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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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Brown, Frances Elizabeth. Letters, 1866-1867

Date
1866-1867
Abstract

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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Cornell, Mary Emma. Letter, 1866

Date
1866
Abstract

1 letter from Cornell to her father. She asks for information about a men's college that her father is involved with. She gives a detailed and favorable impression of the morality of Vassar, concluding that most of the students are Christian and become closer to their faith during their time at the

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DeCaindry, Ida (Corson). Letters, 1870-1872

Date
1870-1872
Abstract

3 letters from DeCaindry to her sister Helen. DeCaindry uses the familiar "thee" form to address her sister. She writes about student and academic life, including the planting of the class tree.

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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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Houts, Annie (Glidden). Letters, 1866-1874

Date
1866-1874
Abstract

1 letter from classmates Abby F. Goodsell and [Emma], 2 letters from Houts to her fiancé Frank, and 27 letters from Houts to her brother John Glidden. Houts' letters to her brother include discussions of extracurriculars (e.g. her participation in a baseball club and drama productions), Founder's

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Hoyt, Emma L. Letters, 1872

Date
1872
Abstract

1 letter from Hoyt to Mrs. Reed accompanied by a later letter from Susan Crampton to her friend Amy, concerning the discovery of Hoyt's letter. The Apr 1872 letter to Mrs. Reed discusses the historic election of a woman to Montpelier's school committee, meeting the famous author Gail Hamilton, and

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Pease, Julia M. Letters, 1870-1875

Abstract

221 letters from Julia Pease, mostly to her parents and sister Caroline, concerning her experiences at Vassar between 1870 and 1875. Pease discusses social visits, family news, fashion trends, and academic experience. She describes Christmas festivities and theatricals at Vassar (Cara, Dec 1872) and

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Slade, Abigail and Caroline Slade. Letters, 1866

Abstract

Many letters in this collection are written by Abigail L. Slade or Caroline S. Slade, and noted accordingly; when letters were co-written, this is also specified. For some letters, it is impossible to determine which person wrote the letter, noted by "Slade, Abigail L. or Slade, Caroline S."\n\n18

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Stem, Sarah M. Letters, 1866-1871

Abstract

9 letters from Stem to her family, written between 1866 and 1871. Stem describes Vassar fashions, her roommate and other acquaintances, the solemn observance of Washington's birthday, lectures by Prof. Silliman of Yale and South American missionary Mr. Fletcher, social news, Founders' Day, social

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Taylor, Kate (Huntington). Letter, 1869

Date
1869
Abstract

1 letter from Taylor to Sue, relationship unknown. She describes her frustration with Miss Lyman, who is immoveable when in opposition to students (unlike more malleable faculty like Dr. Raymond) and will not allow her to drop Latin and take German instead. Miss Lyman also prevents her from walking

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Teegarden, Mary Treat. Letter, 1867

Date
1867
Abstract

1 letter from Teegarden to her cousin Mary A. Starr. She describes her experience staying at Vassar over the Christmas holiday and the daily activities of the students during the break. On Christmas, she writes about attending a service at Christ Church in the City and hosting a Christmas party for

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Thompson, Addie (Adda). Letters, n.d., 1875-1876

Abstract

13 letters from Thompson to her family about her experiences at Vassar from the fall of 1875 to the spring of 1876. Thompson describes her arrival, entrance examinations, the difficulty of having her first name registered in the catalogue, her freshman room, initial homesickness, and Christmas

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Thompson, Mary (Coe). Letter, 1865

Abstract

1 letter, dated Nov 18 1865, from Thompson (VC Prep 1865-Feb 1866) to Mrs. Boynton, her Bible class teacher and pastor's wife. Thompson writes formally. She details several features of life at Vassar College, such as shopping in Poughkeepsie, President Raymond, the professors, and the college

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Thompson, Mary (Thaw). Letters, 1873-1876

Abstract

4 letters from Thompson to her father about her experiences at Vassar from 1873 to 1876. Thompson reports social news and her performance on the entrance examinations, requests more money for school books, and repents accidental overspending on a dress to wear to an acquaintance's wedding.

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Williams, Ellen (Boardman). Letters, 1865-1866

Abstract

49 letters from Williams to her family about her two semesters at Vassar from 1865 to 1866. Williams discusses her enjoyment of her geology and zoology classes with Professor Tenney, for which she collects butterflies and moths from the Vassar grounds (Jun 1866, letter to her mother September 1865)

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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