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Mary Meigs Atwater Letter to H. G. Merriam, 1936 February 5
Overview of the Collection
- Atwater, Mary Meigs
- Mary Meigs Atwater Letter to H. G. Merriam
- 1936 February 51936020519360205
- 1 item
- Collection Number
- Collection 0530, MtBC, us (collection)
- The Mary Meigs Atwater letter to H. G. Merriam relates Atwater response to Merriam's request by providing this detailed four page typewritten letter describing her guild, her weaving correspondence courses, her promotion of weaving for therapeutic work in rehabilitation and mental hospitals, and some personal information on her family. Also included are Atwater’s printed weaving patterns designed or presented.
Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Montana State University-Bozeman Library
Merrill G Burlingame Special Collections
P.O. Box 173320
- Access Restrictions
This collection is open for research.
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
Mary Meigs Atwater was born in Rock Island, Illinois on February 28, 1878. She received her early education by private tutors, and studied design in France around the turn of the twentieth century. She married Maxwell W. Atwater, a mining engineer, in 1903 and the couple had two children, Montgomery and Elizabeth. She organized a hand loom weaver's guild while living in Basin, Montana around 1916 and eventually offered correspondence courses for the craft based on her research of various designs. Atwater wrote numerous articles and books on weaving during her career, and she died in 1956.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
In early 1936 Mary Atwater was contacted by Harold Guy Merriam, an English professor at Montana State University in Missoula, for information on her weaving school. Merriam had been appointed state supervisor of the Federal Writers' Project and his work would culminate in the publication of Montana, A State Guide Book in 1939. Atwater responded to Merriam's request by providing this detailed four page typewritten letter describing her guild, her weaving correspondence courses, her promotion of weaving for therapeutic work in rehabilitation and mental hospitals, and some personal information on her family. A second folder of printed weaving patterns designed or presented by Atwater is included.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
An original typewritten letter by Mary M. Atwater was donated to Montana State University by Merrill G. Burlingame in 1967. A second folder of printed weaving patterns created by Atwater formerly accessioned as Collection 2001 was added on March 26, 2012.
This collection was processed 2012 May 26
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Correspondence schools and courses
- Hand weaving--Montana--Basin--Societies, etc.
- Hand weaving--Study and teaching
- Hand weaving--Therapeutic use
- Women weavers--Montana--Basin Correspondence
- Atwater, Mary Meigs Correspondence
- Merriam, H. G. (Harold Guy), 1883-1980 Correspondence
- Federal Writers' Project