June Collection of the Month: Mount Vernon Seminary and College, Nebraska Avenue Collection, 1917-1942
Alumnae, neighborhood residents, and scholars of D.C. and women’s history will be interested in our latest Mount Vernon College collection, documenting the school through the years of World War I, the roaring ‘20s, and the Depression.
Founded in 1875 by educator Elizabeth Somers, Mount Vernon Seminary began as a day school for young ladies of prominent Washington families, located first on F Street, NW, and then on M Street, NW.
By 1917, the school had grown tremendously, now offering a rigorous college preparatory program, and Elizabeth Somers had retired as president. That year, the school moved to a 15.5-acre campus on Nebraska Avenue, NW. This collection documents students’ experience on the campus with photographs, lantern slides, scrapbooks, programs, articles, menus, correspondence, and artifacts from 1917 through 1942.
For more information on this collections, please see the finding aid at /ead/mvc0003.xml