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Helen Rutgers Sturgis scrapbook


Held at: Bryn Mawr College [Contact Us]Bryn Mawr College Library, 101 N. Merion Avenue, Bryn Mawr 19010

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Helen Rutgers Sturgis was born in 1883 in New York City. She was prepared by Miss Spence's School. She entered Bryn Mawr with the class of 1905 on the matriculation scholarship for New York, New Jersey, and Delaware. While at Bryn Mawr, she was the secretary of the Self-Government Association and studied Languages (French, Italian, Spanish). After graduation, she worked as a magazine editor. Sturgis died on March 16, 1966.

The Helen Sturgis scrapbook contains the one volume scrapbook of Helen Sturgis, Bryn Mawr College Class of 1905. The scrapbook, which covers Sturgis' first two years at Bryn Mawr (1901-1903), mostly contains personal memorabilia.

The scrapbook is housed in one volume. There are many calling cards and invitations as well as a great deal of personal correspondence. Sturgis wrote either in her scrapbook or on paper a number of poems about her fellow classmates, many of them in limerick form. There are a few pieces of memorabilia related to the Class of '05 and some unique hand-drawn pictures. A small article on "College Girls and Marriage" is also included. There are many items about campus activities, including the Christian Union, as well as floor plans for many of the college buildings.

This scrapbook offers an eclectic mixture of materials that is quite distinct from the usual Bryn Mawr memorabilia. It would be of value to anyone interested in early Bryn Mawr history, especially those curious about college activities, college buildings, and popular perceptions of women attending college.

Bryn Mawr College
Finding Aid Author
Cassidy Gruber Baruth
Finding Aid Date
2017 July 5
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The collection is open for research.

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