Virginia Belle Macmillan Trescott, class of 1938

Virginia Belle Macmillan Trescott, class of 1938

Virginia Belle Macmillan Trescott was born in Pawtucket, RI in 1916. While a student at Pembroke College, she served as President of the Student Government Association became a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Virginia earned an AB in Latin from Brown in 1938, summa cum laude. She pursued a long career as an archivist, curator, and librarian, working  first as a business and reference librarian at the Providence Public Library and later as the long-time curator of the Abraham Lincoln Collection at the John Hay Library.

This interview begins with descriptions of Virginia's childhood and family in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. She recalls her years at Pembroke College, in particular: her role on the Pembroke Record staff and as President of the Student Government Association; life as a commuter student; attending college during the Depression; interactions with Brown faculty members; and student activities, including formal dances, Ivy Day and Scut Week. Virginia also discusses working at the John Hay Library after college; her job as a business reference librarian at the Providence Public Library; marriage, motherhood, and returning to full time work.

In Part 2, Virginia briefly discusses her desire to live on campus while at Pembroke and the pleasant atmosphere of the dorms. She also discusses the changing campus attitudes that she saw while working at Brown during the 1960s, the rise of coeducation, and the benefits of having a women's center at Brown today.

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Recorded on Nov 25, 1982
Interviewed by Elizabeth Conover