Helen Calder Robertson letters
Scope and Contents
The Helen C. Robertson letters contain the personal correspondence of Helen Robertson, Bryn Mawr class of 1916. The collection, which ranges from 1913-1916, primarily consists of Robertson’s correspondence during her time at Bryn Mawr.
The collection is housed in one box holding four folders. Each folder houses Robertson’s correspondence, which has been kept in the order in which it was received, chronologically by academic year.
The letters were written to Robertson’s family and are detailed and informative, providing valuable insight on a range of topics: student life; faculty rapport; descriptions of faculty members and coursework; dorm life (Robertson lived in Rockefeller all four years); Christian Association; Self-Government; visiting lecturers; traditions, etc. It should be noted that before the letters were given to the Archives, pages and/or paragraphs not pertaining to Bryn Mawr were removed. In some cases, the pages were cut apart and segments were cut out of a page. The result is that the bulk of the letters are fragments, many undated and/or unsigned. However, it was possible to date many of the fragments by the content (events, etc.), in which case the date was penciled in, in brackets.
These letters contain a wealth of information on a wide range of topics. They provide a personal, detailed view of student life at Bryn Mawr during the early twentieth century. It offers especially valuable insight into the Christian Association, which was among the most popular student groups on campus for many years.
- 1913 - 1916
Limitations on Accessing the Collection
The collection is open for research.
Copyright and Rights Information
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Biographical / Historical
Helen Calder Robertson (1894-1982) was a member of the Class of 1916 who took her A.B. in French and Modern History. She lived all four years in Rockefeller Hall and was an active member of the Christian Association. After graduation, she was a Volunteer Manager at the Eye Clinic at Rhode Island Hospital from 1916-18. She later worked for the Red Cross Home Service, from 1918-19. She was the author of Three Histories of the First Unitarian Church of Providence, Rhode Island 1722-1956.
1 boxes (1 box containing 4 folders)
Helen Calder Robertson (1894-1982) was a member of the Class of 1916 who took her A.B. in French and Modern History. The Helen C. Robertson letters contain the personal correspondence of Helen Robertson. The collection, which ranges from 1913-1916, primarily consists of Robertson’s correspondence during her time at Bryn Mawr. These letters were donated to the Archives by Margaret Gilman McKenna, A.B. 1942, whose mother, Margaret Williams Gilman, A.B. 1914, was a close friend of Robertson’s.
Folder 1: January- April 1913 Folder 2: September 1913- May 1914 Folder 3: October 1914- June 1915
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These letters were donated to the Archives by Margaret Gilman McKenna, A.B. 1942, whose mother, Margaret Williams Gilman, A.B. 1914, was a close friend of Robertson’s.
Existence and Location of Copies
Digitized copies of the Helen Calder Robertson letters are available to view on Triptych at http://triptych.brynmawr.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/hcrobertson
- Helen Calder Robertson letters
- Cassidy Gruber Baruth
- 2018 October 22
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