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Except where noted, originals are housed at Vassar College. Many items in this exhibit are facsimiles.

Arguing that the Revolutionary War was essentially fought at sea in her American history entrance exam, Vincent called on the “Constitution,” “Perry” and “Lake Erie,” all features of the War of 1812.

Case 1: Acting

26 October 1914: Princess Daisy of Pretentia in the 1914 Sophomore Party

  • Program
  • Party invitation from the Class of 1917 to the Class
  • of 1918
  • Photograph of Millay and fellow actors by Edmond L. Wolven

27 February 1915 : Sylvette in Edmond Rostand’s “Les Romanesques,” French Club play  

  • Program
  • Photograph of Millay and fellow actors by Edmond L. Wolven

5 March 1915: Eugene Marchbanks in George Bernard Shaw’s “Candida,” 2nd Hall play 

  • Program
  • 1915 Vassarion

11 October 1915: Marie de France in “The Pageant of Athena,” 50th Anniversary performance

  • Program
  • Photograph of Millay and fellow actors by Edmond L. Wolven

11 March 1916: Deirdre in John Millington Synge’s “Deirdre of the Sorrows,” 2nd Hall play 

  • Program
  • 1916 Vassarion 

9 December 1916: Vigdis in John Masefield’s “The Locked Chest,” one of three pieces given as the 1st Hall Play

  • Program
  • Photograph of Millay and fellow actors by Edmond L. Wolven
  • “First Hall Pay,” Poughkeepsie Enterprise, 11 December 1916

 Case 2: Writing

“Druid’s Chant” and “Song of the Nations” 

  • Sophomore Tree Ceremonies program, May 1915
  • Vassarion, 1917
  • Vassar College, Class Song Book, 1917
  • “ Pageant of Nations,” Poughkeepsie Enterprise,” 10 May 1915

 “Interim” 

  • Vassar Miscellany Monthly, July 1914
  • A Book of Vassar Verse, volume of reprints from the Vassar Miscellany Monthly, 1916  

 “The Suicide” 

  • Vassar Miscellany Monthly, April 1916
  • A Book of Vassar Verse, volume of reprints from the Vassar Miscellany Monthly, 1916 
  • Vassar Quarterly, July 1916

“Why Did I Ever Come to This Place?” 

  • Vassar Miscellany Monthly, December 1916
  •  A Book of Vassar Verse, volume of reprints from the Vassar Miscellany Monthly, 1916

“The Wall of Dominoes”

  • Vassar Miscellany Monthly, May 1917

“The Patient Periodical” 

  • Vassar Miscellany Weekly, 12 May 1916 
  • Freshman Handbook, 1917
  • Vassar College, Class Song Book, 1917

“What Though the Wind”

  • Senior Parlor Opening program, October 1916
  • “Entertain in Senior Parlor,” Poughkeepsie Eagle, 16 October 1916

Baccalaureate Hymn of the Class of 1917

  • Baccalaureate Service program, including broadside, June 1917
  • Vassar Quarterly, July 1917

Case 3: The Vassar Workshop

  • Program for Selma Lageröf’s “The Christmas Guest,”
  • 16 December 1916
  • “Try Out Vassar Plays on Vassar,” Poughkeepsie Eagle,
  • 18 December 1916
  • Program for Millay’s “The Princess Marries the Page,”
  • 12 May 1917 
  • “More Work-Shop Plays at Vassar,” Poughkeepsie Eagle,
  • 10 May 1917
  • Millay’s The Princess Marries the Page, New York: Harper & Brothers, 1932
  • Syllabus for Gertrude Buck’s “Class in Technique of the Drama,” Vassar College Drama Department Scrapbook, undated
  • Gertrude Buck, Vassar Workshop,” reprinted from the Vassar Quarterly, May 1917

On the Mantel: Academics 

  • “Requirements for Entrance to Vassar College,” Records of the Class of 1917
  • Letter from Millay to Dean Ella McCaleb, 7 July 1913
  • Letter from Dean McCaleb to Millay, 9 July 1913 
  • Letter from Millay to Dean McCaleb, 12 July 1913
  • Millay’s history entrance exam, September 1913 
  • Note by Professor Mildred Thompson recalling her impressions of Millay, 27 July 1951
  • Letter from Millay to President McCracken regarding her sister Kathleen, 15 November 1917
  • List of Millay’s courses at Vassar
  • Letter from President McCracken to the faculty regarding the question of Millay participating in the graduation ceremony,  7 June 1917
  • Letter from Dean McCaleb to Cora Millay regarding Millay being denied graduation privileges, 13 June 1917  (original held by the Library of Congress)
  • Elizabeth Hazelton Haight’s “Vincent at Vassar,” Vassar Alumnae Magazine, May 1951
  • Letter to the Editor from Charlotte Babcock Sills recounting her memories of the incident that led to Millay participating in the graduation ceremony, Vassar Alumnae Magazine, December 1960 

Table: Faces & Places

Vassar Student Photograph Albums

Album # 200, Horatia Owens, circa 1913-1917

  • Several images of Lydia Babbott at Vassar and at home 
  • Sophomore Party, 1914
  • Tree ceremonies, 1915

Album # 225, Clarence Hunter, circa 1914-1916

  • 2 photographs of Dorothy Coleman
  • President H. N. MacCracken making a speech on Founder’s Day

Album # 256, Helen Shaw Tatnall, circa 1912-1916

  • Millay arm in arm with a Elaine Ralli

Album # 245, unidentified creator, undated

  • Agnes Rogers in costume for 1915’s tree ceremonies 
  • View from the top floor of Josselyn Hall

Album # 287, unidentified creator, circa 1919

  • McGlynn’s Cottage

Album # 300, unidentified creator, circa 1914-1918

  • Dean Ella McCaleb

Vassar College Photograph Files

  • C . Mildred Thompson
  • Lucy Salmon
  • Gertrude Buck and Laura Wylie

Millay Papers at the Library of Congress 

  • Millay with some “Vassar friends,” circa 1915

On the Walls

  • Cropped E. L. Wolven photographs of Millay as Marchbanks in “Candida” and Vigdis in “The Locked Chest”
  • Winning the song contest with “The Patient Periodical,” 1917 Vassarion 
  • E.L Wolver photograph of 1917’s senior parlor