Compositions of Mary B. Griggs
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Mary Griggs and her family lived in Center Rutland, Vermont. Mary attended Rutland Union High School from 1861-1864, during which time she wrote the several compositions which comprise this collection.
According to donor information (see "Biographical Note, 1956"), Mary Griggs attended Vassar College, and married the Rev. James Zernold of Philadelphia. Wilson R. G. Bender of Wilmington, Delaware (d. 1985), was the grandson of Mary's brother, George Henry Griggs, to whom she makes reference in, "How I do wish my schooldays were over!"
Biographical AND/OR historical information derived from the collection.R.L. Polk & Co. Wilmington City Directory. Richmond, VA: R.L. Polk & Co., 1918-86.
Mary Griggs and her family lived in Center Rutland, Vermont. Mary attended Rutland Union High School from 1861-1864, during which time she wrote the several compositions which comprise this collection. In addition, the collection includes a composition, dated 1858, that she wrote when she was younger. These compositions are written in her own hand, most are several pages in length, and many contain comments and corrections written in pencil, presumably by her teacher. Through these brief works one gets a sense of her personality, her interests, and her family life. They also provide interesting reflections of a teenager on life in the 1860s, particularly the story entitled "Old and New," which laments the passage of time, and compares various aspects of life in her time with those of her grandmother. In all of these compositions, there is no hint of the Civil War which was raging at the time, and this silence may reflect the geographical distance of the struggle, the lack of family or friends in the war, or even suppression of her own emotions.
Box 99: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0099 manuscript boxes
Wilson R.G. Bender, 1956
Processed by Arthur Siegel, November 1997. Encoded by Jaime Margalotti, July 2020.
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- University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
- Finding Aid Date
- 2020 July 16
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Written between 1858-1864, these compositions are holograph manuscripts by Mary B. Griggs. Several of the works have no formal title, so the first line is provided in substitution for these. Also included is a brief biographical note, typed in December 1956, in which some of the information is incorrect -- such as the claim that the letters were written at Vassar.
Written during the Fall term, it is noted as the "5th Composition"Physical Description