1889 - 1892 Letters to and from Ellen A. Hedrick at Smith College Including Her Drawings For Dress Design & Alterations
(Americana - 19th Century - Manuscript - Smith College)

Northampton Massachusetts: Not Published, 1889. F This group of letters tells of Smith College Northampton Massachusetts campus and dorm life, including the serious illness (kidney failure) of friends, class work, social activities and humorous episodes, as in when Ms. Hedrick burned a pot of meat cooking on her room stove while she went to town; the smell had permeated the rooms so she had to sleep elsewhere. Clothing and its appearance was very important and both she and her mother write pages on proper fitting, taking apart and sewing of dresses and precise instructions for alterations. There is also family news and Washington DC social activities and gossipy relations. Including: 1889 8 pages; from Mrs. A. Hedrick, Ellen A. Hedrick's mother and other family members; 1891 Two letters; one of 8 pages to sister Jennie and 10 pages, to her mother; 1892 Two letters, one of 9 pages, from E.A. Hedrick to her mother including a page of illustrated before-and-after dress style alterations; and 4 pages from her mother. Approx. 5" x 8" size; written on good quality plain notepaper. Light wear, old fold lines; in very good condition. Ellen A. Hedrick (B.A. Smith 1892; 1869 - 1957) was the third woman employee of the Nautical Almanac Office. She was the daughter of scientist and chief U.S. Patent Office examiner Benjamin Sherwood Hedrick and worked with her brother Henry Benjamin Hedrick at NAO from 1897 to 1900. After leaving the NAO, Miss Hedrick worked as a librarian at the Library of Congress, Yale University, the U. of California Berkeley and the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. (U.S.N. Observatory site) Ellen A. Hedrick's relations mentioned in these letters include sisters Alice Hedrick Olcott (B.A. Mount Holyoke 1880) of Arlington, Va., Jennie Hedrick of Washington, and brother William A. Hedrick (BJV. George Washington 1884; Ph.D. Johns Hopkins 1889) of Silver Spring, Md. The Benjamin Hedrick Papers, concerning her father's career & activities are held at Duke University. Very Good Paperback (Item ID: 26242)

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