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Taylor, Lea D. Letters, 1900

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VC 1904,8 letters, dated between September and December 1900, from Taylor (VC 1904) to her family. In the earlier letters, Taylor describes her journey by train from Chicago to Vassar College, her interactions with instructors such as Miss Ballantine and Miss Bartelmann, her off-campus boarding house on Corlies Ave. (of which she encloses photographs), and the Vassar College campus. Taylor requests specific articles of clothing, shares social and family news, and discusses her Thanksgiving travel plans. She mentions Vassar traditions such as the Lake Mohonk trip, the basket ball competition between classes, the sophomore party, and senior parlor. Taylor also describes her academic stress and examinations, chapel services and sermons, a play, and a violin recital. She details a Democratic mass meeting at Vassar with impersonations of the Democratic presidential candidate [William Jennings] Bryan and his family.
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