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Gertrude L. Didcoct Papers, 1890-1979 (Bulk: 1901-1905)
4 boxes ( 1.75 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 0837 (LD 7096.6 1905 Lukins)

Abstract:
Didcoct, Gertrude Ruth Lukins, 1882-1979; secondary school teacher and librarian. Mount Holyoke College graduate, 1906 (affiliated with the Class of 1905). Papers contain correspondence, memorabilia, biographical information and photographs. Primarily concerning her social life as a student at Mount Holyoke College from 1901-1905. Also include three letters from a cousin training with the United States Army in 1898 during the Spanish-American War

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Biographical Note

Gertrude Ruth Lukins Didcoct, a teacher, librarian and Mount Holyoke College graduate, was born on April 2, 1882 in Streator, Illinois to William Lukins and Dora Ramsey Lukins. She attended Streator Township High School, then went to Mount Holyoke College from 1901-1906, graduating with a B.A. in biology and mathematics (she remained affiliated with the Class of 1905). She married John Joseph Didcoct, a professor of secondary education at George Peabody College for Teachers, on August 22, 1911 and had two children. She was a high school teacher of mathematics at Streator Township High School from 1906-1911 and a librarian at George Peabody College from 1929 until about 1944. She died in Washington, D.C. on April 9, 1979 at the age of ninety-seven.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Gertrude L. Didcoct Papers contain correspondence, memorabilia, biographical information and photographs. Most of the collection consists of letters that she wrote twice each week to her brother and mother while she was a student at Mount Holyoke College, 1901-1905. She discusses dormitory life, her friends, classes and professors, and College president Mary Emma Woolley. She frequently mentions difficulties with her studies. She also discusses Sunday services; visiting lecturers; parties and preparing food with a chafing dish; College regulations; clothing and shopping; visits to nearby towns in Massachusetts as well as Boston and New York City; minstrel shows with students in black face; her expenses; sports books that she is reading; her domestic work; and College traditions such as Junior Lunch, Junior Prom, Mountain Day and Faculty Show. The collection contains several letters to Didcoct as well, dating from 1890-1900 and written by relatives and friends. Three of these letters are from a cousin who describes his activities while training in Georgia with members of Company C of the Illinois Volunteer Calvary in the summer of 1898 during the Spanish-American War. Memorabilia consists of invitations, programs, brochures, announcements and a class of 1905 letter, 1895-1905, n.d. Biographical information consists of two biographical notes concerning Didcoct, circa 1911 and circa 1927, an obituary for her husband, 1927, and her obituary, 1979. Photographs date from circa 1901-1905 and include one of a dormitory room interior at Mount Holyoke and two of students at parties.


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Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

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Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Gertrude L. Didcoct Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA

History of the Collection

Processing Information

Processed by Danielle M. Ryan, 2005.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections
8 Dwight Hall
50 College St.
South Hadley, MA 01075

Phone: (413) 538-2013
Fax: (413) 538-2370

Email Reference Form: http://www.mtholyoke.edu/lits/library/arch/forms/areq.htm
URL: http://www.mtholyoke.edu/lits/library/arch/
Language
English

Contents List
Correspondence
1890-1905, n.d.


1890, 1895, 1898


Box 1: folder 1
1899-1900


Box 1: folder 2
September 9-22
1901

Box 1: folder 3
September 23-30
1901

Box 1: folder 4
October 3-16
1901

Box 1: folder 5
October 20-31
1901

Box 1: folder 6
November 4-17
1901

Box 1: folder 7
November 21-28
1901

Box 1: folder 8
December
1901

Box 1: folder 9
January
1902

Box 1: folder 10
February 3-15
1902

Box 1: folder 11
February 16-26
1902

Box 1: folder 12
March
1902

Box 2: folder 1
April 1902


Box 2: folder 2
May
1902

Box 2: folder 3
June
1902

Box 2: folder 4
September
1902

Box 2: folder 5
October
1902

Box 2: folder 6
November 5-8
1902

Box 2: folder 7
November 10-27
1902

Box 2: folder 8
December
1902

Box 2: folder 9
January
1903

Box 2: folder 10
February
1903

Box 2: folder 11
March
1903

Box 2: folder 12
April
1903

Box 2: folder 13
May
1903

Box 3: folder 1
June
1903

Box 3: folder 2
July-August
1903

Box 3: folder 3
September
1903

Box 3: folder 4
October
1903

Box 3: folder 5
November
1903

Box 3: folder 6
December
1903

Box 3: folder 7
January
1904

Box 3: folder 8
February
1904

Box 3: folder 9
March
1904

Box 3: folder 10
April
1904

Box 3: folder 11
May
1904

Box 3: folder 12
June
1904

Box 3: folder 13
July
1904

Box 4: folder 1
August
1904

Box 4: folder 2
September
1904

Box 4: folder 3
October
1904

Box 4: folder 4
November
1904

Box 4: folder 5
December
1904

Box 4: folder 6
January
1905

Box 4: folder 7
February
1905

Box 4: folder 8
March
1905

Box 4: folder 9
April
1905

Box 4: folder 10
May-June
1905, n.d.

Box 4: folder 11
Memorabilia
1895-1905, n.d.


1895-1897


Box 4: folder 12
1898-1905


Box 4: folder 13
n.d.


Box 4: folder 14
n.d.


Box 4: folder 15
Biographical Information
circa 1911, 1927, 1979


circa 1911, 1927, 1979


Box 4: folder 16
Photographs
circa 1901-1905


circa 1901-1905


Box 4: folder 17

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Subjects
  • Clothing.
  • College students-Massachusetts.
  • Didcoct, Gertrude L. (Gertrude Lukins), 1882-1979.
  • Mount Holyoke College-Domestic work.
  • Mount Holyoke College-Faculty.
  • Mount Holyoke College-Student expenses-1901-1905.
  • Mount Holyoke College-Student life-1901-1905.
  • Mount Holyoke College-Students.
  • Mount Holyoke College-Traditions.
  • Soldiers-United States.
  • Spanish-American War, 1898.
  • Student activities-Massachusetts-South Hadley.
  • Women college students-Massachusetts.
  • Woolley, Mary Emma, 1863-1947.

Genre terms
  • Letters.
  • Photographs.


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