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Guide to the Frances A. Wood Papers, ca. 1870-1912

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Collection Summary

Repository: Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries
Creator: Wood, Frances A., 1840-1914
Title: Frances A. Wood Papers
Dates: ca. 1870-1912
Quantity: 0.3 cubic feet (2 boxes)
Abstract: Two albums of photographs. One contains photographs of Vassar's early faculty. The other documents the construction and furnishing of "Homewood," Wood's home at 79 Raymond Avenue in Poughkeepsie. Also includes several loose photographs of Wood as well as plates for the "Here and There Fund" bookplate, which features an image of Homewood.
Forms of Materials: Photographs

Biographical Note

Frances A. Wood (1840-1914) was an early member of the Vassar College faculty, arriving in 1866 as a music teacher. She later taught English as well, but it was her service as Librarian that had the most profound impact on the college. When Wood took the position in 1880, the Library consisted of a small collection of bound volumes, pamphlets and periodicals housed in close quarters in Main Building. During her 30 year tenure, the collection quadrupled in size, modern cataloging methods were employed, and in 1905 the operation found a new home in the Frederick Ferris Thompson Memorial Library. Wood described the new building as a fantasy fulfilled, a spacious building of "beauty and harmony of arrangement beyond any dream of the early years...."

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Scope and Content Note

Two albums of photographs. One contains photographs of Vassar's early faculty. The other documents the construction and furnishing of "Homewood," Wood's home at 79 Raymond Avenue in Poughkeepsie. Also includes several loose photographs of Wood as well as plates for the "Here and There Fund" bookplate, which features an image of Homewood.

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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:

  • Wood, Frances A., 1840-1914

Organizations:

  • Vassar College. Buildings.
  • Vassar College. Faculty.

Places:

  • Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) -- Buildings, structures, etc.

Document Types:

  • Photographic prints.

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Encoding Information

Encoded by Laura Finkel, April 2008.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Frances A. Wood Papers, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.

Processing Information

Processed by Laura Finkel, April 2008.

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Container List

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