Five College Archives and Manuscript
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Edwards papers, 1859-1930.
7 boxes (2.9 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 0531 (LD 7092.8 Edwards)

Edwards, Anna Cheney, 1835-1930; teacher. Mount Holyoke Female Seminary graduate, 1859. Mount Holyoke Female Seminary teacher, 1859-1892 and Associate Principal, 1872-1888. Papers consist of travel memorabilia, journals, guidebooks, postcards, clippings, and photographs. Primarily documenting her trips within the United States and abroad and her work at the Seminary.

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Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections
South Hadley, MA

Biographical Note

Anna Cheney Edwards was born on July 31, 1835, in Northampton, Massachusetts. She graduated from Mount Holyoke Seminary in 1859 and taught there until 1863. In 1863 she became principal of the Lake Erie Seminary in Plainsville, Ohio. She returned to Mount Holyoke in 1868 as a member of the faculty. She was the first associate principal of the Seminary from 1883 until 1888. She worked with the principal, Elizabeth Blanchard, to develop a strong curriculum and raise academic standards, so that Mount Holyoke could receive a Collegiate Charter. In 1888 their efforts proved successful. Edwards received a master's degree from the University of Vermont in 1888, and retired in 1892. She died on January 14, 1930, in South Hadley, Massachusetts.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Anna Cheney Edwards Papers consist chiefly of travel memorabilia, including journals, guidebooks, postcards, clippings, and photographs, that relate to Edwards' trips, 1881- 1912, in the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East. Also includes correspondence, mainly letters dated 1892-1925, to Sarah L. Stow, which describe her life in South Hadley, college activities, her travels, and information on fellow Mount Holyoke alumnae; her writings and research materials; and biographical material.

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  • Blanchard, Elizabeth 1834-1891.
  • Edwards, Anna C. (Anna Cheney), 1835-1930.
  • Lyon, Mary.
  • Alaska.
  • Austria.
  • Belgium.
  • California.
  • Canada - Description and travel - 1867-1950 - Sources.
  • Canada.
  • College presidents - Massachusetts - Biography.
  • College teachers - Massachusetts - Biography.
  • Colorado.
  • Egypt.
  • Europe - Description and travel - 1800-1918 - Sources.
  • France.
  • Germany.
  • Gibralter.
  • Great Britain.
  • Hawaii.
  • Italy.
  • Literature (ancient) - Study and teaching.
  • Middle East - Description and travel - Sources.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Addresses.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Alumnae.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Charters - 1888.
  • Mount Holyoke College - History - 1849-1912.
  • Mount Holyoke College - History - Sources.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Seventy-fifth anniversary - 1912.
  • Netherlands.
  • New Mexico.
  • Norway.
  • Palestine.
  • Rocky Mountains.
  • Spain.
  • Switzerland.
  • Syria.
  • Turkey.
  • United States - Description and travel - 1865-1900 - Sources.
  • Utah.
  • Voyages and travels.
  • Women college teachers - Massachusetts - Biography.
  • Women college teachers - Travel.

  • Stow, Sarah D. Locke.

Genre terms
  • Account books.
  • Diaries.
  • Guidebooks.
  • Letters.
  • Postcards.
  • Scrapbooks.

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