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May Ryburn Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2006-001

Scope and Contents

The papers of May Ryburn document her personal and professional life as a journalist and teacher. They include her journals, photos, published works, family information, and teaching materials. The majority of materials in the collection cover the period from the mid 1940s through her death in 2003. This collection provides a view of the life and career of a Florida State College for Women alumnus.


  • Created: 1880-2003
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1925-2003


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical or Historical Information

May Louise (Alexander) Ryburn was born in Chicago in 1925. She spent her adolescence living in Miami, Florida and attended college at the Florida State College for Women from 1943-1947. She worked as a journalist and editor for a variety of publications, including the Miami News and the Journal of Lifetime Living. After completing a Master's Degree at the University of Miami in 1962, she taught English at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois and completed coursework for a PhD at the University of Chicago. She married James Ryburn in 1969, and retired from teaching in 1985. After her retirement, she traveled frequently in the United States and Canada. Ms. Ryburn died in 2003.


9.60 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



The May Ryburn Papers contain a variety of materials related to Ryburn's personal and professional life. Ryburn lived in both Chicago and Miami and worked as a journalist and English teacher. Included are her personal and travel journals, correspondence, materials used in her teaching career, photographs, published works, and genealogy information and records. The collection contains letters to Ryburn from Eleanor Roosevelt and Florida Governor Leroy Collins.

Method of Acquisition

The collection was donated by the estate of May Ryburn.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Jennifer Welch during January and February, 2006.

May Ryburn Papers
J. M. Welch
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

116 Honors Way
PO Box 3062047
Tallahassee FL 32306-2047 US