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Margaret Hepburn Snyder papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00194

Scope and Contents

The papers document her service to Kenosha Memorial Hospital (1940-65). Included are an autobiographical manuscript, "Those Old Homes as I Remembered Them" concludes with her 88th birthday; board meeting minutes, annual reports and newsletters which document the expansion of the hospital; slides illustrating the training of hospital volunteers; speeches given at hospital associations and national conventions between 1951-67; and correspondence consisting primarily of social notes and routine hospital business. The collection also contains the papers of state-level hospital associations, the International Hospital Federation, and the American Hospital Association.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1940 - 1984


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials in this collection may be governed by copyright. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. Researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Biographical / Historical

Margaret Hepburn was born in Freehold, N.J. in 1896, the daughter and grandaughter of physicians. After graduating from Freehold High School she attended Smith College where she majored in sociology and music, and graduated in 1918. She married Cecil Denise Snyder of Freehold that same year. Her daughter Anne was born in 1920. In order to further Cecil Snyder's career, the family moved to Kenosha, Wisconsin in 1929. Margaret Snyder began volunteering at the Orthopedic School in Kenosha in 1931. In 1940 she became a charter member of Kenosha Hospital Auxiliary. In 1947 she expanded her involvement to the state level hospital auxiliary associations and by 1952 she was appointed to the Committee of Hospital Auxiliaries of the American Hospital Association. She also participated in the International Hospital Federation meetings in Sweden in 1956 and Belgium in 1962. Following the death of her husband in 1956 Margaret Snyder assumed a staff position at Kenosha Memorial Hospital, thus becoming its first fulltime Director of Volunteers. In this capacity she explored new approaches to patient care by expanding volunteer services throughout the hospital. After retiring from this position in 1965 Snyder remained active in hospital and church affairs in Kenosha for a few years before she relocated to Provo, Utah to be near family members.


1.667 linear feet (4 containers)

Language of Materials



Margaret Hepburn Snyder became a charter member of Kenosha Hospital Auxiliary in 1940 and expanded her work to eventually become the Director of hospital volunteers at Kenosha Memorial Hospital, Wisconsin (1956-65). The collection documents her work at the hospital through an autobiographical manuscript, board meeting minutes, annual reports and newsletters, slides, speeches, and correspondence.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Margaret Hepburn Snyder, 1984-1985.

Related Material

Additional material located in Student files, Smith College Archives

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Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:15-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2019-04-11: Added container list and updated finding aid.

Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063