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Date: September 1909

The 1909-10 student handbook, produced by the Christian
Associations contains parts of the constitution from the Young Women's
Christian Association (YWCA). Included in the handbook is the YWCA's
mission as well as information on membership, officers, and committees.
Officers included are, President Anna M. Bacon, Vice-president Magdalene Leinbach,
Secretary Clara Bell Smith, and Treasurer Blanche Dum. A brief
synopsis of  the Pan-hellenic league, formed by sororities Pi Beta Phi
and Omega Chi, are mentioned in this years handbook. The Pan-Hellenic

Date: 1910

The 1910 Microcosm writes up a short paragraph about Mrs. Lucretia Jones McAnney, the Dean of Women and Instructor in Oratory since 1906. Since 1882, Mrs. McAnney has been teaching and studying at schools until she became the Dean of Students in 1906. She would stay the Dean of Women until 1914.

"Lest We Forget, the Suffragette" is a satirical piece written for the Microcosm about the Women's Suffrage Movement. The piece begins with all of the women are trying to decide which man they will use as an escort for Prayer Day. After much deliberation and defeat, the women then resolve to go to the Prayer Day event together, leaving the men to go alone.

"The Night Before Prayer Day" is a humorous poem about the women's decision not to have male escorts to the Prayer Day event, causing quite an uproar on campus. In support of the Women's Suffrage Movement, the co-eds of the class of 1910 decided to escort themselves to Prayer Day, which is scandalous to not be escorted to the church by a male. The male students were trying to force the women to be escorted by them, but instead the women declared that, "We'll leave for the church at half-past ten, but walk with those brutes? O, never again!"

The 1910 Microcosm comments upon the show that the women of the college were to put on. All of the advertisements, tickets, etc., were punctuated with question marks, leaving the theme of the show open to much speculation by its audience. The program declared that the entertainment was to be presented by the Y.W.C.A., which some men thought it meant "Young Women Can't Act" but were made to think differently. The first act was a comedic piece titled "Mrs. Oakley's Telephone" about the many conversations between various characters that takes place on this one telephone.

This photo depicts a group of female Dickinsonians at the 1910 Commencement Services. The names of the women in the photo are unknown.
 

This photo depicts a group of female Dickinsonians at the 1910
Commencement Services. The names of the women in the photo are unknown.

The photo depicts a group of female students at the 1910 Commencement. The photo was entitled "The Suffragettes."

This photograph depicts a group of female Dickinsonian graduating in 1910.

The 1910 Microcosm publishes this song titled the "Lloyd Hall Alma Mater" for the ladies who reside in the women's dormitory. The song's main theme is about bells and how they are found in all aspects of women's lives. From calling bells to door bells to wedding church bells, their life is "beginning and ending with bells."

The 1910 freshmen were tantalized by the upper class by a poster posted by the class of 1909 for the freshmen class. The poster outlines certain rules the incoming freshman class must observe in order to not be teased by the upper classes.

Date: c. 1910

This postcard depicts Lloyd Hall, the first women's dormitory at Dickinson College.

Date: September 1910

This postcard depicts Lloyd Hall, the first women's dormitory at Dickinson College. The postcard was sent by Marguerete E. in September of 1910. She wrote, "This is where I live. The girls are lovely to me. My roomate has not arrived yet. I have unpacked my trunk and put my things away."

Included in the 1910 student handbook are Bible study courses
offered by the Young Women's Christian Association. Courses include:

  • "The King and his Kingdom"-Freshmen Course
  • "Studies in the Life of Paul"-Sophomore Course
  • "The Social Significance of the Teachings of Jesus"-Junior and Senior Course

In addition, the YWCA conducted missionary work both locally and
internationally, specifically in South America. They also sponsored and
managed a program that collected dolls and clothing to give to
"children of the slums" at Christmas.

Date: 1911

"Mysterious Code for Co-Eds" was published in the 1911 Microcosm complaining about the use of words by the co-eds on campus.

The 1911 Microcosm includes a piece on the success of the Y. W. C. A.'s night of entertainment for the college. The show included two dramatic acts, one entitled, "The Costs of Independence or an Old Maid's Regrets" and the other called, "Beautiful Belinda or Why Girls Leave Home." One of the more successful parts of the night though was not on stage, according to the men, but more so in their bellies. Candy that the girls had made was sold between acts and the men bought it because "it was made by her own little hands."

In her 1911 essay "Female Suffrage," Mary Eleta Witmer analyzes the history and condition of the Suffrage movement. She argues that the American Suffrage movement has fallen short due to its association with such groups as socialists, abolitionists, and orthodox theology. Witmer closes her essay by comparing the strengths and weaknesses of the American and English Suffrage movements.

In the senior class history in the 1911 Microcosm, there is a short paragraph written on the fear amongst the college that their women would turn into suffragettes. From this fear, the college held a meeting only for the females about their decision. A joint meeting was then held and "negotiations [were] entered into, and a treaty formed."

Date: May 24, 1911

The news correspondent for the women's residence Lloyd Hall comments on women's suffrage.

Date: c1912

This image depicts a group of female and male students on the bleachers. The women in the postcard are holding 1912 banners.

Date: 1913

In a pamphlet entitled "Topics of the Y.W.C.A. of Dickinson College Winter and Spring Terms," Dickinson's Y.W.C.A. outlines there events for the year. Such events include discussions on aid to women in other countries, health, "Mormonism as a Menace" and "What a College Girl Owes to Her Home Church." They also scheduled joint meeting with Dickinson College's Y.M.C.A.
 

The image depicts a female Dickinsonian in the 1913 Microcosm. The caption reads "Coy-ed."

Date: c1913

The photograph depicts the May Day Court at Dickinson College, circa 1913.

Date: June 9, 1913

On June 9, 1913, the Board of Trustees received a letter from the "girls of Lloyd Hall," demanding the Trustees acknowledge the poor conditions in which the women lived. In particular, the women mentioned the unsanitary conditions, the crowding, and the poor ventilation. Moreover, the women assert that the, "absence of fire escapes make Lloyd Hall a veritable death trap." The women asked that the building be renovated for the next school year.

Date: September 1913

Included in the 1913 student handbook, published by the Christian associations, is the full constitution of the Young Women's Christian Association. Prior to 1913 only parts of the YWCA constitution were printed in the student handbook. The constitution included information on membership, meetings, Bible study, mission study, missionary work, conventions, student conferences, and its mission statement.

Date: c1914

This photo depicts the May Day Queen and her Court.

Date: 1914

This photograph depicts a group of female Dickinsonians at the 1914 Doll Dance. The women are clad in men's and women's attire.

This photograph depicts a second group of female Dickinsonians at the 1914 Doll Dance. The women are clad in men's and women's attire. Unfortunately, the names of the students are not given.

This photograph depicts a third group of female Dickinsonians at the
1914 Doll Dance. The women are clad in men's and women's attire.
Unfortunately, the names of the students are not provided.

 This photograph depicts female students attending the Doll Show Party, an
annual charitiable event on Dickinson's campus. Many of the women in the photo are clad in men's clothing.

Date: January 20, 1914

In 1914, on motion of Issac McCurley, the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees secured the lease of Metzger College. Metzge College was to be the new dormitory for female students. The motion was seconded by Charles K. Zug.

Date: January 21, 1914

The January 21, 1914 Dickinsonian marks with sadness the resignation of Lucretia McAnney, who held various positions at the college. For the past eight years, McAnney had been in charge of the Department of Oratory. Before her, "there was no Department of Oratory" but she had "gradually built up her department until at the present time there is too much work...[for] one person." Even the former President, Dr. George Edward Reed, remarked fondly that McAnney was "the only woman I have ever met whom I would be willing to place over men as an instructor in forensic work."

Date: February 17, 1914

In their 23rd Annual Inter-Society Debate, Belles Lettres and the Union Philosophical Society held a debate surrounding the question of women's suffrage. The debate prompt read, "Resolved, that the progress and prosperity of the United States of America would be increased if the elective franchise were not withheld from any one solely on account of sex." Because no women were allowed in either literary society, the question was debated and judged by male Dickinsonians.

In honor of the Annual Inter-Society Debate pertaining to the question of women's suffrage, male Dickinsonians composed and performed songs regarding women's suffrage. The songs included "What's the Matter with Suffrage?", "Suffrage all the Day," etc.

Date: May 1, 1914

Original photograph of Ruth Sellers '15 (in white), Clare Filler '18 (in pantaloons), Josiah Luther Neff '15 (with cape) during May Day Festival on Dickinson College campus.

Group of Dickinson women during May Day Festival, 1914.

Date: June 8, 1914

On motion of. W. L. Woodcock seconded by C. W. Prettyman, the Board of Trustees decided to repair and "put in tenatable condition" the old women's dormitory, Lloyd Hall. The motion was authorized.

Date: September 1914

Included in the 1914-15 student handbook, published by the Christian
associations, is the full constitution of the Young Women's Christian
Association. Prior to 1913 only parts of the YWCA constitution were
printed in the student handbook. The constitution included information
on membership, meetings, Bible study, mission study, missionary work,
conventions, student conferences, and its mission statement. Article II
of the constitution states that the object of the organization "shall
be the development of Christian character in its members and the

Date: 1915

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.

This photo depicts female Dickinsonians performing for a May Day celebration at Metzger Hall in c1915.

This photograph depicts students attending the Doll Show Party, an
annual charitiable event on Dickinson's campus. Many of the women in the photo are clad in men's clothing.

The 1915 Microcosm published a short poem entitled "A Maiden Passing Sweet."  The piece describes an otherwise unattractive female, "neither fair of form or face," who is only noticed when she passes a tray of sweets to a gentleman at another co-ed's birthday tea.  

Date: c1915

This photo depicts female Dickinsonians performing for a May Day celebration at Metzger Hall in c1915.

This scrapbook page from one of Dean Josephine Meredith's scrapbooks has a group of photos from the May Day celebration. The top photo is of the May Day Court. The middle photo depicts a May Day dance performance. Finally, the bottom photo is of a group of students in costume.

Date: circa 1915

This photo depicts a female Dickinsonian in her costume from the Doll Dance. The dolls collected for underprivileged children surround her.
 

This photograph depicts a group of female couples at the Doll Dance, circa 1915. The women are clad in men's and women's attire.
Unfortunately, the names of the students are not given.

This photograph depicts a second group of female Dickinsonians at the Doll Dance circa 1915. The women are clad in men's and women's attire.
Unfortunately, the names of the students are not given.

Date: February 26, 1915

On motion of Frank C. Bolser, the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees was authorized to sell Lloyd Hall, the former women's dormitory. The Trustees wanted at least $5000 for the building.      

Date: September 1915

In the 1915-16 student handbook, published by the Christian Associations are the portraits of Anna M. Shuey, President of the Young Women's Christian Association, and Helen Jones, Vice-president. Prior to the 1915-16 academic year only the portraits of the President and Vice-president of the Young Men's Christian Association were included in the student handbooks funded by both Christian organizations. Also included in the student handbook is the full constitution of the YWCA as well as its mission statement.

Date: 1916

This photo depicts female Dickinsonians performing for a May Day celebration at Metzger Hall in 1916.