Mary Margaret Frank Papers
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Brief Description:

The Mary Margaret Frank Papers include a number of items relating to the genealogy of the French family. Two different books, Ancestors and Descendants of Samuel French the Joiner, and The Family of David Scott French, examine the history of the French family from the 1600s through the 1900s. The Mallory and French papers establish a connection between the two families four generations before Mary Margaret French Frank was born in 1912. This folder is followed by one which contains material related to French Frank’s immediate family.

Those folders that do not deal specifically with the genealogy of the French family include a folder on Samuel S. Townsley, who was French Frank's maternal grandfather. Mary Margaret French Frank contributed one of her mother’s letters which was used in the publication Humanities on the Frontier. Blanche Harding was a friend of both Mary Margaret French Frank and her mother, Mabel.  John French Jr.’s connection to the other French family could not be established, while the folder on Skulda Banér, an author who wrote about a woman who left home to become a teacher in North Dakota, has no relation to the French Family. Also included is one folder of Frank's correspondence, one scrapbook, and biographical information regarding Buron Townsley French.

One oversize folder was placed in the Oversize File Cabinet. The folder contains an original deed for land owned by a “John Whitney” in the Province of Upper Canada, 1804. Whitney’s relation to the French family is unknown.

Held at:
Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections
Chester Fritz Library
3051 University Ave Stop 9000
Grand Forks, ND 58202 9000
Phone: 701-777-4625
Fax: 701-777-3319
Email: und.archives [at]
Record Series Number: OGLMC/1362
Created by: Frank, Mary Margaret (French) (1912-2012)
Volume: 1.25 Linear Feet
Acquired: 06/30/1997.

Additional material was donated by:

Mary Margaret Frank (via the UND Alumni Association) in November 2006 (2006-2871)

Unknown donor in 2013 (2013-3227)

Transferred from the UND Alumni Association in October 2018 (2018-3391)

Access Restrictions: Open for inspection under the rules and regulations of the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections.
Subject Index
Genealogy and Family History
University of North Dakota - Alumni
Women's History
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Acquisition Notes: Mary Margaret Frank, Grand Forks, North Dakota  Donation; 98-2195
Related Materials:

Dr. Richard Frank Papers, OGLMC 1382

Dr. Harley E. French Papers, OGLMC 142

PreferredCitation: (Description of Item). Mary Margaret Frank Papers. OGLMC 1362, Box #, Folder #. Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.
Finding Aid Revisions: Finding aid added to Archon in March 2014.