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Dr. Margaret Horsley photographic research collection

Identifier: MS-0027

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains photographs taken by Dr. Horsley in the Philippines during her time as a Fulbright Scholar from 1951-1952. As a sociologist she photographed the people, places, and events of the Negros Oriental region of the Philippines, including festivals, churches, death rituals and funerals, traditional weaving and fishing, cockfighting, and mahjong. Horsley also documented the Moro people in Mindanao, the destruction of Typhoon Amy, and other areas outside the Philippines including China, Japan, Hawaii, and Arizona. Some of the color slides include Dr. Horsley’s notes.


  • 1951-1952

Access restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication rights

Copyright has not been assigned to Washington College. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Washington College 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 Information Note

Dr. Margaret Horsley (1918-2001) was born December 2 in Globe, Arizona. She received her BA in Anthropology from the University of California at Berkley, then her MA and Ph.D. from Columbia University. Her thesis on anti-Chinese attitudes in the Philippines led to her to participate in the Fulbright Scholar Program in the Philippines from 1951-1952, while on leave from Hofstra University where she had been teaching Sociology and Anthropology. In 1956 Horsley joined the faculty of Washington College. During her tenure she was Dean of Women from 1960-1965, named Chair of the Sociology Department, and received the Golden Pentagon Award in 1977. She retired in 1986. The College created the Margaret Horsley Award. During World War II Horsley served in the Women’s Army Corp. as a staff sergeant with Army intelligence in the Pacific Theater. Dr. Horsley passed away June 29, 2001.


1 Cubic Feet (2 boxes)

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Custodial history

Collection was in the possession of Margaret Horsley.

Acquisition information

Gift of Georgiana Ziglier, 2013.

Separated materials note

Dr. Horsley's photographic equipment has been cataloged with the Washington College collection of art and artifacts.

Finding Aid to the Dr. Margaret Horsley Photographic Research Collection
L. Sheldon
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Language of description note
Description is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Washington College Archives & Special Collections Repository

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