Foster, Katharine Condon,
Manuscript Collection: MS 0608
Agency History/Biographical note:
Katharine Eleanor Condon was born on October 13, 1892 to Randall
Judson Condon and his wife Eliza Sturtevant Condon in Everett,
Massachusetts. She graduated from high school in 1910 in Helena,
Montana, where her father was Superintendent of Schools. She entered
Mount Holyoke College in the fall of 1910, majoring in art and
English literature and earning her B.A. degree in 1914. She attended
the University of Cincinnati in Ohio for additional work in
"secretarial and home economics" in 1914-1915. In 1924-1925 she
attended the School of Religious Education, Boston University, and
assisted her father in Friendship, Maine and Boston, Massachusetts
with editing the "Atlantic Readers". She was a private secretary in
Cincinnati from 1915-1919. She began working for the Young Women's
Christian Association in 1919 and held a variety of positions in that
organization until 1931. On August 13, 1925 she married Frank C.
Foster, a teacher at Hampton Institute, Virginia. The Fosters lived
in Virginia, New York City, North Carolina, California, and
Tennessee, but made their home in Friendship, Maine. They had two
children, Randall Condon Foster, born 1929, and Walter Sturtevant
Foster, born 1933. She died September 11, 1960 in Friendship, Maine
at the age of sixty-seven.
Scope and Content:
The Katharine Eleanor Condon Foster Papers consist of correspondence,
a scrapbook, financial records, memorabilia, Asheville College
publications, and biographical information. These materials chiefly
reflect her years as a student at Mount Holyoke College, 1910-1914.
Her letters written to her aunt, uncle, and parents describe her
activities during her freshman and senior years, 1910 and 1913-1914.
They include descriptions of faculty members, guest speakers, and
events such as the Freshman Frolic, Founder's Day, an ice carnival,
Senior Show, Mountain Day, and off-campus excursions. The letters
also mention food, the end of the domestic work system, the support
of missionary work, and physical education activities such as
basketball and fencing. Her scrapbook contains addresses of friends,
photographs, College publications, programs, copies of examinations,
and other material reflecting her life as a Mount Holyoke student.
The memorabilia consists of a cafe bill of fare, probably dating from
her student years, and a Christmas card, 1947. Financial records
concern her expenses at Mount Holyoke College, 1910-1911, 1913-1914.
The Asheville College material concerns the institution in North
Carolina where her husband served as Dean and later President. This
material includes catalogues and student publications which describe
the curriculum and facilities of the Asheville Normal and Collegiate
Institute, 1897-1898, Asheville Normal and Teacher's College,
Asheville Teachers College, and Asheville College, 1937-1943.
Rounding out the collection is biographical information dating from
1914-1960. This material includes Foster's obituary.
Cite as: Katharine Condon Foster Papers, Mount Holyoke
College Archives and Special Collections, South
Access Restrictions: Unrestricted
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- Biographical Information
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, ca. 1842-1864
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