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Bromley, Frances M. Diary, 1870-1877
Vassar College Archives and Special Collections
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Bromley, Frances M.
Bound volume; aprox 159p; 5 x 3 inches; Iron gall ink on aged paper
Religion and Spirituality
Vassar College. Class of 1879
Diary recently identified as written by Frances Bromley (VC Ex 1879).
Frances Bromley (VC Ex 1879) was a prolific diarist, contributing seven diaries to Vassar College that chronicle her life from 1872 to 1877. Bromley's diaries all contain reflections on her daily activities, observations about other people, and literary and biblical quotes. Bromley also writes extensively about illness throughout her diaries. This volume focuses on her religious thought, reflections on death, feelings of alienation from herself and the world around her, and general disjointed observations. Initially, she describes teaching and studying at a Normal School. Although she is accepted to Michigan University, she cannot attend because of financial troubles. She chafes at gender norms (e.g. she is promoted to the head of her school and then the board decides to give the position to a man instead: see August 25, 1874). She starts at Vassar in 1876, struggles with her health, and experiences periods of great optimism and others of crushing sadness.