Thelma Rankin Zoller (Class of 1929) Papers

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Thelma Rankin Zoller (Class of 1929) Papers
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Call Number: UA19
Dates: circa 1920s-1940s
Physical Description: 0.56 Cubic feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: University of Rochester Archives

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Bibliography
Content List
Collection Overview
Title: Thelma Rankin Zoller (Class of 1929) Papers
Call Number: UA19
Dates: circa 1920s-1940s
Physical Description: 0.56 Cubic feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: University of Rochester Archives

Biographical/Historical Note
Thelma Lodema Rankin Zoller was born on September 26, 1906 in Denver, Colorado, and her family moved to Rochester, New York, when she was a child. She graduated from West High School in Rochester and from the University of Rochester, with a Bachelor of Arts degree, in 1929. She was a member of Sigma Kappa Upsilon sorority. After graduation, she worked at the University as secretary to Hugh Smith, the alumni secretary and director of publications, and then to Charles R. Dalton, who succeeded Smith and was later director of admissions. In 1936 she married Ross G. Zoller, a traveling salesman and a soldier in World War II. She became ill in 1945 and underwent surgery. Thelma died on May 20, 1949 at the age of 42.

Scope and Content
The Thelma Rankin Zoller Papers date from circa 1920-1949. Materials relate to her time in high school and at the University of Rochester as an undergraduate and as an employee, as well as to her personal life. They consist largely of correspondence, including invitations and holiday cards; photographs; and newspaper clippings. The collection is organized into a scrapbook, correspondence, and other personal items.

The scrapbook (circa 1920-1941) begins with material from high school and continues past Zoller's graduation from the University of Rochester. Along with the scrapbook itself are several folders with items that were detached from the scrapbook. The folders are labeled according to the page on which the items were found upon acquisition of the scrapbook; these pages may not correspond to the locations where Zoller originally placed items. The scrapbook includes poems, dance cards, and the programs for Commencement and Senior Day in 1929. Much of the material originating from her college days involves sororities on campus.

The correspondence (1936-1949) belonged to Thelma and her husband, Ross. It has been arranged according to the recipient and then chronologically for each of them. For the instances where Thelma and Ross were writing to each other, letters were sorted into the recipient's file. Other correspondents include colleagues from the University, such as Robert Metzdorf and Charles Dalton.

Other personal items (1936-1945) include the Zollers' wedding announcement and Thelma's wallet.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Scrapbook purchased September 2012; correspondence purchased in February 2013.Access
For access to this collection, please contact the University of Rochester Archives (archives@library.rochester.edu) at least two business days prior to your planned visit.

Please note: Some materials may be restricted or require permission for use.

Use
To request reproductions or permission to publish materials from the collection, please contact the University of Rochester Archives (archives@library.rochester.edu). Researchers may be responsible for determining any copyright questions.



Citation
[Item title, item date], Thelma Rankin Zoller (Class of 1929) Papers, UA19, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterBibliography
Croceus, Class of 1928. University of Rochester, 1927, page 43.

Croceus, Class of 1929. University of Rochester, 1928, page 137.

Rochester Review, June/July 1949. University of Rochester, 1949, page 32.


Administrative Information
Author: John Cole (Class of 2018)
Publisher: University of Rochester Archives
Address: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation
River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
500 Joseph C. Wilson Blvd.
Rochester, New York 14627-0055
archives@library.rochester.edu


Content List
Flat Box 1, Volume 1Scrapbook, circa 1920-1941
Box 1, Folder 7-23Scrapbook, Separated Material, circa 1920-1941
Box 1, Folder 1-4Correspondence, 1936-1949
Box 1, Folder 5-6Other Personal Items, 1936-1945


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