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Myrtle Whitney Papers

Identifier: 31/6/97

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Scope and Contents

The Myrtle Whitney Papers fill one half-width box and date from the period 1890-1892. The bulk of the papers consist of letters written by Whitney to her mother and grandparents during her time as a student at Northwestern University. The letters offer valuable insight into the life of a female student at the University near the turn of the 20th century. They document student living conditions (one letter includes her account of a gas lamp exploding in her dormitory), Whitney's financial difficulties, and her struggles to become accepted into a sorority. Also present in this collection are Whitney's matriculation record, a small volume of general biographical materials, and a journal ofexpenses from her time at Northwestern.


  • 1890-1892


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There are no restrictions on use of the materials in the department for research; all patrons must comply with federal copyright regulations.


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The Myrtle Whitney Papers consist of the correspondence and personal papers of Northwestern University student Myrtle Viola Whitney. The collection depicts the life of a female Northwestern student in the 1890s.


The Myrtle Whitney papers are organized into: biogrpahical materials and financial records; and correspondence (in chronological order).

Guide to the Myrtle Whitney Papers
Garrett, Tim
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Library Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
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