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Knapp papers, 1845-ca. 1854.
1 box (2.5 linear in.)
Collection number: MS 0754 (LD 7096.6 1847 Field)

Abstract:
Knapp, Caroline Maria Field, 1828-1854; student. Mount Holyoke Female Seminary graduate, 1847. Papers contain compositions, notebooks, commonplace books, autograph album, diploma, and a portrait primarily documenting her experience at Mount Holyoke, including writings for classes and comments on her social activities.

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Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections
South Hadley, MA

Biographical Note

Caroline Maria Field was born July 18, 1828 in Sturbridge, Massachusetts to Theodore and Elizabeth Allen Field. She attended Mount Holyoke Female Seminary from 1845-1847, graduating with the Class of 1847. She may have worked as a teacher before marrying John Holly Knapp of Fort Madison, Iowa on November 26, 1848. They had one child, a son, named Henry Eno Knapp. She died on January 31, 1854 in Fort Madison at the age of twenty-five.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Caroline Maira Field Knapp Papers consist of compositions, notebooks, commonplace books, an autograph album, a diploma, and a portrait. Of particular note are the compositions, 1845-1847, and the notebooks, 1847-circa 1849. The compositions were written by Knapp as a student at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary. The three notebooks contain "Notes on Paradise Lost," notes about commencement exercises dating from 1847, and lists of students, possibly pupils of Knapp's, circa 1847-1848. The two commonplace books dating from about 1845-1847 contain essays, stories, and poems written or copied by Mount Holyoke Female Seminary students, teachers, and visiting lecturers, and by others, including works of popular authors. The autograph album contains signatures of Mount Holyoke Female Seminary classmates and teachers, visitors to the school, and others. The color portrait was probably painted between 1848-1854. The collection as a whole captures aspects of the academic and social life of a Mount Holyoke student in the mid-1800s.


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Caroline M. Field Knapp Papers, Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections, South Hadley, MA

History of the Collection


Additional Information
Contact Information
Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections
8 Dwight Hall
50 College St.
South Hadley, MA 01075

Phone: (413) 538-2013
Fax: (413) 538-2370

Email Reference Form: http://www.mtholyoke.edu/lits/library/arch/forms/areq.htm
URL: http://www.mtholyoke.edu/lits/library/arch/
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
1845-1847
1 folder

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Restrictions on access:

Unrestricted

Scope and content:

The twenty-one compositions in this series date from 1845-1847 and were written by Knapp while she was a student at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary. Composition topics include "The Deserted Temple," "Little Things are Useful," "Twenty-Four Hours On Board a Canalboat," and "The Discoveries of Astronomy."

circa 1847-1848
1 folder

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Restrictions on access:

Unrestricted

Scope and content:

The three notebooks in this series contain "Notes on Milton's Paradise Lost, 1847, notes about commencement exercises, 1847, and lists of students, possibly pupils of Knapp's, circa 1847-1848.

circa 1845-1847
1 folder

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Restrictions on access:

Unrestricted

Scope and content:

The two commonplace books in this series, circa 1845-1847, contain essays, stories, and poems, written or copied by Mount Holyoke Female Seminary students, teachers and visiting lecturers, and by others, including works of popular authors.

1846-1847
1 folder

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Restrictions on access:

Unrestricted

Scope and content:

The autograph album, 1846-1847, was owned by Knapp and consists of autographs and short notes to her from classmates, teachers, visitors to Mount Holyoke, and others.

1847
1 folder

Restrictions on access:

Unrestricted

This series contains a Mount Holyoke Female Seminary diploma given to Knapp in 1847 upon her graduation from the Seminary.

circa 1848-circa 1854
1 folder

Restrictions on access:

Unrestricted

The color portrait of Knapp probably dates from circa 1848-circa 1854. It is in an ornately decorated wooden frame, 16.5 inches long by 14.5 inches wide.

Contents List
Compositions,
1845-1847
1 folder

Compositions,
1845-1847

Box 1: folder 1
Notebooks,
circa 1847-1848
1 folder

Notebooks,
circa 1847-1848

Box 1: folder 2
Commonplace books,
circa 1845-1847
1 folder

Commonplace books,
circa 1845-1847

Box 1: folder 3
Autograph album,
1846-1847
1 folder

Autograph album,
1846-1847

Box 1: folder 4
Diploma,
1847
1 folder

Diploma,
1847

Folio
Portrait,
circa 1848-circa 1854
1 folder

Portrait,
circa 1847

Folio

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Subjects
  • Knapp, Caroline M. Field (Caroline Maria Field), 1828-1954.
  • College students - Massachusetts.
  • English language - Study and teaching (Higher) - Massachusetts.
  • English literature - Study and teaching (Higher) - Massachusetts.
  • Mount Holyoke Female Seminary - Student notebooks - 1847-1848.
  • Mount Holyoke Female Seminary - Student papers - 1845-1847.
  • Mount Holyoke Female Seminary - Students life - 1845-1847.
  • Mount Holyoke Female Seminary - Students.
  • Women college students - Massachusetts.

Genre terms
  • Autographs
  • College students' writings, American
  • Commonplace books
  • Diplomas


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