Helen Bradley Lang papers
Helen Bradley Lang was an undergraduate at the University of Maryland, College Park, from 1931-1935 and later worked as a registrar and instructor of economics at the Maryland State Teachers College. The Papers of Helen Bradley Lang consists of five scrapbooks and one trophy. The collection spans the years 1931 to 1984. The scrapbooks document events at the Univeristy of Maryland during Lang's years as a student. The majority of clippings in this collection can also be found in campus publications such as the Diamondback, a student newspaper, Reville, the yearbook, and also in local newspapers. The scrapbooks primairily document the University's men's sports teams. Only a handful of articles contain personal information about Lang. Topics covered include men's athletics, campus events, "M" Club banquets, the Women's Rifle Team, women's honorary and socical societies, the debate team, and graduation.
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Helen Mary Bradley, later Helen Bradley Lang, was born April 15, 1921, the daughter of John D. Bradley of Takoma Park, Maryland. Lang graduated from Central High School in the District of Columbia in 1930. She continued her education at the University of Maryland, majoring in business administration and economics with a specialization in accounting. After her graduation in 1934, she worked as the registrar, and as an instructor in economics at the Maryland State Teachers College in Salisbury, Maryland.
While she was at the University of Maryland, Lang excelled scholastically. She was inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta, a national freshman honor society, for her academic achievements and during her senior year the Women's Senior Honor Society at the University of Maryland awarded her with a trophy for achieving the "highest scholastic Average." Lang was involved in many extracurricular activities, including the Maryland Christian Association and the Women's Athletic Association, and was chairperson of the student commuters association, known then as the "Day Dodgers." She was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Kappa Delta, and the National Women's Intercollegiate Championship Rifle Team, which included future Olympian Irene Knox. Lang was also a member of the University's "M" Club, whose purpose was to further athletics and good sportsmanship. In 1932, she became the first sophomore woman to receive two athletic letters, for her achievements in rifle and intramural competitions.
Little is known about Lang's life after she graduated from the University of Maryland. She worked for approximately two years at the Maryland State Teachers College before her marriage to John C. Lang. They had at least two children, John Bradley Lang and Carol Mae Lang.
Helen Bradley Lang died on March 3, 2003, in Bethesda, Maryland.
Scope and Contents of the Collection
The Papers of Helen Bradley Lang consists of five scrapbooks and one trophy. The collection spans the years 1931 to 1984, with the bulk of the material dating between 1931 and 1935. The scrapbooks document events at the University of Maryland during Lang's years as a student. The majority of the clippings in this collection can also be found in campus publications such as the Diamondback, Reveille, and also in local newspapers, including the Baltimore Sun, the Washington Herald, and the Washington Star. The scrapbooks primarily document the University's men's sports teams. Only a handful of articles contain personal information about Lang.
Included in the scrapbooks are a handful of newspaper clippings that correspond to the period after Lang's graduation from the University of Maryland in 1934. Also included in the collection are two pieces of mail addressed to Irene Knox, dated 1984. The articles addressed to Knox are not of a personal nature.
Topics covered include men's athletics, particularly football, basketball, lacrosse, baseball, track, boxing, letterman list, athletic board; campus events, such as the junior prom and the May Day Festival; "M" club banquets; the Women's Rifle Team; Alpha Lambda Delta installation; women's honorary and social societies; student deaths; Margaret Brent Hall; Co-ed Debate Team; 1932 Graduation; and Lang's work at Maryland State Teacher's College in Salisbury.
Custodial History and Acquisition Information
The University of Maryland Libraries accessioned the Papers of Helen Bradley Lang in 1990. Their origin is unknown.
Processed by Lauren Bené, September 2005.
The collection was photocopied and rehoused in acid-free folders and placed in acid-free boxes. The original front covers of the scrapbooks were retained, but the original contents were discarded.
EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Jennie A. Levine, October 2005.
Arrangement of Collection
This collection is organized as 2 (two) series.
Detailed Description of the Collection
Series 1: Scrapbooks, 1933 -1934 (5 items)
Series I consists of five scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, publication clippings, printed matter, correspondence, and marksmanship sheets. The envelopes and letters addressed to Irene Knox are located in the "[Blue Scrapbook with Tie Binding] 1933-1984." Topics include men's athletics, campus activities, women's athletics, honor societies, student groups, and campus news. Arrangement is chronological.
|Description||Series||Box / Reel||Folder / Frame|
|[Blue Scrapbook with Windmill on Cover], 1931-1932||series 1||box 1||folder 1|
|[Purple Scrapbook: 1931-1932 Sophomore Year, Co-ed Activities], 1931-1935||series 1||box 1||folder 2|
|[Black Scrapbook with Marbled Cover], 1933-1934||series 1||box 1||folder 3|
|[Blue Scrapbook with Tie Binding], 1933-1984||series 1||box 1||folder 4|
|[Black Scrapbook with Tie Binding], 1934||series 1||box 1||folder 5|
Series 2: Memorabilia, 1934 (1 item)
Series II consists of a trophy awarded to Helen Mary Bradley from the Women's Senior Honor Society at the University of Maryland for achieving the "highest scholastic average 1934." It is located in the memorabilia collection as number 1829.
|Description||Series||Box / Reel||Folder / Frame||Item|
|Memorabilia, 1934||series 2||box 1||folder 1|
|Trophy, 1934||series 2||box 1||folder 1||item 1829|
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Selected Search Terms
This collection is indexed under the following headings in the University of Maryland Libraries' Catalog. Researchers desiring related materials about these topics, names, or places may search the Catalog using these headings.
- Lang, Helen Bradley, 1921-2003
- Scrapbooks -- Maryland -- College Park
- University of Maryland, College Park -- Students -- Correspondence
- University of Maryland, College Park -- Students -- History -- Sources
- Women college students -- Maryland -- College Park -- History -- Sources
Names (Added Entries)
- Knox, Irene