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DeWitt, Nettie (Brand). Letters, 1892-1894

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12 letters from DeWitt (VC Ex 1896) to her mother, 3 to both parents, 2 to her brother, 2 to her father, and 3 addressed to the whole family. The letters describe finances, healthcare and the Infirmary, social life and organizations, academics, and religion & bible study. She describes some traditions like Founder's Day, Class Day, Commencement, and Daisy Chain. Notably, she writes about Valentine's Day and associated smashing (to mother, Feb. 16, 1893). She also includes some social issues, like a debate between the campus Republicans and Democrats about the campaign (to mother, October 1892), missionary work, a lecture from Jane Addams (to mother, Feb. 16, 1893), famous trials like the Lizzie Borden case (to brother), and events with the YWCA ( to mother Dec. 10, 1892). In particular, the letters to her mother include detailed descriptions of romantic relationships on campus (through events with male guests like Founder's Day and dances), fashion and shopping trips to New York City, and food (along with updates about her weight). Throughout, she discusses her motivations to drop out of Vassar.,VC Ex 1896
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