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Amy Roberts Jones papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS 0770

Scope and Contents

The Amy Sarah Roberts Jones Papers, Mount Holyoke student, 1896-1900, consist of correspondences to and from her family and friends dating from 1896 to 1900. A few letters were written as a Kimball Union Academy student, and others were sent to or received from Kimball classmates after graduation. Most of the letters date from her years at Mount Holyoke College. She discusses her studies, teachers, classmates, and social and cultural events, including parties, and food served at the school. English Literature professor, Marguerite Sweet, and roommate, Carrie Blanchard Carr, are often mentioned. In a letter written in September 1896, she describes the fire that destroyed the Seminary Building, and subsequent letters discuss the rebuilding of the campus. She also mentions reading works by Thomas Hardy, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and others. Also of note are letters which talk about the Spanish American War in 1898. Letters sent to and received by her mother talk often of Dartmouth College, as her mother boarded several students in her home during the school year, and frequently discuss clothing and fashion. The collection also includes a copy of Jones' obituary dating from 1944.

Dates

  • 1896 - 1944
  • Majority of material found within 1896 - 1900

Conditions Governing Access

Unrestricted

Biographical Note

Amy Sarah Roberts was born on July 13, 1876 in Hanover, New Hampshire to Augustus Harland Roberts (a grocer) and Mary Ann Richardson Roberts. She attended Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, New Hampshire and graduated in 1896. She attended Mount Holyoke College from 1896-1900 and majored in English Literature with minors in History and Latin. Following her graduation, she worked at Dartmouth College from 1901 to 1906 in the treasurer's office. On October 25, 1906 she married Lionel Hayward Jones and later had four children. She died at the age of sixty-eight on July 28, 1944 in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Extent

3 boxes (1900 Jones)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Jones, Amy Sarah Roberts, 1876-1944; Housewife. Mount Holyoke College graduate, 1900. Papers consist of correspondence. Primarily documenting her academic and social experiences at Mount Holyoke and comments on the Spanish-American War and a fire that destroyed the Seminary Building.

Arrangement

Arranged in 1 series: Series 1. Correspondence.
Title
Jones papers, 1896-1900, 1944.
Subtitle
Finding Aid
Status
Edited Full Draft
Date
#169; 2003
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Repository Details

Part of the Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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