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Raymond, Cornelia M. Diary, 1897
Vassar College Archives and Special Collections
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Raymond, Cornelia M.
Bound volume; aprox 285p; 6 x 3.5 inches; Iron gall ink on aged paper
Faculty, Staff, Administrators
Vassar College. Class of 1883
Short entries in a half page a day format. Raymond describes teaching at a [private] school in [Springfield], Massachusetts, giving music lessons, reading books and studying poetry, reflecting on sermons and religious lectures, and being involved with a list of courses (Feb 12). She refers to her correspondence with students, faculty, administrators (such as James Monroe Taylor) and the Miscellany newspaper at Vassar College. Her social circle also involves faculty and alumnae of other schools in the Massachusetts area, such as Smith College. Throughout the diary, Raymond describes her activities in the Salvation Army, particularly her work in proselytization and encouraging meeting attendees (particularly “Smith”) in their efforts to abstain from alcohol. Raymond mentions the inauguration of President McKinley (Mar 4). At the back of the diary, Raymond includes a draft of a letter for Mr. Charles L. Brace, expressing her interest in social work among the poor of New York City.