Hardy, Josephine Kingsley,
Manuscript Collection: MS 0778
Agency History/Biographical note:
Josephine M. Kingsley resided in Winchester, New Hampshire in 1853.
She attended the "Northfield Seminary" in Northfield, Massachusetts
in the spring of 1853 and entered Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in
the fall of 1853. She left Mount Holyoke in 1855 and studied French
and painting in Townshend, Vermont from March-June 1856. She
returned to Mount Holyoke in the fall of 1856 and graduated on August
6, 1857. In the fall of 1857 she attended Temple Grove Ladies'
Seminary in Saratoga Spring, New York where she studied French and
painting for six weeks. She then studied French at Troy Female
Seminary in Troy, New York. She married Silas Hardy in 1863 and died
in Keene, New Hampshire in 1871.
Scope and Content:
The Josephine Kingsley Hardy papers consist of diaries, compositions,
commonplace books, and history class notes. The papers reflect her
educational and extracurricular endeavors at the "Northfield
Seminary" and the Mount Holyoke Female Seminary from 1851-1857. The
diaries reflect her time at Mount Holyoke, and discuss clothing
styles, religious life, students, faculty and visiting lecturers, the
activities of the Class of 1857, and events such as the Fourth of
July celebration of 1857 and a visit from Amherst students. They
provide insight into her distaste for domestic work, express her
dissatisfaction with and criticism of regulations (often with
sarcastic humor), and mention the books that she was reading as well
as her studies. The 1853 diary contains notes reflecting her study
of history in 1852 prior to entering Mount Holyoke Female Seminary.
The 1857 diary includes a biographical note written in 1858. The
thirty-five compositions about topics such as "The Immigration from
Foreign Countries ought to be checked" (March 4, 1854), "Slavery"
(ca. March 1855), and "What employment brings most happiness" (ca
1853-1855 or 1857) reflect writing instruction during her years at
Mount Holyoke and show corrections and evidence of revision. Of note
are the commonplace books containing writings by students at
Northfield and elsewhere, ca 1851-1853. The writings are gathered
into compilations entitled "The Scholar's Wreath," "On Winter," "The
Schoolgirl's Trial," "The Weekly Gem," "The Casket of Gems," and "The
Mountain Echo." They reflect the writings of both young men and
young women, probably classmates in schools that Hardy attended. They
show a variety of styles, including poetry, short stories, and essays
and concern a broad range in topics from "Queen Elizabeth" to "Cats".
The collections demonstrate considerable craftsmanship, often with
elaborate calligraphic covers.
Cite as: The Josephine Kingsley Hardy Papers, Mount
Holyoke College, Archives and Special
Collections, South Hadley, MA.
Access Restrictions: Unrestricted