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Lowell History: The 'Marm 1934, Lowell Teachers College Yearbook

The 'Marm is a yearbook from the Lowell Teachers College branch of the UMass Lowell Family Tree, and has been made available digitally on our Internet Archive site. Published but one year, 1934, it was succeeded by The Knoll (1935 -1975).

Two copies of The 'Marm are held by the Center for Lowell History. This edition of The 'Marm, belonged to LTC alumna Mary Frances Lanigan, a gifted pianist, and contains inscriptions from her classmates. It is also autographed by college President Clarence M. Weed and Art Instructor DeMerritte (Demie) A. Hiscoe.1

The title "the 'Marm" derives from schoolmarm: "a person exhibiting the prim or didactic behavior conventionally associated with a schoolmistress." Using it as the title for the Lowell Teachers College yearbook in first third of the 20th Century was likely intended as self-parody. "Marm" is believed to be a New England dialectic variant of ma'am.2 

                      yearbook cover

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The 'Marm includes a fanciful Class Prophecy piece in which the future lives of the graduates are viewed from the misty summit of Mount Olympus. It also contains a History of the Class of 1934 which concludes:

"Let not the future destroy what we have built, rather let it bind us together in bonds of stronger friendship. Wherever we go, we take with us these memories, invaluable and cherished reminders of our college career."

2. "schoolmarm, n." OED Online, Oxford University Press, September 2020, Accessed 5 December 2020.