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Edna Furness papers

Identifier: COU:629

Scope and Contents

The Edna Furness Collection contains five folders that include a list of publications by Furness, the brochure that accompanied the PhD exam given to her, the examiner’s manual and records for her dissertation, and her MA thesis and her doctoral dissertation.


  • 1940 - 1951

Biographical Note

Edna Lue Furness was born in Knox County, Nebraska in 1906. She attended South Denver High School from 1920-23 and the University of Colorado from 1925-28 where she received her Bachelor of Arts and Bach. Dip. in Education. During her time as an undergraduate student at CU she participated in several clubs including: French Club, House of Representatives, Big Sisters, Spanish Club, Woman’s Club, and Women’s League Vaudeville. After graduating from CU, Furness became a high school teacher in Louisville, Colorado and Cody, Wyoming from 1928-39. She returned to the University of Colorado for her M.A. in 1940, and briefly attended Smith College in Northampton, Mass. from 1941-42 and the National University of Mexico in 1930-31 and 1937. Furness was an instructor at Pueblo Junior College from 1942-45 and Casper Junior College from 1945-47. She became a part time instructor of education at the University of Colorado from 1950-51 and received her Ph.D. from University of Colorado in 1951. After receiving her graduate degrees, Dr. Furness was an assistant professor of education at the University of Wyoming for many years. In her honor there is now an Edna Furness Memorial Scholarship for those who study language and literature at the University. She was a translator for Spanish American poetry and Spanish novels and published over 90 works including: Hard Spots in Hard Words for Secondary School Students, Wyoming School Study Council (1958) and Spelling for the Millions, New York : The New American Library (1977).


.5 linear feet (1 Box )

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Edna Furness was a student at the University of Colorado from 1940 to 1951, studying for her graduate degrees. The collection includes her final examination papers, a list of her publications and her M.A. and Ph.D. Theses.


This collection is arranged in original order in which we attained it from the donor, with a box level inventory list.

Athena T. Knudson
October 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Rare and Distinctive Collections Repository

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Boulder Colorado 80503 United States