Virginia Langum (1918-1967) Papers, 1918-1971

3.75 linear feet (3 archival boxes)

Virginia Anne de Mattos Langum was born on September 3, 1918 at Winnipeg, Manitoba to Dunbar Wright de Mattos and Phyllis Atherton (Drew) de Mattos. She died October 23, 1967 at Elgin, Illinois. She married John K. Langum at Fremont, Nebraska on November 18, 1939 and they had one son, David John Langum, who was born on October 24, 1940.

She attended Minneapolis Public Schools, Ramsey Junior High and Washburn Junior-Senior High School where she graduated in 1936. She attended the University of Minnesota from 1936-1940. She was a homemaker, but was very active in civic activities such as: a Girl Scout troop leader, the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin, officer of Elgin Association for Crippled Children Easter Seal Center, League of Women Voters, volunteer at Elgin State Hospital and the Red Cross.

Contains birth record, confirmation certificate, church school report, baptism record, autograph book, 1927-1929, report cards , photographs of Virginia and her mother, college years, poems, Girl Scout diary, class play “Mother Carey’s Chickens”, school newspaper, yearbooks, Alpha Xi Delta Sorority (Mu Chapter), privilege cards (University of Minnesota), photos, diary (1937), diploma, college years ( 1936-1940), David Langum’s birth certificate, hair and footprint; Park Ridge Panhellenic Club booklet (this is a club of local college women who were members of Panhellenic sororities); doctor’s report; menu items, shopping lists, quotidian notes; birthday, valentine, Easter and Christmas cards; Girl Scout troop leader; correspondence from family, friends and others; death of Virginia Anne Langum and the probate of her will; Dunbar de Mattos trust.

Access: Open for research
Acc. No. 2008-1; 2011-31
Processed by: David Langum and Debbie Hamm, April, 2008; 2011


Container List

Box 1

Folder Contents
1 Newborn and Church Records
2 Childhood and Primary Grades – 1920’s
3 Junior High School – Activities – 1930-1933
4 Junior High School – 8th Grade – 1932 – School Work
5 High School – 1933-1936
6 Washburn High School/Junior High – “Wahian” 1931 Yearbook
7 Washburn High School – “Wahian” 1934 Yearbook
8 Washburn High School – “Wahian” 1936 Yearbook
9 College Years, Social/Personal – 1936-1940
10 College Years – Academic – 1936-1940
11 Delayed College Graduation
12 Wife and New Mother 1940-1941
13 Car Trip – Minneapolis to Oakland (1940)
14 Miscellaneous – 1940’s
15 Meal Plans, Grocery Lists, Costs, Quotidian Notes – Summer, Fall – 1940
16 Menu Items, Shopping Lists, Prices, Quotidian Notes – 1941
17-18 Calendar/Date Book – 1944-1945
19-20 Calendar/Date Book – 1948-1949
21-22 Calendar/Date Book – 1961-1962
23 Calendar/Date Book – 1965
24 Address/Phone Book/Christmas Card List – 1953-1956
25 Quotidian Notes and Lists – 1950’s and 1960’s
26 Notes on Political/Economic Topics
27 Official Documents
28 Presbyterian – St. Luke’s Hospital – 1965
29 Cats, Pets
30 Psychiatric Therapy and Transcripts – 1965-1967

Box 2

Folder Contents
1 Incoming Correspondence from Phyllis De Mattos (mother) pre-1940
2 Incoming Correspondence from Phyllis De Mattos (mother) 1940-1944
3 Incoming Correspondence from Phyllis De Mattos (mother) 1945-1949
4 Incoming Correspondence from Phyllis De Mattos (mother) 1950-1954
5 Incoming Correspondence from Phyllis De Mattos (mother) 1955-1959
6 Incoming Correspondence from Phyllis De Mattos (mother) 1960’s
7 Incoming Correspondence from Phyllis De Mattos (mother) undated
8 Incoming Correspondence from Dunbar De Mattos (father) 1920’s
9 Incoming Correspondence from Dunbar De Mattos (father) 1930’s
10 Incoming Correspondence from Dunbar De Mattos (father) 1940’s
11 Incoming Correspondence from Dunbar De Mattos (father) 1950’s
12 Incoming Correspondence from Dunbar De Mattos (father) 1960’s
13 Incoming Correspondence from Dunbar de Mattos (father) undated
14 Outgoing Correspondence from Phyllis and Dunbar De Mattos (parents)
15 Incoming Correspondence from “Dadam” (maternal grandmother-Maud
(Shumway) Drew
16 Incoming Correspondence from Lessie T. De Mattos (paternal grandmother)
17 Outgoing to John K. Langum (husband) – 1940’s
18 Outgoing to John K. Langum (husband) – 1950’s
19 Outgoing to John K. Langum (husband) – 1960’s
20 Outgoing to John K. Langum (husband) – undated
21 Outgoing to David J. Langum (son) – most are 1950’s
22 Correspondence with Frances (Penny) Zwinger (best friend)
23 Incoming Correspondence – Miscellaneous
24 Outgoing Correspondence – Miscellaneous
25 Letters from Ken (an admirer) – 1937-1964
26 Girl Scout Troop Leader – 1949-1954
27 Elgin’s Woman Club
28 Officer – Elgin Association for Crippled Children Easter Seal Center – 1950’s
29 Elgin – YWCA
30 Red Cross Fund Drive – 1963
31 Elgin – League of Women Voters
32 Current History Forum
33 Elgin State Hospital – Volunteer Work – 1961
34 Church of the Redeemer (Episcopal) – Elgin, Illinois
35 The Larkin Home for Children – Elgin, Illinois
36 Civic Music Association, Elgin, Illinois
Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, Illinois – Board of Directors – Elections,
Publicity, Resignation as Secretary of Board
Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, Illinois – Financial and Annual Reports, and Board Minutes
Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, Illinois – Setting Salaries and Financial Planning
Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, Illinois – Facility Planning
Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, Illinois – General Policies and Policy Information
Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, Illinois – Completion of 1968-Building

Box 3

Folder Contents
1 Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, Illinois – Board of Directors – Elections,
Publicity, Resignation as Secretary of Board
2 Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, Illinois – Financial and Annual Reports, and Board Minutes
3 Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, Illinois – Setting Salaries and Financial Planning
4 Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, Illinois – Facility Planning
5 Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, Illinois – General Policies and Policy Information
6 Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, Illinois – Completion of 1968-Building
7 Virginia Anne Langum – Death – October 23, 1967
8 Virginia Anne Langum – Ephemera – Contents of Wallet When She Died
9 Virginia Anne Langum – Funeral Services
10 Virginia Anne Langum – Condolence Letters
11 Virginia Anne Langum – Memorials (except fountain)
12 Virginia Anne Langum – Memorial Fountain-Gail Borden Public Library
13 Virginia Anne Langum – Probate-California
14 Virginia Anne Langum – Probate-Illinois and JKL’s Papers on Probate
15 Virginia Anne Langum – DJL’s File on Death as it Respects Estate, de Mattos Trust, Phyllis de Mattos, Finances, Correspondence with Lawyers, Bankers 1967-1969
16-22 Virginia Anne Langum – Co-trustee of Dunbar W. de Mattos Trust-Reports Correspondence, etc. – 1961-1967
23 Virginia Anne Langum – Continuation of Dunbar W. de Mattos Trust (after her death until death of Phyllis A. de Mattos-1968-1971)

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