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Amy Sarah Roberts was born on July 13, 1876 in Hanover, New Hampshire to Augustus Harland Roberts (a grocer) and Mary Ann Richardson Roberts. She attended Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, New Hampshire and graduated in 1896. She attended Mount Holyoke College from 1896-1900 and majored in English Literature with minors in History and Latin. Following her graduation, she worked at Dartmouth College from 1901 to 1906 in the treasurer's office. On October 25, 1906 she married Lionel Hayward Jones and later had four children. She died at the age of sixty-eight on July 28, 1944 in Hanover, New Hampshire.
The Amy Sarah Roberts Jones Papers, Mount Holyoke student, 1896-1900, consist of correspondences to and from her family and friends dating from 1896 to 1900. A few letters were written as a Kimball Union Academy student, and others were sent to or received from Kimball classmates after graduation. Most of the letters date from her years at Mount Holyoke College. She discusses her studies, teachers, classmates, and social and cultural events, including parties, and food served at the school. English Literature professor, Marguerite Sweet, and roommate, Carrie Blanchard Carr, are often mentioned. In a letter written in September 1896, she describes the fire that destroyed the Seminary Building, and subsequent letters discuss the rebuilding of the campus. She also mentions reading works by Thomas Hardy, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and others. Also of note are letters which talk about the Spanish American War in 1898. Letters sent to and received by her mother talk often of Dartmouth College, as her mother boarded several students in her home during the school year, and frequently discuss clothing and fashion. The collection also includes a copy of Jones' obituary dating from 1944.
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Amy Roberts Jones Papers, Mount Holyoke College, Archives and Special Collections, South Hadley, MA.
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