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Guide to the Julia Augusta Schwartz Papers, 1899-1953

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Collection Summary

Repository: Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries
Creator: Schwartz, Julia Augusta, 1873-1957
Title: Julia Augusta Schwartz Papers
Dates: 1899-1953
Quantity: 1.4 cubic ft (7 boxes)
Abstract: Material relating primarily to Schwartz's writing but also her Vassar College education and other aspects of her personal life.
Forms of Materials: Correspondence, manuscripts, and photographs.

Biographical Note

Julia Augusta Schwartz (1873-1957), author of books for girls and children, was born in Albany, NY. She was graduated from Vassar in 1896 and stayed on an additional year to earn an MA in English literature. Apart from six weeks of teaching at Omaha (NE) High School, where she had prepared for college, Schwartz's sole career was writing books for young people, many of which were designed for schoolroom use. One of her first books was Vassar Studies (1899), which, according to the publisher's circular, offered "a faithful impression of the spirit and the personality of modern Vassar." In 1913 Schwartz moved to LaJolla, CA, where she became interested in the conservation efforts of groups such as the Sierra Club. Her other interests, as she reported to the Vassar alumnae office in 1919, included "being a daughter, sister, aunt, neighbor, friend, voter, [and] citizen."

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Scope and Content Note

Papers consist primarily of her manuscripts of stories but also include an account of her college days at Vassar, correspondence concerning books with Lucy Salmon, Elizabeth Thelberg, and Georgia Kendrick, correspondence with publishers, and a notebook of photographs.

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Access and Use


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


  • Kendrick, Georgia Avery, 1848-1922.
  • Salmon, Lucy Maynard, 1853-1927.
  • Thelberg, Elizabeth.


  • Vassar College--Students.


  • Children's literature--Women authors.
  • Literature publishing.
  • Women authors, American.

Document Types:

  • Photoprints.

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Encoding Information

Encoded by Elizabeth Clarke, April 2007.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Julia Augusta Schwartz Papers, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.

Processing Information

Original processing date unknown.

Acquisition Information

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Container List


Box 1 "The Better Part of Valor"
Box 1 "Broken Magic"
Box 1 "Crossing Bridges"
Box 1 "The Cure"
Box 1 "Dear Sir"
Box 1 "Flunk Notes"
Box 1 "Her College Debts"
Box 1 "How to Tell a Boy from a Fish"
Box 1 "How to Win a Man"
Box 1 "The Land of Gave-uptrying"
Box 1 "The Man Who Refused to Be Bossed"
Box 1 "The Master of Circumstance"
Box 1 "Miss Busybody"
Box 1 "Mortals"
Box 1 "A Movie of True Knights"
Box 2 "The One Man"
Box 2 "To Stick or Not to Stick"
Box 2 "The Troubles of Two Eyes"
Box 2 "The Way to Win a Woman"
Box 2 "Famous Friends of the People"
Box 2 "Fra Indignatius"
Box 3 "Ho! Forest"
Box 3 "Many Nations and Their Gifts to the World"
Box 3 "A Roomful of Children"
Box 3 "Understanding"
Box 3 "His Code of Conduct"
Box 3 10 chapters, untitled
Boxes 4 - 5 Various drafts of the manuscripts, "The Work of Their Hands," "Good Sports in Spite of Ourselves," as well as miscellaneous manuscripts and notes
Box 7 Bound manuscript, "Stories of College Days," and a notebook with photographs


Folder 6.1 Friends and VC faculty about books, including Lucy Salmon, Elizabeth Thelberg, and Georgia Kendrick
Folders 6.2-6.3 Publishers, 1899-1939
Folder 6.4 General, 1933-1953

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