Somes, Gertrude E.
Manuscript Collection: MS 0609
Agency History/Biographical note:
Gertrude E. Somes grew up in Danielsonville, Connecticut and entered
Mount Holyoke Seminary and College in the fall of 1888 (x-Class of
1892). She studied French and Rhetoric. She did not enjoy her
domestic work assignments, lost several pounds during her first
semester, and left school in the spring of 1889. She then attended
Scope and Content:
The Gertrude E. Somes Correspondence consists of a notebook of letter
extracts, dated September 13, 1888 to January 30, 1889, and one note.
The excerpts are from letters written while Somes attended Mount
Holyoke Seminary and College. They describe her studies, domestic
work, food, rules and regulations, a political rally and faculty,
with a particular emphasis on her dislike of domestic work. Included
in the margins of the extracts are Somes' notes which clarify her
writings. In addition, there is a note from Somes to Mount Holyoke
regarding these letters.
Cite as: The Gertrude E. Somes Correspondence, Mount
Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections,
South Hadley, Massachusetts.
Access Restrictions: Unrestricted