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Gladys Lambert Dunham Collection

 Collection
Identifier: RH-A-3552
Gladys Marie Lambert was born in Lawton, Michigan on January 20, 1915, to Virginia and Harry Lambert. She had one brother, Harry Albert, born in about 1921. She married her high school sweetheart George Willis Dunham on June 2, 1935. They had two children together. Her son Charles was born on June 29, 1944. Her daughter Sherrie Ann was born on July 3, 1949 and died on December 8, 2007.

Some of the diaries are a different year than what is stated on the cover. The diaries are an excellent example of life in a small farming village during the mid- to late-20th century. Gladys writes about the weather each day, places in southwestern Michigan that she visited, her work and the food she ate. Many entries describe her day washing, cleaning, canning food, and picking grapes. On the days that she picked grapes in the fields she writes how many hours she spent and how much she made that day. Later, after she was married, she also worked in a factory. She writes some details of WWII (she mentions Pearl Harbor and the day gas rationing began, for example). Gladys writes about life in her town rather than world events, in general. During the births of her two children, many of the days surrounding their births contain detailed commentary on her hospital stays and obstetric care during the 1940s. In her later life she had problems with her kidneys and was on dialysis, she writes about this fairly frequently. At the end of each year she does a summary of that year and also writes about her hopes for the next year to come.

Dates

  • Majority of material found within 1921-1987

Creator

Physical Description

The collection amounts to 3 cubic feet within 6 boxes. The collection includes mainly diaries from 1921 to 1987. There are also school autograph books, including one belonging to George Dunham, and one letter from Gladys and George to their children, which is undated. Items in the collection are largely in very good condition. The diaries from the 1920s are in fair condition and are somewhat fragile, the diaries from the 1930s are also in fair condition.

Extent

6 boxes

Physical Description

The collection amounts to 3 cubic feet within 6 boxes. The collection includes mainly diaries from 1921 to 1987. There are also school autograph books, including one belonging to George Dunham, and one letter from Gladys and George to their children, which is undated. Items in the collection are largely in very good condition. The diaries from the 1920s are in fair condition and are somewhat fragile, the diaries from the 1930s are also in fair condition.

Provenance

This collection is composed of diaries written by Gladys Marie Lambert Dunham from the years 1921 to 1987. Donated in 2012.
Title
Gladys Lambert Dunham Collection Finding Aid
Status
completed
Author
Devin Erlandson
Date
1921-1987
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Contact:
Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
(269) 387-8490