Interviews by Decade: 1910s

Interviews collected from alumnae of the 1910s record some of the earliest first-person accounts of female students at Brown. These women describe their academic and social experiences in the Women’s College as well as their careers and families.

Image: Josephine Scholfield Gate, 1917. The class of 1900 erected a gate in memory of their classmate, Josephine Scholfield, who died in September 1900. Originally located on the south side of Cushing Street, the gate was later moved to Bowen Street in back of Andrews Hall. Image source: Brun Mael.

Edna Ruth MacDonald, class of 1919

In a joint interview, classmates Edna Ruth MacDonald and Ruth Dorothea Peterson speak on the academic atmosphere at Pembroke College and the heavy constraints placed on women’s conduct and careers in the early 1900s. They begin by discussing their decisions to attend Pembroke, describing the expectation of college education their families had for them. MacDonald imagines that perhaps their mothers regretted getting married early and not going to college, and wanted something different for them.

Ruth Dorothea Peterson, class of 1919

In a joint interview, classmates Edna Ruth MacDonald and Ruth Dorothea Peterson speak on the academic atmosphere at Pembroke College and the heavy constraints placed on women’s conduct and careers in the early 1900s. They begin by discussing their decisions to attend Pembroke, describing the expectation of college education their families had for them. MacDonald imagines that perhaps their mothers regretted getting married early and not going to college, and wanted something different for them.

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