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Friedline papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS 0819

Scope and Contents

The Jessie May Williams F. Friedline Papers consist of a journal, a published article and biographical information. The papers primarily concern her visit to Mount Holyoke College in 1926 after an absence of forty years. In a journal that she kept during that trip she describes her journey to and from South Hadley, Massachusetts, time spent visiting former teachers Anna C. Edwards and Henrietta Edgecomb Hooker, and tours of College's buildings and grounds. She also describes the scenery and flora she observed in South Hadley and nearby Holyoke, Massachusetts and on Mt. Holyoke (the mountain). In addition, she expresses her religious convictions and reminisces about her late mother Louisa Rumiser Williams, who attended Mount Holyoke Female Seminary during the 1860s. An article by Friedline published in the Greensburg "Morning Review" summarizes her summer trip to Mount Holyoke College. The biographical information consists of biographical notes and obituaries.


  • Creation: ca. 1911-ca. 1943
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1926 - 1926

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Biographical Note

Jessie May Williams was born on November 5, 1870 in Saltlick Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania to Thomas Jones Williams and Louisa Rumiser Williams. She attended Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in 1886-1887 then studied at schools in Pennsylvania and Ohio. She obtained a teacher's certificate and taught in Pennsylvania. She also served as the first female Justice of the Peace in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. She married the Reverend Albert Freeman in 1893 and had two children. After his death in 1896 she married Edward Jacob Friedline, a farmer and carpenter, and had three children. She died at the age of seventy-two at Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania on July 27, 1943 (some sources give the year as 1941).


0.21 Linear Feet (1 half Hollinger box)

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Friedline, Jessie May Williams Freeman, 1870-1943; Mount Holyoke Female Seminary student 1886-1887. Papers consist of a journal, a published article and biographical information, primarily concerning a summer visit to Mount Holyoke College in 1926.


Arranged in 4 series: Series 1. Journal (original). Series 2. Journal (photocopy). Series 3. Article. Series 4. Biographical Information.

Friedline Papers, ca. 1911-ca. 1943 (bulk 1926)
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Repository Details

Part of the Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections Repository

50 College Street
8 Dwight Hall
South Hadley MA 01075-6425 USA