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

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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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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