Read, Florence Matilda

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Florence Matilda Read (b. 1886 d. 1973) served as Acting President of Atlanta University from 1936 to 1937 during the interim period between the death of John Hope and the election of his successor. She was President of Spelman College from 1927 to 1953 and also served as Secretary of Atlanta University from 1929 to 1953. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1909 and served as Alumnae Secretary of her alma mater for two years. She became secretary of Reed College in 1911. Before arriving at Spelman, she worked on the International Board of the Rockefeller Foundation for seven years. Upon her retirement from Spelman she was named President Emeritus, and in 1961 she authored The Spelman Story. She died in 1973.

From the description of Florence M. Read Records. 1927-1947. (Australian National University). WorldCat record id: 51865463

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referencedIn Horace Mann Bond Papers, 1830-1979, 1926-1972 Special Collections and University Archives, UMass Amherst Libraries
referencedIn Hench, Philip S., 1896-1965. Philip S. Hench Walter Reed Yellow Fever Collection, 1806-1995, bulk 1863-1974 Historical Collections, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, University of Virginia
creatorOf John Hope Memorial Fund Committee. Correspondence with Marian Anderson, 1937. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Read, Florence M. Florence M. Read Records. Atlanta University Center, Robert W. Woodruff Library
creatorOf Read, Florence M. Correspondence with Marian Anderson, 1955. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Hudson, Manley Ottmer, 1886-1960. Papers, 1894-1960 Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
creatorOf Vehanen, Kosti, 1887-1957. Correspondence with Marian Anderson, 1934-1959. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
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associatedWith Atlanta University Center (Ga.) corporateBody
associatedWith Atlanta University. Office of the President. corporateBody
associatedWith Bond, Horace Mann, 1904-1972 person
associatedWith Carter, Henry Rose, 1852-1925 person
associatedWith Hench, Philip S. (Philip Showalter), 1896-1965 person
associatedWith Hudson, Manley Ottmer, 1886- person
associatedWith John Hope Memorial Fund Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Kean, Jefferson Randolph, 1860-1950 person
associatedWith Lazear, Jesse William, 1866-1900 person
associatedWith Reed, Walter, 1851-1902 person
associatedWith United States. Army corporateBody
associatedWith Vehanen, Kosti, 1887-1957. person
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Birth 1885-11-12

Death 1973-04-29



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