Katherine Agard Papers
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.
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The Katherine Agard papers are open for research. Researchers are encouraged to contact Special Collections staff prior to a visit.
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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.
0.21 Linear Feet (1 box)
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.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from Cedric L. Robinson on the Class of 1940 Fund, 1990.
Processed in 2017 by Anne Peale, with reference to dealer description and biographical note.
- Katherine Agard papers
- Peale, Anne
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