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Martha Hollister Boynton Wheeler Papers

Identifier: BC20-40

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection consists of correspondance, memorabilia, financial papers, and photographs of Barnard alum and Board of Trustees member Martha Hollister Boynton Wheeler. The collection includes correspondance between friends, employees, family, and board members. Also included in the collection are condolences received upon her death. Memorabilia included in the collection pertains to various facets of Mrs. Wheeler life such as her time as a St. Agatha's student, Barnard student, her Macy's career, and her travels around Europe. The collection also includes photographs and newspaper clippings.

Of particular interest is a photograph book created posthumously by her son Maynard Wheeler which details her accomplishments and includes a timeline of her life.


  • Creation: 1905 - 2016



This collection has no restrictions.

Publication Rights

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


Martha Hollister Boynton Wheeler was born in Manhattan in 1904. She attended St. Agatha's School and went on to study at Barnard College. After graduating Barnard, Wheeler became a buyer for women's accessories at Macy's Department Store until 1937. She also managed her husband's medical practice.

Wheeler was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution New York City Chapter, the Holland Dames, the Cosmopolitan Club, and the Barnard College Board of Trustees. She passed away in 1985.


2.61 Linear Feet (2 document boxes)




This collection consists of the personal papers of Martha Hollister Boynton Wheeler. It includes correspondence between friends, employees, and family; financial papers; memorabilia; and photographs. The collection also includes a booklet on her life created posthumously.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged by subject and then chronologically within the subject. The contents are arranged in original order.

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

Gift of Maynard B. Wheeler, 2016.


No additions are expected.

Processing History

This collection was processed and the finding aid written by Cristina Fontánez Rodríguez in October, 2017.

Descriptive Rules Used: Finding aid adheres to that prescribed by Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Encoding: Machine readable finding aid encoded in EAD 2002.

Finding aid written in English.

Guide to the Martha Hollister Boynton Wheeler Papers
Under Revision
Cristina Fontánez Rodríguez
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Repository

3009 Broadway
New York NY 10027 United States