Normal School Commencement Dresses (1897 & 1913)

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Issue Date
2022-12
Authors
Brooks, Kaili
Publisher
SUNY Fredonia
Keywords
Fredonia (N.Y.) , Commencement ceremonies , Dresses
Abstract
These two samples of women's graduation attire at the turn of the century reveal fascinating aspects of the lives of rural women, and the differences between them provide us with physical evidence of how their lifestyles and social status began to change in the 16 years between each of their graduation ceremonies.
Description
The early 1900s encapsulates many shifts in the social roles and perceptions of women in the United States, and these shifts shine through the comparison of two commencement dresses found in the SUNY Fredonia archives.
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