“The Best Thing in a Girl’s Life”: Early Women’s Colleges in Fiction and Fact

Bibliography

                         

Bryn Mawr holds a very high percentage of the "college girl" books and series novels published around the turn of the twentieth century. The following is a list of our holdings up to 1930. Some series begin with the leading character in high school; although we have many of those books, they are not listed here. We do include series books from after the lead character's college years if the characters, location, and concerns are carried through. IN some cases we hold a later edition; the date listed is that fo the copy we hold. The few items marked with asterisks are desiderata.

Anderson, Olive San Louie
An American Girl and Her Four Years in a Boys’ College. New York: D. Appleton and Co,. 1878


Bacon, Josephine Dodge Daskam (Daskam, Josephine Dodge)
Smith College Stories: Ten Stories. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1900

Her Fiancé: Four Stories of College Life. Freeport, NY: Books for Libraries Press, 1904.  illus. E. S. Green.


Bancroft, Edith
Jane Allen of the Sub-Team. New York: Cupples and Leon, 1917

Jane Allen: Right Guard. New York: Cupples and Leon, 1918

Jane Allen: Center. New York: Cupples and Leon, 1920

Jane Allen: Junior. New York: Cupples and Leon, 1921

Jane Allen: Senior. New York: Cupples and Leon, 1922


Blanchard, Amy E.
The Four Corners at College. Philadelphia: G.W. Jacobs, 1911


Brown, Helen Dawes
Two College Girls. Boston: Ticknor, 1886


Catrevas, Christina
That Freshman. New York: D. Appleton, 1910


Champney, Lizzie W. (Elizabeth Williams)
Three Vassar Girls Abroad: Rambles of Three College Girls on a Vacation Trip through France and Spain for Amusement and Instruction, with Their Haps and Mishaps. Boston: Estes and Lauriat, 1883

...and many other Vassar Girls travel stories,, none of which actually take place at college.


Chase, Jessie Anderson.
*Three Freshman. Chicago: A. C. McClurg and Co., l898

*"Three Freshmen: Ruth, Fran, and Nathalie", (serial) St. Nicholas Magazine. New York: Scribner and Co., January - May l895


Colver, Alice Ross
Babs at College. Philadelphia: Penn, 1920

Babs at Home. Philadelphia: Penn, 1921


Cook, Grace Louise
Wellesley Stories. Boston: E.H. Bacon and Co., 1904


Dane, Clemence.  
Regiment of Women. New York, Macmillan Co., 1917.


Douglas, Amanda M.
Helen Grant in College. Boston: Lothrop, Lee and Shepard, 1906

Helen Grant, Senior. Boston: Lothrop, Lee and Shepard, 1907

*Helen Grant, Graduate. Boston: Lothrop, Lee and Shepard, 1908

Helen Grant, Teacher. Boston: Lothrop, Lee and Shepard, 1909

Helen Grant’s Decision. Boston: Lothrop, Lee and Shepard, 1910

Helen Grant’s Harvest Year. Boston: Lothrop, Lee and Shepard, 1911


Ellis, Katharine Ruth (Katherine Ruth Barrett)
The Wide Awake Girls at College. Boston: Little, Brown and Co,. 1910


Emerson, Alice B. (pseudonym for Stratemeyer Syndicate.  Authors included W. Bert Foster, Mildred A. Wirt Benson, and (probably) Lilian Garis.)
Ruth Fielding at College; or The Missing Examination Papers, #11. New York: Cupples & Leon and Co., 1917

Ruth Fielding of Briarwood Hall; or Solving the Campus Mystery, #13.  New York: Cupples & Leon and Co., 1913.

Ruth Fielding in Moving Pictures; or Helping the Dormitory Fund. New York: Cupples & Leon and Co., 1915.

...and numerous other Ruth Fielding mysteries, both from before and after her college experiences.


Fabian, Warner (pseudonym of Adams, Samuel Hopkins
Unforbidden Fruit. New York : Boni and Liveright, 1928


Flower, Jessie Graham – (pseudonym of Chase, Josephine )
Grace Harlowe’s First Year at Overton College. Philadelphia: Henry Altemus Compan,y 1914

Grace Harlowe’s Second Year at Overton College. Philadelphia: Henry Altemus Company, 1914

Grace Harlowe’s Third Year at Overton College. Philadelphia: Henry Altemus Company, 1914

Grace Harlowe’s Fourth Year at Overton College. Philadelphia: Henry Altemus Company, 1914

Grace Harlowe’s Return to Overton Campus. Philadelphia: Henry Altemus Company, 1915

Grace Harlowe’s Problem. Philadelphia: Henry Altemus Company, 1916

Grace Harlowe’s Golden Summer. Philadelphia: Henry Altemus Company, 1917


Fuller, Caroline Macomber
Across the Campus: A Story of College Life. New York: Charles Scribners' Sons, l899


Gallaher, Grace Margaret
Vassar Stories. Boston: R. G. Badger & Co., 1900


Gerstenberg, Alice (Bryn Mawr College, Class of 1907)
A Little World.  Chicago: Dramatic Publishing Co. 1908


Ginther, Pemberton
*Miss Pat at School. Philadelphia: Winston, 1915. An art academy, rather than a college.


Goodloe, Abbe Carter
College Girls. New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1895


Grove, Harriet Pyne
Merilyn Forrester, Co-Ed. New York: A.L. Burt and Co., 1927
 
*Merilyn’s New Adventure. New York: A.L. Burt and Co., 1927

Merilyn Tests Loyalty. New York: A.L. Burt and Co., 1927

The “Merry Lynn” Mine. New York: A.L. Burt and Co., 1928

Merilyn’s Senior Dreams. New York: A.L. Burt and Co., 1929

Merilyn’s Rose Garden. New York: A.L. Burt and Co., 1930


Hormel, Olive Dean.
Co-ed. New York: Charles Scribner, 1926


Hunt, Elizabeth Hollister. 
*
When Margaret was a Freshman.  NY: Moffat Yard and Co., 1911

When Margaret was a Sophomore.  NY: Moffat Yard and Co., 1912


Johnson, Mrs. Clarke (pseudonym of Dillon, Mary C. )
Her College Days: A Story for Girls. Philadelphia: Penn Publishing Co., l896


Lee, Alice Louise.
A Freshman Co-ed. Philadelphia: Penn Publishing Co., 1910

A Sophomore Co-ed. Philadelphia: Penn Publishing Co., 1911

*A Junior Co-ed. Philadelphia: Penn Publishing Co., 1912

A Senior Co-ed. Philadelphia: Penn Publishing Co,. 1913


Lester, Pauline.
Marjorie Dean, College Freshman. New York: A.L. Burt and Co., 1922

Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore. New York: A.L. Burt and Co, 1922

Marjorie Dean, College Junior. New York: A.L. Burt and Co., 1922

Marjorie Dean, College Senior. New York: A.L. Burt and Co., 1922

Marjorie Dean, Post Graduate. New York: A.L. Burt and Co., 1925

Marjorie Dean at Hamilton Arms. New York: A.L. Burt and Co., 1925

Marjorie Dean, Marvelous Manager. New York: A.L. Burt and Co., 1925

Marjorie Dean’s Romance. New York: A.L. Burt and Co., 1925

Marjorie Dean Macy. New York: A.L. Burt and Co., 1926

Marjorie Dean Macy’s Hamilton Colony. New York: A.L. Burt and Co., 1930


Merrill, Anna Darby
College Days: Mary Lee and Her College Chums Grow Up. Racine, Wisconsin: Whitman Publishing Co., 1927


Morris, Margaretta and Louise Buffum Congdon, eds
A Book of Bryn Mawr Stories. Philadelphia: George W. Jacobs and Company, 1901


Ray, Anna Chapin
Sidney at College. Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1908

Sidney: Her Senior Year. Boston: Little, Brown and Co,. 1910


Reed, Helen Leah
Brenda's Cousin at Radcliffe. Boston: Little, 1903


Richards, Lela Horn
Caroline at College. Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1922


Scott, Gertrude
Jean Cabot at Ashton. Boston: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1912

Jean Cabot in the British Isles. Boston: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1913

Jean Cabot in Cap and Gown. Boston: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1914

Jean Cabot at the House with Blue Shutters. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1915


Sharp, Annabel
Peggy Parsons, a Hampton Freshman. New York : Nourse Co., 1916

*Peggy Parsons, a Hampton Sophomore. Apparently advertised but never actually published.


Silvers, Earl Reed
*Barry Goes to College. New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1928


Specking, Inez
* Martha Jane at College. Cincinnati: Benziger Brothers, 1926

* Martha Jane, Sophomore. St. Louis: B. Herder Book and Co., 1929


Speed, Nell (Sampson, Emma Speed)
Molly Brown's Freshman Days. New York: Hurst, 1912

Molly Brown's Sophomore Days. New York: Hurst, 1912

Molly Brown's Junior Days. New York: Hurst, 1912

Molly Brown's Senior Days. New York: Hurst, 1913

Molly Brown's Post-graduate Days. New York: Hurst, 1914

Molly Brown's Orchard Home. New York: Hurst, 1915

Molly Brown of Kentucky. New York: A.L. Burt, 1917.

Molly Brown's College Friends. New York: A.L. Burt, 1921


Warde, Margaret (pseudonym of Dunton, Edith Kellogg)
Betty Wales, Freshman: A Story for Girls. Philadelphia: Penn Publishing Co., 1904

Betty Wales, Sophomore: A Story for Girls. Philadelphia: Penn Publishing Co., 1905

Betty Wales, Junior: A Story for Girls. Philadelphia: Penn Publishing Co., 1906

Betty Wales, Senior: A Story for Girls. Philadelphia: Penn Publishing Co., 1907

Betty Wales, B.A.: A Story for Girls. Philadelphia: Penn Publishing Co., 1908

Betty Wales & Co.: A Story for Girls. Philadelphia: Penn Publishing Co., 1910

Betty Wales on the Campus: A Story for Girls. Philadelphia: Penn Publishing Co., 1910

Betty Wales Decides: A Story for Girls. Philadelphia: Penn Publishing Co., 1911

The Betty Wales Girls and Mr. Kidd. Philadelphia: Penn Publishing Co., 1912

Betty Wales, Business Woman. New York: Betty Wales Dressmakers, 1916


Webster, Jean
When Patty Went to College. New York: Grosset and Dunlap, l903

Just Patty. New York: Grosset and Dunlap, l911

Daddy-Long-Legs. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1912

Dear Enemy. New York: Meredith Press, 1915

                       

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