Elsie Foerderer correspondence collection
Scope and Contents
This collection contains the typed and handwritten letters to several important administrators at the Mount Vernon College and some of the carbon copy responses to Foerderer. One of these correspondents was George Lloyd. Lloyd served as Head of the College Division from 1932 to 1962 and President from 1936 to 1962. The collection also contains letters to Lloyd’s wife, Olwen Lloyd. She served as Headmistress from 1938 to 1962. In addition to the letters from Foerderer to the Lloyd’s the collection has carbon copies of correspondence and telegrams from both Lloyds to Foerderer. The other major correspondent found in the collection is Peter Pelham, President of Mount Vernon College from 1962 to 1976) and carbons and handwritten drafts of his correspondence to her. These letters within this collection date from 1935-1969.
- Foerderer, Elsie (Writer of accompanying material, Person)
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This collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
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Elsie Foerderer (b. September 1, 1890- d. June 25, 1969) graduated from the Mount Vernon Seminary in 1909. In 1928 she became President of the Alumnae Association and an Alumna Trustee. She became a regular member of the Board of Trustees in 1936 and participated in organizing activities for the celebration of the centenary of founder Elizabeth Somers’ birth and the memorial for Jean Dean Cole (Headmistress, 1924 – 1938; President, 1923 – 1936). In 1941 she became Chair of the Board of Trustees and served in that capacity until 1949. In that period she worked with the Headmaster, George Lloyd, to ensure that the Seminary continued to operate after the requisition in 1942 of the Nebraska Avenue by the Navy. She participated in finding alternative housing for students and classroom space, at Spring Valley and the Garfinkel’s building on Fordham Road, and after the war, was involved in the development of the new campus on Foxhall Road. Foerderer retired from the Board in 1968, but was appointed honorary Trustee that year. She died in Bryn Mawr, PA on June 25, 1969.
0.25 Linear Feet (1 slim document box)
Language of Materials
Elsie Foerderer graduated from the Mount Vernon Seminary in 1909. She served as President of the Alumnae Association and an Alumna Trustee. She became a regular member of the Board of Trustees in 1936. The collection contains letters from Elsie to George Lloyd, Head of the College Division from 1932 to 1962 and President from 1936 to 1962, and Lloyd's wife, Olwen Lloyd. Olwen Lloyd served as Headmistress from 1938 to 1962. In addition to these letters the collection has carbon copies of correspondence and telegrams from both Lloyds to Foerderer. The other major correspondent found in the collection is Peter Pelham, President of Mount Vernon College from 1962 to 1976) These letters within this collection date from 1935-1969.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
The source of this collection and when it came to the Mount Vernon College Archives is unknown.
Many of the letters are on acidic paper and are brittle.
- Guide to the Elsie Foerderer correspondence collection, 1935-1969
- Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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- Finding aid written in English