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[unknown], Gert. Letter, 1918

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Date
13 Feb 1918
Abstract

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

Date
1911-01-01T00:00:01Z-1914-06-30T23:59:59Z
Abstract

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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Frantz, Edna (Bachman). Letters, 1912-1916

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10 letters, dated between 18 Oct 1912 and Feb 14 1916, from Frantz (VC 1916) to her friend Rosemarie. Franz provides detailed descriptions of her four years at Vassar College. Frantz discusses her academic experiences, including exams and final papers at the end of each semester, lectures, visiting

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MacCoy, Marjorie Newell. Letters, 1907-1910

Date
1907-10-01T00:00:01Z-1910-05-31T23:59:59Z
Abstract

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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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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Pratt, Mary (Morris). Letters, 1874, 1877-1880

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8 letters from Mary Pratt to her mother, one dated Nov. 1874 and the remaining seven between April 1877 and May 1880. The 1874 letter recounts making molasses with her classmates at Vassar. Remaining letters describe making chicken costumes for the Philalethean entertainment, the junior class

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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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Schmitt, Dorothy (Prentiss). Letter, 1918

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1 typed copy of a letter from Schmitt (VC 1920) to her mother about the 1918 fire at Vassar College. Schmitt describes the fire as resulting from a defective flue and causing the collapse of an entire wing of Main Building. She reports that the four hundred students who had been living in Main

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Shipp, Margaret M. Letters, 1901-1905

Date
1901-09-01T00:00:01Z-1905-05-31T23:59:59Z
Abstract

This collection contains 315 letters: 19 addressed to her family, 248 to her sister, 2 to her father and sister, and 46 to her father. The letters cover her entire time at Vassar. Shipp describes her courses and impressions of faculty members (President James Taylor and Lady Principal Georgia

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Slade, Abigail and Caroline Slade. Letters, 1866

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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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Slocum, Harriet (Palmer). Letter, 1869

Date
1869
Abstract

1 letter from Slocum to Mollie (Mary) A. Parker. Slocum describes her activities during an unexpected vacation granted to the students. For one day, she and twelve other students proposed a trip to West Point with a professor, but Miss Lyman forbid them to go as the trustees would not approve and

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Stem, Sarah M. Letters, 1866-1871

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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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Stephenson, Mary (Sheldon). Letters, 1884-1888

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3 letters from Stephenson to her friend "Sate" concerning her experiences at Vassar between 1884 and 1888. Stephenson details Vassar's election festivities of 1884, during which Republican students held a procession for Blaine, whom they assumed to be victorious, while the Democrat students dressed

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Strong, Eliza (McCreery). Letter, [1888]

Date
[1888]
Abstract

1 letter from Strong to her brother. She describes the Great Blizzard of 1888, including the college's lack of provisions and professors' inability to hold classes. Strong also includes measurements of the snowfall, its impact on the grounds, and the novelty of cutting paths through the drifts on

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

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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 (Thaw). Letters, 1873-1876

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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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