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Genevieve Frances Pratt papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS 0708

Scope and Contents

The Genevieve Frances Pratt Papers contain diaries, correspondence, biographical information, memorabilia, and photographs. Of particular note is the diary kept by Pratt while she was a student at Mount Holyoke College from 1916 to 1920. The diary includes short daily descriptions of classes, social activities, people, and the weather. A travel diary dating from 1958 to 1970 is also included. In it are details about Pratt's trip in 1958 to England, Scotland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and Italy. Descriptions of her trip to Italy, Austria, Switzerland, France, and England in 1964 are included as well. The later entries document Pratt's trips around New England. Topics mentioned in the travel diary include her activities, expenses, and food. The correspondence dates from 1938 to 1975 and includes personal letters by Pratt and several friends. The biographical information dating from 1921-1976 includes newspaper clippings and a tribute by classmate Eleanor C. Buchholz. The memorabilia dates from 1920-1976 and includes greeting cards, her Mount Holyoke diploma, an auto sales bill from 1927, and documents relating to her retirement. The photographs series consists of photographs of Pratt and her Mount Holyoke classmates engaging is social activities such as senior rope-jumping, the laurel parade, and other traditional events. There are also photographs of a visit to Mount Holyoke by Princess Juliana of the Netherlands in 1941. Photographs of campus buildings and of President Mary Woolley are included, as is a retirement photograph of Pratt.

Dates

  • 1916-1976

Conditions Governing Access

Unrestricted.

Biographical Note

Genevieve Frances Pratt was born on June 24, 1898 in Westfield, Massachusetts to George F. Pratt, a whipmaker, and Ermina Ford Pratt. She graduated from Westfield High School then entered Mount Holyoke College, alma mater of her sister, Gladys, in 1916. She received senior honors and a B.A. in English Literature. After graduating in 1920, Pratt worked at the Mount Holyoke Library as an assistant from 1920-1921. She then worked in New York City as a translator for the Western Electric Engineering Library from 1921-1923 and attended the Ballard School in New York City for stenography and typing from 1922-1923. From 1923-1932 she was the office manager of a mail order shop in Westfield, Massachusetts. She attended Northeastern University in Springfield for accounting from 1926-1927. Pratt served at Mount Holyoke College as secretary to the Comptroller from 1932-1938, secretary to the Academic Dean from 1938-1941 and secretary to the Registrar's Office from 1941-1942. After serving as the Recorder in the Registrar's Office from 1942-1948, Pratt served as Registrar from 1949-1963. She was an honorary life member of the New England Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers and served as president of the organization from 1952-1953. In 1970 Pratt was awarded the Alumnae Medal of Honor by Mount Holyoke College. She died on August 4, 1976 in Holyoke, Massachusetts at the age of seventy-eight.

Extent

1 boxes (Faculty/Staff)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Pratt, Genevieve Frances, 1898-1976; Secretary. Mount Holyoke College graduate, 1920. Mount Holyoke College staff member, 1920-1921 and 1932-1963. Papers contain diaries, correspondence, biographical information, memorabilia, and photographs. Primarily documenting her activities as a student at Mount Holyoke and a journal of her travel through Europe.

Arrangement

Arranged in 5 series. Series 1. Diaries. Series 2. Correspondence. Series 3. Biographical Information. Series 4. Memorabilia. Series 5. Photographs.
Title
Pratt papers, 1916-1976.
Status
Edited Full Draft
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections Repository

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