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Marjorie K. Lawrence papers

Identifier: L231

Scope and Contents

This collection includes autographed and printed poems; correspondence; an autobiography; a wax record; newspaper clippings; Christmas cards; and autographed journals from Marjorie K. Lawrence in Indiana and Nebraska ranging from 1922 to 1989, regarding education and teaching, family life, poetry, publishing, and travel in Europe.


  • 1922-1989


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Marjorie E. Kahl was born October 28, 1904, in Bryant, Indiana in a Lutheran parsonage to Elmer and Mary McClure Kahl. She had two older brothers, Lyman E. and Harold M. and a younger brother, Paul S. Kahl grew up in Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Nebraska and Wyoming. She began writing poetry in 1922. Returning to Indiana in 1930, she attended Midland College and received an A.B. from Carthage College in 1941. Kahl studied elementary education at the University of Chicago and became a kindergarten and primary school teacher, teaching at schools in Nebraska, Illinois and Indiana, retiring in 1973 and operating the Lawrence Day School in Mulberry, Indiana.

Kahl married Rev. Dr. Harvey S. Lawrence in Marion County, Indiana on November 26, 1941; he died in 1949. Marjorie Lawrence also wrote plays, Bible school materials, short stories and school textbooks. She died on October 13, 1994 and was buried in Providence Cemetery, Mulberry, Indiana. Her tombstone reads: "I tried" and "Thou God seest me."


Information found within the collection. "Marjorie E. Kahl." 1910 United States Federal Census. Accessed April 20, 2016. "Marjorie Kahl." 1920 United States Federal Census. Accessed April 20, 2016. "Harvey Lawrence." Web: Marion County, Indiana, Marriage Index, 1925-2012. Accessed April 20, 2016. "Marjorie K. Lawrence." U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014. Accessed April 20, 2016. "Marjorie Kahl Lawrence." Find a Grave Memrial. Accessed April 20, 2016.

“Lawrence, Marjorie Kahl.” In Indiana Authors and Their Books, 1917-1966, p. 362. Crawfordsville, IN: Wabash College, 1974.


3.2 Cubic Feet (5 manuscript boxes, 5 medium oversize boxes)

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This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Papers, 1931-1989

Series 2: Poetry volumes, journals and albums, 1922-1979

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Marjorie K. Lawrence in 1975; 1983/06/16 and in 1987 .


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in the Indiana Division, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

ISLO 398 NO. 9: The House That Jack Built

ISLO 398 NO. 8: Story Time at Lawrence Day School

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 1999/03/11 by Philip n. Williams. EAD finding aid created 2016/04/22 by Edythe Huffman.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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