Profile of Class of 1899

Profile of Class of 1899

Entered Barnard as its 7th class in fall of 1895;
first two years (1895-96; 1896-97) at 343 Madison Ave;
3rd and 4th years at Morningside Heights campus

1895-96   22 entering freshmen
1896-97   21 sophomores
1897-98   24 juniors
1898-99   23 graduating seniors
Entered in ’95 and graduated in ’99 – 19
Joined class later and graduated               in ’99 – 3 [Duer/Jacobi/Waddington)
In class at one time but graduated in 1900 – 3 [Straus/Sumner/Maplesden]
In class at one time but graduated in 1901 – 2 [Wendt/Carman]
later assigned to 1899 Class — 1 (Bloomingdale)
N in all – 28

Residence on Admission — Most of class resided in NYC (15), New Jersey (5) and Brooklyn (4)
Only one outside region à Potsdam, NY

Religion — Four members of class possibly Jewish (Jacobi/Seligsberg/Bloomingdale/Straus);
the rest Protestants Christian (with no identifiable Catholics)

Fraternity Membership – 13 members of class were in one of three fraternities
KKG – 6
AOP – 3
KAT – 4
AOP founded at Barnard in 188 when KKG, since 1891 the only fraternity at Barnard refused to pledge Stella Stern ’98, supposedly because she was Jewish and that doing so would violate the fraternity’s national bylaws.
KAT also organized in 1898, to be followed by several more over the next decade.

Marriage and Motherhood
15 of 28 married (3 were widowed by 1925) [54%]
13 remained single [46%]
Of the 15 who married, 8 had children (the largest number as 6, Marjorie McAnemy)
 

 

Occupations
College administration 2
College instruction 1
High Schl Teaching/Admin 6
Real Estate agent 1
Magazine editor 1
Screenwriter/poet 1
Manager/Bookkeeper 1
Self-Identified Volunteer 3
Died 1
Not employed in 1925 11
28

 

Most famous members:
Virginia Gildersleeve – Barnard’s Dean, 1911-1947
Alice Duer [Miller] — journalist, writer, screenwriter, poet [wrote 1939 History of Barnard)
Anna Mabel Smith (Wm. Shipman Douglass) – firt dean of NJ College for women, 198-1932;
renamed Douglass College in 1955
Grace Goodale, Barnard instructor
Marjorie Jacobi McAnemy – Barnard alumnae trustee
Last updated: January 29, 2015
ram31@columbia.edu

 

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