Lebourveau, Jennie L.
Lebourveau papers, 1910-1960
Manuscript Collection: MS 0814
Agency History/Biographical note:
Jennie Lord Winslow was born on May 23, 1895 in North Brookfield,
Massachusetts. Her father was David F. Winslow, a mechanic. She
attended North Brookfield High School and graduated in 1912. In
September 1912 she entered Mount Holyoke College, where she majored
in history and graduated with a B.A. in 1916. She taught English and
history in Rutland, Vermont (1916-1917), English and physical
training in an Amesbury, Massachusetts high school (1917), and
physical culture, English, and sewing at a Fairhaven, Massachusetts
high school (1918). She also took a physical training summer course
at Harvard in the summer of 1918. In 1922 she married Ulric Jordan
Lebourveau, a hardware dealer. They lived briefly in Houma,
Louisiana and returned to North Brookfield by 1923 where their first
son was born. They then moved to Somerville, New Jersey and had two
more children. For several years she was a foster mother who worked
for the Children's Aid Society of Newark. She died at the age of
sixty-four on March 23, 1960 in Somerville, New Jersey.
Scope and Content:
The Jennie L. Lebourveau Papers consist of a scrapbook,
correspondence, and biographical information. The material chiefly
relates to her time as a Mount Holyoke College student, 1912-1916.
The letters that she wrote home twice each week primarily reflect her
daily life, student traditions, and student jobs and finances.
Traditions discussed in her letters include Senior-Freshman
Reception, Junior Prom, Top Spinning, Mountain Day, Senior Mountain
Day, and Vespers. She also describes the jobs she held to earn money
for tuition, which included waiting tables, cleaning rooms, working
in the post office, brushing a friend's hair, and hand-tinting cards
for a firm in Chicago. She comments about the relations between
students of different social classes and she indicates that students
respected one another regardless of employment. Many of the letters
outline the schedule she followed during the day including meals,
classes, socializing, and studying. Academics are addressed at
length and she refers to the books she was reading and the subjects
that she studied (history, physiology, English, zoology, music and
gymnastics). References to professors include Nellie Neilson
(history), Margaret Lord (mathematics), Ann Haven Morgan and
Christianna Smith (zoology), and Sarah Truair Hollands (chemistry).
She frequently complains about the food and expressed excitement over
sharing food packages sent from parents to her circle of friends.
She discusses room choosing, clothing, the elimination of the
domestic work system, and the addition of new buildings to campus,
including Skinner Hall and Student-Alumnae Hall (later Mary Woolley
Hall). She occasionally mentions World War I, women's suffrage, and
Woodrow Wilson's election. For example, in a letter written shortly
attending a lecture on woman's suffrage (April 20, 1913) she refers
to some of the history faculty as "rank women suffragists." She was
also an avid participant in campus activities ranging from debate to
theater to athletics, and this is documented both in her letters and
in her scrapbook. The scrapbook consists primarily of pieces of
memorabilia related to events at Mount Holyoke College. Items
include party invitations, theater and music programs, notes from
friends, and letters from the college administration are accompanied
by brief captions. Of note are a Mount Holyoke College secret ballot
for the 1912 mock presidential election with a caption about her
political affiliation and letters from the administration from the
time she was applying to college through her graduation. The
biographical information consists of a biographical note, a
Massachusetts high school teacher's certificate from September 29,
1916, and a few newspaper clippings, 1917-1960.
Cite as: Jennie L. Lebourveau Papers, Mount Holyoke
College, Archives and Special Collections, South
Access Restrictions: Unrestricted.