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Mount Holyoke journal letters and notebooks

 Record Group — Box: Mount Holyoke Journal Letters (Box 1)
Identifier: RG 22


Mount Holyoke Journal Letters and Notebooks date from 1843-1889 and were compiled by teachers at the school. They contain descriptions and discussions of events, students, teachers, visitors, donations, and improvements to buildings and grounds. Notebook VI also includes newspaper articles from 1856-1868 that provide insight into popular perceptions of Mount Holyoke. Typed transcripts are available for the 1843-March 9, 1849 and Letters from September 23, 1875-May 1, 1889 are printed. There are no letters on file for August 1849-September 1850, April 19-November 17, 1858, June-August 1859, and January 31-September 25, 1861 and the Notebooks are limited to the years 1862-1877.


  • 1843 - 1889

Biographical / Historical

In 1843, Mary Lyon instituted a program by which a succession of teachers regularly recorded a wide range of information about Mount Holyoke. She modeled this practice after letters which her niece, Lucy Lyon (Class of 1840 and Mount Holyoke teacher, 1841-1846) wrote to Fidelia Fiske (Class of 1842), who was serving as a missionary in Persia. The letters were copied and sent to Fiske and other distant alumnae and former teachers as a way of reinforcing their ties to Mount Holyoke. By 1848, eighteen copies were needed to supply those abroad. Handwritten copies gave way to privately printed letters in September 1875. The final Letter covers the period March 28-May 1, 1889. Subsequent notes about events at Mount Holyoke from 1889-1891 appears in the June, 1891 issue of "The Mount Holyoke" magazine.


2.3 Linear Feet (9 boxes containing 21 volumes: 3 full Hollinger, 5 half Hollinger, and 1 specialty boxes)

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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