The Resource Mary Catherine Lyne papers

Mary Catherine Lyne papers

Mary Catherine Lyne papers, 1942-2001
Mary Catherine Lyne papers
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Lyne, Mary Catherine papers
The Mary Catherine Lyne Papers, 1942-2001, contain photographs, programs, memos, and newspaper clippings related to Mary Catherine Lyne's time spent serving in the SPARS (the Women's Reserve of the Coast Guard) from 1943 to 1947
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Mary Catherine Lyne was born on December 10, 1916 in Charles Town, West Virginia to Sue Legge and John Julian Lyne. Lyne enrolled at the State Teachers College in 1936 and graduated in 1940 with a degree in high school education. She participated in many extracurricular activities as a member of the Cotillion Club, the Lee Literary Society, Y. W. C. A., the Lost Chords musical organization, and The Breeze editorial staff as feature editor and editor-in-chief. She served as president of Kappa Delta Pi, an education honor society, and was her freshman class treasurer and sophomore class president. Rather than enter teaching, Lyne instead worked as an editorial assistant for a monthly trade magazine. Lyne joined the military in 1943 as a member of the first class of SPARS -- the Women's Reserve of the Coast Guard created during World War II. SPARS was an acronym of the first letters of the Coast Guard motto and its English translation, Semper Paratus Always Ready. SPARS was deactivated in 1947, at which point Lyne was discharged as a Lieutenant of the United States Coast Guard Reserve. Lyne continued her writing career, working for the U.S. Public Health Service, the United States Information Agency, and the Inter Press Service. Lyne also coauthored Three Years Behind the Mast, a history of SPARS. Lyne spent most of her adult life in Silver Spring, Maryland before moving to Charlottesville in 1993. She died on August 20, 2001 in Charlottesville and was interred at Elmwood Cemetery in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.
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JMU Alum papers
Mary Catherine Lyne papers
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Carrier MARC source
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3 legal folders; .16 cubic feet.
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Collection is open to research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection
Immediate source of acquisition
These papers were donated to Lisa Horsch of James Madison University by Kitty Landess at the request of Emily Lewis Lee in preparation for the founding of the World War II Memorial Patio at Leeolou Alumni Center in 2002.
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Gift of Lisa Horsch, via Kitty Landess and Emily Lewis Lee.
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The collection is arranged topically in four folders.
Gift of Lisa Horsch, via Kitty Landess and Emily Lewis Lee.

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