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Guide to the Mary Thaw Thompson Papers, 1880-1928

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Collection Summary

Repository: Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries
Creator: Thompson, Mary Thaw, 1856-1944
Title: Mary Thaw Thompson Papers
Dates: 1880-1928
Quantity: 1.3 cubic ft. (5 boxes)
Abstract: Material pertaining to Vassar College, the Association of Collegiate Alumnae, and the Association to Aid Scientific Research by Women.
Forms of Materials: Correspondence, minutes, reports, and financial records

Biographical Note

Mary Thaw Thompson (1856-1944), daughter of capitalist and philanthropist William Thaw, was born in Pittsburgh, PA. She was graduated from Vassar in 1877, and two years later married William Reed Thompson, a banker. The Thompsons had five daughters, three of whom attended Vassar. Mrs. Thompson was twice president of the Associate Alumnae of Vassar College and served as an alumnae trustee of the college. With Mary Morris Pratt she was a donor of the Vassar Chapel. In addition, Mrs. Thompson generously responded to the college's varied needs, large and small. Many of Mrs. Thompson's gifts reflect her interest in religion, art, and music. She was also a supporter of the Assoication of Collegiate Alumnae and the Association to Aid Scientific Research by Women. In her response to the questionnare for the Alumnae Biographical Register, Mrs. Thompson described herself well; she wrote, "No place on this questionnare for a gentlewoman serving her generation without publicity in civic, benevolent, and social organizations."

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Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, minutes, reports, financial records, and other items pertaining to Vassar College alumnae matters, trustee duties, her donations to the Chapel, reunions of the Class of 1877, and her involvement with the Association of Collegiate Alumnae and the Association to Aid Scientific Research by Women. Correspondents include Charles Pratt, Mary Pratt (VC 1880), Mary L. Avery (VC 1868), Mary Augusta Jordan (VC1876); Ella McCaleb (VC 1878), James Monroe Taylor, and Henry Noble MacCracken.

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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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Related Material

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Subject Headings

Names:

  • Avery, Mary L.
  • Jordan, Mary A. (Mary Augusta), 1855-1941.
  • MacCracken, H. N. (Henry Noble), b. 1880.
  • McCaleb, Ella, 1856-1933.
  • Pratt, Charles.
  • Pratt, Mary.
  • Taylor, James Monroe, 1848-1916.

Organizations:

  • Association of Collegiate Alumnae (U.S.)
  • Association to Aid Scientific Research by Women.
  • Vassar College--Alumnae.
  • Vassar College. Chapel.
  • Vassar College. Board of Trustees.
  • Vassar College. Class of 1877.

Subjects:

  • Women's colleges--New York (State)--Poughkeepsie.

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Encoding Information

Encoded by Elizabeth Clarke, April 2007.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Mary Thaw Thompson Papers, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.

Processing Information

Original processing date unknown.

Acquisition Information

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Series List

Series I. Correspondence (Boxes 1-2)

Series II. Vassar College Administrative Material (Boxes 3-5)

Series III. Printed Materials (Box 5)

Container List

Series I. Correspondence

Folder 1.1 Chapel/organ (chiefly, Charles and Mary Pratt), 1901-1905
Folder 1.2 Chapel/organ , 1924-1927
Folder 1.3 President James Monroe Taylor, [1892-1909]
Folder 1.4 President Henry Noble MacCracken, [1916-1937], n.d.
Folder 1.5 General Vassar, [1880-1920]
Folder 1.6 General Vassar, 1929-1923
Folder 1.7 General Vassar, 1924
Folder 1.8 General Vassar, 1925
Folder 1.9 General Vassar, 1926
Folder 1.10 General Vassar, 1927, 1928, n.d.
Folder 2.11 Vassar friends, 1890-1899
Folder 2.12 Vassar friends, 1900-1907
Folder 2.13 Vassar friends, 1908-1919
Folder 2.14 Vassar friends, 1920-1925
Folder 2.15 Vassar friends (including 50th reunion of V.C. Class of 1877), 1926, 1927
Folder 2.16 Vassar friends, 1928, 1929, 1934, n.d.
Folder 2.17 Association to Aid Scientific Research by Women, 1929, 1925
Folder 2.18 Other associations, [1902-1925]
Folder 2.19 Family, 1904, 1925
Folder 2.20 Condolence letters to Elizabeth Thompson Reed after Mary Thaw Thompson's death
Folder 2.21 Non-Vassar friends, [1910-1939]

Series II. Vassar College Administrative Material

Folder 3.22 Board of Trustees minutes, including some Executive Committee minutes and reports, 1921-1923
Folder 3.23 Board of Trustees minutes, 1924-1925
Folder 3.24 Board of Trustee minutes, 1926
Folder 3.25 Board of Trustee minutes, 1927
Folder 3.26 Copy of Mary Thaw Thompson's letter of resignation from the Board of Trustees
Folder 3.27 President's reports to the Board of Trustees, 1921-1927
Folder 3.28 Reports of the Joint Committee on Faculty Insurance to me Board of Trustees, 1924-1925
Folder 4.29 Reports of Trustees' Committee on Faculty and Studies, 1923-1927
Folder 4.30 Reports of Trustees' Endowment Comittee, 1923, 1927, n.d.
Folder 4.31 Reports of Trustees' Committee on the Library, 1925, 1927
Folder 4.32 Reports of ad to Trustees' Committees on Religious Life at Vassar, 1925-1926, n.d.
Folder 4.33 Report of the Committee on Nominations to the Board of Trustees, 1926
Folder 4.34 Report of the Committee on Buildings to the Board of Trustees, 1926
Folder 4.35 Report of the Committee on Museum and Laboratories to the Board of Trustees, 1925
Folder 4.36 Reports of and to the Trustees' Committee on Euthenics, 1923, 1926, 1927, n.d.
Folder 4.37 Reports (and related material) of the Committee on Grounds to the Board of Trustees, 1922-1924, 1926, 1927
Folder 4.38 Reports of the Trustees' Committee on Art and Art Collections, 1924-1925, 1927
Folder 4.39 Reports of the Committee on Household Management, 1925-1927
Folder 4.40 Report to the Trustees' Committee on Music, 192?
Folder 4.41 Report to the Committee of Women Trustees of Vassar College, n.d.
Folder 4.42 Report of the Alumnae House Management Committee, 1924
Folder 4.43 Report of the Trustees' Committee on Investments and Finance, n.d.
Folder 4.44 Report of the Trustees' Committee on Budget, (incomplete), 1923
Folder 4.45 Report of Trustees' Emergency Committee, (incomplete), n.d.
Folder 4.46 Reports of the General Manager and Consulting Engineer, 1925-1927
Folder 4.47 Report of the Faculty Committee on Commencement Program, [1927]
Folder 5.48 Financial reports, 1920-1921, 1921-1922
Folder 5.49 Financial reports, 1922-1923
Folder 5.50 Financial reports, 1923-1924
Folder 5.51 Financial reports, 1924-1925
Folder 5.52 Financial reports, 1924-1926
Folder 5.53 Financial reports, 1926-1927

Series III. Printed Materials

Folder 5.54 A.A.V.C. reports
Folder 5.55 Vassar Class of 1877
Folder 5.56 Vassar Chapel
Folder 5.57 Associations
Folder 5.58 Biographical information, including obituaries
Folder 5.59 Miscellaneous family

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