Student housing

Witwer Hall

This photo depicts four women studying in Witwer Hall, c. 1965. The names of the women are not known. If you recognize someone in the photo, please contact the archives at

Date: circa 1965
Hen Coop-Gilded Cage Quote

The 1905 Microcosm includes a story abour what Dickinson College would be fifty years in the future: 1955. The Dickinson of 1955 is much different than the Dickinson of 1905. The author highlights the difference in housing for women. He wrote, "There isn't a hen coop any more. We call it the "gilded cage". The college bought the deer park you used to tell me about, enlarged the house, built a gymansium adjoining, and made everything so lovely for the girls that the fellows had to change the name."

Date: 1904

In her essay "Women at Dickinson College," Josephine Brunyate Meredith has a section in which she discussed "Women's Fraternities" (now referred to as sororities) at Dickinson College. Meredith explained that "We have never had such good spirit existing between the Fraternities as exists at present. Pan-Hellenic rules and rushing methods, the result of years of hard work and experiment are now fairly satisfactory to everybody." Pleased with the women's work, Meredith argued that the college must provide better housing for the female fraternities as they do for the male fraternities.

Date: c1935

This photo depicts Katheryn Kerr in her room at 264 W. Pomfret Street. The caption explains that Josephine Brunyate and Kathryn Kerr rented from Mrs. (Mother) Pague when Lloyd Hall was full.

Date: 1902

This photo depicts the room Kathryn Kerr and Josephine Brunyate's shared during their college days. The caption reads, "Where things happened. Room 264 Pomfret Street."

Date: circa 1901
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This photo is of a group of female students sitting around the radio at Metzger Hall. The women in the picture are not identified.

Date: circa 1940

This photo depicts female Dickinsonians studying in a dorm. The names of the women in the photo are unknown.

Date: circa 1940

This photo depicts the front ahll of the women's dormitory. The caption below reads that the house is "decorated for Christmas."

Date: 1940

This image depicts a group of female Dickinsonians sitting on the steps of Metzger Hall, c1915. The names of the women in the photo are unknown.

Date: 1915
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This postcard depicts an image of Metzger Hall, one of Dickinson College's early female dorms.

Date: c1920