Dorothy Bethurum Loomis of Franklin, Tennessee was a Vanderbilt Alumna, Bachelor of Arts 1919 and Master of Arts 1922. She went on to obtain her doctorate from Yale University in 1930 and also studied at Oxford as a Fulbright Fellow. After finishing her education, she taught at Randolph Macon Women’s College and at Lawrence College. By 1940, she accepted a position as Professor of English and head of the department at Connecticut College for Women. In 1946 she served as chairman of the English Institute. Through her research and dedicated scholarship, Loomis was an authority on the medieval and Anglo-Saxon period.
The Dorothy Bethurum Loomis Collection contains personal and biographical material, writings, teaching material, translations, writings of other Loomis family members, and articles written by other scholars on medieval studies and the Anglo-Saxon period.