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JOYCE P. DE LA HUNT PAPERS, ca. 1860s-1950

(1 cubic foot: 1 (.5) DB; 4 Flt B)

by: David Haberstich, 1997; revised Anne Holcomb, February 2002

Biographical Note

Joyce P. De La Hunt was a horticulturist with a Davidsonville, Maryland, nursery and a hospital administrator, social worker, and newspaper writer.  A graduate of Marquette University (Ph.B.) in her native Milwaukee, where she was a sports reporter and women’s sports editor for the Marquette University Tribune (1943), Miss De La Hunt took a Master of Social Work degree at Catholic University.  In 1944 she was working for the Milwaukee Sentinel, and, in 1945, for first the Atlantic City, New Jersey Daily World, where she was sports editor (also doing special assignments), then advertising manager for the Atlantic City Jersey Times.  She later moved to the Washington, D.C. area, obtaining her master’s degree in 1950.  In the 1950s she was a social worker for Travelers Aid in Washington, and from 1959 to 1967  served as administrator of what later became the Hospital for Sick Children, and then spent three years as an assistant administrator of Junior Village.  She was director of Anne Arundel County’s “Open Door,” a drug counseling facility, 1970-1974.   Later Miss De La Hunt studied horticulture at the University of Maryland, and since 1975 worked at Bitter Hill nursery in Davidsonville.  She died October 10, 1986, at Anne Arundel General Hospital after a stroke.[1]

Scope and Content

The collection contains two scrapbooks, two photograph albums, a typescript of Miss De La Hunt’s Master’s thesis, and miscellaneous photographs.  The photograph albums contain a variety of family snapshots and the scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings about De La Hunt’s career as a “girl sports reporter” as well as articles written by her.  In addition, there are miscellaneous photoprints and an American passport, 1926. This collection is arranged into three series: Series 1: Scrapbooks, 1943-1945, Series 2: Photographs, ca. 1860s-1950s and Series 3: Miscellaneous, 1926, 1950. 


This collection was donated by Lucille E. Ward on February 19, 1997.

Container List

1 1 Scrapbook, April 1943-September 1943
(research copies)

Includes clipping by James S. Kearns with words underlined: “Add to the list of girl sports reporters, Miss Joyce Dela [sic] Hunt, who is taking over the job on the Marquette University Tribune.”  (Women’s Sports editor, April 1943, later apparently general sports editor.  Most clippings are undated.  


Scrapbook, October 1943-October 1945 
(research copies)  

Includes clippings from the Milwaukee Sentinel, 1944, Atlantic City, New Jersey Daily World, where she was sports editor and did special assignments, early 1945; clippings from the Atlantic City Jersey Times, 1945 (a note indicates she was advertising manager).  

3 Scrapbook, April 1943-September 1943
4 Scrapbook, October 1943-October 1945 
SERIES 2: PHOTOGRAPHS, CA. 1860s-1950s  
2 Joyce De La Hunt Photograph Album, 1940s  
3 1 Charlotte Westfall, ca. 1900s
2 Other family members, 1900s-1950s  
3 Westfall and Greisbach Family Photograph
Album, ca. 1860s-1890s (photographs only)
4 Miscellaneous, 1900-1950
4 Westfall and Greisbach Family Photograph Album, ca. 1860s-1890s (original album, photographs removed)  
5 1 Papers of Charlotte Westfall, 1926  
2 Typescript of Joyce De La Hunt’s thesis for the degree of Master of Social Work from Catholic University, Washington, D.C., June 1950: Relationships Between Public and Private Agencies: A Study of the Opinions Found in the Proceedings of the National Conference of Social Work from the Year 1939 through 1949 as They Pertain to the Relationships Between Public and Private Agencies in the United States  
3 Genealogical Notes and Prayer Cards
4 University Degree  
5 De La Hunt Bible  


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