Student Letters

[unknown], Hannah. Letter, 1866
VC Class Year Unknown
1 letter, dated 18 Oct 1866, from “Hannah” to her brother. Hannah describes the arrangement of her room and corridor at Vassar College, rigorous music classes, the popularity of boating, and the fruit given to her by a classmate.
[unknown], Jeannette. Letter, n.d.
VC Class Year Unknown
1 letter, dated Sept. 22nd 1869, from “Jeannette” to Mary P. Ashbridge. “Jeannette” describes the beginning of a semester at Vassar College, including the “Classification” of the four hundred students, activities such as boating and walking, the meals served, her residential parlor and parlor-mates, the grounds, and the abundance of pianos. She also exchanges social news and requests letters.
[unknown], Julie. Letter, 1869
VC Class Year Unknown
1 letter, dated 17 Oct 1869, from “Julie” to Isabel Treadwell Towne (VC spec 1865-1866). “Julie” recounts her first five weeks at Vassar College. She criticizes her room, praises the campus grounds, and describes several of Towne’s former classmates. “Julie” also mentions boating, her schedule, and her favorite professors. She describes mistakenly arriving at Vassar before it had opened to students. “Julie” passes on the greetings of mutual acquaintances.
[unknown], Katharine. Letter, 1873
1 letter, dated 26 Apr 1873, from “Katharine” to her mother. Katharine recounts the events of her first spring semester Vassar College. She describes her dormitory room as extremely small and crowded with furniture, leading her to ask VC Lady Principal Miss Terry about changing rooms. Katharine also discusses her roommate Miss Dale, several faculty members, picking flowers, a recent trip to Buffalo, deciding against getting a spring hat, and a sermon.
[unknown], Mary. Letter, 1870
1 letter, dated 5 Mar 1870, from “Mary” to her mother. Mary describes her experiences at Vassar College, including needing permission from VC Lady Principal Hannah Lyman to go to Poughkeepsie, and attending a memorable lecture. She mentions an enclosed photograph of herself and some dentist appointments. Mary requests that her parents send her family news and the items that she lists in the letter.
[unknown], Mary. Letter, 1870
VC Class Year Unknown
1 letter, dated 5 Mar 1870, from “Mary” to her mother. Mary describes her experiences at Vassar College, including needing permission from VC Lady Principal Hannah Lyman to go to Poughkeepsie, and attending a memorable lecture. She mentions an enclosed photograph of herself and some dentist appointments. Mary requests that her parents send her family news and the items that she lists in the letter.
[unknown], Mary. Letter, 1872
1 letter, dated 24 Nov 1872, from “Mary” to her sister “Mollie.” Mary describes a typical Sunday routine at Vassar College, beginning with Bible class and chapel. Mary explains that after dinner and while still dressed in their Sunday finery, the students would promenade in the park. She also details meeting Dr. Alida Avery during a brief stay in the Infirmary. Mary discusses her desire to be less “selfish” and live according to her religious faith.
VC Class Year Unknown
[unknown], Mary. Letter, 1876
1 letter, dated 18 Jun 1876, from “Mary” to her mother “Mithery.” In the letter, Mary reports recent events at Vassar College. She describes the excitement over the impending visit of an important guest to Vassar, a theatrical performance, the sermon of a visiting pastor, and the text of college songs.
VC Class Year Unknown
[unknown], Nellie. Letters, 1868
2 letters, dated 10 Nov and 15 Nov 1868, from “Nellie” to her mother and father. Nellie describes her favorable impressions of Vassar College. Citing her family’s probable interest, Nellie details a lecture by Professor Farrar on the history of rifle manufacture, including two diagrams. She includes a sketched floor plan of her hallway at Vassar. In the Nov 15 letter, Nellie requests and comments on family news, discusses the dates of classes ending, reports her expenses, describes Professor Farrar, and claims to be exercising and eating heartily. She closes the letter by explaining that the students who were not “well” [a reference to the influenza epidemic reported by New York papers] had returned home, so the students who remained at Vassar were healthy. Written on lined paper with a black-and-white image captioned “Vassar College.”
VC Class Year Unknown
[unknown]. Letter, 1866
VC Class Year Unknown
1 letter from an unidentified sender to Mary C. “Lettie” Gauntlett. The letter is marked as sent from Vassar College on Sunday, September 22nd and is estimated as having been sent in 1866. The writer describes how she and “Mary” journeyed to Poughkeepsie, took preliminary exams, and were placed in particular classes. She provides detailed descriptions of the Sunday schedule at Vassar College, the food served at a recent dinner, and an afternoon walk with two other student. The writer mentions the VC regulations for visiting the city.

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