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Dorothy Spencer Collins papers

Identifier: LaRC-399

Scope and Contents

Personal and social correspondence of Dorothy Spencer Collins, detailing her life and activities in New Orleans, Maryland, and abroad, consisting of letters, telegrams, invitations, and thank-you notes, particularly centered around matters concerning the Episcopal Church in the Baltimore area and the Asian missions of the Episcopal Church. Collection also contains 62 volumes of diaries and appointment books from the period 1907-1974, regarding travel, parties, and luncheons attended; as well as photographs, news clippings, and other memorabilia.


  • 1907-1977


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Biographical / Historical

Dorothy Spencer Collins (born Dorothy Selden Spencer) grew up in New Orleans, La., travelled the world, and lived in Maryland as an adult. She married Stephen Roberts Collins in 1945; their son Atwood Collins was born in 1947. Her interests were wide-ranging, and she fostered friendships throughout her life. In New Orleans as a youth, she was at one time Queen of Comus. In Maryland she was involved in the Washington social scene, the Episcopal Church, and the Maryland Society of the Colonial Dames of America.


5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Arrangement Note

This collection consists of 10 boxes and 1 oversize folder. It is 5 linear feet.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Dorothy Spencer Collins. Date acquired: 04/04/1973.

Accruals and Additions

Material added through the 1970s.

Deborah Dixon
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Repository Details

Part of the Tulane University Special Collections Repository

Jones Hall Room 202
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans 70118 US