Guide to the Jane Cline Scrapbook
RG 9.10.5

Summary Information

Repository
Sarah Lawrence College Archives
Creator
Bessels, Jane Cline
Title
Jane Cline Scrapbook
ID
RG 9.10.5
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1939-1943
Date [inclusive]
1939-1979
Extent
1.5 linear feet 3 document boxes
Language

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Sarah Lawrence College Archives May 2011

Sarah Lawrence College Archives
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, NY, 10708
914-395-2480
archives@sarahlawrence.edu

Term of Use

The collection is open to researchers without restriction.

Aquisition Note

The scrapbook was acquired as accession 2008-004 by the archives through a donation by Jane Cline Bessels.

Processing Information note

In order to ensure proper preservation, the scrapbook was dismantled. Most items were separated from the pages, since the original advesive had deteriorated. Where adhesive made removal of the documents impossible without causing significant damage, documents were left adhered to the scrapbook pages and the pages were cut out of their bindings. Photocopies of newspaper articles were made and the originals have been discarded. Loose materials toward the end of the scrapbook were organized into a folder relating to the College and a Miscellaneous folder.

Existence and Location of Originals note

Two loose photos are housed in the Photograph Collection under Students and Alumnae/i – Cline, Jane. One folder of oversized items is housed separately in Oversize Box 1.

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Biographical Note

Margaret Jane Cline Bessels, known as Jane, graduated from Sarah Lawrence College on May 28, 1943. While in attendance, Jane studied biology, literature, art and history. An active member of the community, Jane was part of the Art Club, the Sailing Club, the French Club, the Amateurs, the Religious Round Table Committee, and she was the Advertising Manager of The Campus, the student newspaper. Jane also took part in tennis and skiing.

Jane was born on May 16, 1921 in Walnut Hill, Natick, Massachusetts. Throughout her time as a student at Sarah Lawrence College, Jane lived on campus, but had family in nearby Scarsdale, New York.

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Scope and Contents note

This scrapbook contains material that especially provides great insight into the extracurricular and weekend activities of Sarah Lawrence College students during the early 1940s. The scrapbook was kept during Jane’s college years and consists of unique Sarah Lawrence-related material such as a student handbook, programs from various shows and recitals, including the Hits and Misses, two tags from the College Scholarship Drive, a signed letter from the Dean of the College recommending Jane for graduation and a slip from the Vacations Committee giving Jane permission to leave campus for vacation. As the advertising manager of The Campus, Jane organized and directed a fashion show promoting clothing seen in Campus advertisements for which there is a program as well as newspaper clippings. Some items date past Jane’s graduation from the College.

Items also depict life during World War II. Jane was one of the College’s trained air-raid wardens, and her official arm band can be found in the scrapbook. Plenty of advertisements in sports programs, theatre programs and playbills have a war time theme that this time period is remembered for.

The scrapbook also features programs from football games at Princeton University, Yale University, and the United States Military Academy at West Point, playbills from broadway shows in addition to booklets from dances at Princeton and Bowdoin College. Jane collected newspaper clippings from various sources, including The Campus and The New York Herald Tribune. She kept invitations to parties that she received throughout her time at the College, as well as letters and telegrams from friends and family.

Jane was active in the local community as a member of the Scarsdale Spinsters; a group of young women from Scarsdale who organized local benefits and dances. The scrapbook contains invitations and notifications about the Scarsdale Spinsters, in addition to a newspaper photo of the members.

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Arrangement note

The folders are arranged in their original order and are labeled by page number.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Armbands
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Correspondence
  • Invitations
  • Programs (documents)
  • Scrapbooks

Subject(s)

  • Air raid wardens - United States
  • College students - United States - Social life and customs
  • World War, 1939-1945 - United States

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Collection Inventory

BoxFolder

Page 1 

11

Page 2 

12

Page 3 

13

Page 4 

14

Page 5 

15

Page 6 

16

Page 7 

17

Page 8 

18

Page 9 

19

Page 10 

110

Page 11 

111

Page 12 

112

Page 13 

113

Page 14 

114

Page 15 

115

Page 16 

116

Page 17 

117

Page 18 

118

Page 19 

119

Page 20 

120

Page 21 

121

Page 22 

122

Page 23 

123

Page 24 

124

Page 25 

125

Page 26 

126

Page 27 

127

Page 28 

128

Page 29 

129

Page 30 

130

Page 31 

131

Page 32 

132

Page 33 

133

Page 34 

134

Page 35 

135

Page 36 

136

Page 38 

237

Page 39 

238

Page 40 

239

Page 41 

240

Page 42 

241

Page 43 

242

Page 44 

243

Page 45 

244

Page 46 

245

Page 47 

246

Page 48 

247

Page 49 

248

Page 50 

249

Page 51 

250

Page 52 

251

Page 53 

252

Page 54 

253

Page 55 

254

Page 56 

255

Page 57 

256

Page 58 

257

Page 59 

258

Page 60 

259

Page 61 

260

Page 62 

261

Page 63 

262

Page 64 

263

Page 65 

264

Page 66 

265

Page 67 

266

Page 68 

267

Page 69 

268

Page 70 

269

Page 71 

270

Page 72 

271

Page 73 

272

Page 74 

373

Page 75 

374

Page 76 

375

Page 77 

376

Page 78 

377

Page 79 

378

Page 80 

379

Page 81 

380

Page 82 

381

Page 83 

382

Page 84 

383

Page 85 

384

Page 86 

385

Page 87 

386

Page 88 

387

Page 89 

388

Page 90 

389

Page 91 

390

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Page 93 

392

Page 94 

393

Page 95 

394

Page 96 

395

Page 97 

396

Page 98 and 99 

397

Sarah Lawrence College 

398

Miscellaneous 

399
Oversize

1 Fantasia program 

4

8 issues of The Campus: 

4

Vol. 13 No. 29 May 26, 1943 

4

Vol. 13 No. 28 May 19, 1943 

4

Vol. 13 No. 19 March 17, 1943 

4

Vol. 13 No. 16 February 24, 1943 

4

Vol. 11 No. 17 February 12, 1941 

4

Vol. 10 No. 8 November 15, 1939 

4

Vol. 10 No. 4 October 18, 1939 

4

Vol. 10 No. 1 September 27, 1939 

4