PC.00.001 Virginia Carter Castleman photograph collection, 1898-1899

Virginia Carter Castleman photograph collection 1898-1899PC.00.001

Summary Information

Title
Virginia Carter Castleman photograph collection
Creator
Castleman, Virginia Carter
Inclusive Dates
1898-1899
Extent
19.0 photographs
Abstract
This collection consists of nineteen photographs showing aspects of student life at Drexel in 1898-1899.
Call Number
PC.00.001
Language
English
Finding Aid Prepared By
Finding aid prepared by Pam Bennett; Katelyn Wolfrom (2008)
Repository
W. W. Hagerty Library 3300 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19104 215.895.6706 archives@drexel.edu

Preferred Citation

Virginia Carter Castleman photograph collection, Drexel University Archives.

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Access and Use

Acquisition Information

According to a 28 May 2003 memo from Guy G. Garrison, Ph.D., Professor and Dean Emeritus: "This pack of photos has been around the College for a long time. They were presumably given to Drexel at some point by Virginia C. Castleman, a graduate of the Library School in 1899, and the author of the Drexel Ode. The Mrs. Gardner Hendrix, whose name is on the torn Publishers' Weekly envelope [retained with collection], is presumably Fannie Hendrix, a long-time Drexel staff support member, perhaps 1930s to 1950s..." This memo is included with the file of research notes.

Preferred Citation

Virginia Carter Castleman photograph collection, Drexel University Archives.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Drexel Institute of Art, Science, and Industry. Library School.

Genre(s)

  • Black-and-white photographs.
  • Photographs
  • University of Pennsylvania--Buildings--Pictorial works

Subject(s)

  • Art students--Pennsylvania
  • Drexel Institute of Art, Science, and Industry--Buildings
  • Drexel Institute of Art, Science, and Industry--Student housing

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Biographical Note

Virginia Carter Castleman, an 1899 graduate of Drexel's library school, was born in Herndon, Virginia, in 1864. Her mother established the Herndon Seminary for Girls in her residence around 1870. Her father was an Episcopal clergyman. Prior to her time at Drexel, Ms. Castleman attended the Edgeworth Institute in Baltimore. While attending Drexel in 1898 and 1899, she wrote the Drexel Ode. After graduation she worked as a book cataloger at the University of Pennsylvania, then as an instructor in Washington, D.C., and Boise, Idaho. At some point after 1904, Ms. Castleman returned to her hometown in Virginia. Along with her sisters, she formed a library association and eventually established a lending library for Herndon. During her life, Virginia Castleman published a number of books including works of fiction, poetry and children’s books. She also published the reminiscences of Kitty Kitchen, a Herndon resident whose husband fought for the Union during the Civil War. Virginia Carter Castleman died in Herndon in 1937.

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Scope and content note

This collection consists of nineteen photographs showing many aspects of student life at Drexel in 1898-1899. It includes interior shots of the Main Building, the library in the Main Building, student boarding facilities, the Drexel Museum, the exterior of Boarding House Row, and University of Pennsylvania buildings. The photos show library employees and students at work, Drexel president James MacAlister in his office, and art students painting in a studio. Also included with the collection is one folder of research notes compiled for an exhibit in 2005. The captions written on the photograph enclosures were not written by Castleman but rather were added later (possibly by Drexel library staff).

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Other finding aids

An online exhibit is available at: http://www.library.drexel.edu/archives/exhibits/castlemanintro.html

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Collection Inventory

“Dixie keeping her diary” 1899   1.0 photographs

Scope and content note

Virginia C. Castleman in her room. The diary referred to here was once owned by Drexel but has since been lost.

Annotated Envelope Undated 

“‘Third story back’ in Boarding House Row, No. 3427.” / “A Cozy Corner”   1.0 photographs

Scope and content note

Interior of Virginia C. Castleman’s room.

“The Cavalier is stricken with the engagement malady” /“‘Third Story front.’ 1899   1.0 photographs

Scope and content note

on reverse: "Mr. Dill writing to his sweetheart."

“Boarding House Row after the blizzard of 1899” 1899   1.0 photographs

Scope and content note

"The snowdrifts were a sight to behold for many days." Exterior of private housing used by Drexel students, possibly in the vicinity of 34th Street near the University of Pennsylvania.

“Corner of the Reference Department of Drexel Institute” 1899   1.0 photographs

Scope and content note

Interior of library, originally located in the southwest corner on the first floor of the Main Building. "Miss Buhrman"

“Charging desk of the D.[rexel] I.[nstitute], showing book stacks in the rear” 1899   1.0 photographs

Scope and content note

on face: "The charging department where we circulate the books."

“Corner of the Reference department in the library of Drexel Institute” /“‘Dixie’ at front table (V.C. Castleman)” 1899   1.0 photographs

“Miss Cattell’s alcove, where the Standish collection is shelved” 1899   1.0 photographs

Scope and content note

on face: "Our usual work is cataloguing of books."

“Stairway of the Drexel Institute, part of entrance court, top of auditorium door, portrait of Anthony J. Drexel and upper balcony, as seen from the front doorway.” 1899   1.0 photographs

Scope and content note

on the face: "Marble stairway and frescoed wall."

“Library classroom in Drexel Institute” “Class of ‘99” 1899   1.0 photographs

Scope and content note

on the face: "Library classroom"

20080220009 

"Art Department of the D.[rexel] I.[nstitute]" 1899   1.0 photographs

Scope and content note

on the face: "Among the daily sights of my Alma Mater, none interest me more than the art student"

20080220011 

"University Buildings" 1899   1.0 photographs

20080220012 

"Magazine and Manuscript cases in D.[rexel] I.[nstitute] Reading Room" 1899   1.0 photographs

Scope and content note

on the Face: "The autograph and maunscript cases"

"W.W. Story's statue of Sappho in Drexel Institute" 1899   1.0 photographs

Scope and content note

on the face: "The Enchanted Palace"

"Inside wall and side of "Third story front", showing the Penn pillow, red and blue, and J.H.'s fern.   1.0 photographs

Scope and content note

on the face: "These ferns are my envy."

"Houston Club - Spruce St. entrance." 1899   1.0 photographs

"The Library - College Hall and Lab." 1899   1.0 photographs

""MacGowan", D.[rexel] I.[nstitute] official" 1899   1.0 photographs

“Pres. James MacAlister by his office table at the Drexel Inst.” 1899   1.0 photographs

Scope and content note

on the face: "The President's office."

Van Renssalaer, Sarah Drexel (Fell) n.d 

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