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Annie Barnes' Converse College Album, 1906
  
    A gift to SCL Manuscripts Division announced in 2009

| Manuscripts Gifts 2009 | Front Page 2009 | Previous Issues | Friends of the Library |

Manuscript volume, 1906, Converse College album kept by Annie Barnes, a member of the class of 1907. Notations in the volume reveal that Miss Barnes was prepared at Reidville Graded School (Spartanburg County, S.C.) and arrived as a student at Converse on the night of 4 September 1903.

As she completed course work toward a Bachelor of Arts degree, she noted that her favorite studies were Latin and history, the classes she most disliked were Bible and English, and she considered Latin the most difficult. The volume includes a description of her dormitory room, snapshots of scenes about campus and friends, and details of a variety of events figuring in the life of a young woman at college: memorable entertainments and meals; her membership in the Carlisle Literary Society; school songs, cheers, and class colors; where she spent holidays and summer vacations; men she met while at college; and school sports: basketball, tennis, golf, and boating.

Laid in is a printed souvenir dance card from the Halcyon German held February 17, 1906, noting the names of those with whom Miss Barnes danced as well several news clippings. Also noted in the volume is that fact that she was editor-in-chief during school year 1906-1907 of The Concept, a monthly magazine published at Converse.

The printed volume in which Annie Barnes recorded these details of her college experience is entitled College Girls' Record. Compiled and illustrated by Virginia Woodson Frame, it was published in 1903 by Paul Elder and Company, San Francisco, California.

 

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