"Women's Quarters at Denny Hall" in " Women at Dickinson College" - by Josephine Brunyate Meredith

circa 1935

In the subsection entitled "Women's Quarters at Denny Hall," Meredith gives us an insight to how rooms on the college grounds enabled day students (town students ?), commuters, and boarders to take advantage of the time spent on campus.


Located in the basement, the women's quarters at Denny Hall consisted of: a small washing room, a toilet, a small kichenette, and a rest room. Although she mentions that the rooms were clearly makeshift, she also says that they were comfortable and in good condition.

Boarders were the only students who had rooms of their own and were thus always within reach of the "college life," but the distance from Metzger to the school was great, so boarders took advantage of the quarters at Denny Hall as well. The women's quarters at Denny were used continually throughout the day. Here students could study, wash, eat and rest.
Meredith's office was nearby, enabling her to "keep in touch and take care of the sick." She kept her office stocked with medicine. A female janitor who answered to Meredith was employed to keep Denny Hall, but she did more than janitorial services. For example, on Fridays and Saturdays, commuters would dress for dances in the rooms there, and the female janitor would stay until they left at the end of the night. Meredith's account of the women's quarters at Denny Hall allows us to conclude that the rooms served several purposes: they enhanced the malleability of use of time while on campus; and offered day students and commuters more of a taste for the "college life."

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