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Ridgway Papers, 1922-1926.
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Collection number: MS 0618 (LD 7096.6 x1927 Ridgway)

Ridgway, Ida Coperland, 1905-1927; Student. Attended Mount Holyoke College, 1923-1927. Papers contain letters addressed to family members and discussing her love for her family and her happiness at Mount Holyoke College. Also includes a collection of poems by Ida Coperland Ridgway, compiled by Ada L. F. Snell.

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Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections
South Hadley, MA

Biographical Note

Ida Copeland Ridgway was born on November 4, 1905 in Philadelphia, daughter of Joseph W. Ridgway. She attended Hunter College High School and Flushing High School before entering Mount Holyoke College in 1923. In 1925 she took a leave of absence due to ill health, but regained her strength in 1926 and resumed her education. However, she again became ill, and died of tubercular menigitis on May 8, 1927 in the College Infirmary.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Ida C. Ridgway Papers contain correspondence 1922-1926; a collection of poems written by Ridgway; and a few photographs. The letters are mostly addressed to her mother and her older sister Louisa, and discuss her love for her family and her happiness at Mount Holyoke College. The collection of poems was compiled by Ada L. F. Snell and focus primarily on the beauty of nature.

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Ida C. Ridgway Papers, Mount Holyoke College, Archives and Special Collections, South Hadley, Massachusetts

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South Hadley, MA 01075

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Search Terms
The following terms represent persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection. Use these headings to search for additional materials on this web site, in the Five College Library Catalog, or in other library catalogs and databases.

  • Swartz, Roberta T., Class of 1925.
  • Family relationships.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Student life - 1923-1926.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Students - Poetry.

  • Snell, Ada L.F.

Genre terms
  • Letters
  • Poems.

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