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[unknown], Hannah. Letter, 1866

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VC Class Year Unknown,1 letter, dated 18 Oct 1866, from "Hannah" to her brother. Hannah describes the arrangement of her room and corridor at Vassar College, rigorous music classes, the popularity of boating, and the fruit given to her by a classmate.

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[unknown], Nellie. Letters, 1868

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2 letters, dated 10 Nov and 15 Nov 1868, from "Nellie" to her mother and father. Nellie describes her favorable impressions of Vassar College. Citing her family's probable interest, Nellie details a lecture by Professor Farrar on the history of rifle manufacture, including two diagrams. She includes

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Adams, Ruth. Letters, 1900-1902

Date
1865
Abstract

85 letters from Adams to family, written between 1900 and 1902, and 1 letter from Flora A. Clarke to Ida, April 1901. Some of the letters are very brief notes or postcards. Adams' longer letters contain evocative landscape descriptions, references to student activities, orders for new clothing

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Badgley, Mary M. Letters, 1866-1867

Date
1866-1867
Abstract

7 letters from Badgley to Kate Flanders, a friend from home in Milwaukee, about her 1866-1867 fall semester at Vassar. She describes entrance examinations, classes, the rooms, food, exercise, and prayer meetings. She also chats about news from home. In one letter (Oct 15) she talks about the

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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
Abstract

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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Crippen, Ruth H. Letters, 1900

Date
1900
Abstract

5 letters from Crippen to her family and unmarked recipients. Praises the amenities of student life, such as rowing, the floral club, the post-office, and the Self-Government constitution (Oct 1900). She mentions that college offers the freedom to "listen or not" during lectures (Sep 1900). Crippen

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Fogg, Annie. Letter, 1870

Date
1870
Abstract

1 letter from Fogg to "friend Annie." Fogg describes her entrance examinations for Vassar, along with her settling in at the college.

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Gaston, Mary E. Letters, 1874-1878

Date
1865
Abstract

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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Hawes, Edith K. Letter, 1904

Date
1904
Abstract

1 letter, from Hawes to her sick friend Ruth M. Adams. Hawes discusses history class, minor events on campus, and a lecture in the chapel.

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Hollingworth, Ruth (Mann). Letter, 1895

Date
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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Kiliani, Lillian (Taylor). Letters, 1877-1944

Date
1877-1944
Abstract

3 letters from Lilian Kiliani to her grandmother and 2 letters regarding the forwarding of Kiliani's letters to the Vassar collection. Kiliani's April 1873 letter, written while she was abroad in Baden, Germany, discusses her desire to study at Vassar. Her February 1877 letter describes the

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Kirkland, Winifred. Letters, 1893-1895

Date
1893-1895
Abstract

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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McAndrew, Marjorie. Letters, 1916-1917

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VC Ex 1920,11 letters to McAndrew (VC Ex 1920) from friends and family, dated between 1916 and 1917. The longer letters from McAndrew's family discuss social and family news, Vassar activities, naval exercises, correspondence and gifts from other family members, and promised clothing. A letter from

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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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Mineah, Mary A. Letters, 1869-1870

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2 letters, from Mary A. Mineah to her mother, about her spring semesters at Vassar in 1869 and 1870. In the first letter, Mineah describes lectures by Vassar astronomy professor Maria Mitchell, Yale professor Silliman, missionary in Brazil J.L. Fletcher, and Vassar religion professor Farrar. In

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Moore, Lulu L. Letter, 1878

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VC Spec 1878-1879,1 letter, dated Dec 31 1878, from Moore (VC spec 1878-1879) to her father, John Adams Moore. Moore reports having received her father's two letters and requests family news. She describes a New Year's party given by the assistant lady principal, student visits to their professor

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Quigley, Elizabeth. Letter, n.d.

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1 letter from Quigley (VC 1918) to her family members "Papa" and "Margery." Quigley reports that organizations are attempting to sell Liberty Bonds at Vassar College, despite the unlikelihood of students being able to purchase fifty-dollar bonds. She also mentions studying for a written exam in

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Robinson, Mary B. Letter, 1872

Date
1872
Abstract

1 letter from Robinson to Pres John H. Raymond, including a brief reply. Robinson inquires about adding a class, but Raymond does not allow it.

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