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Jessie May Wendover Scrapbook

Identifier: BC15-02

Collection Scope and Content Summary

Contents of the Jessie May Wendover scrapbook includes newspaper and magazine clippings, envelopes and their contents, tickets, invitations, programs, notes on ruled paper, dance cards with pencils on textile ties, a damaged porcelain doll and other small three-dimensional objects, a corsage, and other ephemera. Years are written in manuscript ink on most news clippings. Among the clippings are several articles about the death of Arthur Brook, and one noting the passing of Ella Weed.

Also of interest is a speech in praise of the college, a typewritten copy of the “Class Prophesy” that references the rest of Wendover's classmates, and a lengthy handwritten piece on “1896’s Sophomore Experience.” There are many materials referencing construction on Morningside Heights, and items related to the building of the Milbank complex, Brooks Hall, and Butler Library. This includes a booklet about Milbank called “Plans of the new building on the Boulevard at one hundred and nineteenth Street.” There are also a number of Commencement and class day booklets. There is also alumni/alumna materials such as invites to college events and correspondence.

This collection also contains specific information about academic life at Barnard College, which includes materials about course selection, classes, a Registration Book for 1895, the final exam schedule, correspondence, and Wendover’s grades.


  • Creation: 1892 - 1896


This collection has no restrictions.

Publication Rights

Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Barnard College Archives. The Barnard College Archives approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Reproduction Restrictions

Photocopies or scans may be made for research purposes.


Jessie May Wendover was born in Nokomis, Illinois in 1872. As a child she moved to Newark, New Jersey, and graduated from Newark High School. A commuting student, she came to Barnard in the fall of 1892; her major subject of study was Latin: her A.B. thesis (preserved in the Archives) is entitled “Lucretius, as an Evolutionist.” Her other fields of study at Barnard College included Sociology, Greek, and French. As a commuter, she was not able to participate in any extracurricular activities. After college she continued to reside in Newark. She died around 1960.


6.46 Linear Feet (3 scrapbooks, 1 records box)




The scrapbook of Barnard College alumna Jessie May Wendover covers the period from the fall of 1892, when she matriculated at Barnard, until her graduation in the spring of 1896.

Collection Arrangement

The scrapbook was separated in three parts according to size and bound in full cloth. Non-paper and oversized materials were removed and housed separartely in a document box.

Physical Location

This collection is located in the Barnard Archives and Special Collections, Barnard Library. To use this collection, please contact the Barnard Archives and Special Collections at 212.854.4079 or

Aquisition Information

Donated to the Barnard College Archives following Jessie May Wendover's death around 1960.


No additions are expected.

Alternative Forms of Material

Digital surrogates of BC15.02 are available online at:

Conservation note

The volume was microfilmed. Treatment was documented with color slides. The volume was collated and disbound. The pages and scraps were surface cleaned, washed, and deacidified. Pages were encapsulated in polyester film. The volume was post bound in full cloth and titled use a gold-stamped leather label. Conservation treatment perfomed in February, 2007.

Processing History

This collection was processed by Marcia Bassett and Stephanie Mannheim in 2011. Finding aid written by Stephanie Mannheim in July 2011.

The finding aid was updated by Heather Lember in May 2014.

The finding aid was updated by Cristina Fontánez Rodríguez in October 2017.

Descriptive Rules Used: Finding aid adheres to that prescribed by Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Encoding: Machine readable finding aid encoded in EAD 2002.

Finding aid written in English.

Guide to Jessie May Wendover Scrapbook
In Progress
Heather Lember
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Repository

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New York NY 10027 United States