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[unknown], Gert. Letter, 1918

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77114-Service File.jpg
Date
13 Feb 1918
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1 letter, dated 13 Feb 1918, from "Gert" to her family about the fire at Vassar College. Marking the letter as from "Vassar College (What's left of it!)" Gert provides an eyewitness account of the fire at Main Building as viewed from an upper floor of Strong. She also describes the observations of

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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], Katharine. Letter, 1873

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77195-Service File.jpg
Date
26 Apr 1873
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1 letter, dated 26 Apr 1873, from "Katharine" to her mother. Katharine recounts the events of her first spring semester Vassar College. She describes her dormitory room as extremely small and crowded with furniture, leading her to ask VC Lady Principal Miss Terry about changing rooms. Katharine also

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Arnzen, Laura Earl. Letters, 1865

Date
1865
Abstract

3 letters from Arnzen to Caroline and Abigail Slade (all three were VC Special Students from 1865-1866) while the sisters were still home in Fall River, Massachusetts. The letters describe student life in the first few months of the college. Arnzen encourages the sisters to join her at Vasssar

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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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Camp, Annetta Hortense. Letter, 1866

Date
1866
Abstract

1 letter from Camp to her friend Abigail L. Slade (VC Spec 1866-1867) including gossip about their social set, as well as happenings at the college.

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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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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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Duncan, Doris (Bullard). Letter, 1914

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1 letter, dated Dec 2 1914, from Duncan (VC 1917) to Mrs. Charles Culver, mother of Mary (Culver) Pollock (VC 1917). Duncan thanks Mrs. Culver for hosting her on Sunday night, as well as Dr. Culver for carrying her "heavy" suitcase to the station. Duncan reports rumors that the President's House at

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Fales, Helen Augusta. Letter, 1865

Date
1865 [TS]
Abstract

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
Abstract

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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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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Gallup, Lillie (Taylor). Letters, 1865-1867

Date
1865-1867
Abstract

2 letters from Gallup to her parents, in Jun 1867. Gallup sends the tuition bill and considers attending Vassar for a further two years. She reports on social events and her election as Recording Secretary of Chapter Alpha of the Philalethean Society.

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Greer, Florence. Letter, 1899

Date
Nov 1895
Abstract

1 letter from Greer to Mary A. Mineah (VC 1870) about her social and academic experiences during her fall semester at Vassar. Mentions acquaintances, a lecturer, English classes, and German classes.

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Griffis, Katharine (Stanton). Letters, 1877

Date
1877
Abstract

4 letters from Griffis to Mary Grace Toll Hill between Jul 1874 and Nov 1875. Griffis discusses news of her family and friends, homesickness, and the excitement of student life. She describes the grounds and rooms at Vassar, her new classmates, social gatherings, clubs, and the Philalethean

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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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Hatcher, Orie Latham. Letters, 1887

Date
1887
Abstract

2 letters from Hatcher to Mr. Pace, Nov. 1887 on her intent to submit her impressions of Vassar student life to his magazine.

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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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Hollister, Emma B. Letters, 1875

Date
1875
Abstract

2 letters from Hollister to her mother from Dec 1871. Hollister reports that she attended a lecture by James Farton, listened to President Taylor read a selection from Nicholas Nickleby, heard a musical recital, and observed a friend performing a significant role in the Philalethean entertainment.

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Holtz, Eliza. Letters, 1865-1866

Date
1865-1866
Abstract

3 letters from Holtz to her brother and mother between 1865 and 1866. Holtz wishes her family a happy new year and describes the Christmas festivities at Vassar. Later letters describe her algebra field trip to Rhinebeck, her visit to the home of a trustee, and meeting a well-known missionary. There

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