Guide to the Charlotte and Clara Barnum
ca. 1870 - 1951
Table of Contents
- Collection Summary
- Biographical Note
- Scope and Content Note
- Subject Headings
- Administrative Information
- Access and Use
- Encoding Information
- Container List
|Repository:||Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries|
|Creator:||Barnum, Charlotte Cynthia|
|Title:||Charlotte and Clara Barnum Papers|
|Quantity:||0.7 cubic ft (3 boxes)|
|Abstract:||Material relating to the sisters’ education and subsequent association with Vassar College. Includes photographs and other material relating to the Vassar College Classes of 1881 and 1888.|
|Forms of Materials:||Photographs, correspondence, printed material and ephemera|
Charlotte Barnum (1860-1934) graduated from Vassar College in 1881 and went on to become one of the first three women to receive a Ph.D. in mathematics from Yale University. Clara Barnum (1866-1953) followed her sister to Vassar and graduated in 1888. After leaving Vassar, she worked with her father, a lexicographer, on the first edition of Noah Webster's dictionary, then worked at the Yale University Library as a genealogist.
Photographs, correspondence and ephemera, mostly relating to the sisters’ education and subsequent association with Vassar College. Includes photographs and other material relating to the Vassar College Classes of 1881 and 1888. One letter describes Mark Twain's 1885 visit to the college.
This collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library without any additional restrictions.
- Barnum, Charlotte Cynthia.
- Barnum, Clara.
- Vassar College--Students.
- Vassar College. Class of 1881.
- Vassar College. Class of 1888.
Encoded by Laura Finkel and Elizabeth Clarke, November 2006. Updated February 2009.
Charlotte and Clara Barnum Papers, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.
Processed by Laura Finkel, April 2005.
Gift of Charlotte Barnum (grand-niece), April 2005 and February 2009.
An electronic version of the correspondence transcripts is available. See the Archives and Special Collections staff for more details.
|Folder 1.1||Biography - including Maria Mitchell letter of recommendation for Charlotte, 1883, 1936|
|Folder 1.2||Photographs — Clara Barnum, ca. 1870-1900, 1951|
|Folder 1.3||Photographs — Charlotte Barnum, ca. 1881-1934|
|Folder 1.4||Photographs — Vassar Students - Identified, ca. 1881-1888|
|Folder 1.5||Photographs — Unidentified Students - Vassar? Yale? ca. 1881-1895|
|Box 3||Photographs — Class of 1888, 1888|
|Folder 1.6||Photographs — Class of 1888 — Reunions, 1922, 1938|
|Folder 1.7||Photographs — Vassar Faculty, ca. 1881-1888|
|Folder 2.1||Photographs — Miscellaneous, ca. 1881-1890|
|Folder 2.2||Correspondence — Originals, 1884-1885|
|Folder 2.3||Correspondence — Originals, 1886|
|Folder 2.4||Correspondence — Originals, 1887|
|Folder 2.5||Correspondence — Originals, 1888|
|Folder 2.6||Correspondence — Transcripts, 1884-1888|
|Box 3||Vassar College Ephemera (including programs and dance cards), ca. 1880-1890|