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Sophie Parsons Woodman Scrapbook

Identifier: BC15-08

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The Sophie Parsons Woodman Scrapbook contains clippings of newspaper articles about Barnard, amateur black and white photographs, formal portraits, invitations to college events, dance cards, programs, sorority memorabilia from Pi Beta Phi, and play brochures. A highlight of the collection is a place-card from the 1907 Senior Supper, which reads “Everything comes/to those who wait,/and the Lazy Man/waits to greet it/but success comes up/with a rapid gait/to the fellow/who goes to meet it.”

Also included in the collection are press clippings about “Barnard Tree Day,” when the classes planted a tree in the Milbank Quad, as well as instructions and a timetable for the events of the ceremony. A custom box holds materials that are not flat, such as a pressed, dried rose, a flag from Deutscher Kreis at Barnard College, and the original boards of the scrapbook before conservation.


  • Creation: 1907 - 1907


This collection has no restrictions.

Publication Rights

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


Sophie Parsons Woodman was born in 1886 in New York City. Woodman entered Barnard College in 1903 and graduated in 1907. She served as the historian of her junior class, the president of the Barnard chapter of the Young Women’s Christian Association, and was a founding member of the New York Beta chapter of the Pi Beta Phi fraternity for women. After graduation, she established the Barnard Alumnae Bulletin in 1912, serving as the first editor. She earned a MA at Columbia in 1930, and went on to teach history at Evander Childs High School in the Bronx. Woodman was a member of the American Association of University Women.


3.61 Linear Feet (2 bound volumes, 1 oversize box)




This collection consists of the scrapbook of Barnard alumna Sophie Parsons Woodman. The collections includes newspaper clippings, photographs, and personal ephemera.

Collection Arrangement

The scrapbook collection is housed in two bound volumes and arranged chronologically. Ephemera is also arranged chronologically and stored in a flat 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

Acquisition Information

The acquisition date and source is unknown.


No additions are expected.

Alternative Forms of Material

Digital surrogates of BC15.08 are available online at:


The scrapbook has been disassembled and the individual pages have been encased in mylar. A separate box houses ephemera acquired with the collection.

Processing History

This collection was processed by Heather Lember in 2013. The finding aid was updated by Dinah Handel in August 2015. The finding aid was updated by Cristina Fontánez Rodríguez in October 2017.

Guide to Sophie Parsons Woodman Scrapbook
Heather Lember
© 2014
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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