Item #17040 19th century Handwritten Young Woman's Memory Album with entry from a friend at Harvard University, 1835-1896. Women Education, 19th c.
19th century Handwritten Young Woman's Memory Album with entry from a friend at Harvard University, 1835-1896
19th century Handwritten Young Woman's Memory Album with entry from a friend at Harvard University, 1835-1896
19th century Handwritten Young Woman's Memory Album with entry from a friend at Harvard University, 1835-1896
19th century Handwritten Young Woman's Memory Album with entry from a friend at Harvard University, 1835-1896

19th century Handwritten Young Woman's Memory Album with entry from a friend at Harvard University, 1835-1896

Handwritten Journal

[Women Education] Memory album of signatures and sentiments from friends and classmates of young woman in Massachusetts, 1835-1896. A memorabilia, recording many aspects of the first major movement of women's education in the United States brings depth to a movement that was groundbreaking in its time, but today is largely at risk of disappearing from the historical record. 45 pages written overall, and some additional pages of handwritten verse and an article cutout for an event of Henry Ward Beecher laid in.  Entries date 1835-1897. Most are from the areas of Deerfield, Exeter, Brentwood, and Lowell in Massachusetts. 8 x 6.25 in. Original green leather boards. Gilt edges and gilt detail to spine and covers. Personally embossed with “Caroline Marshall” (original owner) in gilt to the cover, and an illustration of a harp. Includes frontispiece engraving of girls gathering flowers. One page has 3 miniature watercolors surrounding an entry; one page has a hand-colored illustrations of flowers. The person who originally gave her the album as a gift has written on the first pages, “Miss Marshall, This Album is a beautiful emblem of your own character…” Memory albums held autographs, sentiments, and reminiscences of friends and schoolmates, similar to yearbooks today.  Young women, particularly those finishing their time at a female academy and preparing to leave their school friends, tended to be the ones to create friendship albums. One entry, composed personally to Miss Marshall, is from a Harvard University student. “Go forth thou little book! Go forth—and gather thy store— Oh! many a token which friendship leaves here, May long to the heart of thy owner to be dear, When the friendship or friend is no more.” Also includes entry from a student at prestigious Philips Exeter Academy. In very good condition.

Item #17040

Price: $485.00