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Laberta Dysart Papers

Identifier: 2017.003

Scope and Contents

This collection mainly contains the working manuscripts of Chatham College: The First Ninety Years. Within the collection is also the Centennial Award received by Dysart, a retirement book, and a portrait photograph of Dysart.


  • created: 1931-1969
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1940-1959


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access. The records are open for research use.

Biographical or Historical Information

Laberta Dysart (1894 – 1980), was a professor of history of Chatham University (then Pennsylvania College for Women) from 1926 until 1958. Born in Nebraska, she attended the University of Nebraska, where she was Phi Beta Kappa, and Columbia University, where she received her Ph. D. Miss Dysart held teaching positions in Nebraska and Iowa before she accepted a faculty position at Pennsylvania College for Women in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1926.  Miss Dysart taught courses in ancient and medieval history until her retirement in 1958.  Dysart was appointed college historian and she completed eleven years of research on the history of Chatham University, culminating in the publication of Chatham’s first comprehensive history, Chatham College: The First Ninety Years.  Dysart was an active member of the Presbyterian Church, the American Association of University Women, the American Historical Association, the American Association of University Professors, and the Auxiliary of Warren Barracks of World War 1 Veterans. After retiring, Dysart moved to Nebraska and passed away in 1980.

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Arrangement Note

Series 1: Chatham College: The First Ninety Years Series 2: Awards and Remembrances Series 3: Photographs


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Repository Details

Part of the Chatham University Archives Repository

Woodland Road
Pittsburgh PA 15232 US