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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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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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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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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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Elwell, Marion F. — to family, March 4, 1904

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Date
4 Mar 1904
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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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Finley, Charlotte (Deming). Letter, 1886

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1 letter, dated "Thanksgiving Night 1886," from Finley (VC 1889) to her cousin "Effie." Finley writes that an excellent Thanksgiving dinner was served at Vassar College, during which the students costumed themselves as English ladies and gentlemen. She describes the events after dinner as including

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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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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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Hagerman, Mary E[lla] (Comstock). Letter, 1882-1884

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4 letters, dated between 1882 and 1884, from Hagerman (VC Ex 1885) to her brother Will Comstock. Hagerman discusses her experiences at Vassar College, such as singing in the Glee Club, visiting Lake Mohonk, giving recitations, and attending Commencement. She also sends birthday wishes from herself

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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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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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Ladd, Jennie A. Letters, 1876

Date
1876
Abstract

3 letters from Ladd to her aunt Lee and 1 letter from Ladd to her cousin Julie. In her June 1873 letter to Julie, Ladd discusses her sophomore arrival at Vassar, including details of rooms, entrance examinations, the play Cinderella in which multiple acquaintances performed, and a sermon by a

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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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Moore, Felicia E. Letter, 1870

Date
1870
Abstract

1 letter from Moore to her sister. Moore gives a detailed description of Thanksgiving dinner at Vassar, which included both students and faculty. In particular, she focuses on the fashion, the food, and the setting of the dinner. She also lists a number of arts performances given that week

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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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Pease, Julia M. Letters, 1870-1875

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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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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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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