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Marion Hay Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 82-3

Scope and Contents

The collection includes personal correspondence, classroom notes, and handouts, newspaper clippings and information about the travel agency Hay and her husband owned and operated in the 1930s.

Included in the collection are also the papers of the Philosophy of Education Society Papers. The Philosophy of Education Society was organized in 1942. Its primary objectives were to advance and improve teaching in the Philosophy of Education, to cultivate fruitful relationships between workers in general philosophy and workers in philosophy of education, and to encourage promising young students in the field of philosophy of education. Marion Hay was President of the Society from 1955-1956 as well as its Secretary and Historian. This collection consists of only a portion of the Society's Southeast region papers in addition to some records of the national group.


  • Created: 1891-1980


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

Marion Jewell Hay was born near Irving, Kansas, March 9, 1900. She received her secondary school education in Colorado, graduating from the Cheyenne Mountain High School in Colorado Springs. She received the degree of Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois in 1921, following which she taught a year at Henderson Brown College, Arkadelphia, Arkansas. She attended Ohio State University on a scholarship in 1923, receiving the degree of Master of Arts in 1924. During the year 1924-25, Mrs. Hay held a graduate assistantship in the Department of Principles of Education and an assistantship in Spanish. From September 1925 to December 1928 she served as an instructor of the Department of Romance Languages while pursuing the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Education. In 1929 she became a professor of education at Florida State College for Women, and remained at Florida State until her retirement in 1967. Marion Jewell Hay traveled extensively before she came to Florida State. Among her travels were foreign study trips to Universidad Nacional de Mejico, 1922-1924; Centro de Estudios Historicos (Madrid) and Alliance Francaise and Sorbonne (Paris) 1928-1929. In 1926, after her marriage to Harry Hilts Hay, he accompanied her abroad.

The couple began taking students from F. S. C. W. to Europe during summer vacations. This activity blossomed into a travel agency in the 1930s. In 1941 Harry Hilts Hay, after purchasing an airplane and learning to fly, was accepted as pilot by the British Royal Air Force. On his way to serve in Great Britian his small ship was attacked by a German submarine. He was not among the survivors of the attack. Mrs. Hay took a leave of absence from F. S. C. W for six years to serve on the Board of Censorship and with the predecessor of the Central Intelligence Agency. At this time Mrs. Hay sold the travel agency, and upon her retirement from F. S. U. repurchased it. She served as President of Tallahassee Travel and Tours until 1978. Besides her lengthy teaching career and wide travels she was also touched by hardship suffered by those around her. Freeing political prisoners, helping those who had experienced and been impacted by war , and providing health care for needy rural school children were part of her relief efforts. Various scholarships were financed from her own pocket in an attempt to insure that deserving students remained enrolled at Florida State.


28.00 boxes

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Source of Acquisition

Estate of Marion Jewell Hay

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Related Materials

Other collections housed at FSU Special Collections & Archives that may contain references to Mrs. Hay are the following: Stephen Graham Collection, Jewell Family Papers, Rathindranath Tagore Collection and Arthur & Mayce Seymour Collection.

Processing Information

Hay Collection processed November 1986. Philosophy of Education Society Papers processed May 1987.

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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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