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Agnes DeLano correspondence

Identifier: MS2220

Collection Scope and Content

This collection contains correspondence written by Agnes DeLano to her relatives during her Western European travels between 1925-1935. Included are handwritten letters as well as photograph postcards, telegrams, menus and other miscellaneous ephemra.

Far from your typical tourist, Agnes DeLano's almost daily letters offer a truly unique perspective. As an educated American female traveling through historically rich Western Europe with a trained eye, DeLano fills each letter with rich details covering impressions of cathedrals and museums visited, locals encountered, recounting of social customs and folklore and observations of contemporary dress. Juxtaposing both her traditional social obligations with her forward and unconventional view of how a visiting American should behave, DeLano's travels are lined with visits to theatres and opera houses, encounters with old acquaintances and journeys to remote monuments and locations off the typical beaten bath.

The order of countires visited per trip is as follows:

1925 - England, France, Italy and returning to France

1926 - France, Italy, France, Italy, France

1928 - France, Italy, France

1932 - France, Italy, Germany, France, England

1933 - Belgium, France, Switzerland, Italy, France, England

1935 - Italy, France, England

The correspondence follows DeLano and her traveling companions over the course of six separate trips: 1925, 1926, 1928, 1932, 1933 and 1935. It is worth noting that DeLano's companions are always female.

Please note that there are other Agnes DeLano files located within the Mount Vernon collection. Please see staff for details.


  • 1925 - 1935

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Biographical Note

Agnes Delano(1889-1963) was a faculty member of the Mount Vernon Seminary and College. She taught English and Art History at Mt. Vernon from 1929-1954 and Art History and Christian Art at Howard University from 1955-1963.

Delano earned her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Michigan in 1912 and 1913. She taught English in Michigan high schools, Paris, and Boston's Cambridge Haskell School for Girls. It was in Boston that she began her tradition of taking students on summer European tours of art galleries.

For the 20th anniversary of the National Gallery of Art, Delano appeared on coast-to-coast television on the Dave Garroway Today show, conducting a television tour of the gallery.

Agenes Delano wrote "Reflective Writing," a textbook on creative writing, that was published in 1937.


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This collection contains correspondence written by Agnes DeLano to her relatives during her Western European travels between 1925-1935.

Other Finding Aids

Also see Finding Aid for MVC0020.MS Mount Vernon Seminary and College Agnes DeLano and Special Collections Room papers.

Acquisition Information

Donated in 2007


Guide to the Agnes DeLano Correspondence, 1925 - 1935
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

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

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Washington 20052 United States of America