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Guide to the Hannah M. Parkhurst's Boarding School Records, 1863-1869

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Collection Summary

Repository: Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries
Creator: Hannah M. Parkhurst's Boarding and Day School (Newburgh, N.Y.)
Title: Hannah M. Parkhurst's Boarding School Records
Dates: 1863-1869
Quantity: 0.5 cubic ft (1 box)
Abstract: Journals kept by Lucy Skeel, 1864, Fannie Denniston, 1865, and Ella Weed, 1868-1869, while attending the school. Denniston's journal also reports on a boat trip to Poughkeepsie and a visit to Vassar College grounds.
Forms of Materials: Diaries and clippings.

Biographical Note

Hannah M. Parkhurst's Boarding and Day School for Young Ladies was one of many private schools in nineteenth-century Newburgh, NY, and is listed in city directories for the 1860s. An advertisement in the 1864-65 directory mentions that, "Miss Parkhurst has had seven years of successful experience in the care of Boarding School in the State, besides several years of teaching in the best schools in Massachusetts." Nothing further is known of Miss Parkhurst or the school; it did not appear in the directories after 1869.

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Scope and Content Note

Journals of Lucy Skeel, Fannie Denniston, and Ella Weed kept while they were students at Miss Parkhurst's School in 1864, 1865, and 1868-1869. Lucy Skeel and Ella Weed subsequently graduated from Vassar in 1873. Fannie Denniston's journal reports on a school boat trip to Poughkeepsie May 28, 1865, which included a visit to the Vassar campus with a tour of the grounds by Matthew Vassar.

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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

Names:

  • Denniston, Fannie.
  • Skeel, Lucy.
  • Weed, Ella, 1853-1894.

Organizations:

  • Vassar College--Description.

Subjects:

  • Boarding schools--New York (State)--Newburgh.
  • Boats and boating--New York (State)--Hudson River.
  • Women--Diaries.
  • Women--Education.

Places:

  • Hudson River (N.Y. and N.J.)--Description and travel.
  • Poughkeepsie (N.Y.)--Description.

Document Types:

  • Diaries.

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Encoding Information

Encoded by Elizabeth Clarke, July 2007.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Hannah M. Parkhurst's Boarding School Newburgh, NY Papers, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.

Processing Information

Original processing date unknown. Updated January 2007.

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