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[unknown], Julie. Letter, 1869

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VC Class Year Unknown,1 letter, dated 17 Oct 1869, from "Julie" to Isabel Treadwell Towne (VC spec 1865-1866). "Julie" recounts her first five weeks at Vassar College. She criticizes her room, praises the campus grounds, and describes several of Towne's former classmates. "Julie" also mentions

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[unknown], Mary. Letter, 1872

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1 letter, dated 24 Nov 1872, from "Mary" to her sister "Mollie." Mary describes a typical Sunday routine at Vassar College, beginning with Bible class and chapel. Mary explains that after dinner and while still dressed in their Sunday finery, the students would promenade in the park. She also

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Anderson, Irene. Letters, 1866

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VC Spec 1866-1867,1 letter, dated 10 Oct 1866, from Anderson (VC spec 1866-1867) to her brother Norton B. Anderson. Anderson promises to write every week and keep a daily journal of her experiences at Vassar College. She describes the geology walks led by Professor Tennyson, provides a comprehensive

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Banfield, Edith C. Letters, 1888-1891

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1 letter from Banfield to her friend (or relative) Mary Banfield, and 2 letters from Banfield to her family. The letter to Mary Banfield contains information about a visiting Episcopal minister, a prayer meeting, academics (including a brief mention of Professor Salmon), and social news about

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Barus, Annie Howes. Letter, 1869

Date
1869
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1 letter from Barus to Edith. Includes detailed descriptions of her entrance examinations, housing situations and furnishings, roommates, daily routine, meals, and classes. Also relates an account of her meeting the president to be accepted after the examination.

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Brown, Frances Elizabeth. Letters, 1866-1867

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1866-1867
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7 letters from Brown to Abigail L. and Caroline E. Slade (both VC Special Students from 1866-1867) at Fall River, Massachusetts. The letters discuss housing, upperclassman recitations, social news, Founder's Day and faculty, including Henry Van Ingen and his wife. Brown details changes to the

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Eldridge, Muriel (Tilden). Letters, 1911-1914

Date
1911-01-01T00:00:01Z-1914-06-30T23:59:59Z
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This collection contains 93 letters: 1 letter addressed to Eldridge's father, 1 letter to her family, 1 letter to her sisters, 1 letter to her parents, and 89 letters to her mother. They cover the winter of her freshman year through the end of her senior year. Eldridge's letters are affectionate

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Fales, Helen Augusta | to "dear Aunt Susan," Nov. 18, 1865 [TS]

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November 18, 1865
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1 letter, from Fales to "dear Aunt Susan." Fales complains about Vassar's strictness, particularly compared to the freedom afforded to students at men's colleges. She gives a detailed account of the faculty and staff at Vassar, including Dr. Raymond and Miss Lyman. She explains how meals are

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Fales, Helen Augusta. Letter, 1865

Date
1865 [TS]
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1 letter from Fales to "dear Aunt Susan." Fales complains about Vassar's strictness, particularly compared to the freedom afforded to students at men's colleges. She gives a detailed account of the faculty and staff at Vassar, including Dr. Raymond and Miss Lyman. She explains how meals are

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Faust, Frances (Patterson). Letter, 1888

Date
1888
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1 letter from Faust to her brother George M. Patterson. Faust relates her participation in a play, which was deemed "immoral" by a faculty member and had to be rewritten by the cast before they performed. She also describes a spelling competition between the class societies of 1888 and 1889. She

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Fitt, Harriet (Bradley). Letters, 1910

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VC 1913,31 letters, dated between 13 Jan and 8 Apr 1910, from Fitt (VC 1913) to her family. Fitt discusses a spring semester at Vassar College. She describes coursework, lectures, and exams in subjects such as geometry, Latin, medieval history, and Renaissance history. Fitt also discusses features

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Foster, Frances (Harmon) Miller. Letters, 1864-1866

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1864-1866
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4 letters and a clipping from Foster to her cousin Louisa Burton and to Jennie Elizabeth Clark. The clipping is about the death in battle of Foster's husband Captain Oscar O. Miller on Sep. 2 1864. The letters describe Foster's dedication to her Vassar academic responsibilities and student life

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Gaston, Mary E. Letters, 1874-1878

Date
1865
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17 letters from Gaston to her mother. She describes academics and examinations, fashion (including the gymnastics suits) and shopping, religious life, faculty, and housing. Regarding her social life, she relates a freshman-sophomore dance, the Philalethean Society performing The Merchant of Venice

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Griffith, Caroline. Letters, 1878-1885

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VC 1884,19 letters to Griffith (VC 1884), dated between 6 Jan 1878 and 19 Jun 1885, from Vassar College students, alumni, and administrators. Both letters from Emma B. (Wentworth) Hull (VC 1880) and the letter from VC treasurer W.L. Dean concerning Griffith's diploma were sent from Vassar. The 2

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Hollingworth, Ruth (Mann). Letter, 1895

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1895-01-01T01:00:01Z-1895-12-31T23:59:59Z
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1 letter from Hollingworth to her friend Alice M. Howland. The letter begins with a description of dinner at Strong Hall. She resumes with details about the end of the year, including campus preparations and decorations, a Baccalaureate service, Class Day, a burial service, a concert by the Glee

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Jackson, Helen (Basfield). Letters, 1875-1877

Date
1875-1877
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2 letters from Jackson to her cousin Ann Scholfield in April 1875 and Dec 1877. She shares family news, plans visits, and discusses the logistics of feeding Vassar's 400 students. In the later letter she describes winter visits, the Philalethean Anniversary, and the departure of Lady Principal Terry

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Jones, Martha (Boyd). Letter, 1882

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1 letter, dated 19 Mar 1882, from Jones (VC 1883) to her mother. Jones writes about the dedication of the organ in the Vassar College Chapel and an organ recital by Walter [Damrosch]. She also discusses the insensitivity of addressing sickness and death in a sermon after the death of Professor

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Kirkland, Winifred. Letters, 1893-1895

Date
1893-1895
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3 letters from Kirkland to her friend Jennie S. Liebman. Kirkland describes her experiences at Vassar College between transferring there in the fall of 1893 to her junior year in the fall of 1895. She mentions new friends, academics, nostalgia for the "Packer" school and the Dakota, professors

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MacCoy, Marjorie Newell. Letters, 1907-1910

Date
1907-10-01T00:00:01Z-1910-05-31T23:59:59Z
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This collection contains 105 letters: 15 addressed to her sister Harriet Jean MacCoy (VC 1903), 4 to her father, and 86 to her family. The letters cover the fall of her freshman year through the end of her junior year. She makes some mention of exams and academics, but most of the letters are

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McGraw, Maria (Dickinson). Letters, 1866-1867

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1 letter from McGraw to her [future] husband Thomas S. McGraw, 1 from McGraw to her friends Harriette Warner, Helen Warner, and Martha Warner. The letter to her future husband includes details about Commencement, most notably her winning the Salutatory. She also describes a photographer on campus

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The Vassar College Archives within the Digital Library include some images, texts, and material items that are racist, xenophobic, or otherwise harmful. The Vassar Libraries have provided descriptive text and additional notes whenever possible to alert Digital Library users to these items. The Engaged Pluralism Initiative Race and Racism in Historical Collections Project Group is working with the library on contextualizing and facilitating community conversations about these materials. For more information see: https://library.vassar.edu/rrhc