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Elizabeth Welbourn (Seccombe) scrapbook


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Elizabeth Welbourn was born June 10, 1916 in Tokyo, Japan to missionary parents. She traveled abroad for much of her childhood, living in Japan, the Middle East, and Europe. In the 1930, her family moved to Virginia, and Welbourn studied at St. Catherine's in Richmond. She attended Bryn Mawr College, graduating in 1938 with a degree in Political Science. After her graduation from Bryn Mawr, she studied at the Peabody Harp Institute at Johns Hopkins University. Playing harp was an integral part of her life: in addition to teaching the instrument, she was the president of the Bay Area Harp Association, and she played in local symphonies and at church. In 1940, Welbourn married Reverend Alfred Seccombe and the couple had four children together. She was involved in the Episcopal Church and numerous volunteer activities. Welbourn passed away March 24, 2006.

The Elizabeth Welbourn (Seccombe) scrapbook houses the one volume scrapbook of Elizabeth Welbourn Seccombe, Bryn Mawr class of 1938. The scrapbook covers Welbourn's last three years at college, from 1935-1938 and is mostly concerned with social memorabilia.

The scrapbook comprises one volume. The book is in poor condition, and there are a few loose items contained in plastic bags. In addition to the usual Bryn Mawr memorabilia (clippings, pamphlets, etc.), it contains a large number of dance cards and football memorabilia from Haverford College, Princeton University, and others. There are also a great deal of telegrams and Christmas and Valentine's cards. Items of note in the scrapbook include a joke edition of The College News 1938 (in a bag), comics about Bryn Mawr, and final exams from 1938.

The scrapbook gives a well-rounded view of an undergraduate social life that extended beyond Bryn Mawr College, while still presenting some unique Bryn Mawr memorabilia. It would be of interest to anyone studying Bryn Mawr in the 1930s, especially the social life of students in the 1930s.

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Finding Aid Author
Cassidy Gruber Baruth
Finding Aid Date
2017 July 12
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