College For Women: Memorabilia, Photographs, and Other Materials

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University of Rochester College for Women: memorabilia, photographs, and other materials
Call Number: UA102
Dates: 1901-1960 ; 1901-1916 [bulk]
Physical Description: 1.66 Cubic feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: University of Rochester Archives

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Content List
Collection Overview
Title: University of Rochester College for Women: memorabilia, photographs, and other materials
Call Number: UA102
Dates: 1901-1960 ; 1901-1916 [bulk]
Physical Description: 1.66 Cubic feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: University of Rochester Archives

Biographical/Historical Note
This collection began as part of a project called "The First Ten Years Were the Hardest," the goal of which was to document the history of the College for Women. The project was initiated in October 1959 by Helen Rogers Cross (Mrs. William Cross), who was president of the Class of 1905 and a member of the sorority Theta Eta.

In a letter dated November 24, 1959, Cross asks alumnae, "If you have in your attic a college scrapbook, some programs of college events, newspaper clippings or any momentos [sic] relating to the years of college life from 1900 to 1915, we would deeply appreciate receiving such items.… Please send it to me at my home address." Alumnae responded to Cross's letter, sending her photographs and mementos and inquiring about the project.

The Alumnae Association committee for the project reviewed materials and wrote about the history of the College of Women. Cross was chairman of the committee. Other alumnae of the College for Women on the committee included Isabel Wallace (Class of 1916), who served as a vocational counselor and freshman class officer at the University, President of the Alumnae Association Margaret Doerffel Waasdorp (Class of 1937), and Executive Secretary of the Alumnae Association Marjorie A. Trosch (Class of 1943).

Scope and Content
The collection contains memorabilia and photographs, most of which are from 1901 to 1916. Materials include photographs of various graduating classes, Class Day programs, theater programs, Young Women's Christian Association (Y.W.C.A.) booklets and programs, and luncheon and annual banquet booklets. The collection also includes various newspaper articles about the College for Women that relate to topics such as faculty, the basketball team, Commencement, and graduating classes. Some articles are photocopies. The collection also contains scrapbooks created by students. They consist of newspaper articles, programs from various events, and personal mementos. The scrapbooks are no longer bound.

Also included are materials relating to the creation of this collection (1954-1960). These materials include handwritten index cards and notes by Helen Rogers Cross listing alumnae and the items they donated, and correspondence between Cross and other alumnae.

Materials are arranged chronologically by class years, for the most part. Occasional outliers have been noted. Oversize materials, such as scrapbook pages, have been housed in flat boxes.

Albums (Books)
Newspaper clippings
Notes (Documents)
Theater programs
University of Rochester. College for Women
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Helen Cross donated the items she collected to the University of Rochester on November 7, 1960.Access
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[Item title, item date], University of Rochester College for Women: memorabilia, photographs, and other materials, UA102, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: University of Rochester Archives
Address: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation
River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
500 Joseph C. Wilson Blvd.
Rochester, New York 14627-0055

Content List
Box 1, Folder 1Class of 1901
Flat Box 1, Folder 8Scrapbook Page from Eleanor Gleason (Class of 1903), 1901
Box 1, Folder 2Class of 1902
Includes a small invitation for the luncheon for the Class of 1905 with names of members of the Class of 1905 penciled in on the back.

Box 1, Folder 3Class of 1903
Includes a newspaper article from 1956 discussing Helen Rogers Cross's experience at the University of Rochester from 1901 to 1905 and comparing it to the experience of a student named Susan Bleyler.

Flat Box 1, Folder 7Scrapbook 1903
Box 1, Folder 4Class of 1904
Includes a Fourth Alling Prize Debate booklet and handwritten notes about Commencement 1904.

Box 1, Folder 5Class of 1905
Includes a photograph from the Class of 1905's 50th reunion, a handwritten list of some members of the Class of 1905, a list of class officers, and a photograph showing Professor Albert Mixer, Professor Henry Burton, and Professor Herman Fairchild.

Flat Box 1, Folder 2Oversize Photograph of Members of the Class of 1905
Box 1, Folder 6Class of 1906
Includes two Shakespearean Musicale programs and invitations to Commencement.

Box 1, Folder 7Class of 1907
Includes a poem by Ruth E. Galloway (Class of 1908), a photograph from Commencement 1909, a 1907 booklet about faculty, and a booklet from the freshman banquet with handwritten names on it.

Flat Box 1, Folder 1Photograph of the Members of the Class of 1907
Box 1, Folder 8Class of 1908
The Interpres was the student yearbook for the College of Men at this time. After much debate, the College for Men had decided to allow the College of Women to join their yearbook. According to an article titled, "Co-eds to Have Thei[r] Own Book," published October 19, 1908, "The women, however, resented being bandied about and will run their own publication."
Includes an invitation to Commencement Week, a handwritten invitation to the senior class from the junior class to an event called "A Good Time Afternoon," Frances Slayton's (Class of 1910) scrapbook, and an article about the retirement of Professor Samuel Lattimore and Professor Joseph Gilmore. Also included are articles about the College for Women declining an invitation to be included in the Interpres.

Box 1, Folder 9Class of 1909
Includes a handwritten letter, a booklet about a freshman banquet that appears to have belonged to Frances Henderson (Class of 1909), a Commencement program, and handwritten programs for a Dramatic Club play.

Flat Box 1, Folder 6Scrapbook 1909
Box 1, Folder 10Class of 1910
Includes the 1910 Croceus , which was the College for Women yearbook.

Flat Box 1, Folder 5Scrapbook 1910
Flat Box 2, Folder 2Drawing Created for Initiation Held in Women's Observatory, 1910
Design shows witches, jack-o-lanterns, bats, apples, and cats.

Box 1, Folder 11Class of 1911
Includes a handwritten invitation to Class Day.

Flat Box 1, Folder 4Scrapbook 1911
Box 1, Folder 12Class of 1912
Includes a program for the Annual Home Concert and photographs from a newspaper that show Class Day. A photograph labeled 1911 is also included in this folder.

Box 2, Folder 1Class of 1912
Includes a program for the Annual Home Concert, a Commencement invitation, church bulletins, and a program for Sweetness and Light, a play put on by the Y.W.C.A.

Flat Box 1, Folder 3Scrapbook 1912
Box 2, Folder 2Class of 1913
Includes an article about the fifth annual Croceus and various other articles.

Box 2, Folder 3Class of 1913
Includes a Junior Promenade booklet, a Commencement program, a handwritten speech, a postcard from Italy, and poems. Many items in this folder are part of a scrapbook.

Flat Box 2, Folder 1Scrapbook 1913
Box 2, Folder 4Correspondence to Helen Rogers Cross for History of Women's College (1 of 2), 1913, 1955-1960
Box 2, Folder 5Correspondence to Mrs. Helen Rogers Cross for History of Women's College (2 of 2), 1913, 1955-1960
Includes a photograph from 1913 and the September 1955 issue of Rochester Review.

Box 2, Folder 6Class of 1914
Includes a clock-shaped booklet about an annual banquet, articles about the newly built Strong Hall, and a ticket to an alumnae dinner.

Box 2, Folder 7Class of 1916
Includes a Theta Eta Sorority Annual Invitational and Banquet invitation, a program for First Spring Day, and a letter about the 50th reunion of the Class of 1915.

Box 2, Folder 8Class of 1916
Includes a copy of the 1916 Croceus.

Box 2, Folder 9Memorabilia, circa 1901-1916
Includes handwritten invitations, University of Rochester songs, Theta Eta invitations including one that belonged to Helen Rogers Cross, tickets to a First Annual Steak Fry, and a ticket and program for the Kollege Kaleidoscope. An article about the play Place Aux Dames is from the year 1911.

Box 2, Folder 10Susan B. Anthony and Her Part in Establishing the Women's College, circa 1930
Includes a list of members of the Susan B. Anthony Memorial Association and papers written about Anthony, including one written by Helen Rogers Cross in the summer of 1930. Both the original and a photocopy of Cross's paper are included.

Box 2, Folder 11Dean Annette Gardner Munro, 1910, undated
Includes a short book about Annette Gardner Munro, the first Dean of Women, by Eleanor Slater (Class of 1925) and a postcard written by Mrs. Henry Danforth and sent to Mrs. Luther Fry describing Dean Munro in 1954.

Box 2, Folder 12Notes made by Mrs. Helen Rogers Cross Listing Material Gathered for History of Women's College, circa 1945-1960
Includes a list of members of the Alumnae Association from 1945 to 1946.

Box 2, Folder 13Photographs and Article, circa 1901-1916, 1927
Includes photographs of members of Theta Eta, photographs of Commencement, an article about Silver Bay Day, and various photographs of students. Some photographs are labeled with the student's name.

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