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Guide to the Beatrice S. Cosmey Papers, 1928-1930

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Collection Summary

Repository: Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries
Creator: Cosmey, Beatrice S.
Title: Beatrice S. Cosmey Papers
Dates: 1928-1930
Quantity: 0.6 cubic ft. (3 boxes)
Abstract: Materials relating to Cosmey's travels and teaching experience in India.
Forms of Materials: Correspondence, scrapbook

Biographical Note

Beatrice S. Cosmey graduated from Vassar in 1925 and earned her master's degree at Columbia in 1928. Following three years of teaching math at the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn between 1925 and 1928, she served as head of the math department at the Woman's Christian College in Madras, India (1928 - 1930), the sister college of Mount Holyoke in India, and the director of mathematics at the St. Agatha School in New York City (1930 - 1936). In 1936 she began teaching at the Shipley School of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania and in 1941 became responsible for student War activities. In addition, she studied and participated in research at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Chicago. While in Chicago Miss Cosmey spent two years restructuring the mathematics curriculum at the Dalton School. Returning to New York in 1947, she joined Elizabeth Parmelee as head mistress of the Calhoun School, a position from which she retired in 1969. During her life Miss Cosmey also served as treasurer of the Headmistresses Association of the East and Secretary of the Assoc. Board of Women's Christian College, Madras, India.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of Beatrice Cosmey's memoirs of her travels and teaching experience in India through correspondence from Beatrice Cosmey to her family and friends, as well as a scrapbook.

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Access and Use

Access

This collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library without any additional restrictions.

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Subject Headings

Organizations:

  • Women's Christian College (Madras, India).

Subjects:

  • Education -- India.
  • Universities and colleges -- India.
  • Women -- Education -- India -- Madras.

Places:

  • India -- Description and travel -- 1901-1946.

Document Types:

  • Scrapbook.

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Encoding Information

Encoded by Laura Finkel, January 2009.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Beatrice S. Cosmey Papers, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.

Processing Information

Original processing date unknown.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mary A. Thompson.

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Container List

Letters from Beatrice Cosmey to family

Folder 1.1 6 letters, June 24, 1928-July 11, 1928
Folder 1.2 3 letters, July 14, 1928-July 22, 1928
Folder 1.3 3 letters, July 26, 1928-Aug. 5, 1928
Folder 1.4 4 letters, Aug. 7, 1928-Aug. 27, 1928
Folder 1.5 5 letters, Aug. 28, 1928-Sept. 19, 1928
Folder 1.6 3 letters, Sept. 23, 1928-Sept. 27, 1928
Folder 1.7 3 letters, Oct. 3, 1928-Oct. 20, 1928
Folder 1.8 5 letters, Oct. 21, 1928-Nov. 18, 1928
Folder 1.9 5 letters, Nov. 1928-Dec. 28, 1928
Folder 1.10 3 letters, Jan. 4, 1929-Jan. 16, 1929
Folder 1.11 4 letters, Jan. 24, 1929-Feb. 21, 1929
Folder 1.12 2 letters, Mar. 7, 1929-Mar. 14, 1929
Folder 1.13 3 letters, 1 fragment, Mar. 14, 1929-Apr. 4, 1929
Folder 2.1 4 letters, Apr. 22, 1929-May 12, 1929
Folder 2.2 3 letters, May 19, 1929-June 6, 1929
Folder 2.3 5 letters, June 27, 1929-Aug. 1, 1929
Folder 2.4 5 letters, Aug. 11, 1929-Sept. 10, 1929
Folder 2.5 4 letters, Sept. 15, 1929-Oct. 3, 1929
Folder 2.6 7 letters, Oct. 23, 1929-Dec. 19, 1929
Folder 2.7 4 letters, Dec. 31, 1929-Feb. 2, 1930
Folder 2.8 2 letters, Feb. 19, 1930-Feb. 24, 1930
Folder 2.9 3 letters, Mar. 13, 1930-Mar. 23, 1930
Folder 2.10 1 letter, 1 fragment, Apr. 15, 1930-Apr. 21, 1930
Folder 2.11 2 letters, Apr. 25, 1930-May 9, 1930
Folder 2.12 3 letters, May 23, 1930-June 9, 1930

Letters from Beatrice Cosmey to friends

Folder 2.13 3 joint letters to: Miss A.W. Sleight, Miss Edith Seaborg, Miss Beatrice Bagg, Miss Mabel Lewish, Mrs. Edward Eawes, Mrs. Abner Newton, Miss Madeleine Bubier, Miss Eloise T. Anderson, Mrs. J.A. Anderson, Miss Ruth Newcomb, Mrs. Robert K. Burns, Miss Katherine Ogden, Miss Gladys M. Green, Mrs. Lloyd E. Dale, Mrs. W.D. Middleton, Miss Erdice G. Bauwgadener, Mrs. H.W. Bauer, Misses Dorothy and Miriam Rich, Mrs. J.S. Arnold, Mrs. I.T. Cosmey, Jan. 24, 1929-Apr. 25, 1930

Miscellaneous

Box 3 Scrapbook

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