Manuscript Collection: MS 0594
Agency History/Biographical note:
Isabella Collins was born on December 20, 1838, in Fairport, New
York. On December 16, 1863 she married Walter S. Thomas, a lawyer.
They had four children, including Letitia C. Thomas Evans and Lucinda
C. Thomas, both of whom graduated from Mount Holyoke. Isabella
Collins Thomas attended Mount Holyoke from 1863-1865 (x1868). She
died on July 19, 1918, in Troy, Ohio.
Scope and Content:
The Isabella Collins Thomas Correspondence contain letters to her
husband, Walter S. Thomas, written while he was serving in the United
States Navy on the Mississippi River during the Civil War. Discusses
her activities in Fairport, N.Y., particularly her preparations to
attend Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, and her subsequent experiences
as a student. Includes frequent expressions of affection and concern
for her husband and hopes for their future.
Cite as: Isabella Thomas Correspondence, Mount Holyoke
College, Acrhives and Special Collections, South
Access Restrictions: Unrestricted