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Slade, Abigail L. Diary, 1866
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Slade, Abigail L.
Bound volume; aprox 179p; 4 x 2.75 inches; Iron gall ink on aged paper
Vassar College. Special and Preparatory Students
VC Spec 1865-1866
Brief daily entries written in 1866 during and after Slade’s spring semester at Vassar College. Slade mentions entrance examinations, music lessons, botany expeditions, and compositions. She refers to various faculty members, such as [VC Lady Principal] Miss [Hannah] Lyman, Maria Mitchell, Dr. Raymond, Professor Tenney, Professor Buckham, and Professor Van Ingen. Social details include correspondence, flirtations in Poughkeepsie, classmates, birthdays, an organ concert, Euchre, croquet, and tilting. Beyond attending services in the VC chapel, Slade reports attending social events affiliated with several different church denominations. Slade mentions tableaux, Valentine’s day, autograph albums, and making her gymnastic suit (May 4). She then discusses her activities for the remainder of the year after leaving Vassar, such as a camping trip (Aug 12) and travels through destinations such as Fall River, Providence, and Yarmouth.