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Esther Williams (Apthorp) scrapbook

 Collection — Volume: 1
Identifier: BMC-9LS-14

Scope and Contents

The Esther Williams (Apthorp) scrapbook contains the one volume scrapbook of Esther Williams, Bryn Mawr class of 1907. The scrapbook, which spans the years during which Williams was a student was at Bryn Mawr, from 1903-1907, consists mostly of personal memorabilia.

The scrapbook comprises one volume. It contains an assortment of personal memorabilia, play programs, copies of college songs, and exams. The first section of the scrapbook is labeled well and gives a good impression of the kind of events and parties to which a freshman student in 1903 was invited. There is also some material about the early Athletic Association and sporting events. Items of note include: a program from the Bryn Mawr Law Club’s debate with a fraternity of the NYC Law School; a handwritten tongue-in-cheek article entitled “Advice to Junior from Freshman”; five casual pictures of Bryn Mawr students; the constitution of the Athletic Association; and a handwritten copy of the Undergraduate Association resolution re: their relationship with wardens.

This scrapbook would be of value to anyone interested in Bryn Mawr’s early history, but would be especially useful to those interested in the athletics and the Athletic Association.

Dates

  • 1903 - 1907

Creator

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

The collection is open for research.

Copyright and Rights Information

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17)

Biographical / Historical

Esther Williams (later Apthorp) was born July 21, 1885. She was prepared by Miss Brown and Miss Owen’s School, Boston and Milton Academy. She attended Bryn Mawr College, graduating in 1907 with degrees in English and Philosophy. In 1916, she married Robert East Apthorp and they had three children. Williams was involved in the Girl Scout Council, the Unitarian Alliance, the Million Woman’s Club, and the League of Women Voters.

Extent

1 Volumes

Language

English

Overview

Eleanor Williams (later Apthorp) graduated from Bryn Mawr in 1907 with degrees in English and Philosophy. In 1916, she married Robert East Apthorp and they had three children. Williams was involved in the Girl Scout Council, the Unitarian Alliance, the Million Woman’s Club, and the League of Women Voters. The collection contains Williams' one volume scrapbook. This scrapbook, which spans the years during which Williams was a student was at Bryn Mawr, from 1903-1907, consists mostly of personal memorabilia.

Contents: Pembroke West dorm rules & Bryn Mawr Handbook, 1903; Various song lyrics (Class songs, hockey songs, lantern night, banner songs), 1903-1905; Calling cards, party invitations ,etc., 1903 [labels of what parties they are invited to, cute notes from friends, many mementos from dances, parties, etc]; Small professional photographs of Bryn Mawr campus buildings; Class play performances 1903 –1907; Play program from Prince Camaralzaman at BMC, 1903 – 4 photographs from production; “Fire Rules” for fire brigade booklet; Various small memorabilia including: Bryn Mawr skating pond ticket; hand-drawn card “preparing for Bryn Mawr”; cloth mask from dance, owl cards; various banners and cards from class dances; “A Japanese Nightingale” program and fan; many flowers and ribbons from events; Tickets and schedules from Pennsylvania Railroad, Boston and Albany Railroad, Atlantic City Railroad, 1904; Letter from New York University School of Law, 1907; 5 candid outdoor photographs of students, moderate quality but unique; Various examination booklets, [English, History, Psychology] 1903-1907; Program for Debate between Bryn Mawr College and New York University Law School, 1904; Telegrams from family; notes from friends; Letter from BMC Bursar’s Office appointing Esther Williams to fire captain of Pembroke West, 1905; The Survey magazine, September 1911 [suffrage]; Newspaper comic: “Massachusetts at the St. Louis Fair”; Booklet for ordering new books from New York City (including Jack London’s The Call of the Wild); Constitution and By-Laws of the Bryn Mawr Club of Boston, 1904; Bryn Mawr College “Regulation of the Senate” in regards to plagiarism and expulsion, 1904; Program from Indoor Track Meet at Bryn Mawr College, 1905; Commencement Program, 1905; Envelope of newspaper clippings from May Day 1906 (Philadelphia Inquirer); Postcard to Ester Williams from France, 1906; An envelope of loose programs, invitations, Valentines, Christmas cards and letters, including: Constitution of the Athletic Association of Bryn Mawr College; Letters from Athletic Association, regarding basketball team; budget 1904-1906; Commencement Programs, 1906-1904; Booklet & list of passengers from Hamburg-American Line (Steamship), 1906; “The College Code of Honor” questionnaire; House Privileges of the Bryn Mawr Club; Letters from M. Carey Thomas regarding the Christian Association and re problems with Dr. Whitney in the philosophy department, 1907; and a letter addressed to Miss Denison from Constance Applebee regarding Athletic Association and new hockey field, 1905
Title
Esther Williams (Apthorp) scrapbook
Status
Completed
Author
Cassidy Gruber Baruth
Date
2017 July 12
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

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