Skip to main content

Linda A. Towle and Marjorie Howard Towle Papers and Tufts Memorabilia

Call Number: MS266

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the papers of Marjorie Howard Towle and Linda A. Towle, including calendars, clippings, correspondence, event programs, photographs, sorority materials, and Tufts memorabilia and publications. The material dates from 1931-1935 and 1965-1969.

Marjorie Howard Towle’s material relates to her two years as a student at Jackson College from 1931-1933 and includes scanned photographs dating from her early childhood through the end of her life. Sorority materials include invitations to join various sororities and a newspaper announcement reporting her decision to pledge to Sigma Kappa. Photographs of Marjorie Howard Towle and other Jackson College students date from 1931 to 1933. Additional Tufts memorabilia includes sheet music, programs from and clippings about plays in which Towle acted, dance programs, and Tufts publications.

Linda A. Towle’s material is also related to her time as a student at Jackson College from 1965-1969. Correspondence includes letters from Tufts regarding tuition, rooming, and insurance; invitations to social events; and cards from classmates. Sorority materials from Linda A. Towle’s time as a member of Alpha Omicron Pi include her certificate of initiation, correspondence, hazing materials, invitations, and printed and scanned photographs. Newspaper clippings relate to Jackson College. Other material documenting Towle’s time as a Jackson College student include dormitory sign-out cards, personal calendars, lists of personal expenses, and photographs. Additional Tufts memorabilia includes event programs, a Jackson College Class of 1969 beanie, and Tufts publications. Born-digital material provided by the donor includes scans of photographs, spreadsheets with detailed calendars for each academic year, and narratives about Marjorie Howard Towle's and her own experiences at Jackson College.


  • Creation: 1916 -- 2019
  • Creation: Majority of material found within circa 1931 -- 1935, 1965 -- 1969


This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Please see “Reproductions and Use” on the Digital Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permission to publish. Any intellectual property rights that the donor possesses have not been transferred to Tufts University.

Biographical / Historical

Marjorie Rose Howard Towle (March 2, 1913 – January 11, 1989) attended Jackson College for Women from 1931-1933, and her daughter, Linda A. Towle (September 24, 1947 – ) graduated from Jackson College in 1969.

Marjorie Howard was born in Burlington, Vermont to Enos and Emma Barney Howard. After studying English at Jackson College from 1931-1933, she transferred to the University of Vermont. She completed her English degree at the University of Vermont, where she participated in the Dramatic Club and graduated as a member of the Class of 1935. Before marrying, Marjorie Towle worked as a clerk. She married Charles Towle on March 8, 1942, gave birth to her daughter Linda in 1947, and then worked as a homemaker. Marjorie Howard Towle died in Burlington, Vermont on January 11, 1989.

Linda A. Towle was born to Marjorie and Charles Towle on September 24, 1947. She entered Jackson College for Women in 1965 where she studied economics. Linda A. Towle was president of her sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi, during her senior year, though she helped close the chapter prior to the end of the 1968-1969 academic year. She later received a Master’s degree in prehistoric archaeology and went on to work as an archaeologist in Massachusetts and Colorado. She was a Supervisory Archeologist for the Eastern Archeological Field Laboratory of the National Park Service, an archaeological consultant for the Massachusetts Audubon Society, chief archaeologist at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, and board president of the Cortez Historical Society in Cortez, Colorado.


1.88 Linear Feet (1 record box, 1 half size record box, and 2 flat files)

27.9 Megabytes

124 Digital Object(s)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged in two series: Marjorie Howard Towle materials and Linda A. Towle materials.

Other Finding Aids

A printed copy of an item-level inventory created by the donor is in box 1. The inventory does not directly correspond to the physical arrangement of the material in the collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Linda A. Towle, 2019, accession MS-2019-089, and 2020, accessions MS-2021-006 and MS-2021-008.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Records and Accessioning Archivist Jane Kelly in Spring 2020.

Repository Details

Part of the Tufts Archival Research Center Repository

35 Professors Row
Tisch Library Building
Tufts University
Medford Massachusetts 02155 United States