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1950s Character

In researching the 1960s, I got really interested in Mary Washington’s study-abroad program. Having studied abroad, I’m sort of in awe of students who had that experience in a time before instant communication, who traveled to another country on ships and could only communicate with home through letters. By the 1950s, Mary Washington had a […] Continue reading

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1950s School Supplies

  As it turns out, Googling “school supplies in the 1950s” turns up a whole lot of nothing. Instead, I searched for the history of some of the individual items we might need in class, starting with pens. I found that most of the sites are fairly informal ones, and so my information comes from […] Continue reading

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Clothing and Material Culture

Today, we basically put together a list of things we need to learn about in order to make decisions on how we want to go about portraying the 1950s. The first thing, of course, is to learn about what students … Continue reading

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Post #4: Curriculum Committee

Having examined the course catalogs pretty thoroughly, I moved on this week to look through the files of the Curriculum Committee. When I first got a look at the box, it appeared an overwhelming task; it’s a huge box and packed with files. It would take a whole semester’s worth of work to comb through […] Continue reading

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Post #3: Course Catalogs

My goal for this week’s work in Special Collections was to start copying down some of the information we will be putting on our website, and in the process to analyze the information about courses in order to infer something about the classroom experience. In deciding what majors to include on our website, we tried […] Continue reading

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Group Meeting Results

Yesterday’s group meeting was really productive, and I left with the impression that we were all on the same page. I hope that’s the case, and I guess we’ll see when we read each other’s blog posts. What I understood our plan to be is a “choose-your-own-adventure” style interactive website. The first page will be […] Continue reading

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Reading Response

1. I was really surprised to read, on page 264 of “Unequal Sisters” the observation that “…men and women are equal in Europe and America… In France and America, there are women in high offices. In England and America, there are women in astronomy, clerical work, communications… medicine, law… no different than men.” I know […] Continue reading

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Post #2: Course Catalogs

My goal this week is to learn some basic information about student life, with a focus on the ways it pertains to and affects the experiences students had in the classroom. One of the most interesting sections of the catalog was the section on absences and “class cuts”. As any student will tell you, it’s […] Continue reading

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Post #1: The Collection

I had signed up to study both course catalogs and the Aubade for the 1960s, but I have just learned that the Aubade did not begin to be There are ten course catalogs and smaller course booklets detailing the classes available during Summer Sessions. The books all seem to be in very good quality. One […] Continue reading

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An Introduction

Last time I wrote an introductory post for one of my class blogs, it was for “When Americans Came Marching Home”, my Freshman seminar. I went back to that post out of curiosity, to see what had changed, and was … Continue reading Continue reading

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