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Asylum/Quintessence, 1973-1980

Identifier: Series 2

Scope and Contents

The materials of this series include issues from Asylum and Quintessence. Asylum ranges in date from 1973-1980. Quintessence ranges in date from 1981-1985. A student literary magazine at Mount Vernon College, the publication was called Asylum until its name was officially changed to Quintessence in 1981.

These issues contain poetry, essays, photography, fiction and painting by Mount Vernon students.

The editor states the meaning behind the name Quintessence by writing, "Mount Vernon is on its fifth campus so quintet, which means five, and is a part of quintessence, was thought to be appropriate. Also, the definition of 'quintessence' is 'the essence of a thing in its purest and most concentrated form.' We felt this name would be fitting since we consider poetry a form of art in its purest form."

Each issue of Quintessence contains poetry and photography from Mount Vernon students as well as entries from students from other colleges, universities, and high schools in the Washington, D.C. area submitted as part of the Mount Vernon College Poetry Festivals.

When possible, two copies of each issue are included.


  • 1973-1980

Conditions Governing Access Note

This collection is open for research.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 document box)

Language of Materials



Arranged chronologically.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

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Washington 20052 United States of America