|Repository:||University of Georgia Archives|
|Creator:||Lyndon, Mary Dorothy, 1877-1924|
|Title:||Mary Dorothy Lyndon papers|
|Quantity:||0.5 Linear feet (2 boxes)|
On June 17th, 1914, Mary Dorothy Lyndon was granted a Master of Arts degree thus becoming the University of Georgia's first female graduate. When women were finally admitted as full students during the 1919-1920 school year, Mary Lyndon was nominated by Chancellor David C. Barrow and then elected by the University Board of Trustees to the positions of Associate Professor of Education and Dean of Women. During her tenure at the University Mary Lyndon participated in numerous activities both on and off campus. She taught classes in the Peabody School of Education, directed the Thalian Dramatic Club, helped organize the University chapter of the Phi Mu Sorority, and founded the Pioneer Club. In addition, Mary Lyndon acted as the recording secretary for the Athens YWCA, was elected secretary of the local Daughters of the Revolution chapter, and taught Sunday school at the First Methodist Church of Athens. Both the local and University community mourned Mary Lyndon's untimely death from pneumonia on April 5, 1924. In 1936 a women's dormitory on the University of Georgia campus was named Mary Lyndon Hall in her honor.
This collection consists of period photographs and correspondence, along with tributes written upon her death in 1924. In addition there are numerous programs, photographs, and letters associated with the celebration of Mary Lyndon Day in 1964. Mary Lyndon's 1914 graduation gown is also included.
Mary Dorothy Lyndon papers, UA0045, University Archives, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.