Lyl Wray papers
Scope and Contents
The papers of Lillian Wray consist mostly of copies of her original columns in the Lexington Park Enterprise newspaper and personal documents and objects pertaining to events and happenings at St. Mary’s Seminary and the surrounding area ranging mostly, but not exclusively, from 1956-1958. The collection contains many photocopies and a few original clippings of her column “Campus Corner” in The Enterprise, a Lexington Park newspaper. The column was a way for Lillian to offer insight into events that were happening at the Seminary, other local events and whatever was relevant to the time of year (i.e., Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, etc.). She never wrote about herself specifically, but shared a few stories from her time at the Seminary. Some of her columns recounted productions or events put on at the Seminary or local schools, whose programs are included in this collection. Her diploma and a piece of personal jewelry are also included. Personal papers related to Lillian Wray’s life at the Seminary, such as grade reports, letters, receipts, awards, newspaper clippings, and other miscellaneous documents make up the rest of the collection.
- 1947, 1956-1958, 2003
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open without restriction.
Biographical / Historical
Lillian “Lyl” Wray is a St. Mary’s Seminary Junior College graduate of the 1958 high school class. She was born in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1940 to parents Captain and Mrs. William Wray. Her father was a flight surgeon in the Navy and the senior medical officer at Patuxent River Naval Air Station beginning in 1955.
Lyl completed her freshman year of high school (1954) at New Bern High School in New Bern, North Carolina. Her family moved to Patuxent River, Maryland in 1955, where her father was stationed at the Naval Air Station. She spent one day at St. Mary’s Academy in Leonardtown and one day at the public high school before settling at St. Agnes School, a boarding school, for her sophomore year.
Beginning in 1956, Lyl attended St. Mary’s Seminary as part of the high school program. She was a member of the drama club, was a class officer and was a member of the honor court at one point of her time at the Seminary. She participated in the yearly pageant, portraying Margaret Brent her second year. Lyl also took college courses in the summer at the Seminary. Starting in 1957, Lyl wrote a column for the Lexington Park Enterprise called “Campus Corner”, where she commented and reported on events on campus or related to campus.
Lyl graduated in 1958 and went on to receive a bachelor of arts in speech and dramatic arts with a minor in English at the University of Maryland. She worked in the UMD alumni office raising funds, putting on special events, and writing/editing the newsletter. From there, Lyl was a marketing director for the Naval Institute Press. As of 2008, she is the marketing director for Historic St. Mary’s City.
An oral history of Lillian Wray (with Sarah Sandy (Zanhiser) Yeats) is available on the archive's SlackWater Oral History Collection website: https://smcm.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p4105coll5/id/337/
0.2 Linear Feet (1 box)
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An assortment of papers, objects and records associated with Lillian Wray, a member of the 1958 high school class at St. Mary’s Seminary. Document types include a high school diploma, newspaper columns, jewelry, article clippings, programs from various events, letters, and other miscellaneous papers.
Collection arranged and described for fulfillment of final project credit for MUST 390, Introduction to Archives and Information Science, Spring 2015.
- Sami Wright
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