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Jacqueline Pascal Morris Evans papers


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Jacqueline Pascal Morris (later Evans) (1886-1947) was a 1908 graduate of Bryn Mawr College. Her sister, Evelyn Flower Morris (later Cope) was also an alumna, receiving her degree in 1903. The sisters are commemorated on a plaque behind English House, in the Morris Woods. Following Jacqueline's graduation from Bryn Mawr, her father sent her and two cousins, Agnes and Alida to travel through Europe. She married Edward Wyatt Evans (1883-1976), Haverford College class of 1902, in 1911. Together they had six children, five of which survived to adulthood; her three sons attended Haverford College as well. Although Morris was a housewife, she and her husband were active Quakers: he served as Secretary of the Yearly Meeting of Friends, and she volunteered on the Germantown Friends School Committee and on various subcommittees of the Germantown Meeting of the Society of Friends.

This collection contains 27 of the letters that Morris wrote home, primarily addressed to her father, detailing her post-graduation trip to Europe. Her letters touch on travel plans, the weather, and the sites she visited. The collection also includes material from a trip taken to Nag's Head, North Carolina in 1928.

Jacqueline Morris embarked on her European tour in early October, 1908, with her cousins Agnes and Alida. Over the course of three months in Europe, they travelled from Paris to various towns in Switzerland, down the Italian peninsula to Sicily, back up the peninsula and along the Italian and French Riviera, back to Paris, and finally spent time in London before sailing back to America from Liverpool in late January, 1909. Over the course of their trip, Morris and her cousins came in contact with many different people, including a classmate of Jacqueline's at Bryn Mawr who was living in France after graduation.

As they travel, Jacqueline describes in great detail the people she sees, and is especially fascinated by the working classes. Descriptions of the Swiss and Italians are overwhelmingly positive; she is amazed by their kind natures and the quality of their characters. She takes a slightly cooler stance regarding the French, whom she finds slightly snobbish.

The girls began their trip with a few different couples, as well as Fräulein Natalie. As their trip progresses, the couples take their leave of the girls, off on their own vacations. Eventually Fräulein Natalie must leave too, and Jacqueline finds the idea of obtaining a new chaperone ridiculous, as the girls have been doing just fine. Several letters express her opinions on the wastefulness of the idea, and detail her difficulties in finding a chaperone that can travel with them. However, after a cable from her father, she consents to hiring a chaperone, the same one recommended in his cable.

Despite this one point of contention, Jacqueline's letters to her father are overwhelmingly filled with love and thanks. She is grateful for the opportunities afforded her through the trip, and speaks of all she has learned while abroad. She often describes the dream-like nature of the trip, finally being able to explore areas and places she has learned about in her college textbooks.

Additional letters by Jacqueline Pascal Morris, and by her husband Edward Wyatt Evans, may be found in the Cope-Evans Collection in the Haverford College Special Collections

Gift of Robert Goddard, November 2010, in honor of his daughter, Rachel Alison Goddard, Bryn Mawr class of 2010.

Bryn Mawr College
Finding Aid Author
Christina Wagner, Melissa Torquato
Finding Aid Date
2011 June 4
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

The Jacqueline Pascal Morris Evans papers are the physical property of the Special Collections Department, Bryn Mawr College Library. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns.

Collection Inventory

October, 1908, 1908 October 7 - 1908 October 27.
Container Summary

6 letters

November, 1908, 1908 November.
Container Summary

9 letters

December, 1908-January, 1909, plus April, 1928, 1908 December 2-1928 April 23.
Container Summary

12 letters, plus Itinerary and lists of animals, trees, etc.

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