. They lived on a poultry farm in North Lima until the early 1950s when they moved to Goshen, Indiana. Lauren operated a realty company and Dorothy taught part-time at Bethany Christian High School. They were active members of College Mennonite Church.

Subject/Index Terms

Goshen College - Alumni and alumnae
Mennonite women
Shank, Dorothy Smith, 1911-1999

Administrative Information

Repository: Mennonite Church USA Archives

Accruals: John J. Smith, July 18, 2002

Alternate Extent Statement: 1 records carton

Access Restrictions: Materials are open to the public.

Use Restrictions: Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright not owned by the Mennonite Church USA Archives.

Acquisition Source: John J. Smith, Pre-Acc. #2001-35

Preferred Citation: Dorothy Smith Shank Papers, 1920-1951. HM1-1023. Mennonite Church USA Archives. Elkhart, Indiana.

Box and Folder Listing

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Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Diaries, 1920-1940Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1924-1931Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1928-1951Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Portraits, 1928 and undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Photograph Album, Trip to Michigan, 1921Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Goshen College Student Handbooks and Autograph Book, 1925-1932Add to your cart.
One of the handbooks contains a calendar listing bird species that Smith sighted on different days of the year.
Folder 7: Goshen College Photographs, circa 1925-1932Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Goshen College Photographs, 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Goshen College Photograph Album, 1924-1929Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Goshen College Scrapbook, 1927-1930Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Scrapbooks, Summer in New Jersey, 1931Add to your cart.
During the summer of 1931, Dorothy Smith Shank worked as a chambermaid at the Albemarle Hotel in Asbury Park, New Jersey, with friends Verna Smith Bishop, Agnes Weaver Eigsti, and Eleanor Schertz. This folder also contains miscellaneous keepsakes from the summer, including menus, a brochure, and service order slips.
Folder 12: Colorado Trip Photographs, 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 13: "Colfax Party" Trip Photographs and Diary, 1939Add to your cart.
Created during a trip to the western United States in August and September 1939 with Willard and Verna Graber Smith, Ann Graber, Esther Graber, and Lena Graber.
Folder 14: Wedding Shower Scrapbook, 1940Add to your cart.
Created at a wedding shower hosted by Lois Gunden and Esther Graber on October 5, 1940, the scrapbook is entitled "A Preview of the Shank Sky Ranch." The folder also contains a small notebook with marriage advice from attendees and a list of gifts received.
Folder 15: Wedding Scrapbook, 1940Add to your cart.

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