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William Stone Grauer papers

Identifier: MS-0191

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Scope and Contents

The papers are largely the correspondence between William and his parents Hattie and Albert Lee Grauer and with his sister Betty Alice Grauer. The correspondence span the period 1926 through 1935, but the bulk revolve around his freshman and sophomore years 1932-1934. The Grauer family lived in the Russell Gardens area of Great Neck, New York. Their letters contain much news of the neighborhood, as well as advice to the student, especially financial, as this was the beginning of the Depression. Other correspondents included Bennett Frankel, and his sister Ruth [Frankel] Boorstin. They occasionally mention their mutual friend Ethel Durant, daughter of Will and Ariel Durant.

William was a frequent correspondent. His letters vividly detail the undergraduate life at Hopkins during this period. Also included in the collection are some of Grauer's class notes, his English essays, and examination questions for Chemistry, English, French, German, History, and Political Economy. There is also a Chemistry textbook and a 1931 copy of Hopkins Songs.


  • Creation: 1926 - 1940


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Please contact Special Collections for more information.

Collection is open for use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical / Historical

William Stone Grauer entered the freshman class at The Johns Hopkins University in 1932 and received his B.A. in 1936. He was born in 1915 and was one of three generations of the Grauer family to attend The Johns Hopkins University. His father, Albert Lee Grauer, received his B.A. in 1907, and his son, Neil A. Grauer, received his 1969.


0.96 Cubic Feet (2 letter size document boxes, 1 letter half-size document box, 1 over-sized folder)

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William Stone Grauer (born 1915) entered the freshman class at Hopkins in 1932. The papers span the period 1926 through 1940 but the bulk revolve around his freshman and sophomore years, 1932-1934. The papers are largely the correspondence among William and his parents Mr. and Mrs. Albert Lee Grauer and his sister Betty Alice Grauer.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The bulk of the papers were donated to Special Collections October 8, 1986 by Dr. Grauer through his son Neil A. Grauer. The accession number is 86-87.7. This accession was combined with the chemistry text book, Hopkins songbook, and class notes that had been donated previously as part of the Albert Lee Grauer papers (MS.0122).

The biology notebook, the gift of Neil A. Grauer (January 1994), was added June 1999. The Accession Number is 93-94.31.

A letter of Rebecca Goldman Grauer was added November 1999, the gift of Neil A. Grauer. The Accession Number is 99-00.11.

Diaries, newspaper clippings, memorabilia and additional letters to William Grauer's mother were added in 2004 (04.05.18) by Neil Grauer.

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Cynthia H. Requardt in 1987.

Rachel Gattermeyer revised the scope and contents note in this finding aid in January 2024 to bring it into compliance with Johns Hopkins guidelines for inclusive and conscientious description (2023). The previous version of the finding aid is available upon request.

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