Student Letters

Kirkland, Winifred. Letters, 1893-1895
3 letters from Kirkland to her friend Jennie S. Liebman. Kirkland describes her experiences at Vassar College between transferring there in the fall of 1893 to her junior year in the fall of 1895. She mentions new friends, academics, nostalgia for the "Packer" school and the Dakota, professors, rooms, social visits, and acquaintances' engagements.
Ladd, Jennie A. Letters, 1876
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 visiting missionary. Her letters to her aunt describe her first semester roommates, academics, winter discomfort, the apple orchards near Vassar, Founders' Day and Freshman Sociable events, and family news.
Ladd-Franklin, Christine. Letter, 1869
1 letter from Ladd-Franklin to May Harry. Ladd-Franklin describes getting her teeth filled, writing an essay for Commencement Day, and an accident with the gas that almost caused an explosion.
Mansfield, Adelaide (Claflin). Letters, 1893-1897
A collection of 85 letters to Mansfield's mother, father and sister Louise. There is great detail about daily life at the college, academics, lectures, sermons, eating “spreads” in dorm rooms with her classmates, clothing, room decorating, and celebration of events, such as Washington’s birthday. Of particular note is the number of times she refers to “colored” people” she saw in town or while out visiting friends, and used the term “darkies” when she talked about music, dance, or other forms of entertainment performed by African Americans or in a style associated with African Americans.
Marshall, Katherine (Manson). Letter, 1910
1 postcard, postmarked 11 Feb 1910, from Marshall (VC 1910) to Emma Stewart. Referring to the image of the Vassar College campus on the back of the postcard, Marshall asks Stewart how many of the depicted buildings she could identify. Marshall explains that she is too busy at Vassar to write to Stewart every week, as she had at home. The image of Vassar College is credited to W.T. Little and Co. In the foreground of the image, the row of houses and large lake are encircled by trees and divided from the rest of the campus by Raymond Avenue. Several boats are visible on the lake, a horse-drawn carriage on the road, and people on the campus sidewalks. The right side of the image includes the Chapel, the President’s House, and a building with chimneys. The center includes a road leading from the main gate to Main Building. The right side includes the Thompson Memorial Library; Rockefeller Hall; and residence halls Raymond House, Davidson House, Jewett House (then known as “North”), Lathrop House, and Strong House. Ely Hall, Swift Hall, and the Maria Mitchell Observatory are visible near Main Building.
VC 1910
McAndrew, Marjorie. Letters, 1916-1917
VC Ex 1920
11 letters to McAndrew (VC Ex 1920) from friends and family, dated between 1916 and 1917. The longer letters from McAndrew’s family discuss social and family news, Vassar activities, naval exercises, correspondence and gifts from other family members, and promised clothing. A letter from Hazel A. Ware (VC 1913) advises McAndrew on academic and social opportunities at Vassar, describes Ware’s experiences teaching school, and expresses sympathy for McAndrew following the death of her father. Shorter letters include an acknowledgement of a sympathy card, a tennis invitation, a Bible class reminder and reading assignment, a brief response to a letter McAndrew had sent, and a change of Thanksgiving travel plans.
McGraw, Maria (Dickinson). Letters, 1866-1867
1 letter from McGraw to her [future] husband Thomas S. McGraw, 1 from McGraw to her friends Harriette Warner, Helen Warner, and Martha Warner. The letter to her future husband includes details about Commencement, most notably her winning the Salutatory. She also describes a photographer on campus and details about faculty. To her friends, McGraw writes about Christmas, her social life, and a sleigh ride.
VC 1867
Mineah, Mary A. Letters, 1869-1870
2 letters, from Mary A. Mineah to her mother, about her spring semesters at Vassar in 1869 and 1870. In the first letter, Mineah describes lectures by Vassar astronomy professor Maria Mitchell, Yale professor Silliman, missionary in Brazil J.L. Fletcher, and Vassar religion professor Farrar. In the second, Mineah reflects on her political beliefs and academic goals, describing herself as influential and respected. She also recounts her experience observing the night sky from the Observatory. Mineah closes each letter with reference to family news.
VC 1870
Moore, Felicia E. Letter, 1870
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, including several Shakespeare readings and a Stereopticon.
Moore, Lulu L. Letter, 1878
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, and a sermon in Society Hall. Moore closes by discussing her education and career plans.
Neef, Nora. Letter, 1866
1 letter from Neef to Abbie Farwell (VC 1872). Neef discusses the death of a mutual acquaintance, explains her busy academic schedule, and discusses news from friends and family (particularly regarding cholera).
Noyes, Emma (Hartman). Letter, n.d.
1 letter from Noyes to H. Rachel Swan. Noyes explains that due to attending a concert at Bull's Head the night before, she is choosing not to attend her classes. She asks Swan to bring her notes from physiology class.
Pease, Julia M. Letters, 1870-1875
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 a sketching expedition to Matthew Vassar’s former home (Car, May 1871). Pease reflects on the death of a classmate and of Hannah Lyman in her Feb 1875 letter to her parents. She frequently contemplates the religious sermons given by various visiting speakers. Pease condemns the racist sentiments expressed by several students in reaction to the prospective arrival of the Japanese princesses (Carrie, Jan 1872).
VC 1875
Pratt, Mary (Morris). Letters, 1874, 1877-1880
8 letters from Mary Pratt to her mother, one dated Nov. 1874 and the remaining seven between April 1877 and May 1880. The 1874 letter recounts making molasses with her classmates at Vassar. Remaining letters describe making chicken costumes for the Philalethean entertainment, the junior class playing Halloween pranks on the seniors, making a speech of thanks on behalf of the junior class to the seniors for inviting them to a parlor party rather than taking revenge for the Halloween pranks, skating, a debate and operetta performed by Vassar students, her election as student association president, and the Shakespeare Club yacht party and visit to the historic Montgomery house. Highlights of Pratt’s senior year include social visits, the opening of the senior parlor and reception for the freshmen, the April 1880 dedication of the new laboratory by Matthew Vassar, Jr. and President Caldwell, and Pratt’s Founders’ Day speech as student association president. Pratt encloses the Class Day program in which she is listed as M. S. Morris.
VC 1880
Quigley, Elizabeth. Letter, n.d.
1 letter from Quigley (VC 1918) to her family members “Papa” and “Margery.” Quigley reports that organizations are attempting to sell Liberty Bonds at Vassar College, despite the unlikelihood of students being able to purchase fifty-dollar bonds. She also mentions studying for a written exam in psychology, having her picture taken for the Vassarion, inviting another student to Senior Parlor, and reading “cowboy stories” for geology.
VC 1918
Richards, Ellen H. (Swallow). Letter, 1869
1 letter, dated 9 Apr 1869, from Ellen (Swallow) Richards to her mother. Richards describes finding the “first” spring flowers near Vassar College. She recounts giving flowers to VC Lady Principal Hannah Lyman during Lyman’s illness, and to her classmates and instructors. According to Richards, VC President John Raymond also heard of the flowers. The remainder of the letter is devoted to a lecture by Rev. Thompson on his travels in Russia. The letter is long but incomplete.
Robinson, Mary B. Letter, 1872
1 letter from Robinson to Pres John H. Raymond, including a brief reply. Robinson inquires about adding a class, but Raymond does not allow it.
Ryerson, Margery A. Letters, 1905-1908
4 letters, dated between Oct 3 1905 and Nov 3 1908, from Ryerson (VC 1909) to her mother and father. Ryerson discusses her experiences at Vassar College. She describes her coursework, her instructors, Mrs. Kendrick [the Lady Principal], and the lectures that she attends. She asks her parents to send various items that she had left home, including her father’s old Latin dictionary, and gives the measurements for a cover for her fountain pen. Ryland describes her developing friendships with her classmates and exchanges family and social news. Vassar traditions and events mentioned by Ryland include singing before chapel with sister classes, dancing, the senior boat ride, the junior party, the visit to Lake Mohonk, and senior parlor.
VC 1909
Sawyer, Kitty. Letter, 1866
1 letter from Sawyer to Belle Greene Sawyer. A short letter saying goodbye to Belle, who is going home while Kitty remains at Vassar.
Schmitt, Dorothy (Prentiss). Letter, 1918
1 typed copy of a letter from Schmitt (VC 1920) to her mother about the 1918 fire at Vassar College. Schmitt describes the fire as resulting from a defective flue and causing the collapse of an entire wing of Main Building. She reports that the four hundred students who had been living in Main Building had to be housed elsewhere, and spent the following day recovering their belongings.
VC 1920
Slade, Abigail and Caroline Slade. Letters, 1866
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." 18 letters, each written by either or both of the Slade sisters to family members, about their 1866 experiences as special students at Vassar. The Slades discuss their studies in music, Hannah Lyman’s discipline, construction of the riding school and gymnasium, chapel requirements, and their experiences as Quakers at Vassar (Mar 18 1866). Abigail Slade describes the planned reception for Matthew Vassar, fashion, and social news. Caroline Slade describes her poor health, which she attributes to the climate. She also discusses family news and compositions. Several letters (April 11 1866, April 14 1866, May 20 1866) imply that the Slade family was involved in establishing a school for the “contraband” individuals who escaped slavery during the Civil War.
VC Spec 1865-1866
Slocum, Harriet (Palmer). Letter, 1869
1 letter from Slocum to Mollie (Mary) A. Parker. Slocum describes her activities during an unexpected vacation granted to the students. For one day, she and twelve other students proposed a trip to West Point with a professor, but Miss Lyman forbid them to go as the trustees would not approve and the girls' names might be published in the paper. She reports on her friends' lives in detail and briefly mentions Founder's Day. She also discusses Mr. Mitchell's death, its impact on the Vassar community, and Matthew Vassar's legacy from the perspective of the students.
Stem, Sarah M. Letters, 1866-1871
9 letters from Stem to her family, written between 1866 and 1871. Stem describes Vassar fashions, her roommate and other acquaintances, the solemn observance of Washington’s birthday, lectures by Prof. Silliman of Yale and South American missionary Mr. Fletcher, social news, Founders’ Day, social news and scandals, a missionary lecture on the “Cherokee nation,” the Philalethean entertainment, and Parton’s infamous lecture on “Who are the Vulgar?"
VC 1872
Stephenson, Mary (Sheldon). Letters, 1884-1888
3 letters from Stephenson to her friend “Sate” concerning her experiences at Vassar between 1884 and 1888. Stephenson details Vassar’s election festivities of 1884, during which Republican students held a procession for Blaine, whom they assumed to be victorious, while the Democrat students dressed in mourning for Cleveland and served oysters to the Republicans. In 1885, the Vassar Republicans held a patriotic oyster reception for the Vassar Democrats, in recognition of their mistake in predicting the 1884 presidential election. Stephenson discusses the letters she has received from a “Prohibitionist Republican” acquaintance at Alfred College. Stephenson also describes Vassar traditions, such as the invitation of the freshmen to the senior parlor and sophomore party, the Philalethean play, and the Philharmonic concerts.
VC 1888
Stewart, Helen W. Letter, 1867
VC Spec 1865-1869
1 letter, dated 3 Nov 1867, from an unidentified sender to her sister “Mary.” The writer comments on missing her sister, studying, receiving flowers, planning social invitations, and listening to a sermon at Vassar College.
Stockton, Madeleine (Traver). Letter, [Feb. 1894?]
1 letter recipient unknown. Stockton describes her Latin, Greek, Mathematics, and English classes along with her opinions of each professor, and asks for a specific book for her Greek class. Stockton writes positively about the girls she is meeting and her friendships. She also discusses auditioning for the Glee Club.
Strong, Eliza (McCreery). Letter, [1888]
1 letter from Strong to her brother. She describes the Great Blizzard of 1888, including the college's lack of provisions and professors' inability to hold classes. Strong also includes measurements of the snowfall, its impact on the grounds, and the novelty of cutting paths through the drifts on campus as well as sightseeing in sleighs.
Sylvester, Helen (Seymour). Letters, 1865-1866
24 letters from Sylvester to her father, mother, and brother James concerning her experiences at Vassar from 1865-1866. Sylvester references the lectures of President Raymond and other faculty members, the sermons of visiting ministers, meeting Matthew Vassar, and Professor Knapp’s resignation. She briefly describes her room, the Vassar grounds, and the salaries of the Vassar faculty. Sylvester reproaches her family for writing infrequently, reminds them to send her hoop covers, discusses social news and visiting arrangements for vacations, and asks after her family’s interactions with the “darkies” (Jan 8 and 28 1866). In a Jan 1866 letter to her father, Sylvester references the unlikelihood of the “colored people” being “reduced to order” and describes an acquaintance’s racist remarks on a concert given by the renowned Black pianist, “Blind Tom.”
VC Spec 1865-1866
Tappan, Eva March. Letters, 1874
7 letters from Tappan to her mother about her semester at Vassar in the spring of 1874. Tappan discusses visiting arrangements for vacations, fashion trends, and the partiality that Poughkeepsie shopkeepers showed to Vassar customers. She evaluates various preachers and describes several faculty members. Tappan also describes a walk to Cedar Ridge, the kindness of her classmates in reading her lessons aloud to her while she was suffering a temporary eye ailment, the mailbox system, her work for the Vassar Miscellany, and her senior room.
VC 1875
Taylor, Kate (Huntington). Letter, 1869
1 letter from Taylor to Sue, relationship unknown. She describes her frustration with Miss Lyman, who is immoveable when in opposition to students (unlike more malleable faculty like Dr. Raymond) and will not allow her to drop Latin and take German instead. Miss Lyman also prevents her from walking to a church service in Poughkeepsie (Taylor took an omnibus instead). Taylor is too afraid of Miss Lyman to accept an offer to stay with acquaintances she sees at church for that night, but instead decides to make the visit the following week on Washington's birthday (a holiday).
Taylor, Lea D. Letters, 1900
VC 1904
8 letters, dated between September and December 1900, from Taylor (VC 1904) to her family. In the earlier letters, Taylor describes her journey by train from Chicago to Vassar College, her interactions with instructors such as Miss Ballantine and Miss Bartelmann, her off-campus boarding house on Corlies Ave. (of which she encloses photographs), and the Vassar College campus. Taylor requests specific articles of clothing, shares social and family news, and discusses her Thanksgiving travel plans. She mentions Vassar traditions such as the Lake Mohonk trip, the basket ball competition between classes, the sophomore party, and senior parlor. Taylor also describes her academic stress and examinations, chapel services and sermons, a play, and a violin recital. She details a Democratic mass meeting at Vassar with impersonations of the Democratic presidential candidate [William Jennings] Bryan and his family.
Teegarden, Mary Treat. Letter, 1867
1 letter from Teegarden to her cousin Mary A. Starr. She describes her experience staying at Vassar over the Christmas holiday and the daily activities of the students during the break. On Christmas, she writes about attending a service at Christ Church in the City and hosting a Christmas party for students and faculty. Attendees included the Lady Principal (Miss Lyman), the resident physician, and Matthew Vassar. She writes glowingly about her impressions of the school, course of study, faculty, her classmates, the students' health, and her social life.
Thompson, Addie (Adda). Letters, n.d., 1875-1876
13 letters from Thompson to her family about her experiences at Vassar from the fall of 1875 to the spring of 1876. Thompson describes her arrival, entrance examinations, the difficulty of having her first name registered in the catalogue, her freshman room, initial homesickness, and Christmas festivities. In her letters from the following semester, Thompson details the type of dress she would like to have made for her, social news, and accounts of the religious revival at Amherst College. Thompson reflects on the death of a classmate from rheumatic fever.
VC Prep 1875-1876. Some items consist of transcripts with reduced-sized photocopied originals; other items are photocopies of originals, which have been provided for contrast (original items may be too faint to read).
Thompson, Mary (Coe). Letter, 1865
1 letter, dated Nov 18 1865, from Thompson (VC Prep 1865-Feb 1866) to Mrs. Boynton, her Bible class teacher and pastor’s wife. Thompson writes formally. She details several features of life at Vassar College, such as shopping in Poughkeepsie, President Raymond, the professors, and the college library. Thompson explains that while she misses taking Boynton’s Bible classes at home, she attends the chapel services and Bible classes offered at Vassar. Written on lined paper with a black-and-white image captioned “Vassar Female College.” 1 card from S. Ella Boynton, dated Oct 6 1915, gifting Thompson’s letter to Vassar.
VC Prep 1865-1866
Thompson, Mary (Thaw). Letters, 1873-1876
4 letters from Thompson to her father about her experiences at Vassar from 1873 to 1876. Thompson reports social news and her performance on the entrance examinations, requests more money for school books, and repents accidental overspending on a dress to wear to an acquaintance’s wedding. Thompson provides an overview of her courses for the fall semester of 1876. She describes her interactions with faculty and staff, a sermon, theatrical events, commencement festivities, and the post-graduation plans of her peers.
VC 1877
Vance, Gertrude (Pratt). Letters, 1913-197
12 letters from Vance (VC Ex 1917) to her family, and 3 letters to Pratt. Vance’s letters, written during her freshman year at Vassar College, often reply to letters, telegrams, and telephone calls from her family. In most of her letters, Vance describes her classes in German, English, Latin, French, and geometry. She includes diagrams from geometry, textbook expenditures, and a schedule for the final exams. Traditions mentioned by Vance include the “maids’" club [Good Fellowship Club], the serenade on the steps of Strong, singing with the Juniors at Sunset Lake, and Alumnae Prom. She explains that at a class meeting, the Freshman class attempted to select an infant as their class mascot, but rejected the infant because of his race (Nov 20). Vance also discusses news, social visits, temperance activism (Nov 20), cooking, making crafts, shopping for Christmas presents, sharing cake, swimming, and watching hockey games. She provides diagrams of clothing, furniture, and her room. The letters from “Rosa,” Vance’s brother Don, and Vance’s mother share social and family news, express affection, and discuss Vance’s coursework. Vance’s brother also mentions moving pictures, sports and fraternity news, writing for the newspaper, and Vance’s studies in German.
VC Ex 1917
Vincent, Anna (Mabbett). Letter, 1881
1 letter from Vincent to her aunt Anne. She lists her courses, praises the Vassar grounds and rowing, and describes the visits she has made in Poughkeepsie. Vincent also describes her impressions of a student from Japan. Vincent implores her relatives to visit her often, reporting that a classmate had become so homesick that she left the college.
Warner, Harriette A. Letters, 1866
11 letters from Warner to her mother. Includes details of the birthday celebration for Matthew Vassar in 1866, comparisons with Kalamazoo College and Mount Holyoke, and school events and lectures. She writes her opinion of faculty (particularly Professor and Mrs. Tenney, Professor Knapp, Professor Mitchell, and Miss Lyman) and academics. She also reports on student life, such as the Philalethean Society, which she refers to as the Literary Society at first. The letters also include significant family news, such as her father running for election as a representative from Michigan. Sister of Helen F. Warner and Martha S. Warner.
VC 1867
Warner, Helen F. Letters, n.d., 1867, 1868
2 letters from Warner to her mother, 2 to her brother Will, 1 to unknown. She writes about her classes, boating, joining the floral society, and social news like weddings. In particular, her October 9th letter to her brother includes information about her gym costume and Poughkeepsie residents’ opinions of them. Her letters also reference her planned missionary work after graduating. Sister of Harriette A. Warner and Martha S. Warner.
VC 1868
Warner, Martha S. Letters, 1865-1868
1 letter from Warner to her sister Helen Warner, 1 letter to Soror, 7 letters to her brother Will, 2 letters to her father, 60 letters to her mother, 1 letter to both parents, 11 letters to her sister. She writes about her academics (including astronomy, gymnastics, botany, and archery) and the faculty (particularly Professor Tenney, Professor Knapp, the President, and Miss Lyman). She discusses her involvement in the Literary Society (the Philalethean Society), forming a class government, and preparations for Founder’s Day. She mentions lectures (including one by Ralph Waldo Emerson) and details about going to church in Poughkeepsie. Her November 1866 letter to her brother includes her longing to vote and her April 1868 and February 1866 letters to her mother gives her opinions on temperance, slavery, and other political issues. Sister of Helen F. Warner and Harriette A. Warner.
VC 1868
Washburn, Lucy M. Letter, 1871
1 letter from Washburn to her friend Alvah from Ann Arbor, who is also away at college. Washburn describes the reaction among the Vassar students to the death of their Lady Principal, the strict visionary [Hannah Lyman]. She congratulates Alvah on her 22nd birthday. Washburn discusses popular reaction to the admission of women to universities, claiming that Alvah's school has twenty female medical students for every female law student. Washburn speculates that her mother would like her to become a physician. She discusses their mutual acquaintances and expresses interest in visiting Alvah at some point during vacation or after commencement.
Williams, Ellen (Boardman). Letters, 1865-1866
49 letters from Williams to her family about her two semesters at Vassar from 1865 to 1866. Williams discusses her enjoyment of her geology and zoology classes with Professor Tenney, for which she collects butterflies and moths from the Vassar grounds (Jun 1866, letter to her mother September 1865). She explains that religious and spiritual communities are her main link to society outside Vassar, as even the notoriously-strict Lady Principal Hannah Lyman encourages her interactions with pastors and missionaries (letter to father Sep 1865, Feb 1866). Williams provides detailed information on trends in dress and room decoration. Williams briefly references the establishment of several Vassar traditions, such as Founders’ Day (letter to her mother, April 1866), Matthew Vassar’s invitation of all the students to his house for a formal reception (February 1866), and a literary society chapter at Vassar.
VC Spec 1865-1866
Wood, Fanny E. Letter, 1866
1 letter from Wood to her Aunt Villa. Wood thanks her aunt and uncle for the shoes, pin, and buttons that they had sent her and promises to visit them during the following week's vacation from classes. She praises the view from her room, describes how easily she has made friends within her two weeks at school, lists her academic classes, criticizes the available musical instruction, considers hiring a piano on which to practice during her time at Vassar, and praises the meals.
Wood, Harriet A. Letter, 1892
1 letter from Wood to her friend Nettie (Brand) Dewitt (VC Ex 1896). Wood congratulates Dewitt on having decided to come to college at Vassar, advising her on how to move in. Wood suggests that Dewitt room with the younger sister of an 1890 alumna and the sister's friend. Wood has already befriended the alumna and younger sister during the Vassar Glee Club's performance in New York.
Woodworth, Mary (Parker). Letters, 1867-1869
38 letters from Woodworth to her family about her experiences at Vassar from 1867 to 1869. Woodworth evaluates and requests news periodicals, comments on political news, and describes lectures by the abolitionists Wendell Phillips and Anna Dickinson. She references fashion trends, social and family news, President Raymond's Shakespearean readings, and concerts in Poughkeepsie. Woodworth also describes her music and riding lessons, her elections as class sibyl and “first critic,” her room, and her professors.
VC 1870
Worthing, Margaret (Fletcher). Letters, 1907-1911
VC Ex 1910
Letters from Worthing to family, dated between 5 May 1907 and 19 Mar 1911. Worthing mentions various Vassar College traditions, such as tree ceremonies, commencement, the Vassarion, the senior boat ride, a stunt party, choral club, and a sermon by Lyman Abbott. She also makes reference to Latin class, music recitals, the new chemical laboratory, senior picture sale, and VC's response to the Consumer’s League. Many of the letters were written while Worthing was visiting New York and New Jersey with friends and VC classmates, so she often discusses family and social news, presents received from and purchased for her family, and seeing performances by famous actors such as Sothern and Marlowe.
Wyman, Anne (Southworth). Letters, 1882
VC 1882
14 letters to Wyman (VC 1882) from her mother Mary C. Southworth, written while Wyman was attending Vassar College. In several letters, Mary C. Southworth describes buying dress materials and making mittens for Wyman. She also discusses Wyman’s travel arrangements for visiting extended family over vacation. Southworth also reports social and family news, local bankruptcies affecting the family business (Nov 25), boarding teachers overnight, and extreme weather destroying a dam (Sep 25). She encloses a hair ointment advertisement requested by Wyman’s friend.
[unknown], Emma, 1868
1 letter, dated 18 Oct 1868, from “Emma” to “Dell.” Emma congratulates Dell on her marriage, shares social and political news, and briefly discusses life at Vassar College. Written on lined paper with a black-and-white image captioned “Vassar College.”
VC Class Year Unknown
[unknown], Gert. Letter, 1918
1 letter, dated 13 Feb 1918, from “Gert” to her family about the fire at Vassar College. Marking the letter as from “Vassar College (What’s left of it!)” Gert provides an eyewitness account of the fire at Main Building as viewed from an upper floor of Strong. She also describes the observations of other students, the students’ relief effort to house Main residents and recover belongings, VC President Henry Noble MacCracken’s meeting with the school, the newspapers’ false reports of casualties, and the armed soldiers who patrolled the grounds after the fire. Gert closes with a suggestion that her father’s business address the lack of fire hydrants in the area.