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Founding of Western College


[One Box (one bound report, one book of letters, 15 folders) and one oversized letter]

The Founding of Western College contains letters and information about founding of the institution. Within the folder, there is information about Western's mother school, Mount Holyoke. There is also information about the charter of the school and documents pertaining to the schools founding members, including Helen Peabody and Rev. Daniel Tenney. Histories of the college reported by newspapers and other publications are also included.


Folder 1: Mount Holyoke's influence on Western and Other schools

Daughters Colleges of Mount Holyoke [Notes] Bertha E. Blakely
•Go Where No One Else Will Go Mount Holyoke Alumnae Quarterly, Spring 1985
•Mary Lyon: The Life of Her Mind. William S. McFeely, The Mount Holyoke Alumnae Quarterly, Winter 1987
•Schools and Colleges of Many Types Owe Origin to Mount Holyoke Alumnae.
•President Woolley Talks about Mount Holyoke Graduates Working Far Afield, Mount Holyoke's Daughter And Sister Colleges, Mary Lyon at Western College, Articles
•Their Daughters Shall be as Cornerstones from Mount Holyoke Alumnae Quarterly, Spring 1985.


Folder 2: Photographs: Mount Holyoke School [61 Photographs]

Seminary Hall, Mt. Holyoke College Photograph
•Mt. Holyoke Small Photograph
•The Oakbridge Church, Mt. Holyoke Small Photograph
•Mt. Holyoke College Photograph
•Mt. Holyoke Photograph
•Mt. Holyoke Photograph of Two Children
•Small Square Blue Photograph of Mt. Holyoke
•Small Photograph of Mt. Holyoke
•Small Photograph of Mt. Holyoke
•Mt. Holyoke Photograph of Man
•Mt. Holyoke Photograph of Woman with Dog
•Mt. Holyoke Photograph of People
•Small Photograph of Man and Woman with Dogs
•Small Photograph of Man and Woman in Chairs
•Small Photograph of Woman Outside
•Small Photograph of Group of Women
•Small Photograph of Three Women
•Mt. Holyoke Photograph of Two Women Sitting on Steps
•Group Photograph of Woman at Barn
•Photograph of People on Carriage
•Blue Photograph of Woman
•Small Photograph of Person in Hat with Dog
•Small Group Photograph
•Small Photograph of Woman
•Small Photograph of Woman and Man with Dog
•Small Photograph of Dog
•Small Photograph of Dog
•Small Photograph of Woman
•Small Photograph of Woman in Carriage
•Small Photograph of Building
•Photograph of Two Women Posing in the Grass
•Photograph of Woman
•Photograph of Three Women
•Small Photograph of Dog
•Small Photograph of Woman
•Small Photograph of Woman
•Small Photograph of People on Porch
•Small Photograph of People in Carriage
•Small Photograph of Man with Dog
•Small Photograph of Dog
•Small Photograph of Room
•Small Photograph of Carriage
•Small Photograph of Dog
•Small Photograph of Woman, Man and Dog
•Small Photograph of Dog
•Small Photograph of Woman Having Dog Do Tricks
•Small Photograph of People on Porch
•Small Photograph of People on Porch
•Photograph of Building
•Photograph of Building Photograph with Woman and Dog
•Photograph of People on Porch
•Photograph of People near Lake
•Mt. Holyoke College, The Pepper Box, Prospect Hill� Photograph
•Parlors, Old Main Building, Mt. Holyoke Photograph
•Art Gallery, Willestone Hall, Mt. HolyokePhotograph
•Titan�s Pier, Coun. River Photograph
•Mt. Holyoke, Brook near LakePhotograph
•Road to top of Prospect Hill, Mt. Holyoke Photograph
•Seminary Hall, Mt. Holyoke Photograph


Folder 3: Background Information on the prehistory of Western Female Seminary

•Oxford Institution Was Patterned After Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass., Article
•Work & Worth of Western College,Republican News [Newspaper], John A. Offard
•Copy of Work & Worth of Western College,Republican News [Newspaper], John A. Offard
•Pages 14-19 of Paper
•History of Western College,chapter 7 by Sarah Isabella Howe, p. 56


Folder 4: Information on the Charter of the Western Female Seminary

Certified Copy of Articles of Agreement and Constitution of Western Female Seminary July 14, 1853 (2-Drafts, each three pages)


Folder 5: Circular of Western Female Seminary (1853)

Circular of the Western Female Seminary, Published by Order of the Trustees, 1853


Folder 6: Letter from Miss Peabody to her brother a few weeks after classes began 1855.

Copy of Letter to Brother, Oct. 5, 1855


Folder 7: Writings on Western�s 1st and 10th Anniversaries

An Address on the First Anniversary of Western Female Seminary by Samuel W. Fisher
•Western Female Seminary,Article
•Note reading from Mrs. Daniel Tenney to the Class of 1856 (the first graduating class) and the rest of the students)
•Letter from Mrs. Daniel Tenney to first graduating class of Western College, July 5, 1856
•Copy of Letter from M. A. Tenney, July 5, 1856
•Handwritten booklet on 10th Anniversary by Daniel Tenney, July 6, 1865
•Typed Written in 1865 for the Tenth Anniversary, Probably by Rev. Daniel Tenney, July 6, 1865 [Eleven Pages]
•An Address by Samuel W. Fisher, 1856 [address delivered July 17, 1856 on the first anniversary of the Western Female Seminary, Oxford, Ohio]


Folder 8: Dedication Songs and Hymns (1862)

•Dedication of the Western Female Seminary, Wednesday, may 21, 1862, Order of Exercises Program
•Note about Dedication Hymn with Music


Folder 9: Various Histories of Western


•Article for Hamilton Journal News with Western College;[Two Copies of History from 1936 (No author)]
Letter to Mrs. Ramsey from Richard L. Duncan, January 31, 1949 with History from 1949 (No author)
•Western College for Women, Oxford, Ohio History from 1953 (No author)
•History from 1973 (No author)
•The Seminary Years 1853-1890 by Elisabeth Haley, February 5, 1973
•Old Miami- The Female Institutions,by Alfred H. Upham, 1947
•Chapter XI: The Western Female Seminary
•Chapter X: THE Oxford Female College


Folder 10: Genealogy of the Parker-Tenney Family

Compiled Report on the Parker Family Genealogy with copy of letter to Mother from daughter May, December 7, 1850; Copy of letter to Cousin Juliet from Mary Nesmith Parsons, Sept. 20, 1926; Copy of letter to Cousin Juliet from Mary N. Parsons, Jan. 11, 1927; Copy of Biographical information on Kendall K. Mussey;
•Copy of Letter to Mother from daughter May, December 7, 1850
•Copy of part of letter by Mrs. Daniel Tenney to her mother Lois Mussey Parker


Folder 11: Daniel Tenney's Anniversary Letter (1880)

Note reading From Rev. Daniel Tenney to G. Y. Roots�
•Copy of Dr. Tenney's Anniversary Letter to Bro. Roots, June 4, 1880 [Six Pages]
•Copy of Dr. Tenney's Anniversary Letter to Bro. Roots, June 4, 1880 [Five Pages]
•Copy of Letter to Mother from Daughter M.A.T., May 13, 1865


Folder 12: Genealogy of the Tenney Family Includes information on Daniel Tenney and grand children.

Daniel. Tenney, Oxford, Sept. 3, 1855 Article
•Letter to Sir from Mrs. James Brand, March 25, 1930
•Letter to Dr. W. W. Boyd from Mrs. Julia N. Brand, March 18
•Helen C. Brand Notes on Family Letter, 1953?
•Letter to Miss Nelson, Jan. 23, 1953
•List of Grandchildren of Rev. and Mrs. Daniel Tenney, 1953?
•Notes on Family from Mrs. Mary B. Ruggles, granddaughter
•Letter to Miss Nelson from Albert Tenney with Daniel Tenney Family Tree, January 19, 1953
•Barbara & Daniel Tenney Ryder, Jr. Notes with address
•The Birth Day of Son Wm. L Tenney Children [on back, Birthday of My Children, Deaths, My Children, Children of James and Juliet Brand, The Birthday of the Children of C. J. & Sadie Ryder]
•The Sixteen Living Grandchildren of Daniel Tenney, April 1954 List
•The Sixteen Living Grandchildren of Daniel Tenney, April 1954 List
•The Sixteen Living Grandchildren of Daniel Tenney, April 1954 List with added Notes
•Tenney Genealogy Paper
•Copy of Letter to Cousin Juliet from Mary N. Parsons, Jan. 11, 1927 and Kendall K. Mussey� Information
•Copy of Letter to Cousin Juliet from Mary Nesmith Parsons, Sept. 20, 1926
•Letter to Mrs. James Brand from President, March 27, 1970
•Letter to Mary Helen from Ralph K. Hickok, President, September 19, 1938
•Copy of Letter to Mary Helen from Ralph K. Hickok, President, September 19, 1938; Tenney Genealogy� Paper; My Parents Paper; Page Two of Paper; Letter to Mother
•Letter to Jean Perry from Elaine Tenney Herbig, April 4, 1985; Letter to Elaine Tenney Herbig from Jean Perry, March 27, 1985 [Three Pages]; P.S. Letter from Elaine Herbig; Letter to Jean Perry from Elaine Herbig, March 14, 1985; Letter to Jean from Helen Ball, 3/6/85; Miami University Note from Paul G. Pearson to Donald E. Oehlerts, March 4, 1985; Letter to Dr. Paul G. Pearson, President from Elaine Tenney Herbig, February 27, 1985; Letter to Elaine Herbig from Jean Perry, March 8, 1985
•In Memorandum, Rev. Daniel Tenney, [Announcement of Reverend Daniel Tenney's Death] The Western Oxford, February 1903, 18-19
•Family Tree of Daniel Tenney
•Family Tree of Daniel Tenney II


Folder 13: Rev. Daniel and Sarah Tenney [Photographs] 9 Photos

Carte de Visite of Mrs. Daniel Tenney
•Print of Photograph of Rev. Daniel Tenney and his son Charles, original taken 1902 or earlier
•Print of Photograph of Daniel Tenney; original �Taken on 86th birthday�
•Photograph of Mrs. Tenney
•Photograph of Rev. and Mrs. Daniel Tenney, Trustee 1854-60, 1865-67 (Pres. Of Board 55-59)
•Photograph of the Grown Children of Silas and Rebecca (Bailey) Tenney [William Tenney, Harriet Tenney Melvin, Charles Tenney, Daniel Tenney, Bailey Tenney, Thomas Tenney, Sarah Tenney Arnold, Sewell Tenney]
•Print of Unknown Tenney Portrait
•Large Print of Unknown Tenney Portrait
•Large Print of Unknown Tenney Portrait


Folder 14: Last Will and Testament of Daniel Tichenor

Note on Daniel Tichenor's Last Will and Testament
•Last Will and Testament of Daniel Tichenor, Deceased, July 16, 1784 Note with Last Will and Testament of Daniel Tichenor [Two Pages, Typed]


Folder 15: Timeline, July/Aug. 1999, Holyoke in the West. Carolyn V. Platt

Postcard to Judy from Carolyn Platt, 6/27/99
Holyoke in the West: The Western Female Seminary, Timeline Vol. 16 No. 4, July/August 1999


Additional Materials:


Bound Report of Mount Holyoke and Western College by Janice Crisci [This 7- page report shows the historic relationship between Mount Holyoke and Western College from Western College's founding in 1855 to the Golden Jubilee in 1905.]

•Bound Book of Letters, Original Letters of Daniel Tenney and John H. Shuey� [This book contains the original letters of the Reverend Daniel Tenney, the founder of Western Female seminary.] VERY FRAGILE

•History of Western College� made for Dean of Western (College Program) Curt Ellison, 8/28/03 Compact Disc



Additional Materials not in Box:

Oversized letter dated 1853 signed by the men responsible for the beginning of the Western Female Seminary including Rev. Daniel Tenney

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