Marjorie Phillips Wood, class of 1911

Marjorie Phillips Wood, class of 1911


Marjorie Phillips Wood entered Pembroke College in 1907. In Part 1 of this interview, she remembers being disciplined as a freshman for the fun she had with her friends; Lida Shaw King, Dean of the Women’s College; expectations for dress and behavior at Pembroke; the language courses she took at Pembroke and at Brown; becoming a librarian at Harvard; basketball, bowling, dances, sororities, and other extracurricular activities; and being a tomboy. In Part 2, she discusses dorm life; activities like dances, picnics, and sorority membership; and being married later in life.

Part 1

Part 2


Interviewed by Barbara Raab

Suggested Chicago style citation: Wood, Marjorie Phillips. Interview. By Barbara Raab. Pembroke Center Oral History Project, Brown University.


Marjorie Phillips Wood grew up in Taunton, Massachusetts and attended the Women’s College from 1907 until 1911, where she studied History and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. After graduating from Brown she became a librarian, and worked in the foreign language department of the Widener Library at Harvard for more than twenty years. She retired in 1940, and in 1944, married Leroy F. Burroughs, ’12. At the time of her death in 1992, Marjorie Burroughs was living in Providence and 103 years old.