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Stephenson, Mary (Sheldon). Letters, 1884-1888

Abstract
3 letters from Stephenson to her friend "Sate" concerning her experiences at Vassar between 1884 and 1888. Stephenson details Vassar's election festivities of 1884, during which Republican students held a procession for Blaine, whom they assumed to be victorious, while the Democrat students dressed in mourning for Cleveland and served oysters to the Republicans. In 1885, the Vassar Republicans held a patriotic oyster reception for the Vassar Democrats, in recognition of their mistake in predicting the 1884 presidential election. Stephenson discusses the letters she has received from a "Prohibitionist Republican" acquaintance at Alfred College. Stephenson also describes Vassar traditions, such as the invitation of the freshmen to the senior parlor and sophomore party, the Philalethean play, and the Philharmonic concerts.,VC 1888
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Finding aid: http://specialcollections.vassar.edu/collections/archives/findingaids/miscellaneous/vc_student_materials.html