2 full sized Hollinger boxes and one custom flat box; 1.75 linear feet
The Dorothy Oak Scrapbook was compiled by Dorothy Oak, class of 1918, during and after her years at Barnard College. Material ranges from her pre-Barnard Days at Miss Mary Schoonmaker’s School for Girls (1913) until her graduation.
Dorothy Oak grew up in New York City and, after graduating from Miss Mary Schoonmaker’s School for Girls in 1913 and sitting her entrance examinations, entered Barnard College in 1914, where she majored in Botany. Oak was a member of the Botanical Club, the Geology Club, the Outdoor Club, and the Young Women’s Christian Association. She earned an MA at Teachers College in 1921, and taught biology at various high schools in Manhattan. She died in 1958, and in 1959, a gift to the Memorial Scholarship Fund was given in honor of Oak after her death.
The scrapbook spans from 1913-1918 contain the personal papers of Dorothy Oak, Barnard College class of 1918. The scrapbook has been unmounted, with material from each page contained in a separate file folder in two legal sized boxes. A separate flat box contains the front and back cover of the scrapbook, as well as a single pressed rose. Material includes luncheon invitations and programs from Barnard activities, newspaper clippings of articles related to Barnard, feminist movements, and the World War I war effort, dance cards, personal correspondence, and candid, unprofessional black and white photographs. Many of the World War I materials focus on the Dartmouth Regiment; the war is so well documented in this scrapbook that one can watch the death totals of Columbia students serving rise week by week. It is an extraordinary primary resource for wartime research. Also notable are the inclusion of commencement programs and fliers from Miss Oak’s highschool, Miss Mary Schoonmaker’s School for Girls, and information about the Famerettes, women who worked on farms to take the place of male farm hands who had gone to war (many women from women’s colleges participated in this program.)
The material is arranged in two document boxes (individual pages are foldered in a chronological arrangement) and in one custom-sized flat box (which houses three-dimensional paraphernalia.) The Dorothy Oak Scrapbook also includes a photocopy of each page as it was originally arranged. This serves as a guide to the folders, allowing for correlation between item and the page it was housed on. Folder 118 is missing, but the photocopied version is not. A complete microfilm copy of the scrapbook is available.
This scrapbook has no restrictions.
This scrapbook is located on-site.
Restrictions on Use and Copyright Information
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the scrapbook 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.
Barnard College Archives
Lehman Hall Room 19
New York, NY 10027
Tags: Barnard College, Barnard College--Alumni and alumnae., Barnard College--student life., O, Scrapbooks--1910-1920., Student activities, Women college students--New York (State)--New York, Women's Colleges--New York (State)--New York