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Collection TitleCL 131 Mary Stewart Pollock CollectionCreatorBooth Library
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Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by Nancy Hoffman Pollock in 2004. 
Historical:

Mary Stewart Pollock - Mary Stewart Pollock was born in Charlotte, North Carolina on February 1, 1922, but came to Elmira in 1940 when her step-father became a manager at the Elmira Coca-Cola bottling plant.  She attended Gunston Hall Junior College and got a nursing degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.  During WWII, she worked for as a secretary for the Automotive Division of the War Production Board and then Bendix-Eclipse before opening a nursery school with her sister in Elmira.  In 1951, she applied for the Foreign Service as a secretary and served in Tokyo, Japan (1952-54), Paris, France (1954-57) (1969-73), Reykjavik, Iceland (1959-61), Cairo, Egypt (1961-68), Kinshasa, Zaire (1973-76), Brussels, Belgium (1976-78) and Washington, D.C. (1978-81).  She retired in 1981 and returned to Elmira.  She died April 9, 2001 and is buried in Woodlawn National Cemetery. 

Scope:The Mary Stewart Pollock Papers includes Ms. Pollock's letters home from her various Foreign Service postings, 1952-1981. 
Extent
AbstractThis collection contains letters sent from Mary Stewart Pollock home to her family in Elmira over the course of her work in the Foreign Service.


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Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock to unknown individual regarding how to mail her personal items to Reykjavik, March 8, 1959. Letter030101
Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock to unknown individual regarding her boat trip around Iceland and the good food she has been having, March 9, 1959. Letter030102
Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock to unknown individual regarding the rooms in her home and furniture, March 15, 1959. Letter030103
Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock to unknown individual regarding the furniture she needs for her new apartment and a garden she plans on growing, March 18, 1959. Letter030104
Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock to unknown individual regarding all the measuring she did for curtains and her garden, the shipment of her furniture, and her trip up the river through the fords of Iceland, March 23, 1959. Letter030105
Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock to unknown individual regarding her trip up the rivers of Iceland and the disasters that went along with it, March 31, 1959. Letter030106
Icelandic Newspaper clipping, April 1, 1959. Newspaper Clipping 030107
Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock to unknown individual regarding the package that came and the fiasco with the broken lamp, April 2, 1959. Letter030201
Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock to unknown individual regarding her shipment coming with her furniture and affects and some issues with delivery from the PX, April 3, 1959. Letter030202
Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock to unknown individual regarding Icelandic lessons she might take, purchasing plants for garden, and the delivery of her car, April 7, 1959. Letter030203
Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock to unknown individual regarding her Icelandic language lessons, her taxes, and the atmosphere at the Embassy, April 10, 1959. Letter030204
Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock to her mother regarding all the housework she has to do, a small dinner she is giving over the weekend, and that finally got her possessions from Paris, April 14, 1959. Letter030205
Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock to unknown individual regarding some of her broken furniture, a goodbye party she was invited to, and what the different food stores in Iceland were like, April 15, 1959. Letter030206
Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock to unknown individual regarding tea with a Danish friend of hers, the Icelandic holidays, and dinner with the naval commander that she is befriended at the Embassy, April 27, 1959. Letter030207
Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock to unknown individual regarding the scenery from the apartment window, the dinner and bridge came she is attending, and the different places she intends to visit, April 28, 1959. Letter030208
Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock to unknown individual regarding her new cleaning lady, a countryside drive, and point system the ladies' use for their bridge games, May 4, 1959. Letter030301
Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock to her mother regarding the Mother's Day gift she sent, more bridge games, and her regard for the painter that her landlady hired, May 10, 1959. Letter030302
Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock to unknown individual regarding more of her broken furniture, an active crater she went to,and her obsession with indoor plants now, May 19, 1959. Letter030303
Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock to unknown individual regarding her bad day, the movers finally coming with the rest of her things, and her lazy weekend plans, MAy 22, 1959. Letter030304
Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock to unknown individual regarding the carpenter who hates Americans, how hard it is to wash the windows of her apartment, and dinner with some Embassy friends, May 25, 1959. Letter030305
Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock to unknown individual regarding an issue with the ducks in city lake and the return of the Ambassador from Washington, May 27, 1959. Letter030306
Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock to unknown individual regarding the fresh cherries that the Ambassador brought with him and the issue with a lack of fruit in Iceland, May 27, 1959. Letter030307
Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock to unknown individual regarding her good weekend, the dirt she dug up from the country for her planters, and her idea about growing her own mushrooms, June 1, 1959. Letter030401
Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock to unknown individual regarding her Icelandic lessons from a fourteen year old, June 2, 1959. Letter030402
Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock to unknown individual regarding her issues with money and an Armenian string quartet she received tickets to, June 3, 1959. Letter030403
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