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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Fletcher, Susan Marshman Dyer, 1845 � 1941 Collection, 1867 � 1869

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Fletcher, Susan Marshman Dyer, 1845 - 1941. Collection, 1867 - 1869.
SMHC Archives Collection 168

Fletcher, Susan Marshman Dyer, 1845 - 1941. Collection, 1867 - 1869. SMHC Manuscript Collection 168. 2 folders.


This collection contains materials that either belonged to, or relate to Mrs. Susan Marshman (Dyer) Fletcher, (1845 - 1941). Mrs. Fletcher was a teacher at the Mankato Normal School, and this collection contains letters to her from George M. Gage, principal of the Normal school. Also included are photographs, newspaper clippings, a copy of a biographical sketch, and a speech given by Mrs. Fletcher at the fiftieth anniversary of the State Teachers College in 1918.

Biographical Note: Historical Note:

Susan M. Dyer was born in New Sharon, Maine, February 17, 1845. She came to Mankato in 1868 to teach at the Mankato Normal School. In 1871 she married L. G. M. Fletcher. Susan Fletcher had seven children, including artist Gilbert Fletcher. Susan M. Fletcher died in Mankato May 27, 1941.

Biographical information from Mankato Free Press, May 28, 1941.

Scope and Content:

This collection contains items relating to Mrs. Susan (Dyer) Fletcher, who was a teacher at the Mankato Normal School. The items included are: three letters to Susan M. Dyer from George M. Gage, three photographs of Mrs. Fletcher, two tintypes (c. 1868) of Mrs. Fletcher, newspaper clippings (including obituaries for both Mrs. Fletcher and her daughter), and a copy of a speech given by Mrs. Fletcher. The typewritten speech was reproduced by the Nu Chapter, and also contains some recollections of Mrs. Fletcher’s time at the Normal School. There is also a typewritten report on the Early Days in the Mankato Normal School that Mrs. Susan (Dyer) Fletcher wrote and read in 1918.


There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property and libel laws as they apply.

Collection Citation:

Fletcher, Susan Marshman Dyer, 1845 - 1941. Collection, 1867 - 1869. SMHC Manuscript Collection 168, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Robert Berquist donated this collection in July 1975.

Processed By:

This collection was processed in January 1976. Finding aid revised by Robert Russell September 2000. Addition added by Heather Harren in February 2011. Mee Xiong updated the finding aid in February 2017.

Related Collections:

It has been determined that there are no similar manuscript collections about Susan M. Fletcher available elsewhere.

LCSH Subject Headings:

- Fletcher, Susan Marshman Dyer 1845 - 1941
- Mankato State Normal School
- Gage, George M.

Related Collections at MSUM:

Fletcher, Lafayette G. M. (1830 - 1910). Papers, 1884 - 1945. SMHC Manuscript Collection 171. One folder (13 items).

Fletcher, Gilbert M. (1883 - 1933). SMHC Manuscript Collection 170. One records carton plus one oversize records carton (32 1/2 X 20 1/2 X 6).