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Margaret L. Wadds photos, clippings, and other material

Identifier: BC20-24

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection consists of clippings, educational documents, ephemera, and photographs and photograph albums from the life of Margaret Wadds, Barnard class of 1931. The collection is primarily made up of photographs and albums documenting Margaret Wadds’s travels, as well as snapshot photography and older photographs and clippings from her childhood as a semi-professional dancer.


  • Creation: Circa 19th Century through Circa 2001


Language of Collection Materials

English, Spanish


The collection has no restrictions.

Publication Rights

Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Barnard College Archives. The Barnard College Archives approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Reproductions Restrictions

Single photocopies may be made.


Margaret L. Wadds attended Barnard College from 1927 until 1931 and studied Spanish and Latin. She received a fellowship from Barnard to study at the Centro des Estudios Historicos in Madrid, Spain after graduation.

In her youth, Margaret was a great dancer and performed on many stages, semi-professionally. Photographs indicate that she continued to dance later in life, and it is possible that she danced with the Norwegian Folk Dance Society of New York.


1.25 Linear Feet (3 boxes)


The collection consists of photographs, clippings, and educational documents from the life of Margaret Wadds, Barnard class of 1931. It consists primarily of travel and snapshot photography, as well as older photographs and clippings from her childhood and early life.

Collection Arrangement

The collection is divided into five series.

Series 1: Barnard
This series includes materials pertaining to Margaret Wadds’s time at Barnard. Such materials include her diploma from Barnard, programs from Greek Games in which she participated, a letter regarding her Spanish fellowship, and an alumnae newsletter.

Series 2: Other Educational Materials
This series includes materials from other educational periods in Margaret Wadds’s life such as her high school diploma and materials from the Centro des Estudios Historicos.

Series 3: Clippings
This series includes newspaper clippings with mentions of Margaret Wadds for dancing and academic achievements.

Series 4: Photographs and Photograph Albums
In this series there are a number of photographs (2 folders) of Margaret Wadds, as well as photographs of unidentified individuals (2 folders). There are also photographs of people who are identified, but whose relationship to Margaret Wadds is not discernable. Additionally, there are 2 folders of photographs taken throughout Margaret Wadds’s travels. This series also includes 3 photo albums, one of which is separated into two folders.

Series 5: Ephemera
This series includes travel materials such as postcards and a photo book from the Yucatan, as well as a program from the Norwegian Folk Dance Society of New York’s Fifteenth Anniversary celebration. Wadds's connection to the Norwegian Folk Dance Society of New York is unclear, though it is possible that she was a member and there are a number of photographs that show her dancing throughout her life.

Physical Location

This collection is located in the Barnard Archives and Special Collections, Barnard Library. To use this collection, please contact the Barnard Archives and Special Collections at 212.854.4079 or

Acquisition Information

These materials were delivered to the Barnard College Archives by the Barnard College Office of Development.

  • Copy of Are You Out There, God? by Sister Mary Rose McGeady
  • Instruction booklet for Lady Sunbeam electric shaver
  • Stub from Medicare card
  • Stub from Social Security Card, annotated with “Received March 10, 1988
  • Christmas card and perforated images from International Fund for Animal Welfare
  • Generic Christmas card “from” Paul and Jeanne Simon, Christmas 1991
  • Pamphlet of Christmas carols (possibly printed by Mutual Life Insurance Company, ca. 1981)
  • Program from church service
  • Copy of Harper’s Magazine, Centennial Issue, October 1950
  • Christmas tree ornament
The Guide to Margaret L. Wadds Photos, Clippings, and Other Materials
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Rayna Andrews
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Repository Details

Part of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Repository

3009 Broadway
New York NY 10027 United States