Louise Congdon (Balmer) scrapbook
Held at: Bryn Mawr College [Contact Us]Bryn Mawr College Library, 101 N. Merion Avenue, Bryn Mawr 19010
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Louise Congdon spent her freshman year at Northwestern University, and graduated from Bryn Mawr wtih majors in both French and Latin. She later moved to La Jolla, California, and in 1926 founded what is now La Jolla County Day School. Her obituary stated: "During her long, honored career as an educator, Mrs. Balmer remained active in many organizations and projects. She was a Board member of the Chamber of Commerce, La Jolla Arts center and La Jolla Community Theater..." Her daughter, Louise Balmer, graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1933. Louise Congdon died in 1968.
The Louise Congdon scrapbook houses the scrapbook of Louise Congdon (Balmer), class of 1908. The scrapbook covers the years 1904-1908, and contains characteristic Bryn Mawr memorabilia: programs, invitations, BMC-related clippings, some SGA-related materials, etc.
The scrapbook consists of one volume. It contains a wide variety of material related to Bryn Mawr, including 2 pages of newspaper photos from 1910 covering President Taft's at Bryn Mawr's Commencement; hand-drawn class play programs from 1904-1906; calling cards and place cards; a newspaper article about William Standen, the "Lantern Man", who escorted girl to and from the train station; a handwritten song about going to the Presidential Inauguration of Theodore Roosevelt, 1905; the 1905 SGA Constitution and SGA resolutions; SGA decisions of the executive board, 1903; the May Day program, ticket, play programs, newspaper photos and clippings, 1906; commencement program from June 1906; a hand-drawn card with poem about being Treasurer of Self-Government; and hand-drawn valentines, with one that says "A Glance into the Future," rejecting different types of men.
The scrapbook contains very little material that is not either contained in other scrapbooks or existing in more accessible form elsewhere in the Archives. However, the material within the volume has been carefully presented and preserved. Congdon's scrapbook is, if not one of the more unique ones, certainly one of the more attractive.
- Bryn Mawr College
- Finding Aid Author
- ?, Cassidy Gruber Baruth
- Finding Aid Date
- June 16, 2017
- Access Restrictions
The collection is open for research.
- Use Restrictions
Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17)