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Title: Virginia Heffernan Hancock papers
Identification: DM004
Date: 1930-1996 (bulk 1930-1970)
Size/Quantity: 4.9 linear feet (9 document cases, 1 oversize box)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Hancock, Virginia Heffernan, 1915-2004
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:This collection contains Virginia Heffernan Hancock's correspondence, financial ledgers, and other biographical materials (Series 1); a large amount of her class work and projects, mainly from her time at Iowa State (Series 2); some teaching material from Napsonian School (Series 3); and numerous newspapers and periodicals dating from Heffernan Hancock's time at Iowa State as well as from her time as an active member of the alumni (Series 4).

Biographical/Historical Note

Virginia Elizabeth Heffernan Hancock (1915-2004), the sister of P. M. Heffernan, was an accomplished artist who worked for Lockheed as a technical illustrator for 32 years. For most of her adult life, Hancock lived with her brother while he was a professor at Georgia Tech.

Born in Iowa on 7 March 1915, Virginia Elizabeth Heffernan grew up in Sherburn, Minnesota, and Ames, Iowa. She graduated from Iowa State University in 1938 with a B. S. degree. During her time at college she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and Delta Phi Delta Honorary Sorority. After a period of study at the Art Institute in Chicago in the spring of 1941, Heffernan became an artist in fashion design. Virginia Heffernan's brother P. M. (Paul Malcolm) Heffernan had become a faculty member at Georgia Tech in 1938. She joined her brother Paul in Atlanta by 1942, where she was employed for four months as a teacher at Bass Junior High before taking on a teaching job at North Avenue Presbyterian School (known as the Napsonian School). Heffernan taught art, art history, interior decorating, sewing, and chemistry during her 10-year career at Napsonian. She also studied art at night school at the High Museum of Art and took a night-school chemistry course at Georgia Tech during the spring of 1943.

On January 19, 1951, Virginia Heffernan married Dobson W. Hancock at St. Mark’s Chapel in Atlanta. Little is known about her husband, but a Dobson W. Hancock (b. 1921) enlisted as a Private in the U.S. Army at Fort Macpherson in 1942. Death records in Georgia record his death on 26 April 1978 in Muscogee County at the age of 56. It is unclear how long the two remained married.

In the mid-1950s, Heffernan Hancock began working as a technical illustrator for Lockheed. According to her Atlanta Journal-Constitution obituary in 2004, Hancock’s job entailed creating highly precise drawings for pilot training manuals for the Lockheed planes, for which she won several awards. She apparently stopped working for Lockheed in about 1988, shortly after her brother died, and she continued to live in her brother’s residence on 5th Street in Atlanta. She died on 22 February 2004 at the age of 88.


Scope and Content Note

This collection, the personal papers of Virginia Heffernan Hancock, is divided into four series: Biographical and personal files; student work and class projects; teaching materials; and printed matter. The biographical and personal files (SERIES 1) contain correspondence, financial ledgers, biographical newsclippings, as well as a resume and other materials. The student work and projects series (SERIES 2) documents Heffernan Hancock's time as a student at Iowa State, as it consists mainly of lecture and reading notes, papers, and class work from the courses that she took while there. Also included are notes from a chemistry class that she took at Georgia Tech, shortly after she moved to Atlanta. A small amount of teaching material makes up SERIES 3, largely from Heffernan Hancock's time at the Napsonian School. SERIES 4 contains numerous newspapers and periodicals dating from her time at Iowa State as well as from her time as an active member of the alumni. This series also contains a few publications from Lockheed, where Heffernan Hancock worked for many years.


Arrangement

The collection is divided into four series:

SERIES 1. Personal and biographical files

SERIES 2. Student work and class projects

SERIES 3. Teaching materials

SERIES 4. Printed matter


Index Terms

Appointment books.
Correspondence.
Hancock, Virginia Heffernan, 1915-2004
Heffernan, P. M., (Paul Malcolm), 1909-1987
Iowa State University. Alumni and alumnae.
Iowa State University. History.
Iowa State University. Students.
Lecture notes.
North Avenue Presbyterian School (Atlanta, Ga.). Faculty.
Westminster Schools (Atlanta, Ga.). History.
Women college students--United States.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Please cite [Item, Folder Title, Series], Virginia Heffernan Hancock Papers (DM004), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Provenance

This collection came to the Archives as part of the Georgia Tech Design Archives in 2008. General accession number: 2008.032; specific accession number: 2011.022.

Processing Information

Christine de Catanzaro, Travis Hampton, and Germaine Schanzmeyer processed these papers in March 2011.

Accruals

Additional materials may be added to this collection in the future.


Restrictions

Restrictions: Access

One folder containing grades is restricted; all other materials are fully accessible.

Restrictions: Use

Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Head of Archives and Special Collections.


Separated Material

The visual materials in this collection (including a few drawings done by Virginia Heffernan Hancock) will be processed separately as DV004.


Related Material

See also the P. M. Heffernan Papers (DM003).


Other Finding Aids

A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.


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SERIES 1: Personal and biographical files, 1938-1996

Arrangement

Files have been arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Description

This series contains correspondence, biographical newsclippings, and two resumes, one of which is part of a teacher evaluation document from Napsonian School. Also included in this series, among other items, are two financial ledgers in which Heffernan Hancock kept detailed records of her daily expenditures.

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11Correspondence, 1940
12Correspondence, 1970-1993
13Financial ledger, ca. 1949-ca. 1954
14Financial ledger, ca. 1950-ca. 1954
15Newsclippings (biographical), 1939-1960
16Newsclippings, ca. 1960-ca. 1996
17Program: Baccalaureate Service, Jun 1938
18Program: Service of Ordination, Nov 1952
19Resume: Teacher placement, ca. 1941
110Resume and evaluation form: Napsonian School, 1949
111St. Mark's Methodist Church Woman's Society of Christian Service booklet, 1955-1956
112Teacher placement documents, ca. 1941
 

SERIES 2: Student work and class projects, 1930-1943

Arrangement

Files have been arranged alphabetically by course subject. High school class projects are listed first.

Description

This large series, Series 2, includes lecture and reading notes, class papers and projects, and laboratory notes taken while Heffernan Hancock was a student at Iowa State from ca. 1933 through 1938. Also included are some class projects from her high school years, as well as notes from a chemistry class that Heffernan Hancock took at Georgia Tech in 1943.

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21Project: Care of Children, 1930
22Projects: Childcare and Applied Art, ca. 1930-ca. 1932
23Project: Health, ca. 1930
24Project: Design, 1932
25Class work and class papers, ca. 1934-1938
26Class work and class papers, ca. 1934-1938
27Class work and class papers, ca. 1934-1938
28Advanced Composition, ca. 1936-1938
29American History, 1934-1935

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31Applied Art, ca. 1937-1938
32Bacteriology, 1936
33Chemistry, 1933
34Chemistry, ca. 1934-1938
35Child Development, ca. 1934-1938
36Consumption Economics manual, 1936
37Costume Design, 1934
38Economic Science, 1934
39Education, ca. 1934-1938
310Education, Feb 1938

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41Educational Psychology, ca. 1937-1938
42English, 1937
43English 40 manual, 1933
44Food and Nutrition, 1934
45Food and Nutrition, ca. 1934-1938
46History, Zoology, ca. 1934-1938
47History of Art, ca. 1934-1938
48Home Economics, ca. 1934-1938
49Home Economics, ca. 1934-1938
410Hygiene, ca. 1934-1938
411Library, 1933

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51Music Appreciation, ca. 1934-1938
52Physiology 255, ca. 1934-1938
53Psychology, ca. 1934-1938
54Psychology, ca. 1934-1938
55Speech, ca. 1934-1938
56Zoology, ca. 1934-1938
57Chemistry at Georgia Tech (folder 1 of 2), February-April 1943
58Chemistry at Georgia Tech (folder 1 of 2), February-April 1943
 

SERIES 3: Teaching materials, 1943-1947

Arrangement

Files have been arranged alphabetically by course subject.

Description

This small series consists of lecture notes and other materials for classes that Heffernan Hancock taught while at the Napsonian School.

Box

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61American Literature
62Chemistry at Napsonian (folder 1 of 2)
63Chemistry at Napsonian (folder 2 of 2)
64Chemistry
65History of Art
66Nutrition
67Grades-Napsonian School (RESTRICTED)
 

SERIES 4: Printed matter, 1932-1988

Arrangement

Files are listed alphabetically. The oversize printed materials are listed separately at the end.

Description

This large series is made up largely of campus publications from Iowa State. Included are student newspapers and other publications dating from the 1930s, when Heffernan Hancock was a student, as well as publications for the alumni dating mainly from the 1950s through the 1970s. One issue of the school newspaper at Bass Junior High, as well as one issue of the Napsonian School newspaper, the Senior-Reader (which announces Heffernan's marriage to Dobson Hancock), are also included in this series. A few publications from Lockheed dating from the 1970s and 1980s are also found in this series.

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71Green Gander, 1936-1939
72The Iowa Homemaker, 1934-1935
73The Iowa Homemaker, 1935
74The Iowa Homemaker, 1936
75The Iowa Homemaker, 1937
76The Iowa Homemaker, 1938
77The Iowa Homemaker, 1939
78The Iowa State Alumnus, June 1963-June 1964
79The Iowa State Alumnus, April 1968-June 1969
710The Iowa State Alumnus, April 1970-June 1971
711The Iowa State Alumnus, April 1972-December 1973

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81The Iowa State Alumnus, February-June 1974
82The Iowa State Alumnus calendars, 1975-1976
83Iowa State College freshman manuals, 1932-1933
84The Iowa State Delt, Nov 1939
85Iowa State University Alumni Achievement Fund annual reports, 1955-1959
86Iowa State University Alumni Achievement Fund annual reports, 1960-1964
87Iowa State University Alumni Achievement Fund annual reports, 1965-1966
88Lockheed annual reports, 1971-1972
89Lockheed calendars, 1966-1970
810Lockheed Star newspaper, 1988

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91News of Iowa State, Feb 1950
92The Palette, 1936-1937
93Pamphlets: Child development, ca. 1934-ca. 1937
94Pamphlets: Childhood diseases, ca. 1934-ca. 1937
95Pamphlets: General health issues, ca. 1933
96Pamphlets: Grammar, ca. 1936
97Pamphlets: Nutrition, ca. 1933-ca. 1944
98Seignory Club, 1937
99Sketch: Iowa State College, December 1936-March 1937

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102The Aerial Vol. 20, No. 9 (Bass Junior High), Apr 1943
101Big Song Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 7, Sep 1941
103L'Illustration magazine, Dec 1936
104Iowa State Daily Student, Oct 1936-Feb 1938
105Iowa State Daily Student, Oct 1938
106Iowa State Daily Student, Nov 1938-Jan 1939
107Iowa State Daily Student, Sep-Dec 1939
108Senior-Reader (Napsonian School), Feb 1951