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[unknown], Gert. Letter, 1918

Abstract
1 letter, dated 13 Feb 1918, from "Gert" to her family about the fire at Vassar College. Marking the letter as from "Vassar College (What's left of it!)" Gert provides an eyewitness account of the fire at Main Building as viewed from an upper floor of Strong. She also describes the observations of other students, the students' relief effort to house Main residents and recover belongings, VC President Henry Noble MacCracken's meeting with the school, the newspapers' false reports of casualties, and the armed soldiers who patrolled the grounds after the fire. Gert closes with a suggestion that her father's business address the lack of fire hydrants in the area.
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Identifier
vassar:55118,Folder 64.14; VCL_Letters_Gert_1918-02-13_064_014_001
Date
13 Feb 1918
Extent
1 item
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References
Finding aid: http://specialcollections.vassar.edu/collections/archives/findingaids/miscellaneous/vc_student_materials.html
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