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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 her trip to Egypt through Rome and Athens, her disappointment with the apartments, and her new job, October 9, 1961. Letter040101
Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock to unknown individual regarding her new boss and settling down in Cairo, October 11, 1961. Letter040102
Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock to unknown individual regarding daily life in Ciaro and her trip to Alexandria, October 14, 1961. Letter040103
Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock to unknown individual regarding the oil conference she is attending in Alexandria and the daughter of an executive she walks with, October 17, 1961. Letter040104
Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock to unknown individual regarding the horrible housing situation in Egypt and daily life in Cairo, October 26, 1961. Letter040105
Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock to unknown individual regarding the trouble she has had with Egyptians because she is a foriegner and a woman, October 31, 1961. Letter040106
Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock to unknown individual regarding her first encounter with Muslim women and her search for an apartment, November 2, 1961. Letter040201
Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock to unknown individual regarding her lack of housing yet and work at the Embassy, November 8, 1961. Letter040202
Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock to unknown individual regarding her daily life in Egypt, November 12, 1962. Letter040203
Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock to unknown individual regarding her search for an apartment, November 22, 1961. Letter040204
Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock to unknown individual regarding her new apartment, the division of labor, and her new Egyptian servent, November 30, 1961. Letter040205
Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock to unknown individual regarding the cenorship of foriegn press and her new apartment, December 2, 1962. Letter040301
Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock to unknown individual her babysitting her boss' children and all the work she has done in her apartment, December 7, 1961. Letter040302
Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock to unknown individual regarding her apartment and her car being lost, December 14, 1961. Letter040303
Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock to her mother regarding her daily life in Cairo, work at the Embassy, her missing car, and her apartment, December 29, 1961. Letter040304
Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock to unknown individual regarding her apartment, her cook Mahmoud and his disasterous dishes, and daily life in Cairo, January 6, 1962. Letter040401
Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock to an unknown individual regarding her life in Cairo, Egypt, January 16, 1962. Letter040402
Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock to an unknown individual regarding the new laws by the government and her fireplace, January 18, 1962. Letter040403
Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock to her father regarding her finances and her car, January 22, 1962. Letter040404
Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock regarding her weekend trip to Alexandria to deal with her car and Ramadan, January 23, 1962. Letter040405
Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock regarding some toruble with her eyes, the family she visited in the apartment above her, and her car, January 24, 1962. Letter040406
Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock to an unknown individual regarding the porch furniture she purchased and an unfriendly family member that came to visit, March 1, 1962. Letter040501
Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock to an unknown individual regarding her vacation to Luxor in late March, the end of Ramadan, and her drives in the countryside, March 8, 1962. Letter040502
Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock to her mother and father regarding her daily life in Cairo, Egypt, March 10, 1962. Letter040503
Letter from Mary Stewart Pollock to unknown individual regarding her friend and her friend's mother who are joining her on the trip to Luxor, March 13, 1962. Letter040504
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