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Sanderson Academy records, 1817-1828.
1 boxill. (2.5 linear in.)
Collection number: MS 0582 (LD 7093.38 S2)

Sanderson Academy. Founded in Ashfield, Massachusetts, 1816. Papers contain a catalog and compositions written by several students of Mary Lyon's.

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South Hadley, MA

Historical Note

Sanderson Academy opened in 1816 under the direction of Reverend Alvan Sanderson in Ashfield, Massachusetts. Mary Lyon attended the school in 1817, and then became a teacher. She served as principal from 1827-1828. Interest in the school declined in 1832, but it reopened in 1879. The school was destroyed by fire in 1939. Later that year it was reopened in a new building.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Records of a school opened in 1817. Mary Lyon attended as a student, served as a part-time assistant and became preceptress. Includes mss. catalogue and compositions by Mary Lyon's pupils dated 1828.

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Sanderson Academy Records, Mount Holyoke College, Archives and Special Collections, South Hadley, Massachusetts

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South Hadley, MA 01075

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  • Lyon, Mary, 1797-1849.
  • Education - Massachusetts - History - Sources.
  • Education - Massachusetts - Sources.
  • Sanderson Academy (Ashfield, Mass.) - Archives.
  • Schools - Massachusetts - History - Sources.
  • Schools - Massachusetts - Sources.
  • Women - Education - Massachusetts - History - Sources.
  • Women - Education - Massachusetts - Sources.

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