Clare and Marguerite McPhee [RG2421.AM]

NEBRASKA STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY MANUSCRIPT FINDING AID



RG2421.AM:  Clare Mary McPhee, 1873-1960; Marguerite Cameron McPhee, 1875-1970



Papers:  1904-1960

Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska:  Educators

Size:  0.5 cu. ft., 1 box + oversize



BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE



Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the sisters, Clare Mary McPhee and Marguerite Cameron McPhee lived in Louisiana before moving to Lincoln, Nebraska. Clare McPhee attended the University of Nebraska and received her bachelor’s degree in 1902 and her master’s degree in education in 1912. She did additional graduate work at Columbia University and the University of Chicago. Clare spent her career as principal of the Capitol School in Lincoln from 1918 to 1942.



She authored several articles on teaching the language arts which appeared in various professional journals. She designed an English curriculum for the elementary grades and, with her sister, co-authored a biography of George Washington and a pageant based on his life (available in the NSHS Library). Clare was a member of various national professional organizations and local community groups including, the National Educational Association, National Association of Teachers of English, American Association of University Women, Chi Delta Phi national honorary organization, Lincoln University Club, and the Lincoln Principals Club. Clare Mary McPhee died on January 8, 1960.



Marguerite Cameron McPhee attended the University of Nebraska where she received her bachelor’s degree in 1902 and her master’s degree in English in 1907. She joined the University of Nebraska faculty in 1906 as an instructor in the Department of Rhetoric, which later became the Department of English. She continued to teach at the University of Nebraska until her retirement in 1942. Marguerite also served as president and secretary-treasurer of the Lincoln chapter of the American Association of University Women as well as president of the English section of the Nebraska State Teachers Association. During World War II, she was decorated by the British government for her work in the British War Relief Society. Marguerite Cameron McPhee died on March 18, 1970.



SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE



This collection consists of one box of papers and several oversized items relating to the careers and activities of Clare and Marguerite McPhee. The majority of materials relates to Clare McPhee’s career at the Capitol School as well as the school’s activities to support the war effort during World War I. Also included is a scrapbook documenting Marguerite McPhee’s career at the University of Nebraska and various professional activities such as her work with the British War Relief Society and the American Association of University Women.



DESCRIPTION



Box 1

Folder




    1. Articles and reprints by Clare McPhee, 1904, 1925, 1929

    1. “Literature for Memorizing,” by Clare McPhee, 1925

    1. Articles mentioning the work of Clare and Marguerite McPhee

    1. Capitol School, war work activities, 1918-1920

    1. Capitol School, activities scrapbook, 1918-1942 (see oversize vol. 1)

    1. Capitol School, Christmas program, 1941

    1. Teaching aids, Lincoln Public Schools

    1. Music used in pageants presented by Clare McPhee (see also OB019)

    1. Clare McPhee, retirement letter and news clipping

    1. Marguerite McPhee, scrapbook (see oversize vol. 2)



 



ADDED ENTRIES:



American Association of University Women (Lincoln, Neb.)

British War Relief Society of America

Capitol School (Lincoln, Neb.)

Education — Lancaster County — Nebraska

Educators — Nebraska

McPhee, Clare Mary, 1873-1960

McPhee, Marguerite Cameron, 1875-1970

Nebraska, University of

Schools — Nebraska

Teachers — Nebraska

United War Work Campaign

Women in Nebraska

Women’s Clubs

World War, 1914-1918

World War, 1939-1945



 



02-19-1975   JEP/ht

03-15-2006   TMM/tmm

Become a Member!

Our members make history happen.

Join Now

You May Also Enjoy

Nebraska airmail in the 1920s

Nebraska airmail in the 1920s

Lincoln’s Final Decree

Lincoln’s Final Decree

Throwback Thursday Photo, North Side Community Center

Throwback Thursday Photo, North Side Community Center

About History Nebraska
History Nebraska was founded in 1878 as the Nebraska State Historical Society by citizens who recognized Nebraska was going through great changes and they sought to record the stories of both indigenous and immigrant peoples. It was designated a state institution and began receiving funds from the legislature in 1883. Legislation in 1994 changed History Nebraska from a state institution to a state agency. The division is headed by Interim Director and CEO Jill Dolberg. They are assisted by an administrative staff responsible for financial and personnel functions, museum store services, security, and facilities maintenance for History Nebraska.
Explore Nebraska
Discover the real places and people of our past at these History Nebraska sites.

Upcoming Events

View our new and upcoming events to see how you can get involved.

Become a Member

The work we do to discover, preserve, and share Nebraska's history wouldn't be possible without the support of History Nebraska members.

Latest Hall of Fame Inductee

The Nebraska Hall of Fame was established in 1961 to officially recognize prominent Nebraskans.

Become a Member

The work we do to discover, preserve, and share Nebraska's history wouldn't be possible without the support of History Nebraska members.
Nebraska Collections

History Nebraska's mission is to collect, preserve, and open our shared history to all Nebraskans.

Our YouTube Video Collection

Get a closer look at Nebraska's history through your own eyes, with our extensive video collections.

Additional Research Resources

History Nebraska Research and Reference Services help connect you to the material we collect and preserve.

Support History Nebraska
Make a cash donation to help us acquire, preserve, and interpret Nebraska’s history. Gifts to History Nebraska help leave a legacy and may help your taxes, too! Support the work of History Nebraska by donating to the History Nebraska Foundation today.

Volunteers are the heroes of History Nebraska. So much history, so little time! Your work helps us share access to Nebraska’s stories at our museums and sites, the reference room, and online.