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Contains 28 Results:

Letters, Before Bryn Mawr , 1916 April-June

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 1
Scope and Contents This first folder contains letters written from Henrietta to her mother during her final year at Miss Kirk’s preparatory school. These letters concentrate primarily on the time where she is applying to be a student at Bryn Mawr College and taking her final exams at Miss Kirk’s. These letters provide insight into a variety of topics, including popular games and sports, Baldwin’s trips around Pennsylvania, events at Bryn Mawr College, and the war effort. Several of her trips to Bryn...
Dates: 1916 April-June

Letters, Before Bryn Mawr , 1916 September

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 2
Scope and Contents These letters describe Baldwin receiving tutoring before entering Bryn Mawr, engaging with friends, and living in the Low Buildings. While the three letters in this file are not able to give full representation of this part of Henrietta’s life, they do illuminate her goings-on before entering college.

An interesting tidbit that may appeal to researchers is the description and drawn depiction of Henrietta’s marshmallow toaster.
Dates: 1916 September

Letters, Before Bryn Mawr , 1917 May-June

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 3
Scope and Contents These letters describe Baldwin’s interactions with acquaintances and friends, and college preparatory courses. She attended Miss Kirk’s, a preparatory and finishing school, right before being admitted into Bryn Mawr College. She prepared for her college courses by taking extra lessons at Miss Kirk’s. During her time at the preparatory school, Henrietta boarded in Mrs. Richard’s home, a woman who acted as a maternal figure to her while she was away from home. Henrietta portrays the intimate...
Dates: 1917 May-June

Letters, Freshman Year Semester I , 1917 October-December

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 4
Scope and Contents This span of letters describes the first semester of Henrietta’s freshman year. Topics found in these letters that may be useful to researches interested in the effects of World War I on college campuses, Henrietta’s short trips across Pennsylvania and New York state, her various creative writing projects and personal essays, performances she attended, and events and traditions at the college. Henrietta discusses students’ methods of support for the war effort, including...
Dates: 1917 October-December

Letters, Freshman Year Semester I, 1917 December-1918 January

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 5
Scope and Contents These letters would be useful to researchers interested in the topics of illness, the home front during World War I, and jazz dancing. Henrietta often mentions how she feels “off” and discusses the extensive amount of people during the semester who were taken to the college infirmary. Many of these patients reportedly had measles and tonsillitis, and Henrietta even mentions one girl being taken to Bryn Mawr Hospital for a burst appendix. She writes to her mother that she is lucky she has...
Dates: 1917 December-1918 January

Letters, Freshman Year, Semester II, 1918 February-March

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 6
Scope and Contents These letters cover the first half of Henrietta’s second semester freshman year. Researchers will find information on social and academic activities at Bryn Mawr. Henrietta discusses the setup of her room with her mother. She includes a diagram, outlining the position of all her furniture inside of her room. Additionally, Henrietta saw a number of plays off campus, including “Lord and Lady Algy,” “Headin’ South” and “General Post”. One of these, “General Post,” was based on the current war...
Dates: 1918 February-March

Letters, Freshman Year, Semester II, 1918 March-May

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 7
Scope and Contents The letters within this folder, which come from Henrietta’s second semester of her sophomore year, discuss illness, events at Bryn Mawr College, being courted by a young man named Albert, and fundraising efforts for the war. She discusses a local epidemic of measles, in which the state department ended up closing local boarding school. Henrietta relates how Bryn Mawr students were prohibited from going past the railroad because of the measles outbreak, with the highest reported case...
Dates: 1918 March-May

Letters, Sophomore Year, Semester I , 1918 October-December

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 8
Scope and Contents This folder describes the first semester of Henrietta’s sophomore year. Interested researchers will find a description of student jobs on campus, the effects of the flu quarantine on a college campus, traditions Henrietta attended her sophomore year, and the end of World War I. Only a few days into the beginning of Henrietta’s sophomore year, the school was put under quarantine due to the Spanish Influenza pandemic. No one except students and staff were allowed onto campus....
Dates: 1918 October-December

Letters, Sophomore Year, Semester II , 1919

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 9-10
Scope and Contents Folders 9-10 contain letters from the second semester of Henrietta's sophomore year. In Folder 9, she discusses her interactions with Albert and Russell, both of whom seem heavily invested in her attention. Yet the feelings are not mutual, she maintains her cold disposition towards both men. Henrietta recounts her day trip to Hog Island. She is impressed by the system of the shipyard, and gives an in-depth description of her tour to her mother, most likely because she...
Dates: 1919