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Pollock, Mary (Culver). Diary, 1913-1917
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Pollock, Mary (Culver)
Bound volume; aprox 396p; 6 x 3.5 inches; Iron gall ink on aged paper
Pollock’s “line-a-day” diary, kept during her last year of high school and her four years at Vassar (1913-1917). Each day in the journal includes a line for each of five successive years. Pollock discusses social events, including card parties, theater and film (Charlie Chaplin), flirtations and crushes, and meeting notable writers (Kate Douglas Wiggin, Evelyn Nesbit). Pollock describes her activism for such organizations and causes as women’s suffrage (Votes for Women sticker, the Suffrage Parade on June 6, 1914), the DAR, and the Red Cross. Pollock references academic experiences related to studying, lab, recitations, compositions, and athletics. She mentions the Vassar traditions related to Field Day, Tree Ceremonies, Commencement, Graduation, Class Day, the Daisy Chain, alumni night at Union, the Freshman Reception, the Geology trip, and visiting Lake Mohonk. Pollock cites significant historical events, such as the [U.S.] declaration of war [on Germany] (April 6, 1917), the sinking of the Lusitania (May 8, 1915), war in China (July 28, 1913), and viewing a military camp (November 4, 1917).