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Elizabeth Congdon (Barron) scrapbook


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Elizabeth Congdon graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1902. She was the president of the Junior class in 1901. After college she married Alexander Johnston Barron and raised a family. She was a passionate horticulturalist and directed Food Conservation and Victory Garden efforts in Alleghany County, Pennsylvania during both world wars. She died on December 23, 1959.

The Elizabeth Congdon scrapbook collection houses the two scrapbooks kept by Elizabeth Congdon, class of 1902. The scrapbooks, which cover 1898-1901 and 1901-1902 respectively, document Congdon's social life at Bryn Mawr, as well as many off-campus events.

The scrapbook consists of two volumes. Volume 1 covers Congdon's freshman- junior years (1898-1901), and contains an assortment of material, including her room assignments for 1898 and 1899; homemade valentines; programs from the Bryn Mawr Class Play 1898-1901and the Bryn Mawr Glee and Banjo Club performances 1898-1900; BMC admission material 1898; photographs (1902 basketball team and room); letter from M. Carey Thomas: "Elizabeth Congdon: please don't put your milk outside the window"; May Day 1900 material; Princeton memorabilia, including dance cards 1901-1902, sports clippings, and campus songs; newspaper clippings of Bryn Mawr students putting out fire at Professor Scott's house (Girl's Fire Brigade of Bryn Mawr); and handwritten notes from Mary Gwinn. Volume 2 covers Congdon's senior year (1901-1902), and contains calling cards; telegrams from her Princeton boyfriend; programs from the Bryn Mawr class play and musical recital 1901-1902; a program from the Princeton Glee, Banjo and Mandolin Clubs Performance 1902; clippings regarding the 1902 Denbigh fire; and the Bryn Mawr Commencement program 1902.

Congdon's scrapbook evidences the busy social life of a Bryn Mawr student at the turn of the 20th century. In addition to the Bryn Mawr memorabilia, this scrapbook also documents many Princeton and U-Penn events. It is interesting as a record of the sort of inter-collegiate social life a Bryn Mawr student could have if she were so inclined.

Bryn Mawr College
Finding Aid Author
?, Cassidy Gruber Baruth
Finding Aid Date
June 16, 2017
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