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Guide to the Elizabeth Mapes Horner papers, 1936-1941

Summary

Elizabeth Mapes attended Duke University from 1937-1941 and was active in social and campus events, including Parapsychology Laboratory experiments and the Woman's College orchestra. The collection includes one large scrapbook containing programs, invitations, cards, and memorabilia, as well as several small files of photographs and clippings.

Collection Details

Record Group
UA.30.01.0085
Title
Elizabeth Mapes Horner papers
Date
1936-1941
Creator
Horner, Elizabeth Mapes, 1918-1994
Extent
1.75 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

The collection contains a scrapbook Elizabeth Mapes kept of her time at Duke University as well as photographs, clippings, and other materials from her activities at Duke. The scrapbook includes programs for sporting events and various performances, tickets, meal ticket books, telegrams, cards, invitations, clippings, a corsage, a cigar, and the remains of a tobacco leaf. Photographs are of the Duke campus and other students. Clippings and correspondence include descriptions of Elizabeth Mapes' activities in Grand Rapids, MI, as well as Durham, NC; notes and correspondence related to her participation in Parapsychology Lab experiments; registration for classes and campus activities; and a copy of her certification as a Private Pilot.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], Elizabeth Mapes Horner papers, University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Duke scrapbook, 1936-1939
Box 1
Ticket books (meals and athletics), 1937-1940
Box 2
Folder 1
Clippings and correspondence, 1936-1940
Box 2
Folder 2
Photographs, 1936-1941
Box 2
Folder 3
 

Historical Note

Elizabeth (Betty) Mapes was born October 1, 1918 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She attended Duke University from 1937-1941. While at Duke, she participated in experiments in the Parapsychology Lab, took courses in flight school and achieved certification as a private pilot, played violin in the Woman's College orchestra, and played vollyeball.

Elizabeth Mapes married Lawrence H. Horner in June, 1941, shortly after graduating from Duke. Elizabeth maintained her pilot's license and worked as a teacher; Lawrence was an officer in the US Army until 1962. The couple had three sons, one of whom was killed in action in Vietnam in 1968. Lawrence Horner, Sr., died in 1968. Elizabeth Mapes Horner died in 1994 at age 75.

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Provenance

The Elizabeth Mapes Horner papers were received by the University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2016.

Processing Information

Processed by Tracy M. Jackson, March, 2016

Accessions described in this collection guide: UA2016-0001.