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Hannah Elizabeth Gough Stannard papers, 1913 -- 2006

Summary Information

Abstract

Hannah (Betty) Elizabeth Gough Stannard was secretary to Harry Emerson Fosdick when he worked at Riverside Church. The collection contains information on activities that Betty Gough Stannard was involved with as one of Fosdick's secretaries, as well as information on other secretaries that Fosdick employed, correspondence, and books given to Betty by Fosdick.

At a Glance

Bib ID 11582299 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Stannard, Hannah Elizabeth Gough, 1913-2006
Title Hannah Elizabeth Gough Stannard papers, 1913 -- 2006
Physical Description 1.25 linear feet (1.25 linear feet; 3 boxes)
Language(s) English .
Access

This collection is open for research.

Onsite storage.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is organized in one unarranged series.

Description

Scope and Contents

This collection contains information on activities that Betty Gough Stannard was involved with as one of Fosdick's secretaries, as well as information on other secretaries that Fosdick employed, correspondence, and books given to Betty by Fosdick. In the correspondence, Eugene ("EE") Exman was Fosdick's contact at his publisher, Harper's, and Fosdick often wrote or signed his name as HEF.

  • Hannah Elizabeth Gough Stannard papers, 1913 -- 2006

    This series contains information on activities that Betty Gough Stannard was involved with as one of Fosdick's secretaries, as well as information on other secretaries that Fosdick employed, correspondence, and books given to Betty by Fosdick. In the correspondence, Eugene ("EE") Exman was Fosdick's contact at his publisher, Harper's, and Fosdick often wrote or signed his name as HEF.

Burke Library record group:

Union Theological Seminary Archives: UTS 1, papers of faculty and students

Using the Collection

Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Onsite storage.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Information concerning copyright, fair use, and reproduction requests can be consulted at Columbia's Copyright Advisory Office.

Preferred Citation

Item description, UTS1: Hannah Elizabeth Gough Stannard papers, 1913-2006, box #, folder #, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.

Related Materials

Item description, UTS1: Harry Emerson Fosdick papers, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.

Custodial History

Books that contain annotations or inscriptions from Fosdick to Stannard were kept in the archival collection; materials that had no annotations or personal accounts were removed. A full list with call numbers of books that were originally donated but removed in available upon request.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated in February 2006 by the daughter of Hannah Gough Stannard, Wendy Stillwell. Wendy's recollections of her mother's comments about Fosdick are found in box 1, folder 14.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary

Processing Information

Metal clips and staples were removed from materials and folded items were flattened. Materials were placed in new acid-free folders and boxes. Acidic items were separated from one another by interleaving with acid-free paper as needed. Books that contain annotations or inscriptions from Fosdick to Stannard were kept in the archival collection; materials that had no annotations or personal accounts were removed. A full list with call numbers of books that were originally donated but removed in available upon request. The finding aid was created by Brigette C. Kamsler in 2015 with the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, and edited by Leah Edelman in 2022.

Revision Description

2022-05-18 PDF converted to EAD and description updated by Leah Edelman.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Fosdick, Harry Emerson, 1878-1969 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Private secretaries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Riverside Church (New York, N.Y.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stannard, Hannah Elizabeth Gough, 1913-2006 -- : Archives Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Hannah (known as Betty) Elizabeth Gough Stannard (Mrs. Forrest Stannard) was secretary to Harry Emerson Fosdick, a Union Theological Seminary Professor of Homiletics and Practical Theology, Baptist Pastor and first pastor of Riverside Church in New York City. Betty was born March 7, 1913 in Greencastle, Indiana. She was responsible for listening to Fosdick and reading the typing and punctuation of galley proofs. Printers often made errors, and Fosdick was particular about having things exactly right. Betty eventually became the one to sign Fosdick's form letters for him using Fosdick's signature purple ink. This was especially useful in September, as there was always a great deal of mail during that time frame as Fosdick's sermons began in September. Fosdick thanked Betty in the introduction to A Great Time to Be Alive. She helped prepare the manuscript, checked references and saw the volume through to the press throughout the summer of 1944, when she was pregnant and living in Madison, Connecticut. Other secretaries who worked with Fosdick were Alice Neuberger, a typist in the Riverside office who typed Fosdick's sermons; and Dorothy Noyes, who typed correspondence, went through Fosdick's mail and sorted it for Fosdick's attention, typing his answers from a Dictaphone. Mrs. Margaret Rendon was Fosdick's head secretary.