Marion Franklin Stowe collection

Summary Information

Eastern Michigan University Archives
Marion Franklin Stowe collection
Date [inclusive]
3.4 Linear feet 1 oversize box, 2 oversize folder
The Marion Franklin Stowe collection consists correspondence with students; course materials; materials gathered regarding student performances; and two scrapbooks with clippings, programs, production photographs, and program histories written by Stowe organized by Drama and Interpretive Reading. Materials date from 1923 until 1960, the time in which Stowe was faculty in the Speech and Drama Department, and documents the evolution of the department, venue changes with the opening of Pease Auditorium, and institutional name changes.

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Biographical Note

Marion Franklin Stowe was born in Howell Michigan in 1894 and attended the University of Michigan graduating with her Bachelor of Arts in 1916 and Master of Arts in 1923. She attended and taught at Iowa State College from 1920-1922. She joined the faculty at Michigan State Normal College in 1923 and continued on as faculty until 1960 in the department of Speech and Drama. While on faculty she studied at the School of Speech and drama in London, England, the American Academy of Dramatic arts in New York City, and attended the Northwestern University NBC Institute.

Outside of the courses she taught in play production, interpretive reading, public speaking and drama she was an active member in the Ypsilanti Players, Women's City Club in Ann Arbor, and the Alter Guild at St. Luke's Episcopal Church. She was the first distinguished alumni award offered by Pi Kappa Delta in 1957. She died 1972 October 28 in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Eastern Michigan University Archives 2014 January 21

Halle Library, Room 310
Ypsilanti, Michigan, 48197

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Researchers are asked to request materials 24 hours prior to visiting the the University Archives.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Stowe, Marion Franklin


  • College and school drama
  • Eastern Michigan University. College of Arts and Sciences
  • Theater
  • Universities and colleges--Faculty.
  • University women

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Collection Inventory


Alice Sit By The Fire, Event Poster 

Box Folder

Class Notes 

1 1

Students and Correspondence 

1 2

Student Performances 

1 3
Box Object

Scrapbook, Drama at MSNC 1929-1949 

2 1

Scrapbook, Interpretive Reading at MSNC 1929-1949 

2 2