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Mansfield, Adelaide (Claflin). Letters, 1893-1897

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Date
1893-1897
Abstract
A collection of 85 letters to Mansfield's mother, father and sister Louise. There is great detail about daily life at the college, academics, lectures, sermons, eating "spreads" in dorm rooms with her classmates, clothing, room decorating, and celebration of events, such as Washington's birthday. Of particular note is the number of times she refers to "colored" people" she saw in town or while out visiting friends, and used the term "darkies" when she talked about music, dance, or other forms of entertainment performed by African Americans or in a style associated with African Americans.
References
Finding aid: http://specialcollections.vassar.edu/collections/archives/findingaids/miscellaneous/vc_student_materials.html
Details
Extent
1 item
Format
Identifier
vassar:24489,IID
Rights
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English