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Katherine Agard Papers

 Collection
Identifier: Am-Mss-Agard

Scope and Contents

57 photographs, a scrapbook, and biographical material of Katherine Maria Agard (later Katherine Meacham) (1877-1958), primarily relating to her teaching work at the Lincoln Normal School of Marion, Alabama, between 1899 and 1903. The photographs document student life, classes, teachers, and buildings; scenes of rural African American life; and portraits of Agard. The scrapbook includes handwritten notes and printed material, as well as many pressed flowers and leaves, from Agard's travels. The collection also includes printed letters circulated to alumna of Mount Holyoke College in which Agard describes her experience of teaching in Marion, Alabama, and Ellington, Connecticut, as well as a printed history of the Congregational Church in Tolland, Connecticut, which mentions Agard's teaching work.

Dates

  • 1899-1923

Language of Materials

In English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Katherine Agard papers are open for research. Researchers are encouraged to contact Special Collections staff prior to a visit.

Conditions Governing Use

In consultation with Special Collections staff, reproductions may be made upon request. Please consult with staff regarding questions about publishing materials from Williams Special Collections. Researchers are responsible for handling any copyright issues that may be associated with collections and materials.

Biographical / Historical

Katherine Maria Agard (Meacham) was born in Tolland, Connecticut in 1877. She entered Mount Holyoke College at age 16 and graduated with the Class of 1898. In 1899, she was sent by the American Missionary Association to teach African American students at Lincoln Normal School in Marion, Alabama. She remained teaching there until 1903, when she returned to live in Tolland, Connecticut. In 1906, she married Frederick Meacham (1877-1958). She subsequently lived in Waterbury, Connecticut, and Brunswick, Maine, and died in 1958.

Extent

0.21 Linear Feet (1 box)

Overview

57 photographs, a scrapbook, and biographical material of Katherine Maria Agard (later Katherine Meacham) (1877-1958), primarily relating to her teaching work at the Lincoln Normal School of Marion, Alabama, between 1899 and 1903. The photographs and scrapbook document student life, classes, teachers, and buildings; scenes of rural African American life; and Agard's travels and personal life.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Physical Location

L2 Storage

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Cedric L. Robinson on the Class of 1940 Fund, 1990.

Processing Information

Processed in 2017 by Anne Peale, with reference to dealer description and biographical note.
Title
Katherine Agard papers
Author
Peale, Anne
Date
2017
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Chapin Library Repository

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