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Moulton papers, 1908-1965 (Bulk: 1912-1916)
1 box (1.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 0799 (LD 7096.6 1916 Young)

Moulton, Anna Kimball Young, 1891-1965; student. Mount Holyoke College graduate, 1916. Papers contain course records, memorabilia, correspondence, and biographical information; consisting primarily of compositions and notes for English language courses taken at Mount Holyoke College.

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Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections
South Hadley, MA

Biographical Note

Anna Kimball Young was born on October 26, 1891 in North Berwick, Maine to Augustus Young, a merchant, and Elsie Perkins Young. She attended Robinson Seminary at Exeter, Maine and then went to Mount Holyoke College between 1912-1916, receiving a B.A in economics. She taught at East Jaffrey High School in New Haven, Connecticut from 1916-1917 and was a teacher and the principal of the same institution from 1917-1918. From 1918-1919 she taught at Quincy (Massachusetts) High School and from 1919-1920 she worked as a substitute teacher and an adviser for students at the same institution. On June 28, 1920 she married James William Moulton, an executive at General Electric Corporation and they had two children. She died at the age of seventy-three in Topsham, Maine on September 28, 1965.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Anna Y. Moulton Papers consists of course records, memorabilia, correspondence, and biographical information. The material in the collection relates mainly to her years as a Mount Holyoke College student, 1912-1916. These papers consist primarily of course records, including compositions and notes. The records are for English language courses and there is also a paper written for a philosophy class. The compositions include comments written by English teachers Helen Griffith and Caroline Foote Lester. Topics of her compositions include "The Foreigner at Home," "The Principal Subjects of Education," "Books and Progress," and "How to Start an Automobile." She also writes about aspects of her life at Mount Holyoke, including President Mary Emma Woolley ("My first impression of Miss Woolley"), student housing ("The Present System of Room-Choosing"), and religious activities ("The System of Compulsory Chapel"). Memorabilia consists of Moulton's speech to the Class of 1916 at their 25th reunion in 1941, a booklet from that reunion, and a letter written to the Class of 1916 on February 13, 1947. Correspondence consists of letters from one of her classmates, Priscilla Larned Clarke Dinsmoor, and from Mrs. William W. Hildreth, one of her colleagues from East Jaffrey High School, congratulating her after the birth of her first son in August 1921. Correspondence also includes twelve letters and cards from Mount Holyoke president Mary Emma Woolley, 1934-1947, and a letter from Jeannette Marks dated November 11, 1944 concerning Woolley's health after suffering a stroke. The biographical information consists of two biographical notes circa 1923 and circa 1937, as well as newspaper clippings about Class of 1916 activities, circa 1930s-1941, and Moulton's obituary, September 28, 1965.

This collection is organized into four series:

  • Course Records
  • Memorabilia
  • Correspondence
  • Biographical Information

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Anna Y. Moulton Papers, Mount Holyoke College, Archives and Special Collections, South Hadley, MA.

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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.

  • Moulton, Anna Y. (Anna Young), 1891-1965.
  • Woolley, Mary Emma, 1863-1947.
  • Books and reading.
  • College students - Massachusetts.
  • English language - Study and teaching (Higher) - Massachusetts.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Curricula.
  • Mount Holyoke College - History.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Religious life - 1912-1916.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Student housing.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Student papers - 1912-1916.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Students.
  • Mount Holyoke College. - Class of 1916.
  • Mount Holyoke College. - English Dept.
  • Philosophy - Study and teaching (Higher) - Massachusetts.
  • Women college students - Massachusetts.

  • Dinsmoor, Priscilla Larned Clarke, 1893-1978.
  • Griffith, Helen.
  • Hildreth, William W., Mrs.
  • Lester, Caroline Foote.
  • Marks, Jeannette Augustus, 1875-1964.
  • Woolley, Mary Emma, 1863-1947.

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