Northampton, MA: 1911-1913. Hardcover. Unpaginated [50 pp.] 30 x 45 cm. An extraordinary look into a young woman's life at preparatory school - Miss Capen's School for Girls, Northampton, MA. - a school for young women who were interested in enrollment at Smith College. Anna L. Schaeffer (1893-1984) was from Reading, PA. and attended this select school. Anna and her classmates were daughters of wealthy lawyers, affluent business men, and descendants of American elite's. Anna's sizeable scrap book begins with all of her fellow scholars signatures' and addresses along with charming quotes. Pasted in are numerous musical and theatrical programs she attended in Northampton, Boston and Providence, RI such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Smith College Recitals. Boston Opera Company, the Northampton Academy of Music's film of The Coronation of King George V. and Queen Mary, Brown University's Dramatic Society Play, MIT's theater, and other programs. Anna saved just about everything: pressed flowers, candy boxes, photos, Halloween hats, cards, invitations, and postcards - all pasted in with a handwritten annotation describing what the significant moment was to her and who she was with.
Bessie T. Capen, was one of the first woman to study at MIT along with Ellen Swallow Richards. Miss Capen first taught chemistry at Wellesley and then at Smith (1877-1880). Bessie was the Associate Principal at The Burnham School until the death of Mary A. Burnham - then known as the Northampton School for Girls until 1909. After the death of Miss Burnham, Bessie became the Principle (1880-1920) and changed the name to Miss Capen's School for Girls. A couple of the pages are disbound but present. Yellow cloth covered boards, large leather tie. Good. Item #3888